Monday, March 29, 2010

Ta Dah!

Well, here I am straggling in and worse for wear. I've been a busy girl, but I've looked longingly in this direction many times over the past few weeks.

First, it was time to get new computers. So I decided that it would be a great idea to move from Windows to Macs. And, like any fool who rushes off where Angels fear to tread I leaped head-first and purchased two Mac Minis. One for me and one for my better half.

Long story short-er...
HIS Mac Mini worked just fine, thank you.
MY Mac Mini didn't even recognize an Apple keyboard. Additionally, it made weird sounds and did strange stuff - don't ask what because at this late date I can't remember. I returned my Mini and it was promptly replaced by a new one. This one ALSO doesn't recognize the Apple keyboard - (but it does perform the various special keyboard functions where the first one didn't). I think it must be me. I'm doomed or something. Bad Karma. Or Dogma. Or something. But I kept the second Mac Mini and it's sitting downstairs right now in the "off" position. Yes, Yes, I know. There it is in all its tiny white sandwich-sized glory all hooked up to a brand new wide-screen HP monitor and doing absolutely nothing. You can't wait to hear why, can you?

Here's why: I then had the great notion that it would just be way cool to have a laptop and so I bought myself a Macbook Pro. Now THAT was a notion. I absolutely love this thing. I've completely abandoned the Mini and now do everything on the MBP. I swear, this is the coolest thing since....since....catfish and hushpuppies! If I had known I would like it so much I would have gotten myself one of these things years ago.

Well, that's the good stuff. The other stuff isn't so much fun. And I am, it is fair to say, completely worn out. I've been spending my hours and days purchasing a house - sight unseen - in another state because there is someone there who was just this side of homeless and needed a place to live. Besides the house, I've tried to help with cash. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get money into the hands of someone who desperately needs it NOW but is overdrawn in the bank account? It's nearly impossible. No wonder the poor have such a helluva time. They are simply hit with charges and fees from all sides. If you send a check, the bank will just deduct the overdraft and then put a 10-day hold on the rest of it while the person in need gets further and further behind with everything else. I ended up sending cash by Western Union. THAT is costly, I can tell you. FedEx-ing it isn't much cheaper. I've since learned of a way to do a person-to-person bank transfer, but the person on the other end has to sign up for it - and, in this case, the person on the other end got it completely muffed and so far hasn't been able to straighten it out. But we'll get there.

As with anything, there are always problems. In this case, there is a lack of water pressure in the bathtub and shower. This will have to be fixed. There was no refrigerator so I purchased one and had it delivered. The delivery people tore the new vinyl in the kitchen when they placed the fridge. Exasperating. Maybe it can be fixed. I'm a couple thousand miles away and can't see any of this. I also bought a washer and dryer and was told they wouldn't hook up the washer because a hole had to be knocked into the wall for the drain. Yikes! I've since learned that it's just a cut-out that needs to be removed. I'm praying to whatever gods there be that when the cut out is, indeed, cut out there will actually be a drain pipe beneath it so the washer can drain.

Problems aside, I did manage to luck into what appears to be a cute little house that was just renovated from the studs out. It had been flooded during Katrina. So it has new everything. But it's been terribly difficult and exhausting trying to manage something from so far away. I'm still not finished, of course. There is the matter of documents destroyed during Katrina such that I'm having problems getting the needed information for flood insurance - just in case things ever get that bad again. And other things have to settle into place as well. Insurance is one of them. And insurance is a pain. It always feels like I'm betting against myself - or, in this case, against nutcases and nature. So maybe, if I stop and think about it, insurance is a good thing for this particular application.

The stupidest problem is one that makes me shudder. The people who put in the kitchen cabinets did not take into account that the drawer and cabinet door just around the corner from the stove would work a lot better if they could actually open. But no.... somebody forgot to measure - or just wasn't paying attention to his job - and the drawer and door are blocked from opening by the handle on the oven door. Just makes you want to strangle somebody. That is going to require a cabinet-maker to take a look and see if a fix can be made.

Well, I told you I had good reasons for being absent. I hope these reasons pass the test. I've thought about returning sooner, but I've been up and down. Mostly down. Depression has a way of sneaking up on me and just crushing me. There are times I feel absolutely friendless and worthless. There are times I tear up and just can't hold it back.

But the sun shines and the mountains are lovely all snow-capped and gleaming there in my panoramic view. My kitty is warm and fuzzy and she loves me even when the world doesn't. And I have Heath Klondike Bars in the freezer so things can't be all bad.

I've missed you all - and will try to get around to reading your blogs. I'm still, as I said, busy with business-at-a-distance but I'll try.

This next month or two is going to be filled with busy-ness since my better half is retiring. Paperwork to be filled out and notarized regarding his pension selections. Even though they are tiny, we still have to do the paperwork properly to get them. AND...I have to stand guard at the garage door to be sure he doesn't keep bringing STUFF and STUFF and STUFF home from his apartment that he has kept in the city while he's working. I swear if one more gadgety thing comes into this house I will next be posting from solitary confinement in the nearest prison.


You just can't make this stuff up.



Alan Burnett said...

Here's opening you avoid prison - but if not solitary confinement always seems like a decent deal to me. And you could take your MBP. I was very interested to hear your comments as it is a direction I might go in the next time I come to buy a new computer. Good luck with all the changes.

Skip Simpson said...

Hey!!! Glad to see you back!!! Sorry about all the hassles, but things will quiet down eventually.
Oh... and check out the last video on the "So Long And Thanks For All The Fruit Cup" post on SnL:Pview. There's a name you might recognize.

CatLadyLarew said...

Good to see you back, AngelMay. Here's hoping your MBP keeps you happy and writing.

Megan said...

Holy frijoles, Batman!

Baino said...

I agree with you on the Mac scene. I have an old iMac but Clare uses a Macbook Pro (bought in the US oddly enough) and Adam has a little powerbook. They love them. As for your money transfers, can't you transfer directly into an account over there? We do it all the time. Even our Paris apartment was paid for via direct bank transfer.

Oh Angel. Don't let the black dog bite. At least spring is in the air for you. I know the feeling such a malaise can cause. I don't have depression but I sure do get depressed.

I hope things settle down for you. And whoever you bought the house for, is a very lucky person indeed. Very generous of you. And you have been missed.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Mac all the way!
You make troubles sound fun....
It reminded me of an apartment in NYC I rented once where the kitchen was in a closet and the fridge only opened half way....

AngelMay said...

Thanks everyone. Nice to know I've been missed. I do, indeed, recommend the Macbook Pro. I bought the smallest of them (the 13") and I find it is plenty big enough. I haven't packed up the Mini yet, but I fully intend to.

As for the house, I now find it has some real plumbing problems. Sigh. I'm about nuts trying to get everything working and livable from a distance of a couple thousand miles. Not an easy task, that one.

Anyway, after AngelSpouse retires next month we will be heading across country to visit said house and do some stuff ourselves. It will be our first long trip in our RV (that we bought used in 2008). I hope it - and we - survives.

Janice said...

It is so nice to hear from you and get an update. You have definitely been through a lot. Here's hoping for sunny skies in your future. You have been missed.

The Silver Fox said...

Welcome back. And as long as you keep in touch, you'll never be friendless... not that I really see that as a problem you'd encounter in the "real" world, either.

Brian Miller said...

welcome back angelmay! have been away a few days myself and what a treat to return to. sounds like you have been busy and kept life quite the look!

otin said...

So you are back? Thank Goodness! The blog world really missed your creativity! We all missed you!

Jessie said...

OMG!!! you have had more than your fair share of life in the fast lane. dearest Angel, it's time to pull off at the nearest rest area and enjoy your heath Klondike bars!!! which sound really good right now. i may have to purchase some. lol

you have been missed and i'm glad to know you are planning a comeback. my son is going to be needing a computer next year for college--i'm going to look into the macbook pro -- although i was thinking about the new ipad.

i sure hope this month is easier on you than March was! i'm looking forward to your next post.

i wish you a happy and blessed Easter, with warm smiles,