Back in December, I think, I decided to upgrade the operating system on my desktop computer. I bought a 171 page book to help me with this process and I have been working on it ever since.

Every step involved something that took anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 days. It was like: you need to go to this tiny village outside Lisbon to get something but if you can’t do that you can follow this guy on Twitter and the last Thursday of every month, he’ll give you the secret password that you can enter into a special website that you can only access during 2am and 3am in your time zone, once you get it you have to hop on one foot in front of your computer for 207 seconds while wearing a red hat and press shift-control-þ.

Now you’re done with step one.

If you don’t have a þ key, you need to go to Beijing …

I’m barely exaggerating here. Plus I could only work on it when I was stone sober and had all my brain cells operating on maximum which means I never worked on it after work or after a morning of writing.

I upgraded my ram. I learned out to do a proper back-up. I bought an external HD, utilities and widgets. I upgraded and uninstalled. I opened accounts and created passwords.

I finally finished this morning. I skipped a couple of post-installation steps (for now) because I could not bear to create one more username and super secure password. But I authorized and gave permission and near as I can tell: every account and device I ever have had in the history of history is now linked to every other account and device I have ever had. I’m still not sure what that means. There’s probably a guy in a basement somewhere draining my retirement account right this minute.

I’m still trying to learn how to keep a calendar on a computer. I am very fond of writing things down.

I received an alert about the Reserves game tomorrow on my desktop at the same time that my phone was ding-a-linging in the other room. Yay?

I killed all my old Adobe apps and downloaded the cloud thing. It took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to do these pictures in the latest iteration of Photoshop. I am working hard to bring all three of you loyal readers, the content to which you are accustomed.

Tomorrow is going to be a computer free day. I’ve got two soccer games in the next 24 hours. I’m going to do an hour of power in the yard. Everything is coming together. Finally.

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2 Responses to Updated!

  1. Kelly A. Bragg says:


    I am turning 50 tomorrow. It is the end of an era.

    I believe you and I are about the same age. I look forward to
    your posts for their occasional overlaps with my own life as well
    as for their updates on your successes as a writer.

    Two of the bloggers I have read for a decade have just gone private.

    I am exuberant that your charming, intelligent, coherent blog is still public.

    I remain a fan.


  2. Mari Mitchell says:

    Great flowers.
    I hope the calendar works out.
    And I have no idea how to subscribe to your blog.

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