Mercury isn’t even in retrograde. I just checked, because despite my skepticism about all things astrological, I want to blame my techie failures in the past twenty-four hours on the alignment of the stars. No such luck, though. Even astrology has failed me. I’m stuck with my own mistakes, me and the increasingly complicated life we all lead these days.
The problems began yesterday as I was driving our new car. The car is fabulous, the nicest one we’ve ever owned because these days we’ll be bisecting the US at least twice a year and probably more. We needed something more comfy than our old, reliable but noisy/bouncy RAV4. So we bought a more luxurious and larger version with more bells and whistles than New Years Eve.
So far so good. Then yesterday on my first solo drive, I decided to call home. That should be easy, right? After all if I could drive this car into my kitchen, it could probably whip up a souffle out of whatever I have in my refrigerator. Having synced it with my iPhone, I thought I was all set.
I told the car to call home. Instead it called my Virginia landscaper, a guy named Mo. No matter how many times I told it not to call him, it ignored me.
Mo, I’m sorry. That crazy phone call from Florida? That’s your former client over on 25th Rd. Say hi to your mom for me, okay? I miss your whole family.
Of course, that’s not what he picked up when he checked his voice mail last night. What he got was more like: “Stop. Cancel. Quit, you stupid phone. Not Mo, HOME! HOME!”
Having survived that adventure, I plowed right into the next one. I decided to use the new BETA editor for my email newsletters. Okay, it wasn’t perfect, but it was fun. I spent the whole afternoon and well into the evening crafting the best newsletter I could. I made lots of changes as I went, and every time I saved, saved, saved. . .
One of my earliest versions went out this morning. You know, the one with the “placeholder” photo at the top instead of the banner I added later. The one with the double spaces between sentences which skewed a couple of paragraphs? Right. That one. And, of course, I was one of the lucky emailing customers this morning. Although I realized the problem right away, my mailing program was really on the ball and sent it before I could pause the campaign. Luckily for me the actual information is all correct as sent, but still. STILL!
Here’s the good news. I know many of you got the newsletter and read it, because less than an hour later I have a bunch of new comments on my last Shenandoah Album post from people who want to enter the giveway. So all’s not lost. Just my patience and my faith in technology. Oh, and poor Mo, who somewhere in Virginia is scratching his head and wondering why a crazy lady from somewhere in Florida is shouting “stop” on his voice mail.
On the subject of the giveaway? The first Quilt Along With Emilie Richards: Wedding Ring went to Amy C, and I’ll draw the next winner today. Don’t forget there are twelve pattern book prizes, so if you haven’t commented yet, you still have time.