Musings

New Toy

I’ve got a laptop again.

My original laptop finally quit on me a while back, but I haven’t been able to do anything to replace it.  So I told myself in a stern voice that once upon a time I didn’t even have a laptop, I used the desktop computer and that was just fine, and there was no reason I couldn’t do that again, so stop feeling sorry for your laptopless self right now, missy.

So I used the computer in our music/computer room and of course that worked fine.

Except.

Except for when the kids needed to practice.  I’d be in the way.  Or on the stool they needed to sit on.  Or it was Alex practicing violin and it kind of hurt my ears to be so close to all that…………music.

So I started trying to figure out how to fix that.

(I know, I know, such a problem to complain about when there are so many other bigger issues in the world.  But this is not a heavy website, it’s a light one.  So my laptop issues are pretty much as heavy as things get.)

Anyway, it occurred to me that my mother bought a laptop years ago that she very, very, very, rarely (or never) used.  Periodically she would call me or my sister for help getting it started again because it would sit dormant for so long it wouldn’t get updated and just ran sloooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwly at best.  Plus it’s got a semron processor, which, I discovered, was the kind dinosaurs used on their laptops.  Not the fast-paced dinosaurs, but the slow, lumbering kind. 

I offered to buy the laptop from my mother, and she refused that, saying she’d like to give it to me and in return I could help her choose a new one when she decided to do that.  So I said okay. 

And I brought it home and plugged it in, and twenty five millennia later, I was able to get past the “Welcome” screen and attempt to explore things.  I’ll fast forward through the agony and just say that for a birthday gift Bill asked his computer guy coworker to get all the stuff off my death-bed laptop and get this “new” one to run better/faster. 

So here I am.  And it’s even better than I expected, because Awesome Computer Guy added RAM and memory and cleaned it all up and tricked it into running faster with some sort of Computer Guy magic.

I am SO grateful.

And now I’m just getting used to having the laptop again.  I got out of my writing habits (which, I know, were sometimes pretty sporadic), and for a while I didn’t even know where to set it up.  But now I’m here in the living room, by the big front window, which is one of the two places I used to like to sit and type.  The other place was downstairs on the same work table as my sewing machine, but since I rearranged everything down in the sewing area, that might not work out now.

And that’s okay. 

I like my spot here by the window.

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