My laptop died last week. My lovely 6 year old iBookG4 who saw me through nursing school, the computer that I FIRST friended someone I was already friends with on, my first Apple. My computer, my buddy; rest in peace dear friend.
In truth only the monitor crapped out (the computer actually turns on but the screen is completely blank) so today I made an appointment at the Apple store to see if they could recover anything from my hard drive. I have been saving for the last year or so for a new one since I knew that my laptop was on it's last legs and I figured I could talk to the apple reps about the MacBook Pro's while I was there.
So I got into my car, backed out of my new parking spot in the garage, and BAM! right into one of the support poles and off flies my rear view mirror!
I felt my spleen leap right into my throat. I pulled back into my spot and after much cursing and colorful language I cancelled my appointment with Apple and drove to the Toyota dealership to assess the damages. Turns out the mirror is $250 but the two tenie tiny holes in the bottom of the car door is going to cost a small fortune to repair. The can easily repair the holes but then they have to paint. Of course to paint the door they have to blend into the front panel which involves taking apart such and such part and so on... Fortunately (or unfortunately) for me the "small fortune" is almost exactly the amount of the savings I had for that computer.
I of course was so disappointed in myself for the whole thing. I was really worried about how Kyle would react. I was CONVINCED that he would completely freak out. To my surprise he was pretty ok with it. He was wonderfully supportive and kind. "Yeah we'll get it fixed; but you're not getting your computer next month like we planned!"
I guess this accident, although annoying and embarrassing; really put things in perspective for me. It really made me think about all of the wonderful things in my life. My patient and loving husband. My job which affords me the ability to have liquid cash enough to pay for these repairs. I work everyday with people who can't afford $4 dollar generic prescriptions; who literally have nothing except the clothes on their back. I really am incredibly lucky and blessed.
So the car is going into the shop in two weeks while we are in Orlando. In the meantime I'm going to duct-tape the driver side mirror to my 2009 Corolla...classy!
I guess my MacBook Pro will have to wait, but i'll get it someday!
So I went out to lunch with a dear friend today that I don't often see and during the meal she told me "Hey you never post on your blog anymore! I have no idea what's going on with you while I'm trying to stalk you online!" It made me smile and warm my heart. So even if it's just the two of us who actually read this, it's better than nothing. So Kendall, this one is for you!
We are all moved into the new Apartment. After a few setbacks and one LONG day of moving and cleaning, moving and cleaning some more we are finally settled into the new place. Kyle was wonderful and did more than his fair share of unpacking (he actually did MOST of the unpacking while I was at work!) We got a new bed and a new bedroom set delivered the day after move in, and after the holiday season we are planning on getting more seating for the living room and possibly a new dinning room table! I have been meaning to take pictures and post them but the hustle and bustle of the holidays has been all consuming (isn't it though?)
Kyle's hail and farewell was this past Tuesday and it was wonderful. It is a tradition for wardrooms to have a celebration to "hail" the new Officers and "farewell" to the ones who are leaving. This time around Kyle was the Officer who was leaving his ship (he's being transferred to another ship next month but it is still home-ported in San Diego so no PCS move for us this time YES!) We had the event at a local bar (I was the DD of course since no drinking for me because of the INH ugh) but I still had a great time socializing. It was a really nice little event and it was really wonderful to hear all the other officers say such positive things about my husband. It really made my heart swell with pride!
After the ceremony we had a White Elephant gift exchange (always FUN!) then we stayed around to Eat and (for Kyle) continue drinking. His boss came over to say goodnight and told Kyle "hey, so, don't worry about coming in tomorrow, take the day off and we'll see you Friday." His mouth almost hit the floor. Nothing could be more awesome than getting the day off at the last minute. It's the adult equivalent of a snow day! I had the day off too so we immediately started scheming on what we were going to do to take advantage of this new development.
During our planning one of our buddies jokingly shouted out "hey! why not Disneyland?"
We stopped, looked at each other.
I said, "hey? you wanna?"
Best Day off EVER!!!!!
Will this spoil the fact that we are going to Disney World in just a few short weeks? HECK NO!!!!
At least when I am slaving away in my over crowded ER this weekend I can rest on the fact that without this job, I would never EVER be able to afford to go to Disney on a last minute whim.