I feel like a total moron when I can't get things to work, or work in the way that I think they are supposed to work. Now most of this is about electronics and computery things, and I battle between trying to cut myself some slack because this isn't second nature to me since I didn't grow up with it, and slamming myself because geez Louise, a freaking 8-year-old can figure this out 100 times faster than me. And also, I swear that even if I do figure it out, I either can't remember what I did the next time I need to do it, or it's been updated and improved (HA) and I have to learn a new way to work something. Here are just a few of my current frustrations:
Google Play - music: Sam has a family subscription to Google Play, and very nicely shared it with us. I haven't used it much until recently, but love how you can add pretty much any song or album to your playlist. I wanted to add those songs to my iTunes account so I could put them on my shuffle(!) but after getting partway through that process, I realized that I didn't own the songs, so I couldn't download them without purchasing them. OK, I get that. So in reality, I'm not that frustrated with Google Play, I just wish I had a million dollars to buy all the music I'm listening to (and for real, if I already own the album from the olden days, I'm not paying for the music AGAIN).
Sirius XM: I love having satellite radio in my car. I got a one year subscription for free when I bought the Duchess, and after that expired, I was able to get a 5 month deal for $25. OK, sure - I get that much enjoyment out of listening to all kinds of music while I drive, as it's one big sing-a-long in my car, even if it's just me in there. But god forbid I forget to get back with Sirius before that 5 month deal is up, because they automatically will charge my credit card for a very expensive one year subscription, and then I have to call them and go through a huge rigamarole to get the charge reversed and get the dang 5 month deal again. So last week when this happened - AGAIN - I just canceled my subscription. I'm tired of playing their games.
And speaking of my car, which I love love love, don't get me wrong - I have to also say that I feel like a moron whenever I need to do something with the onboard computer system. Because it's not speaking my language, and trying to do something simple like change the color of the interior lights (YES I LIKE TO DO THIS, I'M REALLY TWELVE) ends up being much harder than it should be. And, in the computer-related complaints, each key fob is different. So, say, if Jeff and I shared the car, my key fob would have the car settings to my liking (including the radio)(and the interior light colors), while his key fob would be different. BUT. Both are mine, and I have one in my regular purse, and one in my running/gym bag. Do you think I've managed to make them both match? Of course not. Sidenote: why am I driving a computer?
Getting back to that whole iPod shuffle/Google Play music thing - you might be wondering why don't I simply run with my phone, since it has all the music I like on it plus I can have as many playlists as I want. Well, because I generally don't run with my phone. I could, especially now that I'm back to wearing my Orange Mud Hydraquiver backpack - it would be easy enough to slip the phone in the zippered compartment - but I like the lightweight tiny shuffle. If I were a hashtagger, I'd hashtag myself DINOSAUR. Change is hard for my brain.