Well… (and Other Four Letter Words) for SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hills Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: use a four-letter word as your theme.

Well, I’m running quite late with my SoCS post tonight, and I hope I’ll make it by midnight. If not, I’m posting it anyway, because, honestly, I’ve earned it!

A Big Bad Thing happened to me this week. My wonderful Lenovo Yoga laptop, which is only about 18 months old, started to get extremely finicky about taking a charge. This is an issue I’ve had with every Lenovo in this house, so I ordered two new power adapters Monday night, and was sure they’d be the fix – that is, until Wednesday night, when even very careful placement of the existing adapter (itself a warranteed replacement I got in early March) wouldn’t get me a charge, and, although I knew there had been 32% battery power when I shut down, the machine wouldn’t boot up.

That was when I started to suspect a deeper problem, which was borne out Thursday when the adapters came and nothing changed. Yesterday, our resident Tech Boy looked at it, after reading on the Lenovo forums. He knows a fix, but our efforts were unsuccessful, and he doesn’t feel he has the expertise to go further with it.

He doesn’t think the repairs will be terribly expensive, which is good…but, at the moment, our family finances are at an ebb point, and even inexpensive is too expensive to consider.

Sometimes, being a grown-up kind of sucks, you know?

So I’ve got reason to use four letter words. I might even have reason to throw a first class fit about the unfairness of it all…But I strive not to be that person….so, instead, I’ve got another four-letter word:|



OK, some of us had more (much, much more!) than our share of that, last winter. But this is different.

This is August snow, in a playground parking lot, shaved from the ice of the skating rink and deposited where kids in shorts and flip flops can have a bit of cold weather magic on a hot summer day.

Gabrielle, Logan, and Annalise enjoy a four letter word in August!
Gabrielle, Logan, and Annalise enjoy a four letter word in August!

It’s where friends can play, and then have a sleepover (and the mom coming to pick her girl up turns into a lovely visit with a mom friend she hasn’t seen much of the last couple of years, and plans for more sleepovers, and getting a little lost trying to find our way home, and an SoCS post being written quite literally in the eleventh hour, on a very elderly computer which isn’t even remotely frilly, and whose keys are smaller than this writer’s fingertips, but which is functioning….and a hell of a run-on sentence!).

I’m grateful. For this machine, and friends, and the magic of summer snow, and a means to reach out and connect with others. For the realization that like, love, kiss, calm, and grin are also four-letter words. For knowing that while what happens (to laptops, and to us), isn’t always a matter of choice, we do get to choose how we respond to the adversity in life.

Well, to quote Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that.

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  1. I feel you on the charging issues. I went through THREE Kindle Fires within about two years because of this issue. After the third one failed to charge after a while like all the others, I just decided it was a sign that I was not meant to have a Kindle Fire….

    • We buy new USB cords and power heads for our Fires – all four of us have them. BTW, I will be getting to your emails this week – things are running a bit slower with the backup machine.

      I feel sad that you don’t have a Fire…maybe because I love nine so much, even if my daughter uses it more than I do!

  2. Ugh. Computer problems suck. I used to have a ferocious temper (only towards objects, never people) and have broken many an uncooperative appliance in fits of rage. In my old age I’ve mellowed out substantially, but computer issues still get me pretty close to the boiling point from time to time.

    • I grew up in a volatile and abusive home environment. My father was explosive toward people and things (he may still be, but, the last time it was directed at me, I decided that WAS the last time).

      If I lived alone, I might be more upset about it. But it’s not my husband’s fault, or the childrens’ or the pets’, any more than it’s mine, and they don’t deserve to have me growling and snarling about it.

      Besides, all that energy would be taken from making the most of it, and that’s more my speed.

      I have found that being in my 40s has mellowed me considerably, and done all other manner of good in my life. =)

  3. Sorry the fix proved unsuccessful for you. At least you have something that works, if not as well as you’d like. I understand the finances thing. We’re ata financial high point right now. That will change ina couple more months when we’re relying on unemployment and husband’s plowing paychecks. We’re trying to set some aside now before that happens, but every winter seems to be a balancing act of what needs paid RIGHT NOW and what can wait.

    Hope you can figure something out.

    • I know that feeling. Winter is better for us. With both kids having summer birthdays, and it being prime time for travel, and some hefty and unexpected car repair bills – well, it’s just going to take longer than I’d like…but that’s life.

      I wish you ease in balancing the winter ebb. May there be just enough snow to keep you all comfortable. =)

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