May 02, 2007

Fatal Alert

I rely on my Palm Pilot, a.k.a. my Portable Brain, to remind me to do everything from sending birthday greetings to watering the garden to grocery shopping. Without my Palm, I am directionless. Helpless. Hopeless. This is why I made sure I had a back-up Palm.

One of my Portable Brains apparently suffered a ruptured aneurysm this morning. This evening I tried to breathe some life back into it with the help of Back-Up Brain. The result? This:



If I forget your birthday, I apologize. If my garden dies, you'll know why. If I starve to death -- ah, we know there's no danger of that happening, at least. My brains may be broken, but my appetite lives on.

Which reminds me, I am recanting my statement about wearing a muumuu the next time I'm in a wedding party, so if anyone knows where someone with an SUV in the pants can find a flattering, black, breathable, non-wrinkling knee-length dress suitable for a summer wedding, let me know.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I put a message in my Palm Pilot to email my cellphone to log onto my Facebook to forward to myspace to ask my mommy to buy me a small spiral notbook and a stubby pencil. Hey kids, a pencil is a portable manual writing apparatus (PMWA). Errors can be easily deleted with an onboard writing removal device (OWRD). Your elders refer to this as an eraser.
Both the PMWA and the OWRD operate without batteries and need minimal maintenance.
Ralph (Back in the day old school guy) I LOL out loud at you. :)

Rob K said...

Fatal Alert? Isn't that the movie where Sharon Stone wears a muumuu?

I don't carry one of these electronic things. I'm one of the few people left on the earth who carries an appointment book.

I get a lot of jokes, but on the plus side it never breaks down.

Calamity Jen said...

What if your pencil breaks or your pen runs out of ink?

Anonymous said...

What if your pencil breaks or your pen runs out of ink?

Thay would be a calamity, Jen.

Ralph

Rob K said...

Post-it Notes for all hands!!!

Katyola said...

Try Ann Taylor Loft or regular Ann Taylor — I can always find a dress or pretty separates. But can I make a plea for a non-black dress? This may be the old Southerner in me talking, but I consider it bad luck to wear all-black to a wedding. I'd at least wear a pattern.

I like this one, for a daytime wedding: http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=5726&N=1200012&pCategoryId=199&categoryId=211&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_211&ap2&&defaultColorNameFromCategory=Brown&defaultSizeTypeFromCategory=Misses

Calamity Jen said...

That's a very pretty dress, feminine without being over the top. Black is the bride's choice, however, so I need to respect that.

Anonymous said...

the bride chose black because it's easy for people to choose their own dresses....but the black will be accented with colour in a variety of ways-not to worry!

Calamity Jen said...

Yep, pink daisies. It's going to be lovely!

Katyola said...

Oh, you're a bridesmaid! I thought this was a dress to wear as a guest. Then, absolutely, you need to listen to the bride. I'd say, though, it's a good idea to wear something in a natural fiber, so you'll be able to breathe. But no linen. That will wrinkle if someone looks at you funny.

bitchwhoblogs said...

I so feel your pain with the whole palm thing. I just had to go to paper as my supposedly fool proof Trio offed its hardwired synch mechanism and its beaming capabilities to lock 435 contacts insides its badass self while making every local call a roaming call. The pain of hand entering those contacts is more than I can bear. I am now madly doing some creative exporting to webbased applications to salvage junky old data.

And you look fab in that brown dress.

Calamity Jen said...

Thanks, Katy and BWB. You gals are far more fashion savvy than I'll ever be. Any suggestions for non-wrinkling natural fibers? I thought that rayon might work, but someone told me that it's almost as bad as linen for wrinkling.

If only they made dresses out of that moisture-wicking material used in sports uniforms...

Anonymous said...

If only they made dresses out of that moisture-wicking material used in sports uniforms...

The next great idea. Just do it.
Pun intended.
Ralph

Katyola said...

I'd try a cotton knit dress with just a smidget of lycra, so it won't wrinkle and will hold its shape. I think I might have found just the dress: http://www.travelsmith.com/jump.jsp?itemID=7867&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C250%2C465&iProductID=7867&sortBy=0

I have a Travelsmith dress made from the same fabric, and it really doesn't wrinkle. Plus, I love this dress's sweetheart neckline. Very cute.

Calamity Jen said...

Oooo, I like it! Might be a bit too long (although personally I prefer to hide my scarred-up shins). I'll have to see if they have any in pear-shaped sizes.

Thanks for the tips!

bitchwhoblogs said...

My all time fave little black dress is by the folks at Patagonia - I think I got it from Athleta's online store. Anyway, its a great totallly wrinkle proof dress made of essentially yoga pants material, but it looks ot.

blushone said...

hey jenni! let me know when you go shopping for your dress and i'll try an join you. =)