Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Unanticipated expenses :(

To buy, or not to buy--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and search for replacement for "dead" hard drive
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by buying new computer end them . . .  

The good news is that, at least, my computer gave me fair warning, displaying a notice on my screen that my hard drive was no longer functioning properly and that I should back up everything immediately.  So everything (I hope) is now on my husband's external hard drive, which has a higher capacity than mine.

The bad news is that the poor Punster spent about two hours on the phone with HP yesterday, but was unable to bring my hard drive back from the dead.  Bless that patient husband of mine for his hard work, though it proved futile in this case, unfortunately.

So here we are, smack dab in the middle, or rather, the beginning, of a major apartment renovation, and we have to shell out for a new hard drive or computer on top of all the money we're already shelling out.  (Suggestions would be appreciated.)

To make matters even more interesting, we recently added the phone of a close relative, who's on a budget so tight that it squeaks, to our phone plan, and our current phone bill is about $150 higher than typical bills of the past.  Since we expect to be paying this relative's phone bill for the rest of his/her life--may it be a long and happy one--this is, apparently, really gonna put a crimp on our budget.

Friday, May 3, 2013 update:
My husband decided he'd rather pay for a new hard drive than a new computer at this time, and our son volunteered to buy us a good one at a good price, have it shipped to us, and serve as tech support when his dear olde dad installs a hard drive for the first time in his life.  Wish all of us good luck.


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