Looking at houses in the area of my hometown, because I like to torment myself with the prices, and I kept thinking, “Why did they stop the hardwood? Why not have continuity between the two rooms in an open-spaced plan? Why is there so much carpeting in these homes? The carpet looks awful and makes the space small…”
Then I remembered: Winter.
It took over five years, but I’m officially a Californian. I somehow forgot that hey, it gets really cold in other places. Carpet keeps it warmer in the winter than hardwood or tile, and isn’t so shocking to walk on barefooted in the winter.
But still though…carpet is uuugly. Just put some heated flooring in and be done with it.
So I went to the HP website to see if they had the parts I think I’d need, and get an estimate of how much I’d pay to see if it’s worth it, or if I just get a cheapie computer in the meantime.
Add parts to cart - a display cable, two different screws, a hinge, and the top cover with touchpad (the bit that surrounds the keyboard). I’m expecting around 50-70, max.
$117.80, for a screw? 92.25 for another screw?
I think either someone messed up somewhere, or HP is a huge fucking dick and just wants people to buy a new computer rather than buy a part.
Also, I realized that I had an issue (which lead to this break) back when my computer was still under warranty. Completely forgot that warranties exist. Uggghhh.. Kicking myself for that.
Either way I haven’t opened up my computer yet to check what I do and do not need. So, we’ll see. And, when the time comes, I’m either going to call up HP customer support or I’ll hit up ebay because fuck this.
Entire afternoon going well, things are calm, no hitting or biting problems, and babies are playing nicely and quietly.
Hey you guys, I need to go make your dinner and your lunch right now. Should take five minutes for your dinner, and I just need to get the supplies out for your lunch. Play nice, okay?
Go into kitchen, grab out first ingredient, and then hear loud crash in bedroom followed by a sharp cry.
Just finished reading A Game of Thrones. Can’t wait to start on the next one, so rather than go to bed like I should, I’m going to start in on just one chapter. Just one. (Yeah, right)
Today we picked up a 4TB external hard drive with cloud support for mobile upload. We have a ton of external hard drives already, but they’re pretty much all for pictures we already have. With this one I’m going to transfer and store all of the RAW files onto it, and, temporarily, the hard drive to my laptop and all the software I have on here (yeah, my screen came back to life. Weee. But, only if it’s jerry rigged and remains untouched - which is enough for me at least to transfer everything over later this morning).
In the meantime we’ll just get a cheap-o $300 computer or something, and I’ll get a mac at the beginning of the year as originally planned. Or I might bust open the back of this laptop since we’ve already written it off (after I’ve successfully and thoroughly made sure I’ve transferred everything) to see what the hell is wrong with it, and still get the mac later on. I think it might just be a wire and possibly two screws, which is a simpler, cheaper fix than another laptop.
Monday we buy bookshelves. Maybe. Hopefully people are hitting up other stores for Labor Day deals (ours aren’t on sale for the holiday, but just a general sale), or have gone to the beach, Disney, the malls, or something. The upside to living in OC is everything is within a decent drive. The downside is the 3.1M people who live here, and whatever tourists are here, too. I hate, HATE traffic.
So glad my computer is working, even if jerry rigged. I have the ebooks for the Ice and Fire series, but no ipad and, as I blog about occasionally (and with increasing frequency the closer the new iphone release comes), my phone is absolutely shot and I could never hope to read an ebook on it. Not that I could, anyways, because I use it for white noise at night to drown out cars because I keep the window open. Stuart has a kindle, but it’s an older version and isn’t backlit so it’d be useless to me at night (when I do most of my reading). I guess until I get either this computer fixed or a new one, I’lll just have to rely on good ol’ Netflix for entertainment or picking up a different book to read (although I hate to interrupt a series mid-read). Or maybe I’ll get hardcopies of this series so I don’t have to do that. Who knows.
Also, I ramble a lot. How anyone can find this remotely interesting is beyond me..
So my laptop just died. Fuckin’ hell.
I’ve gone through one laptop every single year since 2009. Ugh.
I wasn’t planning on getting another until around the beginning of next year. :/
A few more books came in the mail today. The last two books for one of the series that we have, and the three books for the “Politically Correct Bedtime Stories” series. I’ve only read the introductions and I am dying. It’s like an extremist sjw on tumblr decided they were going to write a book. It’s hilarious.
Stuart is going to think I lost my damn mind.
Speaking of, he went to do laundry and then is going to a clinic (unless they’re closed, then outpatient at the hospital) because of his neck. It started audibly popping and if I push on it I can feel something click. :/ I told him to forget the laundry, but he’s stubborn.
Powderpuff girls this morning after breakfast. Valentin was really diggin’ it. Noah got into it, too. I figured the bolder shapes would work for them; they really like the Mr Men series whenever we put it on.
Right now I’m laying on the floor waiting for Noah to go to sleep. Stuart let him sleep “a little” this morning, but when I asked how long he couldn’t really answer that (“only a little”), so Noah might take a while to go to sleep. Hopefully not, as I’d like to shower and I know if I leave the room before he’s asleep he’ll either scream or use his bed like a trampoline. Or both.
The bookshelves we were intending to buy went on sale! Woo! So that’s good.
Last night Stuart and I browsed the babies’ photos that I’ve shared here on tumblr. Definitely got sentimental. Stuart said we need to keep having babies every two or three years for the next 30-40 years. Lol. Really though, it does go fast. It’s been nearly half a year since their birthday; I swear it was only last week that happened…
Pleasantly surprised when an obvious trap for being rickrolled, turns out not to be a trap, but also puts me in a better mood.
In related news, I now want to watch The Fresh Prince followed by a John Travolta movie.
WHY FIREWORKS??? WHY NOW??? FOR LABOR DAY? WHY? SO THE HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST GOT THE KIDS TO SLEEP CAN HAVE THEIR KIDS UP ALL NIGHT?? THE HAVE TO WAKE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING AFTER BEING UP ALL NIGHT AND GO TO WORK? BUT HEY FIREWORKS??!? FUCK I HATE AMERICAany advice?
OH GOD. We just got the assholes behind us to stop last week! I forgot about the fireworks for Labor Day Weekend. Hopefully my neighbors don’t set any off…
But advice? Check your city’s policies regards firework purchase and detonation. I know for my city, they can only be purchased July 1-4, and can only be set off during those days. No exceptions (hence, why the neighbors are assholes). So check your local laws and see what’s legal and what isn’t.
If it’s illegal and it bothers you enough/you know who is the culprit/several are being (or have been) set off/whatever, call up and report it. Seriously.