The Honeymoon is Over

It’s nothing new.  I’m sure we aren’t the only marriage it has happened to.  But all that doesn’t bring me much comfort, under the circumstances.  I just didn’t think it would happen this soon.  How could he tire so quickly?  It just doesn’t make sense.  

I’m referring, of course, to R-T and his new computer.  The Vista newness has worn off, and he is back to sneaking around using my laptop.  The whole purpose of getting him his own computer for his birthday, is that my laptop would finally be “all mine.”  But if I leave the house to run an errand, or – – god forbid – – go into the kitchen to fix supper, I can pretty much guarantee that my gool ole’ Toshiba will have found its way into dear hubby’s lap.

desktopI’m feeling pretty stupid, right about now.  I missed all the signs.  The unique way R-T had of lying in bed, with the  laptop propped up on his stomach, with that look of complete peace and satisfaction on his face.  The way he would always lovingly place it on the dresser, out of reach of any danger, whenever he wasn’t using it.  The careful habit he had of wrapping up the AC cord, and putting it next to the outlet.  The clues were all around me, I just chose not to see them.  R-T is a laptop man.

That got me thinking.  In the laptop vs desktop controversy, what creates our personal preference?  I definitely used to be a desktop gal.  I loved having my research books, and physical files all around me as I worked.  Oh, how things have changed.  I do almost all my research online now, and keep pretty much all my data in digital form.  So a laptop, for me, is ideal, because I can work anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection, and an outlet (my battery isn’t what it used to be!)

What is it that makes us desktop or laptop users?  What about you?  What do you prefer, and why?  I need some input here, folks, because this one has really got me curious?  What is it about a laptop that would get my hubby bored with his state-of-the-art Vista desktop in under two months??  This is one psychological quandry that has me stumped!  So please comment below, and give me your two cents on the issue…

Oh, and if anyone wants to trade their laptop for our brand new desktop, I’m entertaining offers…..

It was good while it lasted.

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I Can Homeschool Here or There…I Can Homeschool ANYWHERE

 The way I figure it, most homeschooling is done at home.  I mean, the term spa-schooling hasn’t seemed to take off yet.  And if people are bar-schooling, they aren’t admitting it.  So the majority of homeschoolers seem to actually do some or most of their educating within their four walls.  And it’s a good thing, too.  Have you ever visited a curriculum fair?  If homeschooling families are cramming even one one-thousandth of that stuff into their dens and dining rooms, there is no way that homeschooling can be very “portable.” 

Not true for the Topsies.  Our slogan is: Have laptop, will travel.  We can homeschool almost anywhere.  From California to the New York Island, from the Redwood forest, to the Gulf Stream Waters…well the waters that sport a Wi-Fi connection, anway.  That’s one of the tremendous advantages of using an online curriculum.  Your education is never farther than your PC.

 

It is a very environmentally friendly way to homeschool, as well.  While the Smiths and Smythes are depleting the rain forest as they write paper after paper on the endangerment of the rain forests, we are happily hitting our SAVE key and saving the planet.  While the Jones and Jonesboroughs are sending poor Seabiscuit to an early grave as they paste stars and planets onto their milky-way posterboard, the Topsies are busy watching how the planets rotate and orbit in an online simulation.  Imagine how excited Al Gore must be that his invention is not only connecting the world, but saving it as well.  That man really earned that Nobel, if you ask me.

But there are days when being so portable can be a drag.  Like when your mom has an appointment, and asks you to come over and homeschool at her house so you oversee her ongoing remodeling project.   Or when your church expects you to homeschool on the pews so you can help set up for the bizarre.  Or when your friend asks you meet her for coffee (darn those wi-fi friendly Starbucks!) to explain how she just has to get out of her dead-end relationship with her dead-beat boyfriend.  On those days, I can easily get a bit of pre-tech homeschool envy.  I can picture myself sitting cozily on the couch flipping through lesson planners and textbooks as my kiddos sit at my feet, singing Kum-ba-ya, filling in worksheets, and pasting things to each other………Oh dear!  I think I just snorted part of my Grande Mocha Java on some man’s briefcase.

Nope, I’m afraid we’ve gone too far to turn back now.  If you need us….we’ll be homeschooling at the Y today…see you there!