I'm a blogger, right? So, you would probably think my work space looks something like this. Beautiful, organized, with high end technology.
In actuality, it looks like this. A bunch of cheap, old crap, thrown on top of my "Badly needs a make-over" dresser. Oh, and don't forget the folding chair.
You may look at this photo and say, "Oh, she has one of those cool tablet/laptops that separates." And you would be wrong.
It's just the 14 in screen that is so worn out, that both hinges have broken off from the body, and the screen is now dangling by wires.
Yes, this is our ONLY computer. Oh, and we both still have "dumb phones".
Not only is this computer a real looker, but it has performance to match. To give you an example of it's lightening fast performance, last week I tried to upload 2 photos to the blog. I got them started and went out to the garage to work for a while. Finally, after 2 HOURS! they had finished uploading.
I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure this this has like 1 GIG of RAM and a 64 GIG hard drive. Not kidding. Its an old hand-me-down work loaner.
The last 2 months or so, it has gotten really bad. My typical day consists hysterical screaming, threats to throw it against a wall, and maybe a few tears.
I wanted an image to convey the frustration I feel when I sit down to work on my computer, but decided a photo of someone ripping the skin off their own face may be too graphic. The second image that usually pops into my brain (after the top of my skull has exploded) is this one. (*Bonus points if you can name the actress).
So why such a crappy computer? I'm going to drop some reality on you. We're broke. Broke as a joke in fact. Not like,
"Oh, we only have $500 left in the account after we set some money aside for the kid's college" broke.
More like, "Hey honey, for our anniversary I want to take you somewhere nice. So, McDonald's or Burger King tonight?"
The explanation for how we found ourselves in this situation is long, so I will quickly sum it up by saying, being a custom home builder during the recession was beyond difficult, and having twins with medical problems is expensive. Fortunately, our financial situation won't be so bleak forever. My husband is attending college at ASU, and is only about a year and a half away from being gainfully employed as an engineer. On that note, my husband's college attendance is exactly why I have happy news to post today.
So, my husband Bryce is brilliant. He doesn't show it off very often, but he really is. He is 3/4 the way through a Bachelors degree in Engineering and has a 4.0 GPA. If you don't know, that's impressive. Really. His homework looks like hieroglyphics. AND, he has managed to do that while working full time, volunteering at church, and supporting a family. He's awesome.
Coming up with money for school is always a scary prospect. Thankfully, due to my husband's awesomeness, we have been blessed to receive grants and scholarships. This fall semester, we were only going to have to come up with around $1,000. Well, the other day Bryce logged on the school's website and discovered he had been awarded another small scholarship we didn't know about! It was enough to pay the rest of tuition, buy books, and have some left over! Hallelujah!
So you know what that means?
Brand new, fast, shinny laptop! We were able to find a smoking good deal, and look! Both hinges are perfectly intact!
I'm already in love. I feel my blood pressure dropping. Not only is it fast and have a beautiful widescreen, but the battery actually holds a charge! I can actually move the laptop around the house. What a novel idea!
The only downside is, since I can see so much more of my blog, I've decided it could use some serious, cosmetic help.
Obviously, I have serious plans to create a better work space, but in the mean time, I am enjoying kicking back on my bed and watching my boys play while I type.
Are any of you still in the technological stone age too? I'm starting to think we are the last ones!