It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I’m not so happy today…

My computer is on its way out. The monitor goes mental after a few minutes’ use. Thanks to my computer-savvy son, I know why this is happening, but, sadly, there’s not much that can be done about it. Well, there is, if I wanted to spend half what the thing is worth getting it fixed.

Which I don’t.

(Even as I type, the top half of my screen is waving madly to and fro. I’m getting motion sick here…) I will do my best, but blogging has suddenly become much, much less accessible. It could be a while before it is. Damn.

What I want is a new laptop. What I don’t have is the money for one.


June 13, 2007 - Posted by | the dark side


  1. Bummer…that sucks Mary. 😦

    Comment by Sheri | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. Can you plug in an external monitor? Not as convenient to be sure, but worth a try if you have one lying around from a previous desktop. That’s what we ended up doing with the keyboard on our laptop after the cat spilled tea on it, because although ours is aged, we couldn’t really see a way to afford a new one, either.

    Comment by kittenpie | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. That does suck. It’s so frustrating when something doesn’t work.

    I’d love to have a laptop, too! But, alas, I don’t have the money either.

    Comment by Debbie | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. Not sure what type of laptop you have but I was surprised to find how cheap the parts for mine are. My toddler flicked a few keys off and I can’t get them back correctly. Turns out you can get a new keyboard for $20 (incl shipping) on ebay if you hunt.

    Screen replacement seems a bit more involved but nothing too difficult for someone like your son. e.g. look at

    Laptop repairs seem to be v v pricey if you take it somewhere but not so bad if you don’t pay labor and are willing to void the warranty.

    Comment by Melanie | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  5. Oh, poor Mary! I hope your computer issues get resolved really soon!

    Oh, and I have to laugh at your label for this post: the dark side. Is it you that is on the dark side or your computer? 🙂

    Comment by karly | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  6. Would you be interested in a GC surplus monitor?

    Comment by Bill | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  7. Bummer. I know exactly what you mean, been there, done that.

    Have you looked on Freecycle? Laptops come up every now and then – as long as you don’t want top of the range/gaming graphics you can pick them up for nothing:-)

    Mine was a freebie – it runs Windows XP (I think), gets me onto the internet wireless like and lets me check email – what more do i need?

    Comment by juggling mother | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  8. Sorry to hear of your troubles. We are experiencing some similar issues here and it just sucks. Here’s to hoping the new laptop fairy will drop one off for free.

    Comment by Dani | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  9. That stinks.

    Comment by Bethany | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  10. Seriously.. no dough? I find that used ibooks are going for pretty good prices these days.. I would offer you MAC support if that’s a barrier.

    Comment by mo-wo | June 14, 2007 | Reply

  11. Hugs to both you and your computer. I hope you’re up and running soon…

    Comment by Mama's Moon | June 18, 2007 | Reply

  12. FYI here is the address for Ottawa Freecycle

    Comment by Bill | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  13. Your laptop is ON ITS WAY. Hang in there folks – Mary will be back up and running (thanks to her wonderful daughter, aka me) in just a few short days.

    Comment by Haley | June 23, 2007 | Reply

  14. Yay Haley! You can be my new best friend if you’d like! (Of course having a BF who is a thirty-something with a 1.5 year old may not be all that appealing to you at this point in your life, but that’s all I can offer…)

    Comment by Chelsea | June 23, 2007 | Reply

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