Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face

You may have read my earlier post A Tale of Joy Then Disappointment.  I’m waiting for the arrival of my new laptop.  When I wrote that post I was down in the dumps. I was expecting to accomplish so much with that laptop and I saw all of my plans just shoved aside.

As I continue to wait for the arrival of the new one I’m wondering about a decision made in the heat of the moment. I could have loaded all of that photo software back on my desktop computer.  I just saw that as wasted energy.  So was I cutting off my nose to spite my face?. My focus was totally on the negative aspects of reloading.  The positives were not registering.

Now I want to upload some photos, but I want to make sure they are web ready.  Need to do a little resizing and eliminate any distractions. If I had reloaded that software, I’d have some photos to put up. Instead, I’m wishing I had reloaded hoping that new laptop arrives soon.

Sometimes, you can cut off your nose to spite your face.

Change into Something Different

The one constant in life is change. Everyday in every way there is change.   Simple to do with a photo. My lily as I shot it and my lily with a geometric shape applied to it.  They are the same flower with very different looks.  Are we like that as well?  The same person but with very different looks.

The Tale of Joy then Disappointment

You know that feeling of excitement and anticipation went you’re waiting on the delivery of a purchase.  It’s something that you want/need.  It’s something that’s going to make a task easier to perform.  It’s going to bring pleasure on some level.  Well that’s the feeling that I had as I awaited the delivery of my new laptop.  I had everything all planned.  This laptop will handle all of my photography.  When I open it up and turn it on, no other distractions.  No word processing programs, spreadsheets or database, only programs that assist me in working on my photos.

So the delivery comes a day early.  Unfortunately, I’m not home.  So now the anticipation is really high.  The thoughts are rolling around in my head. “It came.  I wasn’t here.”  “Hope they will try again tomorrow.”  “Of course they will.  They always come back the next day.”  “No need to worry, you know the drivers on the route and they know you.  Rest easy.”

Tomorrow comes.  Sitting and glancing out the window as I work.  Driver usually comes around 11 am.  11 am comes and goes.  11:30, noon, 12:30, oh, there’s the truck.  Here he comes.  No need for him to ring the doorbell, I am waiting at the door.

I can’t  wait to get it open and get started.  I finish the project I’m working on and start the process of pulling it out of the box,  It looks awesome.  It’s lightweight too.

Turn it on and begin the setup process.  While it’s downloading and installing  updates.  I’m removing all of my photographic software from my desktop computer.

It’s done with the updating.  I install my security software first.  Now I put in the disk to load Photoshop. SYSTEM CRASHES.  No, I’m in disbelief.  I must have done something wrong.  Restart the computer.   I’ll try a different disk.  I try Lightroom this time.  SYSTEM CRASHES.  No, this is not happening. Am I tired? I’ll shut things down and start fresh in the morning.

Morning comes.  Get my regular duties out-of-the-way and start again.  I remember I was loading an upgrade disk, so I got the prior version.  That was probably the problem.  Everything is going to work out.  Disk in.  It’s reading it.  Click run setup.  SYSTEM CRASHES.

Is the problem with the software or the laptop?  Well, let’s contact support for the laptop.  I go to the website and plug-in the serial number. It’s a different model than I ordered and it says WARRANTY EXPIRED. That’s curious.

Well, I have to call, but I didn’t wait long to speak with a representative.  I explained the problem and gave him the serial number, he asked me if it was a brand new computer. Calmly, but not feeling so calm, I answered yes. He asked for the product number.  I needed to remove the battery to find it.  There it was.  This was not the model I ordered.  This was a different laptop.

I guess the gentleman could hear the angst in my voice.  He said don’t worry, we will straighten this out.  He apologized many times for the inconvenience and proceeded to write an order for a different laptop with the same configuration as the one I ordered.  He would later give me the number for customer service to report the problem so I could return the laptop in my possession and get a refund.  The new laptop will cost me $5 less than the one I ordered originally. I guess that’s a bonus.

The ship date for the new laptop is August 10th.  This is a major curve in my plans. Can I function without reloading all of that software back on my desktop computer? Well, we shall see.

One thing is very clear. I am deeply disappointed.  The excitement and anticipation that I felt originally is not there as I await the replacement laptop.

I found this photo of  a daylily which started out with promise and then wilted at the tips.  There is still hope for the other buds and hope for the replacement laptop.

Daylily Disappointment

What Happens When You’re Thrown A Curve?

Hi! I missed posting yesterday.  I had new windows installed in my home.  You know how much you have to do when you have new windows installed?  First you have to move all of that stuff that is in front of the windows out-of-the-way because the workers need a certain amount of clearance to do their jobs.  Besides, you don’t want dusk and debris all over your stuff.

Once you move everything, then you have to take down any existing window coverings.  There is the inevitable question, will I be able to re-hang these window coverings or do I need new ones.  Ugh.  It’s ugh already and they are not here yet to begin the installation.

Upheaval aside, buying something that enhances your property, makes it more comfortable and attractive inside and out is a good thing.  So, the installers come and immediately there are issues.  This is to be a full install, but installer has a different idea.  A full install means removing all of the existing wood framing, framing it with new wood and then adding the window.   He thought all they were suppose to do was sit the window on the existing wood frame. He has to call.  I’m right and he’s wrong and he was not a happy man. That unhappiness was apparent throughout the day.

Next issue, the measurement of the window is slightly off.  The brick had to be shaved ever so slightly.  The installer has the company call me to tell me this.  Guess I’m getting the silent treatment.  It’s okay.  I understand his frustration.  He had a plan for how to accomplish this install and he had a major curve thrown at him.

Now, in addition to the 6 windows, I was also having a new door installed.  Everything was proceeding nicely it seemed until they got ready to put the storm door back up.  It would not close with the new front door closed.  The door knobs were in the same spot. My poor frustrated installer wanted to leave the door off.  Of course, I was having none of that.

Call to the company once again. I guess he received a suggested resolution. He still wasn’t talking to me. He raised the storm door.  He had to put a piece at the bottom of the door to keep air out and make it flush again.

It was a long exhausting hot day.  The heat index was over 100 degrees.  But my poor exhausted installer and his crew finally finished at 6pm.   After all that we went through, he was finally able to smile and wish me a good day.  I offered the same to him.  He said what I already knew, “I was not prepared for the full cut out of those windows.”

Thrown a major curve, he became angry and each hiccup that occurred on this project only added to his frustration.  On such a hot day, he expended more than the normal energy because of it.

How do you handle things when something totally unexpected disrupts your routine?  Take the poll. Thanks.

Not Quite Ready

Not Quite Ready

Are you ever at that point where you want to break out?  But something is holding you back.  Not sure what it is that’s keeping you from expressing yourself.  Maybe, just maybe, you’re not quite ready.  Like the little pink peony here.  It’s opening ever so slowly.  It’s not quite ready to display its full beauty. It needs just a little more time.