I know, I know, it’s almost 2 weeks into 2017. Most people have stopped wishing each other ‘Happy New Year’ by now.
So much so that when someone said it to me yesterday I had to do a double take, and was so stunned into silence that a slight stutter in response was all I could manage before they were out of earshot to hear me return the sentiment.
Well, the darling laptop is home! Finally. I realised, from finding my last blog entry, that it was 6 months ago that she ‘died’ … and I’ve survived that long! I know, right?
As explained to friends the other day (via messenger chat, on the laptop! Woohoo!) … 2 months for the actual fixing (she had to be sent back to the manufacturer’s regional HQ across the Irish Sea since the repairs were beyond the capabilities of the little local repairman – so much for supporting the local High-street!) followed by 4 months of trying to scrape together enough money to spare to pay him. Yes, it’s that bad. It wasn’t even that much in the grand scheme of things; but to us, me, it was. I even did the Mrs Claus thing again this past Christmas, with all the good intentions that a short-lived regular income would pay off the small list of items I had prepared. No such luck. It got frittered away on Christmas luxuries like feeding the children and paying unauthorised-overdraft-charges and late-payment-fees at the bank. Still, just about managed a couple of Christmas presents; a pile of Christmas cards which ended up never getting posted (Sorry!)
(It’s a whole other story what I think of a certain bank charging £££ for my account having accidentally strayed a whole 70p into the red for LESS THAN 24 HOURS – it was actually about 7 – before I found a little bit of cash to pay in to bring it back to normal)
But, this post isn’t about that.
In all honesty, I’m not sure WHAT it’s about specifically… in which case, I apologise for boring you!
What did strike me, on the school run yesterday, was that when I originally started writing here; I intended to at very least, write a short entry each day. I even had a handful of titles, themes, trains of thought, to start me off. I sometimes wrote 2-3 a day and scheduled their publication so there would be one each day. And…
…as with other ventures, it trailed off. I began to tell myself it was OK if I maybe only posted every couple of days. Which turned in to once a week. If I was lucky… And then, the whole laptop gone thing didn’t help because we do have an ancient desktop in the corner of one room, which is nice and compact for a desktop and it’s surrounded by the computer desk meaning that’s where the printer and all my belov’d stationery happen to reside also; but…it’s ancient (in terms of technology) and therefore is very slow and for the most part unresponsive.
I barely managed to file my tax return online using it, and that was only after putting it off for 3 months longer than I would have, simply because I lived in hope of getting the laptop back in time to file on there before the deadline of 31 january.
Even though the computer desk in the corner is usually…well, at one point, always was…one of my (very few) happy places; even sitting there once a day/week/month attempting to write a blog on the old PC didn’t appeal.
Concerns such as “The children play computer and other games in this room” or “I can’t curl up comfortably on the end of the sofa, laptop resting on the arm, and write from a position of relaxation if I want to” (Yes, I was that petty.) Besides, I had other stuff, like winning acting awards (YAYYYYY!), looking for somewhere to live, getting a new Christmas Job and such things on my mind.
What the heck, I thought, no-one’s reading anyway. Well, 2017, that’s not the point, is it?
Then, it struck me…DOH! There’s all the things I was using as excuses to not keep up the blog (regardless of readership!) and yet…there’s instantly the beginnings of a list of posts. Woohoo!
So, in case you missed it the first time, and in an attempt to get in my 750 words for today… Happy New Year. I hope yours has started as you wish it to continue. Or at the very least, better than last year ended.