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Last week was a week constructed to point out all of my failings, all of my insecurities, and all of the strength I could muster to get things done, which strength I might add, was mighty and brave.  I rocked last week despite the challenges…I think.  I did the best I could, and who could ask any more than that?

Here’s the thing.  I’ve been working online for a long time.  My Etsy shop works, my blog is out in the blogosphere, there’s an e-mail address with my name on it, and I’m on Facebook and Twitter.  For an oldster like me that’s pretty impressive.

Being online requires one challenge for me – the machine that can get me there.  Cell phones and personal computers freak me out because there’s always an upgrade, an improvement, a new version.

I’m not one of those people who grabs the first new piece of equipment available.  I don’t stand in line to get the newest smart phone, nor do I decide to upgrade my PC (Windows 20578?)  to every upgrade available.

My shameful secret…until last week I was running on Windows Vista.

It worked for me, for a very long time.  Vista is laughable now.  It’s like having a TV with a picture tube.  OK, fine, I still have a TV with a picture tube.  Seriously, I do.  I also don’t own a microwave oven, so call me Amish.

The thing is, Microsoft Vista started letting me down, what with it being unsupported and all, so I decided to bite the bullet and go computer shopping.  For anyone who doesn’t know, shopping gives me great mental anxiety, which causes incredible physical ramifications especially if I’m not completely informed on the product I’m buying.  Plus, I hate doing research so my being informed is usually not a thing.  Add this to the equation – my mom has Microsoft XP, also unsupported.  We’re both living with machines that are completely useless.

Off we go, me and Mom, to the computer store.  Inspired by the bravery and eagerness of my mom, we both invested in a new laptop in short order.

By now I’ve spent some time with my new friend, the amazingly fast and up-to-date computer.  There’s still a lot to learn having been so out of touch for so long, but I’m satisfied.  More than satisfied.  I’ll use this laptop with Windows 10 until it dies, just like I did with Vista, and then venture onto another computer around the year 2030.

Engage

Now that Mom and I have our new computers we’re all set to go, minus a little learning curve.  Charlotte went through the process mere months ago so she can guide us if necessary.  Printers, wireless accessories, service providers, security providers, new and different screens to navigate…lots of things to reconcile.  I’ll never be up to date with technology, which is kind of a good thing because that tells me I’m aging at a much slower pace than technology, considering technology grows exponentially.

I totally don’t want to grow exponentially.

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