Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I Must Confess...It's Tuesday #5

Alternate title: All Of This So I Can Show You My Laundry

It's true. I do take my own pictures from time to time. I don't rely solely on my sister. Although, she is WAY more talented. There is a reason that I haven't been using any of my own. At least those that aren't already on my computer [I'll explain in a bit]. Saturday I was cleaning house and doing this little thing called laundry. I noticed that the upstairs of my house had become one giant laundry room. Anywhere a hanger could be hung to let clothes air-dry was occupied. This is what happens when 99% of your family's wardrobe comes from Old Navy. Their stuff shrinks. But only the girl stuff not the boy stuff. Yeah. I don't know why either. In Tootsie's next house, she wants an actual laundry ROOM and not a closet that houses her washer and dryer, amen. [Yes, these are the 'whites' and the 'pinks' and they're hung by color as well which makes zero sense once they've been through the wash. I have a bit of an OCD thing going on with laundry sorting and ohmygoodness don't get me started on delicates, temperatures, and Tide with bleach. I have issues] Does this happen to you? If you answered "yes" then we should totally go to rehab together for a two-fer.

Oh, right. About those pictures. A few months ago, before my laptop died (may she rest in peace), I was quite savvy when it came to uploading pictures after my little sister taught me. On the upstairs PC? Not so much. So I finally sucked it up and asked Mr. Farklepants to give me a brief tutorial. Just so you understand, this is the man who built this computer from scratch; not ordered it in its entirety and hooked it all together. I repeat, from scratch. This is like asking Tiger Woods to teach you how to tie your golf shoe (cleat? whatever.). Yeah, he's kind of a computer genius I will give him that much. Good student that I am; I took notes. "It would be a lot better if you just understood what it is that you're doing instead of referring to notes" he says. Let me explain: Mr. Farklepants and I are different kinds of "learners". I have to actually write it, and then when I put it into practice I can "see" my notes in my head. [Right now some of you are like, OHMAHGAWD! Me TOO! I totally would have failed biology if it weren't for that highly effective method! ] Mr. F just knows how to do stuff. [If you identify with the latter, then bully for you and MENSA.] I hate love that about him. "While we're at it, can you show me how to use the scanner?" I say while looking sideways at him. "You want to use the scanner?". "Yes". "That's going to...well...what do you want to scan?". "My notes". He's very puzzled. "Why?". "Because I'm totally blogging this".

Please excuse the very sloppy writing because he was talking really fast with surprisingly very little eye rolling and sucking of the breath through teeth at my incredible lameness.


Anonymous said...

Just remeber, it was YOU that taught me how to do the strikethrough!!
I bow to your greatness!!

Anonymous said...


After reading your scanned notes I have one comment:

I suggest investing in a "store built/bought" computer of your very own. They require FAR FEWER steps to do the same job. :-)

Anonymous said...

Don't ask me why...this is a "girl" blog"...but I love how you write. I wrote so much about the SCV from Virginia and the picture you have at the top of your blog is of you and the kids in Virginia...Williamsburg to be exact. Y'all did much to make the place look good. Your whole family is pleasin' to the eye.
Anyway, don't let the computers confuse you. I'm worried though. I could read and understand your notes. Do I need new glasses?
All my best,

Jennifer S said...

Okay, what kind of torture device did Mr. Farklepants build? (No offense, Mr. F, since I can't even measure a window for blinds, let alone build a machine that works.) Uploading on my computer is much easier than all that. Or I would never, ever do it. Hmm. Are you sure he's not withholding the Super Easy Secret Instructions?

OHmommy said...

I need way more computer help. I am clueless and rely on my brother way too much.

Our OLD NAVY clothes shrink too! In the summer we hang dry outside, the neighbors must wonder who the hillbillys are. LOL.

Jennifer S said...

Oh, and awesome laundry pictures. I have a few OCD tendencies about washing temp, Tide, color-safe bleach, dryer settings, and what needs air drying. Really, just a few.

Burgh Baby said...

Here are my instructions for downloading photos on my computer:

1. Plug in USB thingy to computer.
2. Plug other end into camera.
3. Turn camera on.
4. Click OK twice.


It seems to me the computer genius might be making things more complicated than they absolutely have to be. BTW, I'm one of those annoying people that knows how to build a computer. However, why would I actually do it when there are perfectly good ones sitting on a store shelf just begging me to buy them?

Madame Queen said...

My only laundry hangup? That it get done!! Although Mr. Daddy is no longer allowed to do laundry since he shrunk a couple of things way back when we were newlyweds. Still haven't determined if he did that on purpose.

I know how to use my scanner, but it was only recently that I learned how to upload pictures from our new camera.

Sarah said...

You've just described the dynamic between me and my brainiac husband. Perfectly.

AutoSysGene said...

I'm with BBM, that is a lot of work for pictures.

Texasholly said...

Holy crap! We are married to the same man--who knew? I wish they had built them the same way so I could use your notes instead of doing the walk of shame to his office to ask for a tutorial which he will just have to repeat when I try it independently. Can you ask your husband how to turn on the TV in my livingroom and CHANGE the channel? He seems to be in a better mood then mine.

By the way, your laundry is much prettier than mine.

Karen said...

I am not into laundry. Having to do several loads a day to keep up has whipped me. I now am to the point where I'll take everything that fits into a basket and throw it all in together. Jeans, socks, underwear, shirts, sweaters - all in there. If there happen to be survivors we wear them.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

A fellow laundry freak! Yay! I too can do an entire pink load.

Anonymous said...

I too am the tech support at our house. Stephanie will call me at work with "why is the thinngy not doing what I want it to do?"

"click here, do this, right click, move, ctrl+alt+tab+shift....."

She does a better job at the laundry and buying healthy food so the occasional frustrated call is OK with me.


Wineplz said...

your notes look great...actually looks almost like what I have to do (my card reader is on my printer, but same basic steps).
also, I'm a freak about laundry, but had to lighten up once I had loads and loads of smelly boy clothes to do and no nice pink clothes to wash with mine. :( that and that nice rash I get if I use any Tide product. But give me any stain, and I'll get it out 99.99% of the time, even without knowing what it is. How else am I going to make sure Gavin's clothes hold up long enough to make it for Cooper to wear in a few years? :)

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

I am a laundry slut. I will put any and everything together as long as I don't THINK it will fade. I don't dry certain things of mine and hubby's, but if it is small enough to fit a child, it will be dried in this house for now. I hate having laundry all over the house.

Cynthia said...

It scares me that you and I are on the same page when it comes to laundry:)

Anonymous said...

You have a MechanicalMan, too, I see. Is there a space in your home where new computer parts come to live? Teeny tiny things in very large boxes that stack up until there are enough of them and then he waves a magic wand, and it's a computer? Yea, we've got that going on here.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

I'm in love with your shower curtain.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

It seems I have a few takers on the laundry rehab?

Yes, I think he makes things complicated on purpose. It's so him.

Sea~ You're absolutely right! After my couch. I mean, priorities.

Angie~ "Laundry slut" LOL!!

Standing Still~ Yes! We also have a technical graveyard in our garage. You can't just get rid of those things you know.

Mama Drama Jenny~ Thanks! I think I got it at Linens n' Things. Or Bed Bath and Beyond. I always get the two confused and they're right across the street from each other.

JCK said...

Do you think I want to face the PILES of laundry in my house and then come over to your blog and face yours?? No, I do not. But, I do enjoy the stories about Mr. Farklepants and your sweaters are pretty.

1blueshi1 said...

#1, I NEED that shower curtain, and, #2, I NEED you to come do some laundry ovah heah--HEE!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm more intrigued by the pink flowy item hanging on the shower rod. How, exactly, is that worn?

Tootsie Farklepants said...

jck~ thanks! I'm sorry about your laundry. I read your blog. :(

lulu~ it's Girl-Child's dance skirt. I can't use a clippy hangar on it because of the sequins.

1blueshi1~ Linens n' things or bed bath and beyond. I can't remember which store.

Karen said...

No, no, no! I AM Married to that guy! Freaking dying over using the scanner to blog and show your notes. I would so do that!
I know I am posting on old entries but when I identify this closely I can't help it! Once I catch up a bit on your blog I won't look like such a stalker.