Saturday, September 12, 2009

We now return to our regular programming

Ever had one of those days where you hit "PUBLISH" and then have second thoughts?

Yeah, that last post turned into a bit of a rant - sorry about that. Those kind of politics aren't widely known outside of hearing-impaired circles.

Would have been easy to jump back in and add some humor or explain a few things... if my stinkin' computer hadn't up and died.

Seriously?!?! See, my computer was acting funky and throwing fits more often than my toddler. So I bit the bullet and bought a laptop.

Not just any laptop, but a glorious 18" fully-loaded-swipe-your-fingerprint-to-log-in laptop. Ahh, this will be perfect for blogging, storing more photos, taking outside to use while Itty Bit plays, taking on trips to keep him amused.

Fourteen seconds after I open that laptop up, the soundcard goes kamikaze. Then when loading a Thomas the Train movie, the dreaded blue screen of death.

Even the Comcast guy said "you gotta send that back, it's cr@p".

And an oh-so-helpful computer whiz friend (everyone should have one) finally came out and said, "Rach, electrons are afraid of you".


So after all the unprettiness of that last post (I don't mind at all discussing it, I just was scared of having some deaf person come on and bash me for not being "Deaf" enough), here's what real life can be like if you can't hear...

So Mr. Daddy takes all phone calls for me. Recently I ordered a few trains off eBay - so we get a call from next door to see if a box that has just arrived belongs to us.

With the phone to his ear, Mr. Daddy flags me down.

Did you order something? Are you expecting something from North Carolina?

No, I don't think so. What is it?

I don't know.

Then that sweet man of mine looks me straight in the eye, and says clearly into the phone:

Well Mom, if they're naughty toys, then they're Rach's.



Oh Good Lord.
And he is howling with laughter. He hangs up and says, "I can't believe she was laughing too!"


So what's up with y'all? I didn't manage to run y'all off, did I? :) And please, someone tell me my husband isn't the only one who pulls this kind of stunt?!?


Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

I am afraid that your husband and my husband would really hit it off! Maybe too much. :0)

I loved your last post... it really openned up my eyes to your world. Don't apologize. It is your life and you get to decided for yourself who you want to be!

Good luck with the computers. They hate me too.

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Unknown said...

I for one, enjoyed your last post. I LOVE it when people are honest and open. I am mostly clueless to what your "world" entails. Your post helped me see some of what it's like. Thanks!

PS. I adore your True Story Tuesdays! Hubby and I laugh so hard - every week!

Rachel said...

Whoops - I forgot to mention that the package did NOT include anything remotely resembling naughty toys, and it was addressed to my Father-In-Law. Now that would have been a tough one to explain!

Don Newbury said...

I really enjoyed your article about the politics in the deaf community. I used to work with a deaf woman who became a very good friend and it always amazed me how she coped with the little things in life that we take for granted. No pity party there, that's for sure. By the way, your son is an absolute doll. If you don't mind, I'm going to link your blog to mine. Please feel free to do the same and keep up the good work.

Floortime Lite Mama said...

oh my that is soooo funny
MY DH is the same totaly
and you last oost was most interesting

Foursons said...

Ummm...yes. Your husband is the ONLY one who acts like that. Seriously.

Are you kidding me? I think EVERY man on this planet is like that!

Brandi said...

Nope still here. I thought your last post was quite interesting. I had no idea about some of the stuff... very enlightening!

My hubby is just like that too. I've come to realize they're just big kids!

Pam D said...

No apologies needed for simply being real on your own blog. Why do you think so many people come here regularly? (well, other than to hear about Mr. Daddy's spa antics and such). And sure, you weren't talking about OLD blog friends, of course you weren't. *sniff*. Cause no one who reads this blog is old. *whimper*
As for Mr. Daddy's antics, I imagine there are lots of other hubbies out there like him... I just don't know any. Maybe it's regional... or just early Alzheimer's onset! hee... ;<)

Elyse said...

Computers and I don't seem to be getting along this week either! Glad you are back friend and YAHOO on the .com!

Mr. Daddy had me in stitches...and no he is not the only hubby that pulls these kinds of stunts :o
~Elyse said...

Sorry to hear of the B.S. electronics. Stressful.

I agree with everyone above that you are entitled to be passionate about a subject on your blog.

Mr. Daddy is a naughty boy!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh dreaded computers...always buy the warranty. Grrr. Our husbands are like two peas in a pod. THey would so get along.

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

I love honest thought filled posts. I almost always seem to get less comments on them though. Makes me wonder people probably just don't know what to say.

Hope you are having a great weekend. That stinks about the computer.

Susan said...

Still here....and I love it when you keep it real. It actually helps the rest of us to feel okay about keeping it real, too. I've always wondered about why there had to be such a big debate about whether to chose hearing aids, or cochlear implants, or strictly signing; or what was an authentic choice for a deaf person and what was not. Huh? Why isn't it each individual's choice to achieve the highest possible level for themselves by whatever means suited to them, and then it's no one else's business what each one chose? Isn't that what we'd all want for our kids--that freedom to choose what works best for the individual for the best possible outcome? I was glad to see that you don't get why the criticism within the deaf culture takes such a militant form either. It's terribly confusing to me. I think when you write a post like that, we start thinking a lot harder about it and want to try to be articulate about something we don't have direct experience with, but understand by way of your descriptions. It takes a lot more time for us to organize our thoughts in a way that we hope will show you that we "get" what you are saying, and sometimes we don't come up with the articulate comment before you've moved on to a new post. Because **ahem** some of us DO have old brains. Honestly, I think you are more likely to pick up new readers than to lose them by keeping it real.
Sorry about the computer crash. That had to be terribly frustrating. Hope that problem is solved soon. And yes, all men are like that.....the fun ones are, anyway. :0)

Lisa said...

My computer has been misbehaving also, so I feel ya. (I think it was the 3 new programs I uploaded within minutes of each other and my computer was crying cause it actually had to work a little! LOL So I promptly removed to add ons {sigh} and all is back to normal.) I cannot wait to get a new one.

Please don't ever apologize for being yourself on here. Just say whatever you feel and want to say. No one is perfect, we all have rants and raves, and sometimes it is nice just to share them a little bit with others. Glad to know all about you I can.
Lisa S.
(I can never remember if this is the blog with the two "lisa's" LOL So sometimes I remember to sign "Lisa S.")

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I enjoyed your last post like the others did. It is definitely a tough issue for those who are deaf vs. those who can hear. Growing up I knew a girl who was deaf and educating her was very difficult for her mother -- knowing how to educate her, etc. And she definitely was treated differently than her peers.

I'm jealous about the lap top. I really want one! I'd love to be a little more mobile at when my son wants to be in one place and I'd like to check some blogs, etc., while keeping an eye on him.

See you on TST!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

I totally agree with everyone else, it is your blog and it wouldn't be you if you weren't keeping it real, right?!?! As far as being "deaf enough" if it impairs things that people with "normal" hearing hear then its a real problem.. like I've told you before, I am 50% loss in both ears and I have struggles too...And that's with only half gone!!

Sorry to hear about the computer messes!! So frustrating, I know!!

Sorry I really LOL'd about the Hubby's comment!!