For a car!
Seriously, it must be a man thing.
What’s more annoying is that none of the 4 numbers I found for the dealer are being answered, so we aren’t even sure they still have the car, or are in. Knowing our luck they’ll have gone bust just this week, we’ll lose the £250 holding deposit we put on the car and I’ll have a right grouchy husband for the rest of the weekend.
Right now I’m thankful for 2 things.
1. Family, that can have the kids for the day so that we don’t have the added irritant of two grumpy, bored kids moaning about being dragged all this way just to sit in another car!
2. Ipads and bluetooth keyboards, so at least I can use this time I suddenly have to catch up on some blogging! Thank you Apple – I love you!
Well – sometimes I do. I have a macbook. It’s a white, plastic, 2007 model. The hard drive was 80 GB and it was rammed full of ‘other’. Anyone with an Apple device of any type will know how frigging irritating that mysterious ‘other’ is. The memory display shows that you have 8GB of music, 3 GB of videos, 4 GB of photos, 7GB of books and 50 GB of OTHER. What is this bloody ‘other’ and how do I know whether I can delete some of it to make space?
After a good year of moaning about it, moving thousands of photos onto separate hard drives and basically working from GB to GB, I finally took my old, banged up, filthy macbook into the bright shiny Apple store where some nice man on the Genius Bar informed me that it was so old it was considered ‘vintage’. Cool – the first antique I’ve ever owned!
Still, he removed 20GB of ‘other’ for me in about 5 minutes, explained what it was and all about how to install a new, bigger hard drive so I could continue building up my virtual hoard of junk.
3. Apple service – pretty darn good. Even after 7 years they still help you with products you buy from them and with no charge. I really do appreciate good customer service!
There follows a week of total frustration, complete with epithets and what we call in this house ‘grown up’ language, for which you must be over 18 and hold a driving license to be allowed to use. Installing a new hard drive – easy. Reinstalling an operating system, when your laptop is so ancient you actually need to go through 3 upgrades – not so easy. It involved ordering a new disk from Apple, downloading more upgrades from Apple online and a lot of emails with their customer service team (who were not quite so good as the lovely man in the store). But I got there. My system is up to date, my laptop is full of space and my fan no longer hums at along like a spitfire propeller!
Except I’ve lost my Office for Mac – which I kinda need for work. And because I can’t remember how I bought it (disk or download) and don’t have a product key, Windows want me to pay for it all over again.
Apple good – Windows fail!
Unless I can work it out, it looks like this little ‘upgrade’ is going to cost me around £200! Ouch.
4. I am thankful that my problems this month have centered around a vintage laptop and nothing more serious! Life is good, when we look at the bigger picture.
In other news, my beautiful new bookcases have arrived and been installed. It’s my personal extravagance – and something that I’ll be paying for over the next year. But hey – look at them!
This is as close to a room lined with books as I’m going to get – and I’m happy.
(I also have 2 bookcases on the opposite side of the room, you can’t see in the picture – and another 2 boxes of books upstairs that are yet to be sorted . . . may yet need more room.)
5. Books – and the space to keep them.
In other news, it’s almost the end of January – a twelfth of the new year is gone already.
I meant to get a load of things done – I had a GOYBADS list all prepared.
It’s gone a bit out of the window. But then, that’s why I have GOYBADS and not resolutions – because I’m all about flexibility.
Which reminds me of a conversation I had with my new client.
“Can you pop in now?” she says.
“Yep, I’m on my way.” I say
“Can you write this now?” she says.
“Yep, I’m on it. I am nothing if not flexible.” I say.
“Can you put this first, then do this asap?” she says.
“Yep – I am totally flexible. I can re-prioritise, I can do your jobs. Call me last minute, I can fit it in. I am totally flexible, I am always ready to help.” I say.
“Can you do this every day at 9.30am?” she says.
“Nope” I say. “I cannot do anything between 9 and 10 am, that’s when I walk my dog!”
6. Flexibility – and being self-employed. How fab is it to be able to work hours I want – day and night – to offer flexibility to clients. And how even more fab is it to be able to say no, because I am self-employed and I can choose my own hours.
I am thankful for being self-employed and . . .
7. I am thankful I have this fab new client and I’m off on my journey of being a fully paid up copywriter.
Last night we went to a friend’s for dinner. My pal is, much like me, fully capable of following a recipe in a cookbook however totally unable to ever think of what to cook and when to make it. So we came up with a kind of plan that we would take it in turns to cook a meal and try out new recipes.
Last night my pal came up with a delicious chicken curry from the Hairy Bakers cookbook – I don’t know which one, but it was delectable.
8. Being able to cook and try out new meals – it’s a skill some people just cannot do, you know. Cooking is a mystery. I’m glad my mum made me cook dinner for the family every so often as a kid – even though I didn’t like it at the time – because I do at least know how to chuck stuff in a pan and hope it’s edible.
9. And having friends who have kids the same age as mine – so they all play together real well and we can have a relaxing evening together without worrying about babysitters, or what they are doing to someone else’s nice clean house.
10. The car seller called – the car is still waiting for us, they just had problems with their phone lines. Phew – one happy husband for the weekend!