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Saturday, August 8, 2015

First Week of School

Monday was our first day of school for the 2015-16 school year.

Of course, we have a tradition of non-school for the first day each year. Here's how we celebrated:

8:30 am - Orthodontist appointment for The Boy. He finally got his braces off last month and has a retainer, so they're checking to make sure his teeth are staying in place.

9:00 am - Trip to the library. We do this every year. It's a great way to start off the year by making sure the small people are doing independent reading with books of their choosing.

10:00-11:30 am - Read. Once we get home from the library, everyone scatters to their favorite reading spots with their library books, and I don't hear from them again for a good while.

11:30 am - Eat out at a family. We don't tend to do this during the school year so it's always a fun treat.

1:00 pm - City Council meeting. This isn't an item that's usually on our agenda for the first day of school, but at this meeting the city council was recognizing all of the city athletes who were state, regional, or national champions. Since Little Red was both a state and a regional champion in track for race walk this year, she was recognized. It was a very proud moment for this mama.

All in all, our first day was a success. If only the rest of the week had proven to be as successful...

You probably noticed that, other than our trip to the library, we didn't do any book work on Monday. That means that on Tuesday, we started book work. It also means that Tuesday morning I had papers to print and copy for the small people to use. As I was in the middle of printing on Tuesday morning, the printer starts to shake as it's printing, and everything that prints out prints in double, like a bad eye test.

Needless to say, there were some activities we just didn't get to on Tuesday. I spent about an hour troubleshooting and googling to figure out how to fix the printer but had no luck at all. So off I went to purchase a new printer.

I got the printer set up Tuesday evening right before I went to bed. I had it do the recommended test print from the printer software and figured I would print the school stuff in the morning. Bright and early Wednesday morning, I get up to get everything printed for school and discover that the new printer won't print anything from Word, Excel, or Acrobat - pretty much everything we need for school. One more day of no printed work for school.

Wednesday afternoon, I spent another few hours following the troubleshooting steps in the manual and googling how to get the printer and computer to communicate with each other. In my google searching, I found that MANY other people have had the same problem with that printer - going back all the way to 2012! (Showed me that I should have googled the printer BEFORE I bought it.)

Then I went to the company website for the printer to fill out a help ticket to see if someone there could help me. When I filled in the printer type, a message popped up on the screen that "XX Brand no longer services this model printer." Seriously?? Why do they still sell this model if they no longer service it?

By this time, it was time to go to church so there was nothing else to do for the printing situation. No printed work for school on Thursday either. I figured that at this point we would just scrap printed work for the whole week; I mean, what's one more day. Also, tax-free weekend started on Friday, so I figured I would wait until Friday to take back the new non-working printer and get a new printer (of a different brand!) while they were on sale for tax-free weekend.

I now have a new printer and am about to attempt to set it up. I have lifted prayers, crossed my fingers and toes, and just about anything else I can think of that this one will work. I really don't have time to keep going back to get new printers.
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