Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Product Endorsement: The Brother P-Touch Labeler

It's not often that a product that comes up in the autism-mom part of my life pops up in the professional part of my life. And it's even rarer for it to happen in the same week. But that's what happened not long ago with the Brother P-Touch personal labeler.

First the labelers appeared throughout Ralph Savarese's book Reasonable People as Ralph and Emily labeled everything in their home to give their son DJ a print-rich environment, and DJ used the labeler as a communication device. In fact, I think DJ was typing on one of these labelers the night of his reading in New York.

Then not but a few days later, I was reading David Allen on professional and personal productivity, and he was also singing the praises of the P-touch labelers as the sort of tool that just makes filing that much easier. (And if you dislike filing as much as I do, you'll know why I'm always looking for ways to make it easier.)

So I got one of these gadgets, and then proceeded to get too busy to even take it out of its plastic packaging. Until this week. I'm home, I'm on the mend from the gallbladder extraction,* and what better time to take out a toy and play with it?

And what a toy it is. We love it. Sweet M wanted to make the very first label, and I've taped it under my computer, where I can see it whenever I work . . . . mom is cool mom is cool.

It works for me. I've already gotten my $24.99 investment back and I haven't even labeled a single file folder yet . . .

* Thanks to everyone for their good wishes and to AB for the lovely get-well bouquet, here labeled "vase."



And, as ever, Autism's Edges does not receive any revenue or enticements for product endorsements, but when we love something, we'll definitely spread the word.

5 comments:

mcewen said...

personal and professional productivity! Wow, I'd settle for a little bit of either. I shall bear it in mind, as it's my birthday on Thursday, and it's always handy if a present is handy for other people too!
Cheers

Patrick said...

Gratz on the loss (GB), and hope everything goes well in recovery!

My dad got his out last year and is feeling Much better.

Mommy who? said...

Well they say everything happens for a reason. Today I found this site for the first time. I have laughed and cried for the past 3 hours. My daughter S, has done the same thing, as fate may have it. She is autistic and has type 1 diabetes. She is high functioning...whatever that means...and her diabetes is very brittle. I go to school with her everyday to monitor her blood sugar. My oldest son died when he was 19 of his diabetes...bottomed out with no warning. She does the same thing. She is actually his daughter and we adopted her upon his death. We since found out about the autism since she was 4 m/o when we got her. Her autism dx was 2 years ago, her diabetes dx was last yer. She is 9 y/o now. What a ride!I have gotten more out of this site than all the dr visits so far! I think you must shove in alittle humor in life or else....well, you can already probobly guess. My biggest realization so far is that my world...which is about 2 blocks to the left and 2 blocks to the right of my house...(not much of my " old" world left) just doesn't get how all consuming a special child can be. I have a sick child on top of that. Thanks to you for the refreshing break in my day. You have found a newly devoted fan! My admiration, concern, "virtual friendship" is sent your way on a calm gentle breeze. (I'd include a glass of wine if I knew how!)

mothersvox said...

Hello Mommy who? So glad you found your way here and that Autism's Edges has been helpful to you. Sounds as though you've got your hands full with the your little one's autism and diabetes, so if you need a place to come around and laugh a little, please check back in. I try to post at least a couple of times a month, though sometimes my other work schedule precludes it . . .

Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Thanks for the tip...we're always looking for reasonable devices around here!