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Google Calendar from beyond the grave

When Chris was first made redundant, almost exactly two years ago, he was keen to take on the role of  “house husband” and do more of the running of the house. But he really wasn’t a details person and was concerned that he’d forget something. So he decided to use technology to help, and set up a Google Calendar for the house which would give annual reminders for tedious but important things. He started with a major flush of enthusiasm, so October’s diary was filled with “things to do”. That soon tailed off however, both as the key annual things got sorted out, and then as he got sick and we had other things to think about.

What that means in practice is that, over the past two weeks, I’ve been getting a little flurry of reminders from beyond the grave: “sort out car insurance”, “empty septic tank” (I’ve already done that one!), “arrange boiler service”. It’s nice in a way that he’s still helping me by reminding me to do things – but also rather upsetting.

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  1. Ryan | 13 October 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Hi, Gillian! I know what you mean about these…how to put it?…asynchronous anachronisms. A few days ago, I did a Google search to “translate” a British English phrase you wrote in a previous entry into American English (LOL, I know). What I didn’t expect was Google telling me that “Chris Booth shared this,” linking to his deactivated Twitter account. (As a heads-up, you might not want to search this blog using Google.)

    I hope you are doing well, and judging from the photos, your garden looks beautiful!

  2. Gillian | 13 October 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Hello Ryan. Thanks for the warning – I think that would really shake me up if I came across that link unexpectedly!