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January 8th, 2017 at 02:35 pm

With MH home for the winter, you'd think the school stuff would be easier, but it seems more complicated. He took three trips to get kids to/from school one day last week. & the high school is still on break! I am looking more and more forward to putting this crazy schedule behind us. The kids will have two completely different calendars next year, but their schools are close together and they mostly start and finish school at the same time. Except for holidays and minimum days and stuff like that, we can just pick up and drop off kids literally on the way to/from our jobs. It sounds very nice!


MH ended up buying me a very small computer. He kept seeing sales in the $100 range. This is an incredible deal if you already have all the accessories. But I haven't had a desktop since I've been displaced by kids. So... $500 later. The motivation was not "minimalism" but I am LOVING it from that standpoint. The computer is about the size of the original roku? (Or how I recall the original roku to have been). It just hangs off the back of the monitor. & I told MH several times that I did not need speakers. He did not believe me, so he ended up getting me a monitor with built-in speakers. So it looks like I just have a monitor/keyboard/mouse. We got it set up in our bedroom, for now. Glad it is so compact, because I might want to move downstairs in the summer.

We also ended up buying a couple of office chairs off of Craigslist. It felt like quite a splurge, because the vast majority of the chairs in our house were free. From all sorts of random people. Everyone is always giving away chairs. We found two new chairs (retails $100/each) that we paid $40/each for. So far, we are happy with those. MM(13) Wasn't happy with the free used chair he had (it sounds like he has been rough on it over the years), so I got him a chair also. We had an extra desk laying around, for me, but I didn't have a chair. Thus, the purchase of two chairs.


MH went to a concert in San Francisco this past week. It sounded pretty incredible, but I just didn't think I could get away from work.

We have tickets to three more shows this month in SF, for the Comedy Sketchfest. We toned it down this year, based on show offerings and my work schedule. There's other shows we'd love to go to but are mid-week or just aren't practical at all.

I've been able to slow down and catch my breath for the last week or so. But will be slammed with deadlines for the rest of the month.

It's a stormy weekend and we are stuck indoors. We have watched a couple of movies (MH gets free movie rentals somehow). I am reading a library book.

7 Responses to “Doings”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What computer did you get? If I could replace my desktop for $100!

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I will have to check with my MH. It required a fair amount of tinkering. In fact, the electronic store kept selling him the wrong memory(?), and he had to be quite assertive that it wasn't working and he needed a very specific product code. It took like day of that before he could even get it to work. But I will ask him about it if he hadn't tinkered with it, if it would have been okay. I *just* need it for internet; don't plan to install anything on it. He spruced it up hoping it would last me a long time. You'd probably also have to buy a new Windows 10 copy; does not come with an operating system. (We can't get Windows 7 to work properly on any new installation; we don't have windows 8 installation disk).

  3. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Ok, thank you!

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Okay, the computer is called the "Cubi". It is not a stand-alone box, you have to put together the memory and hard drive, etc. If I can find the receipt, I will figure out the cost of the computer (without monitor or accessories).

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Huh. Do you need special tools, like an anti static mat or something?

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    No special tools that I am aware.

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Computer - Cubi i5 - $115 (bought on sale at a local store, may be hard to find at such a low price otherwise)
    Hard drive $90
    Windows OS $85
    USB Drive $23 - optional? (might have needed to install Windows)
    Memory Upgrade $65 - optional?

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