Big girl boots…

Yesterday I decided to put on my big girl boots and go on a quest. Here’s what happened…

The other day I reread my astrological chart which said “you require strenuous situations in order to grow and mature properly, even though you try to avoid them.” Since I recently “quit” something, I didn’t want to start seeing myself as someone who avoids challenging (aka “strenuous”) situations so I was looking for a good way to test myself. You might not be particularly impressed with the challenge I undertook but we each have our own hills to climb. Mine was this…

Back in May I finally succumbed to the gazillion requests from Microsoft to download Windows 10. Unfortunately, once I did, my printer stopped working. I’ve hated not having a printer as there are times when I want to have words on paper as opposed to on a screen. I know this is old school but there you have it. Since yesterday was a day without plans, I decided it was time to go to the Microsoft store with equipment in hand. Trust me, it was a daunting undertaking.

Challenge #1 – First things first, I have to detach the tower and printer from a bewildering array of wires and cords. I take photos with my phone before I begin unplugging things but with each cord I unplug I know with increasing certainty and a sinking heart that there will be no way that I am going to be able to put it all back together on my own. But I decide to press on and worry about that later. More immediate was the fact that I have totally misjudged how long the unplugging and packing is taking and now I’m going to be late for my appointment with the tech person…urghhh!

Challenge #2 – How am I going to transport the tower and printer from my house to the mall? I come up with the idea to use two suitcases. So off I go. I stagger down my front stairs and head for my car, one suitcase behind me and the other draped painfully over my good shoulder. As I drive into the parking deck I ask the universe for a good parking spot and find one that isn’t too far away and then am thrilled when I discover that the Microsoft store is just a few feet from where I enter the mall. After waiting around for a while, it is finally my turn. Luckily, it seems that I have the ace techie helping me. All I can say is that he is a slow-moving young man of few words and minimal facial expressions who is helping 3 of us civilians simultaneously. But I am determined to channel a peaceful, positive vibe. He tries several things to get the tower to communicate with my printer and is down to the very last option when – bam! One hour and 20 minutes have passed since entering the store and I now have a working printer for the first time in 3 1/2 months! I am truly grateful and we exchange wide, self-satisfied smiles. The suitcases feel much lighter heading back to the car.

Challenge #3 – How on earth am I going to put everything back together? I could try to do it on my own but sometimes it is best to accept you limitations. So, instead, I text my next door neighbor. M. is in his 30s so I figure he knows more than I do about this stuff plus he works on cell phone towers. He graciously comes right over and easily puts everything back together, without the help of my photos. It’s kind of a miracle.

In the end, I feel like I have been on a successful quest. I needed both the test and the good outcome.

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