* giddy grin and excited hand waving from Spider Girl *
I'm not a Luddite. Regular readers of my blog would have to surmise that I spend a fair amount of time communing with my computer after all. And I'm quite fond of my camera, and my DVD player, etc.-- all those entertaining little gadgets that make life more complicated and more fun.
But I sometimes have a hard time warming up to new technology. Even old technology for that matter. I have to be convinced of its worth. I don't want it to be an unholy headache figuring out what buttons to push. Said gadget needs to earn my love by being child-like in its simplicity.
In this case, my poor scanner has sat to the left of my monitor for time out of mind: untouched and unloved, looked upon as an unfortunate waste of space and money. Once upon a time I had owned another scanner. Oh! I had so many plans for it!
But let's just say it was not user-friendly. Henceforth, all other scanners appearing in my home were to be on my "Bah!-I-can-do-without-it" List. Until....
Last night, as Jeff watched me painfully cutting out felt pieces to make a felt-board story for my preschool story-time, he suggested I just scan the pictures from the storybook and glue them onto the felt. He suggested it would save time. He suggested it would be easier.
I suggested I was skeptical and not terribly keen to learn.
But he was right! It's not hard to use at all. Boy, am I feeling sheepish. My scanner is no longer an extra shelf- to- put- things- on.
Now I can scan old photos...the picture in this post was one taken before the days I owned a digital camera. (Yes, the conversion from film to digital was painful for me too. Now I promote digital photography with the religious zeal of the newly-converted.)
It's a photo of me taken by my friend Tai on our back-packing trip around the British Isles in 1999. I am sitting among the stone columns in the Roman Garden and Hypocaust in Chester, England, a shady, peaceful park next to a ruined abbey and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre.
I've been hoping to put more travel journals on line eventually and I can't help but hope this new scanning ability I have is going to be helpful. Oh, I'm just so tickled. :)