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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.


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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It’s after 9:00 p.m. and I should be in bed.  But you know how it is when you have all this stuff to do right when you come home from the day job and then spend some chatty time with your spouse or kids or partner or housemate or even yourself over dinner and then have a bunch of other stuff to do after that?  It’s 9:00 p.m. before you know it and there was no relaxing time at all.

I love relaxing time.  I need relaxing time.  I’m kind of lazy that way.

But tonight I was on a mission.  I can’t say too much about it because the person for whom this mission must be accomplished might read my blog and it’s a surprise for him/her.  Suffice it to say the mission involved technology, and with that I stink.

Stink, I say.

Needless to say the mission was not accomplished, but I haven’t lost hope yet.  When it comes to computers and digital devices I’m usually determined to figure it out even if it takes me months.  Unfortunately in this case I don’t have that long, so I better hop to it.  Tomorrow I’ll give it another whirl.

And tomorrow will be Wednesday already!  I had a nice, long weekend for Memorial Day, thanks to a government job that gives me national holidays off.  I wouldn’t say the weekend was particularly relaxing either, because I went to the family cottage and there was a lot to do to open the place up for the summer.  Charlotte did most of the work though, because she’s disciplined that way.  There were windows to wash, an outhouse to scrub, cobwebs to brush away, dusting to do, animal gnawings to repair and a bunch of other stuff that we all pitched in to accomplish.  It was a fun weekend though, spending time with everyone.

Because tomorrow is Wednesday I’ll be doing some craft work to get ready for the show at Chateau St. Croix next month.  (Wednesdays are devoted to craft work for me.)  There will be some candle pouring and product pricing done, and that always makes me feel productive.  I’ll also have to get back to that technology project and see if I can figure it all out.

Lazy days of summer?  I’d like proof of that, please.  I’m rarely lazy during the summer months because the summer months demand a lot of activity, especially in places like Minnesota where half the year we’re snowed in.  That’s when we’re supposed to be lazy, but it doesn’t seem like I am then either.

With that report I’m going to sign off and go to bed.  I hope the sleep is good because I have to be awake and pay attention for the next twelve weeks or so.  I’d probably sleep a lot better if I knew I could figure out this dang technology project.

I’ll keep you posted.

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