on my own with a disabled computer

May 26, 2009

Well, it appears I jumped the gun on the whole “my computer works!” thing. My computer DOES work, but it is impaired. I think it may have had a stroke, and is now experiencing some residual disability. Half of its brain works, the other half is paralyzed. The good news is it’s the internet side that works. I am typing right now from my computer, and I seem to be able to navigate the wonderful worldwide web without difficulty. But the second I try to open iPhoto my poor little compie just freezes. So I’m taking him to the hospital (aka the Apple store) on Thursday to see the doctor (aka genius). You may laugh, but last time they actually pulled out a stethoscope on him.

Anyway, I won’t be able to show you the photos of my new living room/kitchen/breakfast room/laundry room quite yet. My husband up and went on a business trip to Nashville without me, and took his computer with him! (Full disclosure: I told him he should.) So here I am at home with the dogs by myself. It is quiet around here without the TV on (although I do seem to be becoming quite the reality TV junkie lately), and already just a tad bit cleaner, but oh the loneliness!

I hope this doesn’t come as a shock to you, but my husband and I like each other. A lot. And we much prefer to be together than apart. Unfortunately, we have already spent many nights apart since we’ve been married, and I admit it’s completely my fault. I’ve done some house-sitting for friends a few times, and I went on my annual girls-only vacation. But now I’m experiencing it from the other point of view: the One Who Stays Home. It’s much worse.

So my plan to minimize the ache in my heart while he is away includes the following:

1. Stay busy. I have something planned for every day and night that he’s gone, except today. And today I will be doing chores around the house and hopefully getting a bike ride in.

2. Be around people. Tomorrow I’ll be at the church’s youth group pool party (I’m a volunteer), Thursday I’m spending the afternoon/evening with a good friend, and Friday David comes home!

3. Take up the whole bed. There’s nothing quite so lonely as a single person in a king-sized bed, so I plan on sleeping smack dab in the middle of ours. Also, I’m going to force one or both of the dogs to sleep there with me so I have something to cuddle with.

In conclusion: I miss my husband bunches, my computer is post CVA, and now I’m going to go eat some leftover lasagna and channel my inner electrician. Those outlets won’t rewire themselves.

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Comments on on my own with a disabled computer

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    From nic:

    Matt travels a lot, so I agree: being the one at home kinda sucks. I usually enjoy day one, but after that I’m ready for Matt to come home. I do, however, take advantage of the bed and also sleep smack dab in the middle. It’s the best part of being home alone. :)

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    From Tabaitha Kaye:

    Adam was promoted which is great news, but it means a lot more traveling and a couple nights away each week in LA or Santa Barbara. I sleep in the middle of the bed when he is away and since we don’t have dogs yet, I surround myself with pillows.

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    From DeMo:

    Awww I wish I lived close enough to an Apple Store to make a visit. :(

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    From Mindy:

    I miss my man when he travels too. Sleeping is the toughest! I’m usually up until 2 or 3 AM when he’s away… no good. Although it’s a great time to get some knitting and reading in… :)

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    From Julienne:

    Right now Alex and I only see each other on weekends because we’re both traveling for work, but I think it makes it easier that we’re both away. I think it would be much more difficult if one of us was waiting at home for the other.

    As for keeping yourself busy, that’s the best plan. Alex’s dad is in the military so he gets deployed for months at a time and his mom had become very adept at keeping herself busy so the time goes by faster!

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    From BB:

    Those are good tips…I can’t stand to be at home alone– my dog picks on me when Hubs isn’t there to regulate. Good luck with computer repair! Macs scare me ;)

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    From Rae:

    I am in the exact same situation (minus the computer, though my “t” key won’t stay on, does that count?;-)). I’ve been gone before, but this is the first time that it is my husband who is away. I am quite glad that he will only be gone for three nights!

    And now I am off to keep busy by hiking with my sisters. I hope that your computer recovers fully quite soon.

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