I'm taking a break from watching my beloved Green Bay Packers lose because...well, I can't bear to watch them lose. But also because I have one announcement and one funny thing to tell you this week. First the funny thing, because this is why you read this blog, right?
My good friend Marie described our generation as the "sandwich" generation. You know, kids are still home, and now you have to start taking care of your parents? Well, I thought to myself, this is true for Marie. Her son is in college but still living at home and her mother lives near her but Marie stops in several times a week. Now, my kids are still home, that's true, but my parents are healthy and living in their own home a blissful 30 minutes from my house. (Close enough to visit on a regular basis, but too far away to just drop in without calling first.)
Ah, be careful what you think your life is because God has a magnificent sense of humor.
Thursday night I got this text from my mother:
Mom S.: We can't get net flick.
(She has a flip phone and getting the words all correct is a lot for her.)
Me: Pull the cord out of the back of the blu-ray player and then plug it back in.
Mom S. : We don't have a blu-ray player.
Me: Yes you do.
Mom S.: No we don't.
At this point I dial her number because texting her takes too long. "Mom," says I. "You have a blu-ray player. I bought it for you for Christmas two years ago when we also started your subscription to Netflix."
"No, we don't have a blu-ray player. We have a VCR/DVD player combo TV downstairs. That's where we watch most of our movies and such."
Clearly both the blu-ray player and the subscription to Netflix are not being used to their capacity.
"Mom, you have a blu-ray player. Hubby connected it the week before Christmas two years ago. We had to get it so you could get Netflix."
"Well we've never used a blu-ray player. We just turn on the TV and Netflix is there."
It's at this point that I realize something that could only happen to my parents (you didn't think I came by this magical life by accident did you) is happening. "Mom, go get Dad."
I hear her yell for him downstairs. My father, since his retirement, all but lives in the basement. My mother has no idea what he does down there, and it bugs her. I suggested she ask him. She said she didn't want to disturb him. Then I, in a moment of unbridled snark, suggested he was watching porn. She, of course, pooh-poohed this. I mean, of COURSE he's not. But still...it's a joke worth carrying around a while, especially since she complains that she doesn't know what he's doing but she refuses to ask him.
As I listen to my father stomp up the stairs I tell my mother to look at her TV set up. I say, "What do you see?"
"The TV. The Direct TV Box...and oh....there's a little box right there!"
"MA! That's the blu-ray player!"
"Donny! Look at this! We had a blu-ray player!"
"We don't have a blu-ray player!"
Then I hear them mumble some sort of disagreement. When that breaks up my mother says, "But there's no place to put a DVD or a blu-ray."
"MA...you have to open it with the remote."
"We don't have a remote."
"Yes, you do. Go check on the table by dad's chair." I know full well they have several remotes on that table.
"Oh yes, here we go. But it's not working."
"Are you pushing the eject button?"
At this point Hubby has arrived home. Now I would normally just drive up there and fix this myself, but given how technology NOT INCLINED my parents are, there's a good chance they've done something to their WiFi in the process of trying to get Netflix to work, so I know I'm going to need him.
As I'm explaining the situation to him, I hear laughing on the other end of the phone. It's my mother. "We figured out why the remote won't work!"
"Let me guess...no batteries?"
As we drive the 30 minutes to their house, hubby and I decide that they knew, at one time, about the blu-ray and that they removed the batteries, probably to put in some other remote because Hubby set that thing up to WORK batteries and all.
When we get there it takes us about four minutes to sort out the problem. Apparently, for the last two years my parents have had the blu-ray player ON and so yes, when they turned on the TV they had the option of Netflix. But at some point all good technology must hiccup and thus theirs did. Had they been aware of their player, they could have simply unplugged it and plugged it back in I could have eaten dinner at a normal hour.
While Hubby is sorting through the pile of remotes on my dad's table, and instructing him which ones to throw out, I'm resetting my parent's Netflix password because, my mother, several months ago, forgot the password and CALLED Netflix to change it. (First of all...called? ) Then she wrote the new password down and forgot where she put it.
I introduced her to the "forgot password?" button.
Now, my mother's reasoning for this complete lack of...I don't know, what do you call it when you completely forget you own a piece of equipment that's sitting six inches beneath the TV you watch every day?...is that her life is so busy with stuff. Then she read a list of things she "HAD" to do the month after we gave her the blu-ray player. (Now, first of all, she was able to put together that list in the 30 minutes it took us to drive up there, but she didn't remember she HAD the thing in the first place? I see a problem in priorities.)
That started a big argument between her and my father about why he takes naps during the day. Hey, he's retired. He should be able to eat when he wants to and sleep when he wants to. He's not the one who bogged his schedule down with church and social activities, most of which involve driving someone to a doctor's appointment. (Seriously, her whole list of stuff for one week was driving half a dozen people I barely know to appointments.) I suggested that he be allowed to stay up all night if he wanted to and sleep all day. It's what I would do.
My mother said, "NO! It's annoying!"
I said, "To whom?"
She said, "TO ME!"
With the password updated...and written down...and the useless remotes tossed and the blu-ray player fully functioning, we got in our car and headed home. On the way home I told Hubby about my secret book of passwords, a book I use to keep track because I swear I need a password for everything. I also informed him that when we are retired (which will be about three months before we die of old age since given our current political and economic climate we'll never get to retire) I'm going to stay up all night if I want to and nap all day. I do now, anyway.
And now the announcement!
Today I've released the second in my Nora Hill Mystery series: Superhero in Superior in print form. Those of you who read things on devices will just have to wait one more week!
I'm very excited about this book and where this series is going and I hope you enjoy it too!
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