For the most part, the kids are self-sufficient with their remote learning aka homeschooling. They’re tween and teen and tech savvy enough to figure out most of it on their own.
You knew there would be a but, right?
Our electronic needs are basically set up to function wirelessly. Back when we switched to Fibe tv a few months ago, all our internet needs were bundled in to the same optic wires (or whatever). You know what I mean; the tv, phone and internet all communicate through the same operator. Meaning, Bell Canada bills us for all of it, we don’t have multiple accounts with different conglomerates for different parts of it.
(Our tv needs used to be with Rogers Communications. We switched back to Bell when the internet needs of this household increased).
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is this:
When we switched to Fibe and got all the electronics connected, the one item that refuses to coordinate consistently is the printer/scanner/fax/copier.
This is one grumpy machine.
Now, although most homeschooling is done online via google classroom, meet, gmail and whatever else the teachers are using, sometimes a kid needs to print something.
So, first, my son tried to figure out what’s what.
Next, he asked me for input.
There were now two people trying to figure out why the printer, who printed numerous things yesterday, is refusing to print highschool sheet music for some assignment today.
Such a grumpy machine.
Turns out there were several issues.
It’s first issue was it was out of blue ink. My son said he was trying to print in black and white and didn’t care about colour, but try telling that to the grumpy printer.
It refused to accept the black and white only option.
So, we replaced the ink. That required one adult (me) and one teenager (son) to figure out. And by figure out I mean I was showing him how to replace the ink cartridge so next time he can do it himself. (It’s not really complicated.)
The printer accepted the new cartridge and even printed us a test page.
But it still refused to print homework. We could see it sitting in the queue on the laptop.
So why why why won’t it print the sheet music from google classroom?
Enter second adult who was doing something else to try a couple of things.
Turn off, turn on.
Re-calibrate the wifi.
Fiddle with Windows 10 options. (Don’t even get me started…)
Re-enter the six-thousand numerical password from a secret sticker they gave us, blah blah blah.
The teen in the meantime started scrolling his phone.
After a while I asked:
“Don’t you have other subjects you can tackle while we figure this out for you?”
In the end, my son had to copy his music onto a USB stick and stick the stick up the printer’s ass I mean into the USB slot on the printer and success, he got the sheet music printed.* 😃
All this drama occupied 3/4 of the human household for a good 30 minutes.
Isn’t this utterly wonderful?
And that isn’t even where the story began. The story began with a wayward teenager who slept past the designated time of 10 am wake-up to get his homework started. 10 am is not the end of the world to get up and do something during a global pandemic.
Yes, MeanMom™ is back. Cry me a river.
I wasn’t here to raise hell or spritz the boy with lavender-scented water at 10, and ten past 10, and twenty past 10. I didn’t get home till almost 11ish.
I was shopping for produce in a relatively empty store (prior to 10 am is the perfect time to shop).
Which is why I’m doing this now:
*Note: about 15 minutes after my son finished his school work and disappeared down to his cave, the printer spit out the pages he needed an hour ago. Because of course it did. I called the boy back upstairs to clear out the queue so that it won’t keep printing whatever is still sitting in there.
There you go, another slice of life on a Monday morning during a global pandemic in Toronto. Yippie do. My life is so exciting. 😛