From Where I Sit – Shop ‘Til You Drop

Last Friday was a busy, busy day. I found the perfect diamond ring to complement the band I already own.

?Be careful when You’re driving,? they warned at the jewellery store. When a person has a glittery new ring on a hand clutching the steering wheel It’s easy to be distracted by its shiny glory?and who knows what could happen?

Hey, give me some credit; I’m a grown woman, not a magpie drawn to sparkle. Sheesh. Though it does look damn fine clutching a wheel, typing, pointing?you get the idea.

Getting it appraised and insured is the next step, because I do have first-hand experience losing the centre diamond. It happened a couple of years ago to my original wedding ring. No coverage, no recourse. Funny how the life lessons just keep on coming.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, I also bought a new laptop. My six-year-old Toshiba was hanging on by a thread: the power switch was broken and temperamental to boot; it was a crapshoot as to whether or not it would actually turn on at any given time. I had increased the RAM a few years ago, the computer had an external wireless card, the USB ports were all in the back, and I was ticked a lot of the time.

Knowing that its days were numbered I had been visiting electronics stores and researching websites for the past month or so. As long as my old computer remained on life-support I could afford to wait for the back-to-school sales. Luckily, we both made it.

I’m now the proud owner of a 17-inch HP with built-in wireless, webcam, and CD burner. The sale included bundling Microsoft Office, Windows Live OneCare, a new printer, set-up, and a partridge in a pear tree!

It’s also got Vista. I’m trying to be open-minded and accepting, mostly because I don’t have any other choice. I spent much of Sunday transferring files, setting things up, and groping my way around the new system.

Believe it or not, I didn’t swear, throw things, or drink?but of course, that was just day one. I’m impressed with the speed and I like the bigger screen, keyboard, and potential. It’s also kind of nice starting with a blank slate and using this chance to purge stuff that no longer serves me.

Roy wanted the USB turntable Costco was selling. Considering he’s totally computer illiterate, guess who’ll be expected to burn old 33 1/3 LPs onto disk?

All this in good time. First I need to learn the basic programs I use every day and try to tap into the potential of this new technology. Spider Solitaire looks decidedly odd but I’ll get used to it. At least my new ring and first-time gel nails will look great as I learn the nuances of this new machine. What more could a girl want, from where I sit?

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