3 Must-have Gadgets…and arguing with my Sat Nav

3 Must-have Gadgets…and arguing with my Sat Nav

Gadgets…dontcha just love ’em.

But then again, they can be so annoying that they trigger a nervous twitch.  

Here’s my Top 3…and some I’d like to throw on the floor and jump up and down on


GHD Straighteners

Whoever invented these deserve at least a Nobel Prize and a free daily delivery of the chocolate biscuit of their choice…they make my hair almost normal.

My Nespresso

I love it. I want to kiss it every morning when it quietly makes me a lovely hot coffee and simultaneously froths up some milk.  It’s just soooo George Clooney. Slim, stylish with no unnecessary attachments to wash (I do not wish to imply that George has no unnecessary attachments to wash – you’d really have to speak to Amal about that).

The only problem is picking coffee pods. There are tons to choose from and over-choice tends to give me a tension headache.I could, of course, order a Selection Box (not sure that’s what they are called) from Nespresso but they’re about £40 and I can’t really get my head round ordering coffee and waiting for it to arrive a week on Tuesday, when I actually quite fancy a coffee like now-ish.

Making a coffee for George

I guess I could visit one of the Nespresso shops, sorry boutiques but I always feel a bit under-dressed. They’re one of the swankiest spots in the world, it’s like going to the bar in an uber cool hotel where Barak & Michelle might be hanging out with David & Victoria.  They are staffed by Armani-clad, almost-models, who talk so knowledgeably about Nespresso Grand Crus that I feel I should be taking notes; on the plus side, they will happily make you a lovely (free) coffee, called something like Rosabaya de Colombia, and give you some chocolate mint thins (which are very nice)

Morrisons do perfectly good compatible pods in a sensible box for about £2.50 for 12.

My iPhone and Mac

I LOVE them


My TV Doofer

…or should I say doofers.  I have at least three and possibly a fourth down the side of the sofa. I have no idea what they are all for, however, I am convinced the main one is possessed by the devil. It simply will not respond to anything that I ask it to do. I’ve tried changing the batteries, pressing every button in every possible order and throwing it against the wall, but really the only thing that works is switching off the TV and Hub-thing at the mains, waiting ten minutes (this is my default solution for any electrical item that’s not working) then starting from scratch, by which time I’ve gone off  the idea of watching a Rosemary & Thyme repeat.

Oh and while I’m here, when I shout HOME at the Alexa voice control on my  Fire TV Stick  it hears it as PORN.

Sat Nav

Is just me, or no matter where you are going, THEY (the Sat Nav bastards) always want to take you to the Tesco car park in Glenrothes.   My sat nat is particularly annoying…here’s how it tends to go with me, and old Sat-y.

I spend ages finding the postcode of where I am going, then another ages entering it into the rotten keyboard thing. Then all goes quiet… for at least another ages. At first, I pretend to ignore it and get organised for the journey….

Mirror.  Signal. Lipstick.

Pretending to ignore the Sat Nav

Then I put on my seatbelt and fumble in my bag for a mint. Then I look at old Sat-y-drawers, willing it to do something, but nothing; not so much as throat-clearing. After giving my window screen a good squooshing I lose patience and start driving in a random direction hoping to kick it into action.  Finally, about a mile into an aimless drive HE (for it is a he) pipes up…

Do you want to start navigation?  

At this point, I swear loudly and shout (yes, I have a proper argument with the Sat Nav)…

“Start navigation? Why on earth would you think that? Au contraire…I’d like to chat through the potential implications of the current state of Brexit talks.”


“Start navigation? Why no, I’d actually like to order a Hawaiian pizza and a Ripple then catch up on The People vs OJ Simpson”

OR, if I am really annoyed…


Foolproof navigation

So now, my friend, I’ve gone back to the ways of old. The ways that saw our ancestors evolve and advance and thrive… I Google the route, print off the directions, spike them on my gear stick and off I toddle.

My iPhone and Mac

I HATE them


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  1. 17 February 2018 / 8:40 am

    Gadgets can be the bane of our lives but the saviours too!

    • 17 February 2018 / 9:22 am

      Indeedy. Thanks for reading x

  2. 17 February 2018 / 8:49 am

    I looove my Nespresso coffer machine as well! I’ve had it for a while now, but I still look forward to using it 🙂. I haven’t ordered off their website before either, as there is plenty of choice in the supermarkets 🙂

    • 17 February 2018 / 9:22 am

      Hey Emma, I have at least two good shots a day and yes supermarket pods just as good and much cheaper. Thanks for commenting. Jx

  3. 17 February 2018 / 8:56 am

    I once went in to the Nespresso shop (sorry, boutique) to get my mum some pods for Mother’s Day or Christmas or some time or other, and felt so out of place in my joggers (gasp!). I’m not one for knocking back a freebie though so I took advantage of the free coffee and boy it was delicious.

    Fab and funny blog post 😄 My dogs stayed asleep when I laughed out loud this time – they are getting used to me now!

    • 17 February 2018 / 9:21 am

      Hey Alice, thanks for much for your lovely comment. Love the fact your dogs don’t bat an eyelid when you LOL! I so love my Nespresso but the feel I need a full face of makeup to pop in to their shop!! Jx

  4. 17 February 2018 / 9:06 am

    Another hilarious read Jill.

    I have named my sat nav Sally. She’s often wrong. Takes me to the middle of a random road or just diverts me to a field. Helpful oh so very helpful. Occasionally she does something genius she recognises there’s been a crash on the awful A19 and offers me an alternative quicker route and it works. It’s blue moon rare though. I argue with Sally on a daily basis and find myself bargaining with her too.

    Technology – meant to make our lives easier but often ends up stressing us to the point of pulling out our hair!!

    • 17 February 2018 / 9:19 am

      Hey Rachael love the fact you argue with Sally (I’m liking that name) I’ve just about given up on Old Saty Drawers!! I get annoyed when it wants to take me the ‘wrong’ route. OMG what a control freak I am ! x

  5. 17 February 2018 / 9:18 am

    I am a MapQuest printer as well. The last time I tried to really on Satellite Nav, I ended up driving down a cow path into a large field in Michigan. It said it was a “seasonal road”, yes a seasonal road for COWS not Cars!

    • 17 February 2018 / 9:19 am

      Oh hahaha I’ve never quite ended up in a field of cows but I am not ruling it out. Thanks for commnenting. X

  6. 17 February 2018 / 10:36 am

    A fun read Jill. Sat navs have a mind of their own I’ve decided. Just wondering if you have a love/hate relationship with your iPhone and Mac?

    • 17 February 2018 / 12:37 pm

      Hey Debbie. Yes I love and hate my Apple stuff. MOstly love though but when they go wrong grrrrrr! Thanks for popping on and commenting. JIllx

  7. 17 February 2018 / 11:24 am

    Oh yeah! Except for the hair straighteners of course (although back in the day my hair was shoulder length – but I also wore flares, so perhaps we’d better not go there!) Oh, and the coffee thingy because, quite frankly, Clooney ain’t my type.
    But the rest – oh yeah!

    • 17 February 2018 / 12:37 pm

      Hey Dave, funny!! Yep gadgets designed to drive us all a bit potty. Thanks for commenting. Jill

  8. 17 February 2018 / 11:26 am

    Two reasons why I won’t buy a Nespresso; Having to buy those pods and I would drink far too much coffee if I had one.
    Don’t even go there with me and Sat Navs. I spend more time fighting with mine and telling her she’s stupid!! I’m buying a map!!
    I love my rotating hair brush styler and my phone. Android all the way. I don’t get along with iPhones!
    Enjoyed reading this. We’re all the same really, aren’t we! 😉

    • 17 February 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Hey Gloria, thanks for commenting. I actually drink less coffee with the Nespresso. Two good shots in the morning is quite enough!! Technology seems to drive us all potty at times 🙂 Jx

  9. 17 February 2018 / 11:48 am

    Pahahahaha! You are both hilarious and incredibly accurate 🙂

    • 17 February 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Oh thanx Em, well chuffed to read that!! Jx

  10. 17 February 2018 / 11:55 am

    Good old sat navigation, a blessing sometimes, a curse others!

    • 17 February 2018 / 12:33 pm

      Totally!! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  11. 17 February 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Did you know you can change the voice on your Sat Nav – I have mine set on the voice of an Irish Man. Somehow this makes me like him better!
    Thanks for the laughs, I love your humor.

    • 17 February 2018 / 1:05 pm

      Oh I had no idea. That would definitely make it a more fun experience !! Thanks so much for commenting. Jill x

  12. 17 February 2018 / 5:10 pm

    I only recently discovered that I have a competitor to my Satnav in my iPhone.

    I was badly let down last summer by my Satnav and thought it needed an update. When I plugged it into my computer I was told it was too old to update and advised to buy a new one.

    By some chance I thought of investigating the phone before I bought and found it is very simple but it too can get confused and go silent on me..

    When I have a difficult journey now, I put them both on and let them argue it out.


    • 18 February 2018 / 7:48 am

      Oh I Love the idea of My Sat Nav arguing with my phone!! Thank you! Jill

  13. 18 February 2018 / 7:46 am

    We are kindred spirits. Lol. My loves and pet hates mirrored to a tea. Great read

    • 18 February 2018 / 7:49 am

      Hey Sarah. Great to know. Thanks for popping on. Jill

  14. 18 February 2018 / 8:04 am

    I think the best sat nav comment is ‘ you have reached your destination’. Without fail, I’m nowhere near. Sometimes I haven’t even left home.

    • 18 February 2018 / 8:12 am

      Haha. Nice one Fiona. Yes Sat Nat is just downright Passive Agressive! Thanks for popoing on. Jill

  15. 18 February 2018 / 9:07 am

    Hahaha. I too have a love/hate relationship with my phone & mac. I love them! I need them!

    Take them away from me before I throw them!!!

    • 18 February 2018 / 9:08 am

      With you on that Hayley. When they are good they are very good but when they are bad – grrrrr! JX

  16. Sonia Boal
    18 February 2018 / 10:23 am

    I’m with the lady above – I use google maps on my (now elderly) iPhone. I’ve only ever had one issue with it, and even then once I arrived at the destination I understood why.

    So in a really quiet voice – I don’t like my Mac, I have to whisper because I’m still paying for the damned thing, but I find it hard to deal with. I use a HP in work and it is brill, love it!

    • 18 February 2018 / 10:28 am

      Hey Sonia thanks for commenting. I switched to Mac from PC two years ago. Took me forever to get a handle on it. What helped was plugging and keyboard and mouse – made it much easier to navigate. Don’t ask me why! Thanks for commenting. JIll

  17. 18 February 2018 / 10:31 am

    Waze on your iPhone….. and make sure you have it charging as you drive, or you will be half way somewhere, the battery will conk out and you will be lost for goodness knows long! As for coffee, I have that as part of fitness and social interactivecregime… get up, ready, walk to car, drive to Starbucks, speak to some as I order at the drive through, speak to someone else as I pay… drive home, park up.. and start to tick off my list of end users with computer problems! 🤔🤔🤔😜

    • 18 February 2018 / 10:41 am

      Hey Gordon all a bit tongue in cheek. KNow you are on the end of the phone if it all really goes pear-shaped!! Thanks for popping on. JIll

  18. 22 February 2018 / 1:44 pm

    My satnav is my nemisis – every time I trust (HER) she leads me off into the wilderness. It’s some kind of cyber joke that I haven’t been let in on. I’ve now gone back to Google Maps and finding the most direct route while ignoring the smart alec voice telling me to turn when I don’t want to. It helps to know others get snarky with their’s too!

    • 23 February 2018 / 9:08 am

      Hey Leanne, oh your sat nav is a she :). Yes, they do seem to have a way of taking us where we don’t want to go.
      Thanx for popping by. JIll

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