Mac vs PC

I’ve long waited for my old laptop to die. It’s been giving up the ghost for months. About a month ago, I backed up all the data, including all the email files, ready for it to go to the big electronics graveyard (i.e. the dump). Then, my darling BF gave me a present. He bought me a MacBook. Out of the blue. Well, it’s for Christmas, but I’ve got it early.

I love it. It boots in a second. It is awake in a second.

I am now utterly frustrated by my work PC, my home PC and my phone – all of which are Windows based.

My BF says it won’t be long before I’ve got an iMac, and iPhone and I change my home WiFi to be Apple.

He might just be right…

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Is there a pattern…?

I’ve got a nasty cold. It’s the first of this season. I had the same kind of cold last year, at the same time. BF and I had booked a long weekend, a cabin with a hot tub and had taken champagne away with us. In the car on the way up, I started feeling ill. I was ill the rest of the weekend. The ‘chesty cough’ that went with it never really went away and in February (while the snow was here) I was very very ill again, but I carried on working…and didn’t seem to get rid of the ‘cold’ for months.

Is there a pattern to this?

I tell those that work for me to rest, turn of the Blackberry, ignore the phone and email. If they don’t they won’t get better, right? I’m bad at listening to my own advice, until now.

Friday I wasn’t feeling well, but as we’d had a team dinner in the diary for weeks, I went out. I made it to just before midnight. I’d had a couple of glasses of wine and a couple of cocktails – that was it. Saturday, I didn’t move from my bed. I wasn’t well. Sunday, I got up, went to the cinema, came home and went to bed again. Lightweight.

I’ve been in bed for two days since then, on and off. I’ve been getting up for soup, and to get drinks, but going to bed again when I feel weak and feeble. I’m exhausted, and I shouldn’t be.

I think there’s a pattern to my illness. Can I break it this time by ignoring email, texts, IM and calls from work??

Christmas shopping

It’s that time of year, when I start looking for appropriate gifts for friends and family. I work out what I think people would like, and what I think they might need. My BF is quite difficult in many ways, as he buys what he needs as soon as he needs it. The trick is to buy him something that he doesn’t realise he needs…but I’ve never really been successful in that…yet!

But, this is also the time of year when I feel guilty and sad. My Gran is in a home in Yorkshire – close to the extended family – where she wanted to be, but no-one is taking her out of the home for Christmas. She’ll be on her own. That’s terrible. No-one cares enough to go get her, spend the day with her and share the family day with my Gran. I wish I lived closer. I would pull the stops out to show her the kind of Christmas that she deserves.

I also feel sad that the family is so spread out. My sister is in Berumda, and my parents are in the North of Scotland. My boyfriend and I live in Surrey. My gut tells me we should go home for Christmas – to Ardchroskie – before it is sold. But, it’s never that easy is it?

I don’t actually know what to do for the best.

My sister (the wise one, you know), says I need to do what’s best for me. But, I’ve never done that.

Next year, Sis and I have a plan to make sure we’re all together somewhere. I hope that will include dear old Gran, but I might be hoping for too much.It depends on a lot. My sister living closer; Ardchroskie not being on the market; BF having a definite answer about the boys; and various sets of parents being fit to travel.

Christmas is such an important family time. It really is…