I’ll be the first to admit, I luuuv my computer. I love the clicky sound that the keys make when I write, I love that I can type as fast as I think, which means that I can write a LOT more than when I put pen to paper. I love that, with a click or two of a mouse, I can find just about anything I want to know. I love that I can cyber-stalk my favorite celebrity, find the coolest jeans ever, and argue with complete strangers over stupid things. But I’ve discovered that there’s nothing like good old-fashioned pen and paper for one thing in particular…
When we moved into our house outside of Chicago, there was a built-in desk right in the kitchen, where we put our PC. “Sweetness!” I thought, “I’ll get some recipe software, load in all my recipes, and there they will be, right at my fingertips, everything I need!!”
Putting all those recipes into the software wasn’t such a big deal, as I said, I’m a fast typist. And when you add some music to the mix, it goes rather quickly. But I quickly learned, having the recipe on the computer is only convenient if someone else wants it – just copy/paste into an e-mail, or use the software’s e-mail function if it’s compatible with your provider. But beyond that? I still ended up printing out recipe after recipe, which is why I got the software in the first place… to cut down on having to use paper recipe cards!
And then I got a laptop with Vista on it, and discovered that the software I was using for my recipes wasn’t going to be upgraded to be compatible with Vista. Great. New software required an outlay of at least $30, plus all the time to learn it AND transfer the recipes because it couldn’t import them from the old software which was allergic to Vista. So I’ve gone back to the old fashioned way of doing things, but with my own flair.
I bought a Recipe Box:
and a bunch of protective plastic card sleeves.
Aren’t they just wicked cute? I LOVE the recipe box. It’s different. Not all ‘index card file’ boring like nearly every other recipe box you see, and not all froofy like most of the others. I’m not a froofy girl. I like cute and fun. (I got the box from Tatutina but they don’t make it anymore. But they DO make one that looks like an oven that I’d get in a second if I didn’t have my blue one.)
And I had to have 4×6, ‘cause I tend to write big, and even when I write small, I’ve got some pretty complicated recipes. And the recipe cards are nice, because they have lines on the back, which is a huge help, since I tend to write just as crooked as I think.
I was so in love with the box that I bought one for Josh, too:
They even personalized it, writing his name in the mitt on the top (and it’s only $10!! Suchadeal). But he just gets plain old 4×6 white cards for now. It’s more manly anyway.
So, I guess I’ll have to do this: Mom, you were right. Sometimes computers DON’T make things easier!! All I have to do now is sit down and re-copy all of those recipes I put into the computer, back onto cards. Shouldn’t take me but a year or two.
So here’s the discussion: have you discovered something that you thought SURE would be easier on the computer, but found out that the old way is really the better way?