Archive for July, 2013

Delhi Safari

They stand under four feet tall. Their hands and feet are adorably little. They wear small clothes, love tiny toys and have a favorite stuffed friend that is just the right size for cuddling.

But their feelings are so very big.

Preschoolers aged 2-5 years can have emotions that demand attention, validation, and resolution. They are intense, entangled, confusing, and surprisingly sophisticated. They produce tears and then suddenly, smiles.

These feelings overcome a child because it is something that is new and they do not know how to react.

The Brookie is 2 years old now and I have noticed that she has moved on from the “baby” shows to more “big kid” shows. She gets about 3 hours of  “screen time” a day and she will watch some TV or play games on the tablet.

The movie in question, ” Delhi Safari”,  started out great but took a sad turn in the first few minutes. I was sitting there watching with The Brookie then I heard a sob… She looked up at me with tears in her eyes, ” He’s dead… and now the baby don’t have a daddy.” I was stopped stone cold. “ummm… yeah his daddy pasted away and it is very sad. Look how sad the baby is now sweetie.” She was very emotional at this point and we cuddled each other on the couch. I told her that it is just a movie and it will get better. After a short break we started watching again.

The conversation that we had during that break was about emotions and how they are okay to feel. Little ones have these emotions and do not know how to react to them. This is where you need to explain what they are feeling. The Brookie was sad because what happened in the movie. She needed to know that it is okay to feel that way the she needed to react to that feeling. There is no need to hold it in and let it fester inside her. The same comes with frustration, anger, happy, anxiety, etc. All of these “new” things that she is feeling can be overwhelming and she can react the same way to different situation. It is important to express those feelings and let them out. (It is okay to cry you know) Sometimes she will tell us to leave her alone when she is upset so we let her do her thing. Within a few minutes she will come to us for comfort.

Our little ones are capable to have strong emotions and they need to learn how to deal with them. Just like adults need to do the same. It is safe to talk to people about your feelings. I grew up in a family that did not show much emotion and I still have issues with expressing mine today. That is something that I am still working on, but that does not mean that I tell my little one it will be okay and you need to stop when she is feeling different. Let those feelings out and explain the feeling to the little one. We have been doing this since The Brookie was 6 months old and I believe we have set the building stone for someone that will not be afraid to talk to someone when she is getting overwhelmed.


There are certain things in life that make things easier for me. A great example is that “personal assistant” on my phone that is meant to make things totally hands free while I am driving. But what happens when things go wrong? What random things does this insolent creature do against me, despite my best efforts? I really think my assistant conspires with The Wife to make me look stupid.


Me: Assistant.
Assistant: How may I help you?
Me: Text The Wife.
Assistant: What is the message?
Me: I called and they said this week. (referring to someone I called…they said this week.)
Assistant: Sending, I carved in a turkey creek.
Me: WHAT?!? Cancel. CANcel. CANCEL!
Assistant: Message sent.
Me: Oh freakin wonderful…
Assistant: Message from The Wife, LMAO Huh???
Me: Assistant
Assistant: How may I help you?
Me: Text The Wife.
Assistant: Searching “test”.
Me: NO! Text The Wife!
Me: Cancel!
Assistant: Found 10 Million results for “test”.
Me: Seriously?!?
Assistant: Searching Serenity.

Yup. It’s definitely a conspiracy.

Today’s random thought:
Christian Bale would have made a better Neo…

Moto X?

Posted: July 7, 2013 in Gadgets
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moto xI have always been a fan of Motorola phones starting way back in my days of the StarTAC in 1997. (has it really been 15ish years?)The signal strength always seemed a little better than other phones and they were just a little bit more cool. Evolution over the years has brought us all to the day of the smartphone. Who has the most powerful, and biggest(?) screen, along with high def video. Honestly I don’t care about high def video on a 5 inch screen. I want to use my smartphone for email, social networking, texting, etc… I have been following this top secret device that Motorola has been calling “the X phone” for a few months and some information has been “leaked” along with the since of mystery. No one really knows what the actual specs are going to be other than a possible “clear pixel” camera. Let’s just say there is a technology that takes better photos in low light and batter focus. That means fewer blurs of the The Brookie.

Enter the Moto X, with rumors flying around everywhere that a phone is going to be released that is made in the USA and fully customizable. The ad that was released states, “The first smartphone that you can design yourself, because today you should have the freedom to design the things in your life to be as unique as you are.” The rumor mill has long held that the Moto X will be a fully customized phone—i.e., one users can effectively “design” much the way you can customize a PC when you order it online. Yet nobody knows exactly what that might mean.

The phone will potentially use a pair of processors that enable “always-on” sensors to remain contextually aware of what’s going on around its user (it’s unclear if those processors will be manufactured by Qualcomm. Again, these are rumors—anything is possible). With this supposed function, the phone will apparently react differently to various use cases. If you’re driving, for instance, it won’t allow you to bring up the text messaging application. Or if you need to snap a photo, it will immediately launch the camera application as soon as you pull it out of your pocket.

I am really not sure what Motorola has up their sleeves, but it is very interesting why this is not a powerhouse, top of the line phone, but a mid-grade device focused on the user. Technology has grown leaps and bounds the last few years, but does Motorola have a diamond in the rough? I have thought about this the last few weeks and I am starting to agree that I don’t need the biggest, baddest device on the market. I want a solid device with the features that I want. Period. Agree with me or not, use your phone and tell me there is not this one thing that you would like to do with your phone, but can’t. I’m not saying the this phone will be able to do everything, but what I am saying is that it looks like we may have a choice soon of what we want on our phone and not deal with the extra crap.

Motorola has set up a small invite only conference for the 11th and I can not wait to see what everyone has to say.