Well, I’m running quite late with my SoCS post tonight, and I hope I’ll make it by midnight. If not, I’m posting it anyway, because, honestly, I’ve earned it!
A Big Bad Thing happened to me this week. My wonderful Lenovo Yoga laptop, which is only about 18 months old, started to get extremely finicky about taking a charge. This is an issue I’ve had with every Lenovo in this house, so I ordered two new power adapters Monday night, and was sure they’d be the fix – that is, until Wednesday night, when even very careful placement of the existing adapter (itself a warranteed replacement I got in early March) wouldn’t get me a charge, and, although I knew there had been 32% battery power when I shut down, the machine wouldn’t boot up.
That was when I started to suspect a deeper problem, which was borne out Thursday when the adapters came and nothing changed. Yesterday, our resident Tech Boy looked at it, after reading on the Lenovo forums. He knows a fix, but our efforts were unsuccessful, and he doesn’t feel he has the expertise to go further with it.
He doesn’t think the repairs will be terribly expensive, which is good…but, at the moment, our family finances are at an ebb point, and even inexpensive is too expensive to consider.
Sometimes, being a grown-up kind of sucks, you know?
So I’ve got reason to use four letter words. I might even have reason to throw a first class fit about the unfairness of it all…But I strive not to be that person….so, instead, I’ve got another four-letter word:|
OK, some of us had more (much, much more!) than our share of that, last winter. But this is different.
This is August snow, in a playground parking lot, shaved from the ice of the skating rink and deposited where kids in shorts and flip flops can have a bit of cold weather magic on a hot summer day.
It’s where friends can play, and then have a sleepover (and the mom coming to pick her girl up turns into a lovely visit with a mom friend she hasn’t seen much of the last couple of years, and plans for more sleepovers, and getting a little lost trying to find our way home, and an SoCS post being written quite literally in the eleventh hour, on a very elderly computer which isn’t even remotely frilly, and whose keys are smaller than this writer’s fingertips, but which is functioning….and a hell of a run-on sentence!).
I’m grateful. For this machine, and friends, and the magic of summer snow, and a means to reach out and connect with others. For the realization that like, love, kiss, calm, and grin are also four-letter words. For knowing that while what happens (to laptops, and to us), isn’t always a matter of choice, we do get to choose how we respond to the adversity in life.
Well, to quote Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that.