11.11.2009

Book Learnin'


So ... how do you learn stuff most efficiently?? Do you need it in print in order to understand it? Do you have to see it? Do you have to see it while simultaneously hearing someone narrate about it? Do you need that last one more than once? More than twice?

Then, welcome to my world.

I guess you could say that I am a visual person. But more accurately you could say that I'm a step by step kind of gal. Add to that "third time's a charm" and you would describe how I learn best. The worst way for me to learn something is just to be handed the manual. "EEK!" is usually my reaction to that one. Followed by walking away and eating something decadent. I am just that scared of manuals.

But life is funny. And here I am with a bunch of electronic equipment ... and a bunch of manuals. But ... even funnier ... I am making my way with them. I am staring manuals in the face and I am coming out the victor.

Oh ... I am woman, hear me roar.

Why, just the other day, I was faced with the daunting task of replacing the ink in a printer that is so new, I had not faced that task with it before. I did it. I read the manual. I replaced the ink. I did a dance.

And now I am the proud and humble owner of a camera that makes my old camera look like a wimpy girly-man. I tried on a few occasions to unload the pictures already on it and move on from there, but I was stuck. Even worse, I could find the "advanced" manual, but what I needed was the "basic" manual. I was headed straight for the left-over Halloween candy.

But noooo. Not only did I manage to find said 'basic' manual on the internet, (yes, the internet, children ... amazing but true) I unloaded the pictures, figured out how to work the swively display screen and took the above pictures. Of course by that time it was dark (when I started it was light) and I don't like to do 'flash', but I'm still feeling pretty good.

What about you?? Are you afraid of manuals?? What is your learning style?

And, most importantly ... are you still eating leftover Halloween candy?

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8 comments:

Mrs. Dub said...

The Internet? Wow, I'm impressed. Next thing I know, you'll start making spreadsheets.

Keep roaring!

Amy G. said...

So TOTALLY impressive, although I knew you had it in you all along. However, I don't think you give yourself enough credit. You not only know how to follow sewing patterns (something I gave up on a long time ago), but you MAKE your OWN. Basically, you write your own MANUALS. Now, that's impressive!

Carolyn said...

I am like you. I have to write it down or type it.

Beatiful Blog. Keep up the good work!

Angy said...

Seriously. You write your own manuals! Way more impressive than following one :P But I'm with ya... 3rd times a charm for me and that's after actually trying and failing a couple times. Manuals and me don't get along.

I'm eating waaaaay too much Halloween candy, please take it from me!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

You Rock Ms. Mary! ;o) At the end of Halloween night, I started dumping handfuls into the trick or treater's bags! I didn't want any left overs around. ;o)

Riley Noehren said...

Hooray for your taking on the electronic world. Up next: the iPod Touch. Bring it at Thanksgiving and we will get you all set up on it.

Kate said...

Of course we're still eating Halloween candy around here. Although, most of my favorites are gone.
As for the learning... I'm a manual lover. I'd much rather have a manual and figure it out myself. I'm one of the lonesome few who just love manuals. :)

Glamma Fabulous aka Kelley Smith said...

Visual AND love a manual, then make my own rules. LOVE your photos!