Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I'm the doofus in this relationship.



Happy July!! I have just one message for summer: Slooooow doooown, friend. You are going much too fast for my liking!

I wanted to post a vlog here today, but I didn't have time to upload the video from Eric's phone, which is what I've been using to film. Ugh...that brings me to the point of today's post.

Around Father's Day I was seeing a lot of posted articles about dads being portrayed as the big stumbling bumbling idiots of the family on TV and how it was a really unfair portrayal of husbands and fathers everywhere. I get that, and I can't say that I disagree with it. When you think about it, a lot of shows do portray dads that way! But what kind of made me laugh was that in our family, the dynamic is the exact opposite of what you typically see on TV.

I am the idiot. Haha.

Okay, so I'm not saying that I really am an idiot, but sometimes I wonder about myself. :) I'm not the most technologically savvy person on the planet, so when something goes wrong around here with our gadgets, I have no idea what to do. I am lost. And if our lives were constantly videotaped, you would see a zoom-in of my face in a very puzzled state most of the time.

Eric understandably freaks out a bit when the kids drop-kick computers and dunk our phones in the toilet and all of that. We have paid for our stuff to be repaired over and over again. So one day, when Reagan splashed lemonade on our new camera, I panicked. "Noooo....this can't be happening! I'll get blamed for it!" Haha.

So what did I do? Well. I searched around for the remedy that we usually use when our phones get wet. I looked for something called silica beads in our cabinets, and I found it - eureka! I took our camera, dropped it in the bag of beads, and felt pretty good about myself. Whew, problem solved. That camera will dry out in no time.

What was I thinking?

Silica beads are basically the equivalent of sand.

I took our camera and intentionally dropped it in a bag of sand.

I admit that I did have one split second of hesitation before I plunked it in that bag. But then my "common sense" kicked in and I thought If it doesn't hurt our phones it won't hurt this camera, right? Plunk.


The next time we went to use our camera, the lens wouldn't open. You could hear the beads inside of the lens as it tried to expand and retract. Eric looked at me, eyes wide as saucers, and an expression that said, "What did you DO?" I had to tell him the whole thing.

I do sort of wish that part had been on tape.

Apparently cell phones and camera lenses aren't the same thing...who knew? And what I did was the absolute worst thing I could ever do. And getting the camera repaired is going to pretty much cost the same amount as the camera. Not to mention that Eric said that camera was built to get a little wet, so if I had done NOTHING, it likely would have been just fine.

See what happens when the doofus tries to fix the problem? We are all "I Love Lucy" up in here.

All of that is to say, I haven't been able to film in quite a few weeks with our regular camera, because it has sat full of silica beads while we debate on whether or not it's worth getting it repaired or to just buy a cheaper camera. And I totally admit that it was my blunder and that SUCKS, because I don't like to admit that I do such foolish things. But that's the way of it. Something in my brain just turns off when it comes to those new-fangled gadgets. Not smart. I am not smart.

I imagine our television show ends each night with Eric's hands on his temples while I shrug and look straight at the camera with a dopey grin. "That's Adrien!" the crowd chants.

Story of our lives..... :)

4 comments:

Cassie said...

OH NO!!!

I mean, it WAS a good idea.....

Adrien said...

Haha, right? That's what I thought! Whoops! :)

Heather said...

Well I'm in good company, because I never would have thought twice about putting it in those beads. Never.

Adrien said...

It's so funny, after the fact I thought it was so obvious. Like, duh! I would never put my camera in the sand at the beach, haha. (The beads look bigger than they are in that picture.) Luckily Eric doesn't pick on me too much. :D But I definitely felt dumb.

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