Back in December 2012, I wrote a blog titled as above (without the 2014). Now it’s time to write a second edition of it. This is the year of miracles for me. See my previous post, 2014: The Year of Fulfillment. What’s happened so far: I had a wonderful trip back to Western Australia to re-bond with my family over there, and came back refreshed and inspired. I have found my focus more strongly with my writing and my editing, and am continuing my journey in pastel painting (more on that another time).
I had what seemed a setback, when my Macbook Air stopped charging; I rushed it up to the Mac man at Coolangatta, he tested it and came to the conclusion there was a faulty sensor pad (it was just out of guarantee). He said repair would cost more than a new one, as the Mac air is so slim and compressed that parts and labour are prohibitive. So after having a hissy fat, with mental air blue with f-words, I bit the bullet and bought an iMac, plus a 3 year extended guarantee (as the iMac has the same characteristic of compression into a slim space as Macbook Air). I love it! Why did I stick with a laptop for so long? Cramped screen, battery needing recharging all the time; and as for its intended purpose, to be light and transportable, I find travelling with a laptop a liability: security, fear of dropping it, cumbersome to carry, light as it is. Now I can happily edit on a big screen, have two files open at once without one sitting behind the other, and I can watch movies my son has downloaded for me on a nice screen with great sound. I can easily take it into my bedroom where I have a comfortable reclining chair, to watch. What about having a computer when I travel? Next step is an iPad, which I’ve resisted till now. My hairdresser, a gorgeous woman, has been urging me to get one for a year. In her mind, it is higher on my list than finding a soulmate. I think she may be right. And I can carry it in my handbag. Which you can’t do with a soulmate; and you can’t turn him or her off at night.
And what else? My friend Marian, the writer, who is hosting a birthday soiree for me, told me about Pandora, an internet radio station. Choose what music you like, she said, and I”ll set it up for you; you can have several stations and switch from one to another. I’d never heard of this, and usually I resist new technology, but this makes more sense to me than an MP3 player.
Next step? I guess it will be getting an iPhone so I can tune into my Pandora stations when I’m driving. And…. I need a GPS so I don’t get stressed out when I visit my Brisbane daughter, navigating through the motorways and then the tangled roads to her house. Wonders will never cease!!