As a result of my previous post I took the train on Friday to my parents. Weather was atrocious (though mild when compared to the UK)
As I had to forgo a walk to work already on Thursday I decided to walk to the main station instead of getting on at my work stop. Takes about 35 minutes to walk but it managed to get me rather wet. Getting on the train was a mission as all local students were trying to get on as well. Man I had forgotten that those weekend bags are a menace when it is about 25 of them at the same time getting though a door. Thankfully I had decided to travel 1st class so I had a seat.
On the two hour journey I slowly dried up and mum picked me up from their train station. She immediately informed me she had come up with a plan for us for the next day – She needed a new laptop and decided that the three of us were going to buy one, after all we are the iT helpdesk and as such are required ingredients to the purchase.
Dad was not going to be involved. He was having a rough time with a cold that caused him to cough and sound as an engine that needed some serious tuning. Poor man, he has never been good at being ill, so had kept going with his well known ostrich attitude for a while, but he was down. Could not even manage laughing very well, he just did not have the air for it.
So off we went the next morning buy a laptop. Mum had a hard time, feeling a little overwhelmed at all the laptops and information. So we dragged her out and got a cup coffee as she calmed down and again returned to her wish list. Then we bought the laptop. SO and I bought her a good printer – after all she will be 70 in three weeks – as a birthday present. She was most surprised and happy.
SO then had to install the thing. Given that it is Windows 8 on the computer that took some time and SO was really not a happy chappy for a while. It was not as easy as anticipated. But SO being SO he beat the Windows machine into some for of submission and it is working, as is the printer. However it took a lot longer than anticipated and we ended up not going home until 19.30.