(continued from monday)
Fast forward from the Fan-of-Frank-Gilbreth era to my senior year of high school. (1994-95) At that time, all the buzz was about this new-fangled thing called "The Internet." Many of us during that time kept hearing about it, but didn't quite understand what it was. I remember, during my senior year, sitting in the sunroom in my parent's house, discussing Bill Gates' new book, The Road Ahead. I also remember MCI commercials (featuring a young Anna Paquin) which added to the suspense of what The Internet was all about.
(sidenote: I later went on to work for WorldCom MCI from 2000-2002, but that's an entirely different story. Now, when I think back on those MCI commercials from my senior year, I tend to think of what Bernie Ebbers must've been doing at that time--working hard in Mississippi, aquiring telecom firm after telecom firm until finally achieving the blockbuster merger with MCI in 1998.)
I didn't actually witness The Internet myself until my freshman year of college. It was in an Educational Technology class and we were given a list of 10 popular sites to choose from. The first website I ever visited was Epicurious.
(sidenote: Ellie, you'll have to tell your story of Daddy taking you up to work to see this mysterious thing called The Internet. You were doing a research project on someone.....Pearl Buck? or maybe Ann Rand?)
My point is, in all of this internet talk, the cultural emphasis at the time was upon efficiency via all of this new technology. Bill Gates was talking about how great it is to be paperless, and computers were being touted as the key to making our lives easier and more streamlined.
In my early twenties, as a new bride trying to set up house, I decided that I would use our new (and gigantic, I might add) desktop computer for everything I possibly could. Checkbook and budgeting? On the computer. Our family address book? On the computer. Meal Planning and recipe collections? On the computer.
I used Accuchef as my recipe software. It had all of the features I was looking for. The only real downside was that I had to physically type in all of my recipes. But then, once that was done, it was smooth sailing.
Here's how it worked: Say I was going to plan my meals for the week. I would just drag and drop, putting each recipe I needed onto the appropriate day. Then, I would print out a copy of the meal plan. THEN (and this is the best part), I would use the Shopping List Manager part of the software to instantly generate a grocery list. Accuchef would give me a nice list of all the ingredients I needed for the entire week (based on the recipes I'd selected for my meal plan.) Even better, Accuchef would print the shopping list according to food category (all of the dairy together, etc). Even better than that, I was able to enter in the aisle information from my local grocery store and therefore customize my list even more....I could effortlessly plan my meals, and then I could effortlessly print off my nice little grocery list of what I needed to pick up on each aisle.
(sidenote: I find it so ironic that I had this watertight system back in the season of my life when I went to the grocery store all by myself?!?!?!? If there was ever a time time when I should've been able to just fly by the seat of my pants, it should've been then, during the days of freedom and whimsy which existed in my life before I had precious little people to take to the store along with me! ha! :-))
to be continued...
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on a totally different note...
There was a blog I stumbled upon once which had a very cute sub-heading:
"Read by Tens of People Every Day"
That really made me smile.
I'd like to say to the tens of people who occasionally read this blog, I really appreciate your comments (some of them here on the blog & sometimes by friends in person.) Regarding the blog comments, they *always* make me smile and I wanted you to know that. Thank you!
((Allison, I was glad to read in the comments the other day that you heart Laura Ashley dresses. It's a good thing, cause I now I know what I can get you for Christmas (via ebay)...an old school maternity Laura Ashely dress (floral...big bow on the front...drop waisted...ankle length.) You're going to love it. And you can give it to Sarah Barry as a hand me down for her next pregnancy. :-) ))
((Michelle, I love your idea of a swap! Let's do it!))
((Ellen, I cannot believe that Carl's dad met Mrs. Gilbreth. That gives me an honest-to-goodness five degrees of separation from FRANK HIMSELF!! Frank --> Mrs. G --> Carl's dad --> Carl --> me!!))
Random lego picture to close out my post. I love seeing lego creations around the house.