April 13 – A quiet – so far Sunday afternoon.
Shoppers Optimum – Yesterday (and today) are “bonus” redemption days for Shoppers Optimum Points. Instead of getting $170 in value for 95,000 points you get $200 – an extra $30. What I also realized in scanning their flyer is that besides “typical” drug store stuff, you can also redeem on electronics and SDM has added some fairly broad electronics to some of their stores.
A while ago, my personal laptop/notebook had given up the ghost and given Jane has a laptop, I have a desktop, two tablets and a corporate notebook, I had not replaced it. However, shoppers had a decent (not state of the art) Toshiba in their ad for $399. Using (Jane’s) Optimum points, it knocked the retail down to $199. And a very good deal. Needless to say, we went out yesterday and snagged one (had to call several store) and I brought it home last night and fired it up (seamlessly) and so far am suitably impressed with it. There is now the whole process of software installs, transfers and updates but there is no need to rush it.
My desktop – is getting pretty long in the tooth for me (almost 6 years old) and I was looking to replace it anyway. What I may do in the short term is get a docking station / port replicator for my new Toshiba and simply use it as my primary device. It is better than my current system.
That leads to another challenge in that my web authoring software (FrontPage 2013) is now 11 year old – ancient in PC terms and essentially no longer supported. The challenge is that I am used to it, like it, and it is tough to teach an old dog new tricks. On the other hand, I need to move forward. I typically use MS Word to punch out this drivel and Word has a nice feature – a blog template – that lets you automatically load the document directly to a number of Blog engines – including WordPress – which I also use. What I may do to “wean” myself off of some of my FaceBook web site dependency for my site is to replace my “blog” page with a like to my WordPress site so that when I upload a Word doc to WordPress, it already posts to FaceBook and would then be current in my www.minorhockeyfan.com web site as well.
Not sure I will get that done today as I am getting set to fly to Montreal for three days but if I do, it will be an easy way to “blog” on the road.
Be thankful for what you have – this past week has been a bit of a downer with some disturbing news on both sides of our family. Health is a wonderful thing but can be very fickle and is not something to be taken for granted by anyone at any time. Hopefully the days ahead will bring good news – we can only hope.
Post – if all goes well, this is an automatic post from the new laptop! At least to WordPress – still need to deal with the setup for my full site.
BTW – today would not be complete without one final shot at the pathetic Leafs who closed out their dismal season with a loss to the equally moribund Senators (1 – 0 – Sorry Rick but the Senators fit the bill).The only questions now are how many get sacked, who, how soon and when does the “just wait till next year” slug get hauled out?