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