Wednesday, October 12, 2005

geek toy

Around about midnight, I realised I was going to have the worst start to a birthday ever - except for that year I got pleurisy. As per usual, Baby start acting up from early evening, and didn't go to sleep until the boy had rocked her to calmness three times, alternating with her need to feed and puke all over herself. It was after 1am by the time she crashed out on our bed, on the side where the boy usually sleeps; the boy having long ago realised that sleeping in the spare room was preferable to being woken up every few hours by the grunts and squawks of a breastfeeding baby.

Someone told the boy about my previous blog post, about him having forgotten my birthday. When he got home yesterday, he indignantly informed me that he'd already pre-ordered my birthday present way ahead in advance. But I had to wait until this morning to find out what it was.

This morning, I snuck out of the bedroom while Baby was still having her cutie sleep, and opened the two packages (as foretold by The Skirt) - inside were a high-tech palm pilot, including phone, camera and web capability and a wireless headset thingy (called a Blue something).

It must have been hideously expensive, and now I'm obliged to wade through the manual and familiarise myself with this gadget's inner workings. While I don't tend to make cell phone calls very often, and am more likely to note down appointments on the wall calender than in a small and easily misplaced electronic device, I reckon it will be useful for reading blogs while Baby's asleep in the lounge (I won't have to risk waking her up by cranking the squeaky door handle to get to the study).

Needless to say, the boy got his apology.

Tonight we celebrate that fact that I am one year closer to mortality (or, on the positive side, one more year of being alive and mostly well), with a restaurant meal - the New World supermarket does a lovely range in pre-cooked roasts and meatloaf...

13 comments:

Nigel Patel said...

Happy birthday!

Kazzer said...

Happy Birthday Violet.
Oh well, beats a vacuum cleaner I suppose. Who says romance is dead?

boudica of suburbia said...

Happy birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!!

Its Blue Tooth I think

best of

xxB

darth said...

happy birthday violet!! what a great present!!

The Editter said...

just let me know if you want a babysitter so you can go for a real restaurant meal!

EB said...

Nice gift! The stylus is the first to go astray and then the whole thing when Baby sees how much you enjoying playing with it.

onscreen said...

hhmmmmm, meatloaf.

The Skirt said...

Oooh, the bluetooth headset must be to use Skype, what a cool present! Free toll calls while you potter around!

Violet said...

Thanks all. It was as nice a birthday as I could have in the circumstances, though as it turned out I managed to pull a back muscle during the day. Still not as bad as getting pleurisy though.

In case you're curious, I had roast pork with crackling :-)

Yep, it's a Blue Tooth - supposedly so I can listen to mp3's and phone calls without those pesky phone cords. No idea what Skype is - an internet-based tolls system?

I'll do my best not to lose them, but they are damned small...

Editter: It's an offer I'd love to take up - perhaps when Baby loses her habit of being so unsettled and hungry in the evenings.

Make Tea Not War said...

>when Baby loses her habit of being so unsettled and hungry in the evenings

If its any consolation I think the colicky evening unsettledness thing is meant to ease off around 3 months.

I have a vague memory it started to for us at about 10 weeks. I seem to remember the bliss of the first evening we managed to eat dinner uninterrupted happening round that time.

happyandblue2 said...

Happy Birthday..

The Skirt said...

Yep it's free toll calls. http://www.skype.com/

glomgold said...

Happy (belated) birthday!
I am addicted to meatloaf. I think it's because I was deprived it as a child.