Here We Go Again

I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of anything so consistently and comically doomed as trying to podcast with Melanie. It really does beat anything I’ve ever seen. Over the last couple of years it’s been especially bad, and every single time we try to record one we run into software problems, WiFi issues, computer glitches, and some old-fashioned human error thrown in for good measure.

Keeping Mel’s computer connected during a Skype or iChat call has been the biggest challenge lately, and we assumed that had something to do with her router because we are very technical and moonlight at the Genius Bar during our spare time (side note: I do not know what a router does, and for all I know they’ve been obsolete since the Clinton administration). However, a few months ago Melanie realized that she could use her desktop computer and stay connected during a call JUST FINE, and we were as tickled as we could be to have discovered a work-around.

So we tried to record a podcast sometime back in March. But by that point I had a new computer, and I couldn’t get the recording software that we’ve always used to cooperate. It wouldn’t recognize my serial / voter identification / social security / frequent shopper number, so we were back to square one.

We’ve spent A LOT of time hanging out at square one over the last two and a half years. And I believe the term you’re looking for is TECHNICALLY CHALLENGED.

But yesterday Mel and I were feeling optimistic, so we decided to try again. I thought I could record straight into Garage Band because I *know* I’ve done that before, but after a few test runs, there was an ongoing issue of not being able to record a single word that Melanie uttered. Which is problematic when recording a podcast. So I went to the Google and downloaded some things and then changed some settings and then crossed my arms and blinked my eyes and screamed “SHAZAM!” while wearing a big, red cape, but I still couldn’t record Melanie’s voice.

And then I may have eaten about four Hershey’s Kisses.

Eventually Melanie and I gave up because that’s pretty much how both of us operate. Neither one of us is what I would call “persistent” in the presence of technical difficulties; we tend to land in the camp of “FINE. FORGET IT. NEVER MIND.” But for whatever reason, I decided yesterday that I was sick and tired of the podcast being such a source of frustration, so I googled some more and changed some settings and didn’t even scream “SHAZAM!” and I’ll be doggone if that old recording software didn’t decide to start working again. LIKE A CHARM.

So all that to say: Mel and I are going to try to podcast again tomorrow. All the recording stuff is working. Skype connections are stable. All systems point to “go.” Which means that there will probably be a freak electrical storm in either San Antonio or Birmingham and one of us will lose power.

(To be clear: I hope not.)

(But make no mistake: it is always a technological train wreck.)

Fingers crossed, though, that tomorrow afternoon finds us recording with ease as we discuss Very Important Matters like our favorite moisturizers, the best jeans, and our short- and long-term hair goals for Summer ’12.


I am cautiously optimistic.

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  1. Love your podcasts! Can’t wait to hear what I need to know to get me through the summer :-)

  2. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    Looking forward to it! I need help in all those areas you mentioned!

  3. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! I LOVE the podcasts. (As if the obnxious yes and multiple exclamation points didn’t convey my level of excitement already.)

  4. I love coming to this blog. It warms me to know that I am not alone in my technical struggles.

  5. Ooooooo! I can’t wait! Praying for all the right technical thingies to be working!

  6. love the podcasts. please put summer reading selections on your list of topics. many thanks.

  7. I hope all goes well for the podcast. I’m excited to hear it! I’m still giggling about fancy nights perfume.

  8. I don’t think I can fully express my joy over this post. Maybe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is a start? ;)

  9. YAY!!! I love those things! May the technical Force be with you both.

  10. Can’t wait!

  11. I love the podcasts! I listen to them fairly often! Got tickled the other day because both you and Big Mama said you’d never write books in, I think, your first podcast – look at you now!

  12. Merri Jo says:

    Oh I am THRILLED!! In May , I went with my hubby to his conference in SanDestin. While he had meetings, I spent several joy-filled hours lounging in the pool, iPhone in hand, earphones dangling, and laughed like a hyena while I listened to Every SINGLE PODCAST you’ve recorded!! We are going on vacation (aka: vaca) next Friday. I wonder if I’ll enjoy the pool curiously to myself again as I listen to the new Boocast?! YAY–you have no idea how much I enjoy your delightful humor–the two of you together is laughing nirvana!

  13. Amy in Italy says:


  14. YAHOOOOO!!! I love, love, love listening to your podcasts! Love the accents and the laughter! This is the best news I’ve had all day!!! (7:08 in the AM)

  15. Can’t access Big Mamas Blog……says no access granted

  16. JustBetty says:

    should i start a “prayer chain”?

    [clearing my calendar, preparing snacks, deciding on podcast-worthy attire.]

  17. I hope you get it to work! :-)

  18. For some reason her site isn’t working for me :( Hope it isn’t a bad sign!

  19. Melanie’s blog comes up “Forbidden” for me. Techno problems, no doubt. Lucky you didn’t shut down the whole world wide web, I suppose.

  20. Glad it’s nit just me…….tried to access thru BING. Says the same thing. No access

  21. I feel like I’m responsible for all y’all picking this up again because I emailed you about a month ago telling you how your podcasts got me through a particularly challenging time in my Couch-to-5K training (which has been sidelined for the moment due to various and sundry chiropractic issues). So let me be among the voices to say “Yay!”

  22. So I just hopped over here because I just tried to check Big Mama’s blog and there was a big fat NO GO message… so I thought, hmm, maybe Boo Mama knows what’s up. And then I read your post about the podcast and had a bad feeling that perhaps there have been some rather dramatic technical difficulties of some sort. I do hope the stars (or satellites, or whatever) will align for you two and your podcast will be a great success. Love your blog!