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November 15, 2011

At 8:38 pm on Friday night my space bar broke.

At 8:39 pm I gave up trying to fix the space bar and called in reinforcements (aka my husband).

At 8:45 pm my own live member of the Geek Squad said he couldn’t help me. He then proceeded to deliver a lengthy lecture about how I “mistreat” my computer. And then he went back to working on his own laptop.

At 8:46 pm I sarcastically suggested we head to Best Buy to get my keyboard fixed since apparently my husband could give a sh#$.

At 8:47 pm my husband countered with his own sarcastic comment, “Maybe you should. They’re open until 9.”

In other news Ali opened a car hood for the first time in his life. And he did it in his orange sweater.

It took me until 8:50 pm to recover from his unexpected smartassness.

At 8:51 pm I called up Lenovo‘s technical support myself and then resigned myself to the fact that this is a really bad year for me technology-wise.


74.5 hours later I’m impatiently waiting for a box from customer service to send in my broken laptop. I’m also pondering this: Since my marriage was based on the foundation that my husband can fix anything that plugs in, and it’s apparent to me now that he can’t, what exactly does he bring to the table?

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  1. November 15, 2011 12:38 am

    Ali better get his act together! 😉

  2. November 15, 2011 12:48 am

    It is high time you bought a new laptop. It would solve all your problems atleast temporarily. Also, hubby would serve his use in the selection and the payment process

    • November 15, 2011 3:04 pm

      I do have a brand new laptop! It’s 3 months old and already I have keyboard issues. 😦

  3. November 15, 2011 1:08 am

    LOL my husband doesn’t fix anything, but he is great at paying to get things fixed. The job gets done though, and I am happy.I agree with Anita though, a new laptop and a fresh start, maybe you’ll have a better technology year?
    *kisses* HH

    • November 15, 2011 3:05 pm

      My laptop is new so it appears my fresh start isn’t so fresh. 😦

  4. November 15, 2011 1:33 am

    Your laptop is apparently going the way of the hooptie. It seems to always be failing you much like the hooptie is always failing me. Oh, and I’m in the market for a new laptop as well because guess what, it too died! :S

    • November 15, 2011 3:05 pm

      Newborn, broken car, broken laptop? I’m so sorry my friend. My heart goes out to you!

  5. November 15, 2011 2:20 am

    The same thing happened at my house on saturday evening when my internet stopped working but I kept on pestering my husband till Sunday afternoon when he finally made the call to Etisalat consumer care to ask for sending in the technician 🙂

    And yes to my surprise the technician came the same evening ( Sundays in UAE are like Mondays everywhere else) and now my Internet is well and running 🙂 🙂

    P.S: I guess we give too much credit to the men by considering that they can mend everything… poor guys are human after all 😀 😀

    • November 15, 2011 3:07 pm

      Wait…the technician came the same evening? I don’t think I can get past that to comment on my husband being human…. 🙂

  6. November 15, 2011 3:14 am

    Why is it that it is more disappointing when your own personal IT guru can’t fix something than when you’ve actually paid for the person’s time?!! I agree a new lap top and a hassle free year. GG

    • November 15, 2011 3:07 pm

      My laptop is 3 months old and is causing me headaches already…the future doesn’t look too bright!

  7. November 15, 2011 3:48 am

    lol @ orange sweater. My lenovo keys used to go like that too!

    • November 15, 2011 3:08 pm

      Really? So maybe it’s a Lenovo problem in general?

  8. November 15, 2011 4:57 am

    My husband has the exact same sweater in orange, green and blue and he loves them! Its almost like his winter uniform.

    Its time you upgrade to a mac, Ameena. One of the best decisions my dad made for me 🙂

    • November 15, 2011 3:08 pm

      Ali has the same sweater in a variety of colors but I’ll let you guess which one makes the most frequent appearance….

  9. November 15, 2011 5:01 am

    Haha waaaait a second, doesn’t Ali work for Microsoft? He needs to pick up his game- no one likes a slacker :D!

    • November 15, 2011 3:12 pm

      Ali works with a technology company but it’s not Microsoft…still he has NO excuse!

  10. November 15, 2011 5:02 am

    Ugh. Technology. I swear I’m always 5 years behind.

    A broken space bar for me would be devastating. At least let it be a little-used letter of the alphabet!

  11. November 15, 2011 5:49 am

    Ahh the orange sweater. Can’t make this stuff up!

  12. November 15, 2011 6:04 am

    If I took a similar issue to Vishnu, my computer would be in a million different pieces. He loves to take things apart and admits that 99% of the time he can fix the problem, but it’s that 1% that I worry about!

    • November 15, 2011 3:13 pm

      I’d worry about the 1% too but luckily Ali hasn’t attempted to take my laptop apart. Yet.

  13. November 15, 2011 6:16 am

    The orange sweater?!? No really, that sounds like his strong suit at the moment. I have exactly the opposite problem. Ralph is occasionally good with electrical thingys around the house but do not talk computer. I recently told him I was excitied because I learned to use a jump drive. He jumped up in the air and gave me a blank stare. I think we have twins separated by a continent and about 30 years. Oh, yeah, he’s a smart ass, too!

    • November 15, 2011 3:14 pm

      The smart ass factor seems to be more common these days… 🙂

  14. November 15, 2011 6:18 am

    Isn’t it obvious?!? The orange sweater.

  15. November 15, 2011 6:19 am

    haha…this was so cute and yes, whatever happens to those oaths of “in sickness and in health” especially of technical sickness-husbands should be reminded on these more frequently!:-)

  16. November 15, 2011 6:51 am

    I’m more fascinated by the fact that Ali opened the car hood. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Marcus open either of ours. Is this some sort of special delight I have to look forward to a few years down the road? Kind of like how the first anniversary is paper, another one could be…opening the hood of the car?

    • November 15, 2011 3:15 pm

      It only took me 11 years Kat. Here’s hoping you see it happen sooner for you!

  17. November 15, 2011 7:03 am

    Hahaha… it’s the orange sweater! It looks like Ali is obsessed with it. I like how serious he looked in that picture. There is always first time for everything I guess 🙂

    • November 15, 2011 3:15 pm

      He is obsessed with it. It takes precedence over everything!

  18. November 15, 2011 7:03 am

    Uh-oh! Ali better get his act together ;p
    I’m loving your #whitegirlproblems .. I have these quite often.

    • November 15, 2011 3:16 pm

      Technically I’m only half a white girl so I hope people will cut me some slack on Twitter. 🙂

  19. November 15, 2011 7:17 am

    lol, white girl problems or I’ve been seeing #firstworldproblems a lot lately too! But technology is soooo frustrating. It’s crazy how we lose all sanity when it doesn’t function, and throw a tantrum like a 3 year old that can’t get a cookie, oh wait is that just me?

    • November 15, 2011 3:16 pm

      Not just you. I throw my own share of tantrums over things that do not matter! #firstworldproblems: so true.

  20. November 15, 2011 7:29 am

    OH you have me laughing again. But it’s a good point you raise. Misrepresentation can be a dealbreaker. Like the one time Shaune made Roti and it didn’t work. I looked at him skeptically for a few days.

    • November 15, 2011 3:17 pm

      He made roti? What on earth? Even if he attempted it I’m in awe.

  21. November 15, 2011 7:41 am

    Oh dear. Another marriage gone down the tubes from not living up to expectations. How very sad, my dear.

  22. November 15, 2011 7:49 am

    Hmmm…well apparently he keeps bringing that orange sweater to the table, ha! 🙂

    • November 15, 2011 3:17 pm

      That’s one thing I DON’T want on the table!

      • November 16, 2011 8:31 am

        Baahaha – Forrest has this one wool-tweed-mess-of-a-blue shirt and I hate when he brings it to the table. So, I definitely feel your pain, Ameena! 🙂

  23. November 15, 2011 7:58 am

    Some days I think I might have married Brandon solely for his capably handyman ways. Any man that can fix a hole in the wall is alright in my book.

    • November 15, 2011 3:18 pm

      He can fix a hole in the wall? I’m impressed! Neither Ali nor I would have a clue where to start.

  24. November 15, 2011 8:09 am

    Hilarious! Here’s hoping your laptop gets fixed with a swiftness.

  25. November 15, 2011 8:16 am

    Clearly what he brings to the table is that orange sweater, lol.

    I hate technologly–and I swear it hates me. Here’s to hoping your laptop makes a speedy recovery!

  26. November 15, 2011 8:32 am

    So he can’t fix a laptop but he sure looks styling whilst pouring whatever that is into the Rover. I think a new computer is in order.

    • November 15, 2011 3:19 pm

      I’ll give him that…he pours coolant quite stylishly!

  27. November 15, 2011 8:48 am

    he brings to the table a bright orange sweater. done and done.

    • November 15, 2011 3:19 pm

      But I don’t WANT the orange sweater! I want a technically-savvy husband. As promised.

  28. November 15, 2011 9:39 am

    A broken space bar? What the heck? Do you have an apple? My husband thinks that Apples are the solution to all the worlds problems so….Anyhow, hope it gets fixed fast. Being w/o your lap top is a bummer. Knowing your husband though…I’m thinking there might be a back up.

    • November 15, 2011 3:20 pm

      No, it’s a Lenovo. And can you believe Ali’s “spare” has suddenly made a return back to his office? Coincidence?

  29. November 15, 2011 10:10 am

    Does he pay the bills? That should buy him some time. I rely on my husband for EVERY thing technological, and paying the bills. If he couldn’t do either of those I have to say he would be pretty obsolete. Sad cause he’s really funny and cute and I like him.

    • November 15, 2011 3:21 pm

      Ali doesn’t pay the bills literally – I do that. And why is a blog post for another day.

  30. November 15, 2011 10:12 am

    Could it be that Ali simply wanted his sweater to match the color of the stuff he’s pouring in? Anti-freeze?

    The other way to look at it is that at least Ali is willing to admit when he’s wrong (::gasp::). Didn’t know there was a man alive that would/could do that.

    • November 15, 2011 3:21 pm

      Orange coolant!

      Let’s not go crazy here…Ali didn’t admit he was wrong he simply put no effort into it!

  31. November 15, 2011 10:24 am

    hahaha – those illusions our husbands give us before we actually start living with them.

    If I break something I get the same response. Love the orange sweater and that Maya is supervising the whole process. 😉

    • November 15, 2011 3:22 pm

      The funniest part of that moment were Maya’s smart ass comments, “Dad, do you even know what you’re doing?”

  32. Leslie permalink
    November 15, 2011 10:27 am

    How does one mistreat a spacebar? Then, again, how does one treat a spacebar well?

    Mm, word association, spacebar, bar in space, Whoopi Goldberg tending bar on Star Trek:The Next Generation, Star Trek:TOS, Captain Kirk, William Shatner, Priceline….. bingo, Ali must do empathy penitence for you by taking you somewhere fabulous asap!

    • November 15, 2011 3:23 pm

      Oh Leslie…I have NO idea. Much of what Ali says makes little sense – especially when related to technology.

  33. November 15, 2011 10:56 am

    hahaha hilarious post! Doesn’t he bring some amazing fashion to the table? 😉

    • November 15, 2011 3:23 pm

      Nope. His mom bought him that sweater, my mom bought him that shirt, and I bought him the pants.

  34. November 15, 2011 12:21 pm

    Does he come with a warranty??? 😉

    Didn’t you also have some key missing on your keyboard???

    • November 15, 2011 3:24 pm

      My last laptop was retired thanks to a broken shift key. My new computer has a broken space bar! Go figure.

  35. November 15, 2011 12:26 pm

    As someone with technology issues I think you need another back up laptop just in case your husband is too busy “playing on his”. BTW is that your car he is putting the oil in? Maybe he is just switching focus and now will become a mechanic, maybe even a chef (without the dish washing of course)

    • November 15, 2011 3:25 pm

      Switching focus? That’ll never, ever happen. Especially since he doesn’t even know how to boil pasta. Or fill a tire.

  36. November 15, 2011 1:12 pm

    Maybe knowing that he can’t fix it is better than my husband who tries to fix something that doesn’t really need fixing, and instead breaks it.

    • November 15, 2011 3:25 pm

      Hmmm. It’s a toss up I think. Not sure which one is worse here Deena.

  37. November 15, 2011 2:59 pm

    Haha! I would say he brings your awesome in-laws to the table! And I married my husband because he was an introvert. That left me free to do all the talking. Now lately, he’s started to speak up. What do I do with him? 😉

    • November 15, 2011 3:26 pm

      SO TRUE! My in-laws are so awesome.

      Ali used to be an introvert as well…he too broke out of his shell. Hence why I had to start this blog – so someone would listen to me!

  38. November 15, 2011 3:19 pm

    Omg my laptop is broken too, so I feel your pain. Men don’t seem to understand how awful it is to lose an important piece of technology like that. Because, yeah, my bf couldn’t give a crap either. :S

    Good luck getting it fixed! xoxo

    • November 15, 2011 3:27 pm

      Must be a laptop virus going around…stupid pun intended. 🙂

  39. November 15, 2011 4:31 pm

    I actually kinda like Ali’s sweater. Hope we can still be friends :D. My hubby never strays from the neutral colours unless I buy something and make him wear it. Even then it’s like pulling teeth.

    Hope your keyboard gets fixed soon. You should write a whole post without spaces. See what comments you get. Teehee. I’d probably try to play search word. 😛

    • November 15, 2011 9:22 pm

      I was tempted not to keep using my precarious space bar but I thought better of it. Let’s just say that Backspace is getting quite a workout right now.

  40. November 15, 2011 6:08 pm

    ****. He then proceeded to deliver a lengthy lecture about how I “mistreat” my computer.**

    OMG, this could be Mr. Liverpool taking. I swear. He always “thinks” he’s right.



  41. November 15, 2011 6:55 pm

    There is a sign hanging in my kitchen that says “When I married Mr. Right, I didn’t know his middle name was Always…” 😉

    • November 15, 2011 9:23 pm

      Love the sign. I think I need to invest in one myself.

  42. November 15, 2011 10:51 pm

    haha you are a hoot…. 😀 … read it first thing in the morning and that just made it a pleasant start to the day 😀 …. thank you for being awesome 😀

  43. November 16, 2011 4:06 am

    You know how to crack me up…LOL LOL LOL!!

  44. November 16, 2011 4:51 am

    back-up husband?

  45. November 16, 2011 6:16 am

    Is this the same laptop you’ve been having problems with?? You need to make them give you a brand new one!

    • November 16, 2011 3:35 pm

      This is my 3 month old lemon! Very odd that a key has already fallen off…

  46. November 16, 2011 7:05 am

    LOL his orange sweater is always there to cheer you up ameena!

  47. November 16, 2011 7:27 am

    He brings to the table…erm….his orange sweater….erm……tell me something. Which is his wife a) his gadgets b) you or c) his laptop(s)?

    • November 16, 2011 3:36 pm

      His laptop is #1. Followed closely by his gadgets. I place a distant 3rd…

  48. November 16, 2011 10:06 am

    LOL! I always tell my husband you need a man for 2 things…
    1. we all know what.
    2. fixing things around the house.

    i know what you mean… girl, just play damsel in distress and he’ll come to your side. 🙂

  49. November 16, 2011 10:55 am

    I think orange sweater is starting to be a symbol for something greater in this blog! 🙂 I love it. I say you “borrow” Ali’s space bar! Although, that might be a world of trouble you may just want to avoid. 🙂

    • November 16, 2011 3:37 pm

      If I could borrow his space bar I would but apparently it’s not the key itself that has the problem…

  50. November 16, 2011 11:13 am

    Well, he brings that fabulous orange sweater for one thing. :)~ Sorry for the technology woes. A spacebar issue is a real pain in the ass!

  51. November 16, 2011 12:53 pm

    I agree with Julie, how many men have florescent in their wardrobe, that’s something. You could always crawl into that box with your keyboard, I bet he’d miss you then.

  52. November 16, 2011 2:20 pm

    I love your marriage. The two of you are hilarious.

    Clearly, Ali is gonna have to make this up to you. Maybe you can convince him to put his laundry in the hamper instead of beside it? That seems like a fair trade. 🙂

    • November 17, 2011 11:28 am

      The hamper thing? That’s a tough one Leah…I’ve been trying for 11 years with no luck.

  53. November 16, 2011 4:28 pm

    My old laptop had 3 broken keys at one point for a long time so I learned to type by pressing down really had on the plastic bits – I feel your pain! I definitely had a repetitive stress injury by the time I finally caved in and got it fixed.

    • November 17, 2011 11:29 am

      The broken space bar is not helping my carpal tunnel AT ALL.

  54. November 16, 2011 5:17 pm

    Looks? When I get a PO’d at Rishi (for us, his “patience” is his defining quality so when he gets testy I really wonder…) I just remember that he’s hot. All things aside, the man is sexy. Maybe just use Ali for the same selfish reasons?

    • November 17, 2011 11:30 am

      Isn’t that interesting? Ali has loads of patience so when he gets testy I usually know I’ve gone too far.

  55. November 16, 2011 9:01 pm

    Wow, is that bad huh?! You’ve got to forgive that poor soul 🙂 Who, you ask? People at Lenovo of course. As for Ali? Well, y’all are stuck. Forever. And I meant that in the nicest way, possible. How? Ali & Tarun were brothers, at least last generation 😉

    • November 17, 2011 11:30 am

      Forever is a word I can’t handle. I have issues with permanent commitment. 🙂

  56. nadia permalink
    November 16, 2011 9:54 pm

    classic ameena! let me think carefully about this one…ali brings tremendous patience and let’s you run the show….that’s huge, right? 2 priorities for me;) and i’m v impressed he’s pouring oil in his precious cashmere…something i would never do! love the orange!

    • November 17, 2011 11:31 am

      His never-ending patience is really impressive – you are totally right Nadia! I don’t give him enough credit for that.

  57. November 17, 2011 4:09 am

    I take your question very seriously. The Spaniard can fix most things technology related. If one day this goes out the window I will be finding myself in a similar predicament. I need to think on this…

    • November 17, 2011 11:31 am

      Let me know what you come up with! I’m still thinking….

  58. November 17, 2011 9:20 am

    Tell me about it…I was wondering the same thing when my Handy Man husband wasn’t willing to paint the exterior of our rental…and I had to PAY someone ELSE to do it. Seriously.

    • November 17, 2011 11:32 am

      Andrea you sound so surprised! Ali has never once painted anything in our house. He hangs pictures but that’s the extent of it. I can imagine his face right now if I were to ask him to paint the exterior of our place!

  59. November 17, 2011 11:08 am

    3 months old and already causing problems? Time for a MAC!!!!

    • November 17, 2011 11:33 am

      I’m a PC girl though! I can’t do the MAC thing.

  60. November 17, 2011 3:35 pm

    I’ve got a 4month old lemon. I feel your pain. I feel like I need to use all my weight to push down on my “E” key. (so, naturally I just made a comment that contains 15 “E”s)

  61. November 17, 2011 4:00 pm

    Hilarious. You would think he would be able to fix it or at least keep trying at all costs since that really is his thing. I hate when technology doesn’t play nice.

  62. November 17, 2011 6:52 pm

    I sorta love that orange sweater. I’m not going to suggest you go for a MAC because I refuse to, as well, so maybe just buy the extra super protective plan next time? Just out of curiosity, how hard to you hit the space bar?

  63. November 18, 2011 4:27 pm

    Oh my…just make him buy you a new keyboard to redeem himself 😉

  64. November 20, 2011 9:33 pm

    Ugh, my husband always counters me with those types of “maybe you should …” comments. Hehe, husbands.

  65. November 29, 2011 6:03 pm

    Well, there’s always divorce. If not from Ali, from the orange sweater.

  66. February 4, 2012 12:31 pm

    Obviously, it is a good news that Shahrukh and Amitabh are now fdirnes. I hope we will be enjoying the movie ‘Bhothnath’. Yesterday, I’ve found a trailer on ‘Bhothnath’.


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