03 June 2007

The Grass is Always Greener...

After it rains for three weeks. Of course, after seven years of drought, we need it. So I guess I shouldn't complain about the green mold in my basement and the soggy, just rained on squish of my carpet. But at least the cat no longer has to swim to his litterbox, and I don’t have to hear about it. The drawback to Corgis? They are so low to the ground; they get not only their feet wet, but their entire bottom half.

I even painted the bathroom a nice shade of sage green, but the sink is white, I do have my standards. Apparently I was out at engineering school the day we covered P-traps, because installing a new sink is rapidly becoming more effort than its worth. Since the old sink is tore out, I don’t really have a choice. Learn fast. Thank doG for the Internet, a treasure trove of Do It Yourself videos. What? Read the directions in advance you say? Where's the challenge in that? Not to mention, I usually avoid writing by doing projects, now I am avoiding Operation Remodel Bathroom by writing. So far this weekend I have 500 words on a new history fic short story, two chapters in the Novel That Started in NaNo, and a piece of a speculative fiction short story that has a great beginning, but I have absolutely no idea what happens next.

The gnomes, sensing work and cursing, wisely stayed low, only coming out to hide my basin wrench and pop a key off my laptop. The laptop, unused to such frantic typing, apparently is going down for the third time, making ominous noises and chucking useful keys, like, you know, the one I need to type my name? ("C") I made a half hearted attempt to research laptops. I don’t really want Windows Vista until they are about to the second service pack, I'm happy with XP. I'd like a 17 inch screen to do my Photoshopping on. Macs are too expensive. I should just break down and get another desktop PC, I think the laptop has been out of the house once in the last six months. But I want the option, you know? I have delusions of having a life someday.

I force fed more RAM into this laptop, and it grudgingly runs okay, but it runs too hot, even with a cooling pad. So any suggestions on a decent laptop? I know there are some still out there with XP on them. And yes, things are backed up on my external hard drive. I'm not trusting my stories to any one source, considering MS Word ate an entire chapter last month and never hiccupped it up. I wanted to rewrite it anyhow. Really. (quit laughing) And if I find the gnome that made it disappear... I'm painting him green and installing him on my front lawn as a rain gauge.

6 comments:

Tracy said...

I love my laptop, it's a Gateway with XP. I'm like you, no interest in Vista when it is so new, I'm still getting the hang of XP. I am a true computer amateur. I have to say though, I have barely spent any time on my desktop PC since acquiring my laptop. The convience of writing in any room in the house or the porch is just too thrilling for me. Any why is it there is either not enough rain or too much?

Constance said...

I'm looking for something with a 17 inch screen for my art work. and 2gig ram to run Painter. I just hate paying so much for it and getting all the crap preinstalled, I want basic and I'll put Open Office on it and Firefox and be happy. So I may just have to reformat anyhow.

We have 5 computers in the house right now, 2 are old but do what I want them to do, laptop for the older teen, and a PC that has 3 hard drives and plays games. and my hot laptop. No shortage of technology here. Don't NEED a new computer. But tell me I'll work better with a new laptop. *g*

Tracy said...

Connie, you will work better and more with a new laptop. You will be so thrilled with it your will type while you drive, eat, and sleep. (how's that?)

Carla said...

Great post. I was lucky that I bought my computer last year before Vista came out - like you, I don't like doing unofficial beta testing on recent releases :-)

Constance said...

Tracy, You're a bad influence. *g*

Constance said...

Carla, there are stil places out there where you can get comps with XP on them. Which is wht I'm looking at. I'm more afraid some of my programs won't run under Vista, seeing as how they are older. One of them they don't een make anymore, but I like it just fine. Gets the job done. :)
Down to researching the different brands now.