Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Slice of Life 2018- 28 of 31

For the month of March, I am participating in the Eleventh Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. That means that I am writing every day for the month of March in the good company of the Two Writing Teachers community. 

There are days, like today, when technology feels unfriendly. 

I don't want to know how much time I have spent today watching the circle spin on my screen while something didn't load. 

I don't want to know how many times I've gotten that message from google asking if I want to kill the page or wait. How did they ever decide to use the term "kill the page" anyway?

I don't want to know how long I spent figuring out how to situate post-it templates in such a way that I could print perfect sticky notes for a lesson tomorrow because when I did finally create the PERFECT sticky notes and get them all set for printing, my printer gave the message that it was out of ink and I'd need to replace the cartridge before I could print---and, no, I can't email my document to myself and print it at school because my printer at school has been out of toner for TWO WEEKS and I'm waiting for the new cartridge for that one to arrive.

I don't mean to yell. 

There just are days, like today, when technology feels unfriendly. 

At least I have a good book. 

Happy Slicing,


  1. I feel your pain. When I got home from New York Monday and wanted to write my slice, for some reason my computer was offline. I had to dig out the wifi password, enter it twice (because, of course, I entered it incorrectly the first time. Yelling, by the way, might not improve the problem but it helps keep us sane.

  2. Yep, still plenty of days like that. But not like years ago, when every day was like that. It's still frustrating ...

  3. Those days are frustrating - I always think that buffering circle is the world's way of saying "slow down." Trying to be an optimist a guess. Hope you get it printed somehow --and that it was a good book!

  4. I suspect you’ll get many responses from teachers who say “me too” to this post, but I’ve never had to wait two weeks for a toner cartridge. Right now I’m dealing w/ disappearing email. BTW, I write a post earlier in the moth (Teacher things I have to do: Teacher things I get to do) and said waiting for tech support is something I have to do. Next day it arrived. My tech person had read the post!

  5. Tech is supposed to make our lives easier and more connected but when it doesn't work nothing feels harder or more disconnected. Tasks that should take minutes take hours or days-it can get ugly unless I try to "breathe" into that space and give myself a time out. Wishing you peace as you you stare into the spinning wheel of doom!

  6. I always refer to my little rainbow circle on my MacBook as “the wheel of death.” I swear that sucker only pops up at the time when I need it to NOT do so.

    Hang in there. Technology is frustrating...especially when we need to rely on it!

  7. I'm so glad to hear this rant. I think we all live it. Right now I am also mad at technology, for different reasons. But, the ink crisis! I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Yell all you want. We have all been there.

  8. Yikes! Message from the universe to go low tech, for today anyway.

  9. OH CAN I RELATE! Just when one things works perfectly, something else falls apart. It's like a part of the universe is trying to keep things in balance.

  10. Hopefully the book isn't digital. Ha. There are certainly days like that. Technology is great when it is your friend, but when it isn't.....