Sometimes any update sucks


Morning all, I’m again trying to get the braincells firing. There are days when that is just cruel. I did have good dreams last night. I woke in a very good mood.

Yes, write that down on the calendar, while it is not a first, it is quite rare. I sat down to use my tablet and bam. Nope. Even with autoupdate on, there were over 20 updates waiting, and audible was not working.

Crap. Dirty drawers. Great big balls of snot rolling downhill. Nothing can be done but update and reinstall what I can.

I have over 300 audiobooks with audible. That number grows every month. If I am not actively watching a video or listening to music, I have either a podcast or a book running in the background. Last night, I had just done a major dump of files, meaning I had downloaded probably 10 G of books.

I wear a headset 90 percent of the time. My husband has a noise phobia. Imagine living in a public library with a guardian who says Shh or demands absolute silence all of the time. That is mild compared to our lives. He has adapted as much as he can, but there are days when I fart, loudly, in the dining room, on purpose.

My headphones, and needing to be silent are total necessity. Even my smart tv has headphones. My favorite pairs are noise cancelling themselves. They are designed to be in either a factory setting or on the range. My serenity, linked directly to zoom meetings, and to prayer, is also directly tied to these headphones. So, having the tablet not working like it had when I went to bed, I panicked.

I put my headphones on, at least to cancel out the white noise machines in the background, and I got to work. White noise machines: Fans that he must have running 24/7/365 per year. I even have 2 directly by my desk to cover the sound of the keyboard I am using. The noise of these fans is loud enough to drown out a radio. I have a hard time hearing anything with these things running.

Back to the tablet. I reinstalled audible, updated 19 other apps, and restarted the device. I also installed a few other backup apps in order to make sure that I would have something to listen to if this ever happened again. I did not go crazy. I didn’t react, other than a mild sense of panic. If absolutely necessary, I can go to plan C, which is to hook up to my phone, and reformat the tablet. The biggest problem with the current system is the opportunity for failure.

I always look how to make each task more efficient. Even knitting. I look for how to organize, how to change the order of operations, how to make things easier, and often “lazier” if you could believe it. This is why I got the wheelchair before I really needed it. Cooking and cleaning while standing and in pain were impossible. It is why I learned certain stretches and exercises, so that my hands can continue to knit and sew. It’s why I do this or that which seems insane to others.

When Corona hit, the hubs and I were already doing many of the measures which others had to learn to adapt to doing. Imagine, a woman in the wheelchair, pushing a cart through a large store, in order to pick up her weekly shopping. I have done this many times, as those electric shopping carts are not worth the weight of my cell phone. So, when online ordering and curbside pick up became available we switched.

Even books in my life changed as a part of adopting and adapting to circumstances. I have been an audible member for quite a few years. I would get the free membership book, and a few others for a few months. Then I would cancel, enjoy those books while listening to podcasts in the meantime.

I was also an earlier adopter of kindle. Books, even recovery books, are heavy, and so when phones and tablets allowed me to read, you betcha I spent the money on kindle books. My Bible, many of my physical books, any book that was replaceable were moved to the kindle. When kindle allowed me to upload my pdfs, ya sure, I was happy. With the first stimulus check last year, I also bought the last of my recovery library in order to be able to have my recovery with me at all times.

However, like I said, this morning, having updates, which I hadn’t planned for go through.. … I’m going to have to come up with a solution for the problem. Plan A. Check for updates before bed, and start the download process. Plan B, do it when I wake up. Plan C, etc… When I get to plan Z in any situation, I then go to plan A1, B1 and etc.. Note: this is something my sponsor and I came up with around the time my husband and I moved in together. Plans A-Z, then A1-Z1, and on and on. I still use the solution to pre-existing problems today.

I had better get busy. I have less than 2 hours before the first of the daylight scheduled things begins, and I am certain that another cup of coffee is going to be required before then. I also need to edit this post. Hugs. -L

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