Being a mom is the toughest job I’ve ever held. It is packed with joy and sweet rewards, but it takes a lot of time and some days more patience than I feel I can possibly have packed inside of me. Add to this the duties of wife, daughter, grand-daughter, volunteer, cook, maid and blogger and my day is solid. I’m not complaining. I have a good life. I am surrounded by people I love and doing what I want to do.
I am not a logical person. I am driven by passion and emotion. I try and think things through with reason, but let’s face it my heart does the tugging. My children impress me. Jake and Zac are older and we have grown up conversation. They are starting their own lives and it can be difficult to watch them error, but the joy that rises in my soul from seeing them become these great men negates anything but love.
My boys are tech savvy. They introduce me to websites, apps and show me shortcuts on the computer.
Zac and I have the same smart phone. I am always telling him, “Your phone is better than mine”…technology is not my strong suit and the reality is it’s just that the user is far more “hip” than I.
I’m the blogger at the event trying to figure out how to “check in” using an app, or delayed because I struggle to send a tweet, using the hashtag for the event. I don’t let it get me down, I’m learning to do more. I’m just someone who lives out-loud, in the moment and face to face.
Recently, we were chosen to be Dell Ambassadors and I’m feeling more confident. I’m seeing technology as a friend. I’m thinking of it more as my super power, after all, my computer connects me to you, to my family, to my sisters, to friends I wouldn’t otherwise have met, or reconnected with without it. My computer and I have built this blog, written articles for magazines and enhanced so much of my life.
This is my family:
They are the people I lean on, am strong for, belong to and work to do more for every day. They are sometimes flaws, frivolous, frugal and always fabulous. They are my heartstrings and headaches, but in the end they are mine. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Computers at home link us to a world beyond the one contained within our home’s walls. They connect us to work, to friends, to family far away. They provide a social experience and help us stay on task.
My husband is in some ways more tech savvy than I am…he once worked in Silicone Valley during the dot com era. I’m more hands on…what will the computer help me accomplish? Is it easy to navigate? I’m not patient so is it fast? And just how is it going to impact my carpel tunnel that flairs up too often? And then there are the kids. The kids who as soon as I sit down to the computer want to know if they can use it. The kiddos who think a computer should be for Club Penguin, Facebook and sometimes school work.
Technology is a beautiful thing…I can log on from home to view my children’s grades, find additional curriculum to help them in subjects they are struggling with and reward them for anything.
As part of the #DellDozen, a team of twelve women who are learning and sharing how to #domore using Dell, I received a new Dell Inspirion 14z.
Remember, my husband understands the technical aspects of computers, but when it arrived, I set it up. All. By. Myself. That’s right, I followed the easy to follow instructions and we were up and running in a flash!
The most common thing heard around the Dell Inspirion is, “This is light weight!” Imagine a 4.2 pounds for a lap top–not just any laptop…a 14-inch laptop!
Dell has really outdone themselves with the beauty of this ultrabook. It’s cool enough for my older boys and appealing to my macho husband. It’s sleek.
It offers a 14 inch screen and is just 0.8 of an inch thick. It’s truly a beauty and it runs more than just looks deep. Inside delivers ultra-mobility and speed. It’s portable, fast-booting and with a long 8-hour battery life music and movies on the go just got a whole lot easier. It offers a 14″ HD display, built in skullcandy stereo speakers , a built in DVD drive and optional discrete graphics. It’s a pint-sized powerhouse!
The trackpad is sensitive. Some of us love this feature, while others aren’t big fans. It appealed tremendously to our 22 year old, and not so much to the husband. Perhaps it’s age and agility. Either way it gets the job done.
In the first picture you can see on the laptop what is known as the Dell Stage. It’s a quick-launch toolbar that appears on the home screen. It’s designed to allow you to store, find and access media. MusicStage, PhotoStage, VideoStage and SyncUP powered by Nero, enabling you to seamlessly stream movies and music between Dell devices. Age seems to play a part in this feature as well, the older we are the less we like this feature, however those 22 and under can’t get enough of this feature.
The Dell Inspirion is allowing us to #DoMore on the go with it’s portability, performance and value. The battery life and fact that it weighs barely four pounds makes it genius!
I was given an XPS 13 and an Inspiron 14z in conjunction with my participation in the DellDozen campaign. I was not told what to write, and all thoughts an opinions are my own.