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It’s hard to believe my baby is going into the 10th grade this year. It’s also hard to believe I haven’t yet taught him to be organized. Wait, maybe that’s because it’s a skill I learned like last year, so it’s not exactly my strong suit either. The internet is FULL of calendars and schedules for parents to use for their younger kids, but it is severely lacking for older kids.
At a certain point in life, organization becomes more important for your child and less important for your own sanity, and we’re at that point with Styles. The last couple years of school with him have made me want to pull my hair out and claim alopecia. He’s only THREE years away from college and I can’t pretend that I’m always going to be there to tell him when he has things due or that he needs to be at work on time, but that isn’t a skill he’s going to learn on his own either. I think some people are born with that drive and determination, Styles isn’t one of them, and neither am I. Sometimes it’s just something you’ve got to learn.
I’ve created a printable he can keep on his school books, or in his folder that will help him keep his schedule straight. We use wet-erase markers for his changing schedule, and this is a more teenage-boy-friendly version of a planner. We’ve also employed a system, (yes, there’s an app for that), that allows me to keep track of his schedule from afar without having to be breathing down his neck all the time.
I’ll let him tell it.
Hey everyone! It’s that Styles kid that writes once a month that you kind of like. It’s my mother’s birthday today, and I am writing this one for her. (My birthday was actually the 23rd, but this post was the best birthday present ever!) “What is this one” you might be asking, and I am here to tell you calm your bits I’m getting to that.
(Before I start I need to point out that I am listening to Hamilton while writing this, so imagining me standing up and screaming “PARDON ME ARE YOU AARON BURR, SIR?” or “HISTORY HAS ITS EYYYYYEEEES ON YOU!”. What I am trying to say is that this one is taking a really long time to write.)
The TV has been reminding me a lot lately that school is starting back up soon, (the TV is now burning in the back yard) which gives me plenty of time to think about all of the stupid things I did last year. I normally just scream these things out in the shower, but there is one thing that I can’t just scream out anymore, I need to take some action.
I can be very unorganized, and while I have been improving, my organizational skills could still be better. I began thinking “Styles you need to 1. Stop talking about yourself in 3rd person, and 2. Get a computer that can help you keep up with all of your classes. Obviously I need something new, fast, and productive, but I’m not made of money, so it also has to be affordable.
Then the gods of Walmart had one for me. Problem solved! Honestly the HP ENVY x360 Convertible 15-w105wm is exactly what I needed in many ways. Let’s start off by talking about Cortana. When I saw that Cortana was a feature I thought “ HOLY COW! IT’S THE HOT A.I. CHICK FROM HALO, I WON’T BE LONELY ANYMORE!” After I saw all of the things she could do I thought “HOLY BOOGERS! THAT’S EVEN BETTER!” Cortana helps you find documents and sends you reminders of important events, and best of all she does it in a useful way and not an annoying one, which believe it or not can be hard to do, so good job HP! The only thing that would make Cortana better was if she was holographically projected next to you.
Always the perfect view. Brilliant visuals and a wide viewing angle with the new IPS Full HD display.
While Cortana is great for organizing my stuff for me, she still isn’t the main reason I needed a computer. The truth is I need it for…. for……. for… Homework. ugh just typing the word makes me shiver. I needed a computer for homework. Before I was having to use my mom’s computer to do my homework, which would prevent her from doing her amazing work. Now I have a computer of my own that isn’t confusing as heck, so that I can efficiently get what I need in order to get homework done! Then I can easily find that homework with the help of Cortana. YES WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CORTANA AGAIN SHE IS AWESOME! Now I know how Master Chief feels, (except i don’t have the crippling regret and PTSD. I’m not saying that Master Chief has those issues, but he is very quiet for some reason, so I’m speculating here.)
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This computer is amazing. It’s a convertible PC with premium features. It’s useful, simple, yet not too simple, and I think I’m in love. Obviously love is expensive, and… Could this laptop get any better? Only if it gives out ice cream and can turn into a tablet. I am proud to say that it does one of those two things, and you have a choice between chocolate or vanilla!
Power and performance. In four modes. Notebook for work, stand to watch, tent to play, and tablet to go.
(It turns into a tablet, but that ice cream thing would be pretty cool). If you haven’t figured it out the HP ENVY x360 Convertible is awesome!
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Redface Hoodman out! *mic drop*
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Designed to stand out. Why settle for one mode when you can have four? HP enhanced this remarkable 360° convertible PC with premium features to give you ultimate flexibility.
OH, that kid. Amiright?
The other way we keep track of Styles’ schedule is the Cozi app. It works on both iPhone, Android and Windows phones AND Mac and PC computers. All applications communicate with one another, even sending texts to the person who has a commitment at a certain time. It’s really easy to use and helps my teenager learn time management skills without my having to remind him. If I’m constantly telling him how or when to do something, he’ll never learn to have the responsibility necessary to do it himself when he has flown the coop.