By Renee Lorenz Special to Published Jan 04, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Working at an online magazine has afforded me the opportunity to explore all kinds of new and varied aspects of technology. Before working here, I never gave a second thought to starting a Twitter account, for example. I'd been using my old school cell phone, sans Internet capabilities, without a care in the world, and couldn't care less if I had a camera.

It's not that I didn't know how to use them; I just didn't care to be bothered. Now, all of these things are as natural to me as checking e-mail. I didn't even give them a second thought until recently, when 2011 rolled in and my day planner ran out of pages.

I had mentioned to a friend (who also shares my necessity for micromanagement) that I needed to pick up another one, and she suggested I just use the calendar on my phone. I figured, rather than spend money, I may as well take advantage of something that I could use at the low, low price of free.

I gave the phone calendar a go for about an hour, which was about how long it took for me to realize it's garbage. Does it keep track of my appointments and to-do lists? Sure, but it annoys me to death tapping my way through pages and dates to get there. All I want is to open to a physical page and see my whole week laid out for me, in handwriting only I can read because it's just that illegible.

And, try as I might, I can't get used to not writing down what I need to get done. There's something more committal to writing something down that simply clicking through some errant keystrokes can't cement in my head. So, I abandoned the high-tech spirit and went out and bought a book, with pages, in which to store my life. As soon as I had it in my hands, I felt safe, like I was wrapped in an itemized security blanket.

$4.19 is a small price to pay for sanity.

Renee Lorenz Special to

Contrary to her natural state of being, Renee Lorenz is a total optimist when it comes to Milwaukee. Since beginning her career with, her occasional forays into the awesomeness that is the Brew City have turned into an overwhelming desire to discover anything and everything that's new, fun or just ... "different."

Expect her random musings to cover both the new and "new-to-her" aspects of Miltown goings-on, in addition to periodically straying completely off-topic, which usually manifests itself in the form of an obscure movie reference.