Posts tagged ‘Laurie Cole’

My Love / Hate Relationship With Technology

Every once in a while I have a semi-meltdown. I wonder if I was born in the wrong decade. I can’t set up a television, I have no idea how to fix a computer, and any phone that does not belong to me looks extremely intimidating. In fact, I got reprimanded just yesterday for saying the sentence, “When that comes to video, we are going to buy it and watch it.” Apparently that’s not hip. Movies don’t come to video anymore. They come to DVD. And pretty soon, they’ll probably come to Blu-Ray. (Although I think we should all join together and make a decision not to support Blu-Ray so we don’t have to start all over with our movie collections.) I don’t think I’ll ever say, “When that movie comes to Blu-Ray.” I just can’t do that. What is a blu-ray anyway?? Where will that plug in? Why is it any different than my DVD player?

In short, technology scares me. Says the blogger. Ironic? A little bit.

Last night at Bible Study we realized that the entire group of us was lacking in know-how when it came to playing our DVD. Someone had kindly taped instructions to the television so that we could figure it out. Someone’s instructions didn’t tell us what to do if that didn’t work. So we listened to our DVD. We stared at a screen that counted the minutes and listened to Laurie Cole talk. Next week we will recruit some men to help us. Or some ten year olds.

For the most part, I dislike advanced technology. But every now and then I get excited about something. Like blogging. I love blogging. I love that I can come to a blank screen whenever I feel like it and I can tap tap tap until I have something that resembles something of a cohesive thought and then push one button and it’s thrown out into cyber space. And you can read it. And then you can tell me what you think about it. That’s just cool. When I think about all the people I’ve “met” through blogging, it fascinates me.

On Sunday night I had a moment where I just smiled at my computer and was in awe of what the world has come to. I was watching Design Star on HGTV. I had my computer on in front of me and was checking my email, facebook, blogs, etcetera. At one point I refreshed facebook and about 9 new statuses came up that said something along the lines of “Wow Kanye. What a jerk.” I knew the VMAs were on and I knew that Kanye West was an idiot, so I figured he said something controversial like “Bush hates black people” or something else along those lines.

I needed to know what happened. I went to a few entertainment sites to see if anyone had posted a story yet. Nothing. I refreshed facebook again. More Kanye statuses. But one said something like “Poor Taylor Swift… and I don’t even like Taylor Swift.” So I went to YouTube. I typed in “Kanye West Taylor Swift VMAs” and there is was. Already. A clip of Taylor Swift going on stage to accept her award and Kanye West taking the mic from her to tell Beyonce that she should have won. I’m not going to give you my opinion on the matter, I think you know it already. My point is how crazy it is that I was able to find the answer to my question almost instantly. I was able to learn that I even had a question about 5 seconds after the incident happened.

That is just amazing. By this time my show was over. I turned to MTV to watch the end of the show. Which, by the way, was pretty entertaining. (And I think I should confess that I cried a bit when Beyonce got up to accept her award and said she’d like Taylor to come back up and have her moment. I’m not pregnant or PMSing. I’m really that ridiculous.)

So there I was sitting on the couch. I had just finished watching a reality show that would make one person’s dreams come true and was now watching an awards show based on music videos. I watched reruns of that show on my computer a few minutes after they were seen on television. And I was blogging. All at once. At that moment, I loved technology.

Then I went to work on Monday and started listening to Pandora. I love that site. I had worked hard to make a few radio stations that I can keep on during work. Things that don’t annoy me, don’t embarrass me when people come into my office (like Britney would). So there I was, listening to my custom station when it stopped. This happens every few hours. They want to make sure I’m still listening. I went to that window to click on the button that says that I’m still listening but that button wasn’t there. Instead was a screen that told me that my time had run out and I needed to pay to keep listening. Pay? For Pandora? Are you freaking kidding me? They’ve drawn me in and gotten me addicted. I can’t function without my stations. And now all of a sudden after years of being a free site, they want to charge me??

No sir! I will not pay. I am Chelsea, the hater of technology. I don’t need you. You are nothing to me. I hate you. Pandora. DVDs. Cords. Buttons. Applications. Electricity. Well, maybe not electricity. But the rest of technology, I hate you.

But the blogging must go on.

*Just a kind reminder that The Biggest Loser starts tonight. Don’t miss it!! Please, nobody text message me. I will be watching it after my meeting on DVR.

September 15, 2009 at 9:24 am 19 comments

Becoming THAT Woman

The following post is not my usual; it not dripping in sarcasm! I hope you still enjoy it.

I’ve been blogging for 3 months now. I’ve been pulled into the blogging world unarmed. This is not recommended. There are so many women out there that have amazing blogs. They cook, they sew, they knit, they are photographers, and they are fantastic writers. On top of that, they have beautiful children, a wonderful husband, and a clean house. Oh how I desire that! I have a wonderful husband, but I’m lacking in just about every other area. Stephen and I have talked about this before. We feel that we are good at many things, but not great at anything. And while this may not be a bad thing (or even true) it has the ability to tear you apart. This is definitely a lie that someone down under (and I don’t mean Australia!) is feeding us.

My Bible Study is doing a study called Beauty by the Book. Our church recently had Laurie Cole come speak at a Girl’s Night Out and I thought she was great. Now we’re doing her 6 week study. Last week as I was doing my homework, something happened. I was studying the Ideal Woman and reading Proverbs 31. Now I’ve read this chapter a million times. Maybe even a trillion times. But for the first time, it made me angry. As a teenager I always thought, “I can’t wait to be a wonderful Proverbs 31 woman! I can’t wait to tend to my home and my children and cook and keep the house together. I can’t wait to be blessed and praised by my children and husband.” It seemed so easy back then. Now, as I read through the discription of this woman, I hate her. I hate that I feel so inadequate. I hate that I don’t even have children but can’t seem to keep my house together. I hate that I have no sweet skills. I hate that I can’t wake up before dawn to prepare breakfast or make coverings for the bed. I eat cereal from a styrafoam cup on the way to work! So after reading this and feeling that I am The Queen of Mediocrity, I realized I have issues!

How often do you fall in this trap? How often do you compare yourself to others? God does not call us all to the same life, so why do we compare ourselves to everyone? We discussed this passage last night and went over how important it is to recognize that this is not “A Day in the Life Of”, it’s a panoramic view of her life (nor is it meant to be taken extremely literally; your children don’t need to be clothed in scarlet, and you don’t have to buy a field…). I think the most important part is verses 26-30.

“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her, ‘Many women do noble things but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

So ladies, let’s strive for that! Let’s strive to have the type of character that our husbands want to praise. Let’s speak with wisdom and throw out that bread of idleness! Then slowly, we can take on other challenges. Of course it’s┬ánot a bad thing for me to desire these other talents. I mean, who doesn’t want to make killer chocolate chip cookie for their kids? Or have an inviting home? Or be able to sew their own curtains or pillows or tote bags? This is not wrong, (thank God because I WILL do these things… one day!) it’s just not everything. And goodness, that’s a relief! Nobody expects me to be this woman. Nobody is putting this pressure on me, except me!

And that, my friends, is fantastic news!!

April 7, 2009 at 9:39 am 7 comments


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