Sunday, August 5, 2012

The great technology race

Back at Brandywine less than a week, and what with the infestation of fleas, one hundred million ants, and another mouse leaving calling computer gives up the ghost.

Now, I will be honest: that computer did not owe me a dime.  It had been so reliable for so long, but it just couldn't keep up any more.  I was asking it to do more and more, but like so many of us in our old age, it just couldn't handle all the demands on it.

(Let me say this--this sorta reminds me of when I was a mom with two little kids.  I could juggle everything.  I could put on a bathing suit and jump in the pool to catch them and then get out a picnic basket and supervise lunch and pack the kids and three of their friends back into the car and play fort all afternoon then STILL be able to get a load of laundry, a load of dishes, and all the supper fixin's done.  Where did I get all that energy?  Oh, yeah...I was thirty-two.  And cute, dammit.)
But not anymore.  I am older, and so is the laptop.

I like to do research whenever I make a significant purchase.  Sometimes I research for so long I can no longer get the make or model that I have decided upon. This time, people tried to tell me what to buy.  When it comes to technology, everyone has an opinion.

My husband thought I should have an iPad.  Yes, they are convenient.  Yes, they are cute.  But the bulk of what I do on the computer involves a keyboard, and I just wasn't diggin' the built in keypad, nor did I want to spend another zillion dollars (because iPads are expensive) on an external keyboard.  Also, iPads and folks who need trifocals?  Not a marriage made in Heaven.  I was having to blow everything up and then I couldn't see the whole page.  It was annoying.  So, while I want to be all cool and "Apple-y," it wasn't a good fit.
My friend told me that I needed some fancy-schmancy laptop with all of these phenomenal capabilities so that I can make my "Kirb Appeal" videos look professional.  Obviously, she doesn't know that the WHOLE POINT of "Kirb Appeal" (the franchise) is to look as ridiculous as possible. 

My nephew told me to get a cheap laptop and an iPhone.  That way, I can bug folks online all day long.  He thinks I should tweet more.  I told him that if I had a phone, I would be tempted to use it.  The state of North Carolina doesn't pay me to play with a phone; they pay me to bring new knowledge and understanding to 14-year-olds.  Which is sorta like banging my head against a brick wall, but why make it even more futile by distracting myself?

After several days of research (which had to be done on a borrowed laptop), I came up with a plan and a new laptop.  I also bought a new printer and some software--tax free (it's our annual tax-free weekend) and deductible as a business expense.  (Totally legit, as we have made Kirb Appeal a sole proprietorship.  Later on, we will make it a wholly-owned subsidiary of dlc enterprises, if we need to.)  It's like a grownup thing.

I even have some money leftover for an iPhone.  Just in case.


Laura from Top This Top That said...

well what did you buy??
ps- you are still cute!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Yes, I'm curious to know what kind you bought too. I just discovered that I do not have that kind of energy anymore either. We got our butts kicked by a 4 year old and can hardly move today!

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Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So ... we're all waiting ... what was the brand you chose? And I agree with Laura, you're still cute!



reFresh reStyle said...

Yes, you are still cute :). What did you get?

Eclectically Vintage said...

Awkward - but I'm letting you know you are cute!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

You're the cutest dang middle school teacher I've ever met and I've met plenty along the way! yay for new laptops and go for the iPhone -- you won't regret it!
xo Heidi

Kim said...

I've spent a considerable amount of time pondering the lost energy of my younger days too.
I had 4 daughters and I babysat for 5 more girls and, twice a week, 2 boys. When they were all present, I had 11 children all between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old ... and I had a clean house (totally not sure how I was able to pull that off everyday). Now if my grandchildren are around for a few hours, I'm ready to pull my hair out.
Here you are dealing with a parade of nasty critters and a burned out computer and you still have a sense of humor (or is it a touch of insanity??). I would be busy laying out the dynamite about now (that's my touch of insanity talking).
Still, don't let anyone, including yourself, tell you that you're not cute. Have some wine, smile at your reflection in your new computer screen, and see a beautiful you smiling right back!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I'm a medium energy kind of girl - kind of laid back and patient. So old age hasn't really impacted that part of my life. The amount of discomfort (pain) that is connected to all this medium intensity activity has changed A LOT! I'm a researcher too - but for most things now I have my husband do the research and give me 2 options. That way I end making a decision much faster. Delegating - something I'm much better at now than when I was young. We're all still cute.

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