Sheri’s Top Ten List: Things That Don’t Work

I really really really really dislike things that don’t work the way they are supposed to. We had a “glitch” with The Loopy Ewe website yesterday, that made ordering impossible. (And later, made getting on the website at all, impossible.) Granted, things have gone extremely smoothly since we got it up and running, so maybe we were due, but I’m of the mindset that we should just stay smooth and glitch-free forever. Why do we have to be “due” for a glitch? So here are some things that don’t work, that bug me. (Why would you be interested in this? I don’t know.)

1. COMPUTERS. (Yes, that deserved to be in shouting capital letters.) I don’t like it when I am attempting to do something perfectly reasonable, and the computer fails to understand it. I certainly didn’t mean to add the little comma in the middle of the command that I typed out. Obviously a comma doesn’t go there, so why should that trip the whole thing up? Why can’t the computer think, “Hmm. That is not the place for a comma. She must’ve meant to type this other thing instead.” We can get a man on the moon, but we can’t make a computer that understands that we didn’t mean the typo? (Case in point – why do numbers 6-10 of this list look like a different font? Why isn’t the BOLD feature working on those? Why has everything that I tried to do to fix the situation failed? COMPUTERS.)
DSCF2838.JPG2. Dogs. Well, one dog in particular. When it’s time to go to bed, we let her outside (and back in) one last time. Most nights, I can call her in my sweetest and most inviting voice, and she still just lays there in the family room, looking at me like I’m nuts. (Especially if it is raining or cold out.) I frequently have to go in there, make eye contact with her, and then take her to the back door. Apparently she has me trained needs a personal escort.

3. COMPUTERS. Why does my whole website have to be “wonky” because something somewhere inside my computer (or out there in cyber-world, or on the web-hosts computer) decided that things were not going to work right today? Who delegated that power to them?

4. Shopping. I spent yesterday shopping/lunching with a friend. (She is the recipient of the brown/blue knitted bag from the previous blog and she liked it!) I like shopping. We went to Soft Surroundings and there are too many great things in that store. I found a denim jacket that I liked. Totally impractical. I have enough denim jackets. It didn’t work to tell myself that. I bought it.

5. COMPUTERS. If things aren’t going right, one of the things you can do is close the program down and start over. Or, shut your computer off and re-boot. Why? Why is it that I have to do that? Why can’t the computer/program just FIX itself and start working again? Why do I have to start over, and who decided that that would be the way it works?

DSCF2837.JPG6. Cats. What doesn’t work about cats? Their brains, when they see yarn. Fortunately, Zoe ignores yarn in balls/hanks/skeins, on shelves, on tables, on the floor …. unless there is the slightest little piece pulled out. If there is a loose loop, she is on it with all fours. “Zoe! No yarn!” does not compute, when she is in a wool-induced frenzy.

7. COMPUTERS. More to the point, when they’re supposed to be “talking” to the printer, and printing something out. Why do I sometimes get “printing has stopped”. Who told it to stop? And for what reason? These are things I want to know.

8. Cell phones. I cannot always be thinking ahead. There are some days that I rush out of the house, only to find my cell phone battery dead. Truly, is it my fault that the battery wasn’t charged the night before? I think not. What matters to me the next morning is that the cell phone is not working and I need it to be working.

9. COMPUTERS. More to the point – the internet connection on the computer. I wake up in the mornings and wander into the office to check email. One of the things I count on is being able to get on line. Once in awhile, it doesn’t work. That means that I spend an inordinate amount of time on hold with the high speed internet company, only to then have them tell me that “things look good on this end. It must be on your end.” Inexplicably, the problem usually self-corrects later in the day. All I know is that it didn’t work when I needed it to.

10. Having other things going on in your life when you’d really rather be knitting. Honestly, that just does not work. Who wants to be spending time on other things in life, when there are yarns just waiting to be knit up? Patterns calling your name? Something must be done about that. I’m open to suggestions. I don’t like things that don’t work.

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  1. O’Hear hear! I am so with you on the COMPUTER binge…..drives me NUTS. Mostly because I still don’t know enough about ‘how they work’, who in the dickens came up with ‘their’ language, anyway. Give me a break!!! Sorry, I get terribly frustrated, I have found on working in HTML…..I look for ‘patterns’, I can do that…..sometimes, it actually works. Yesterday, while checking around on some of my favourite blogs I noted that 2 of them hadn’t changed….in many days….now these women are Writers….(Jo and Ms Knitingale) for some reason I had the proverbial lightbulb flash on and went…Hey! ‘refresh’? Did the trick…on both sites,,,,why oh why SHOULD I have to do that?
    Of course your friend liked her new bag, it’s beautiful! Fabulous colours!

  2. Well, I’m a software engineer, and I tell you what, I HATE computers! The reason they misbehave when you most need them to work is BECAUSE THEY CAN! Mac people (especially my sister) will tell you they don’t have “those kinds of problems”. By the time I get home from work I want nothing to do with computers except to check my email. And I really don’t want to hear, “MOOOOOOMMMM, why isn’t the computer working????”. I just got home, how should I know!?!? My response? “Wait until I finish this row.” Yep, knitting is therapy for many problems.

  3. I love your blog and store! I just got sucked in reading about your son going to college and your Gilmore Girl viewing. I actually watch that show with my son and we love it. I am trying to not buy sock yarn right now and your store is NOT helping. I love the yarns you are carrying. As soon as I can, I WILL be buying from you. Thanks!

  4. Hey there Sheri! Thanks for stopping by, us loopy girls must stick together! What’s funny is that I had just heard the latest Lime ‘n Violet podcast where they talked about you (obviously your name made me extra interested 😉 and even checked out your shop. Now I am even more excited to make an order. Keep up the good work!

  5. HATE when my computer goes all wonky on me!!! But with cell phones…….. get one of those thingys that plugs into the outlet (used to be called a cigarette lighter! LOL) in your car and ………….. WAHLA! instant energy for the phone! Now, if you’re jogging in the park or shopping it won’t help much. I’m going to drool all over the yarn in your store now.

  6. Hey Sheri, Hi Neighbor
    I found your blog through the comments on Lynne’s blog, and started reading. I almost gave you a call, then realized how early it was, so I figured I will call later in the day.
    I’m a life long knitter too, just not a sock knitter, until a week ago when I found myself in Columbia while dh was riding in the MS 150, and I decided on a whim to take a toe-up sock class from Bex at Carol Leigh’s Fiber Studio yarn shop. Now I have a sock to finish.
    and we are in somwhat the same position. My eldest graduated college last May, my youngest son will graduate next May, we’ve got my step-daughter away at Georgia, and my youngest stepdaughter lives with us full time as she is a senior in HS. She goes to Lafayette.
    So, can you take a bit of knitting time out of your busy to-do-list day? Want to meet for coffee somewhere? Barnes and Noble on Clarkson? Kadlis in the Valley? Borders over on Manchester? or are you on the other side of the River?

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