It took multiple efforts, e-mails, phone calls, and coordination of schedules, but my beloved MacBook Air is finally back in my hands. MyService repaired its hinges under an Apple recall and charged me just for shipping. I have a whole new upper clamshell.
While I've been able to get along quite well with only my iPad (and the occasional jump onto Noel's or the kids' computer), there are certain things I haven't been able to do for a couple of weeks while my computer has been away. Chief among them is getting photos off my camera. I've completed a couple of projects and have started to document my new crafting area (the "before" photos, at least), and all of it is still sitting on my camera. I'm excited about what I've made, and eager to share it with my readers and Ravelry friends. A succession of crafting posts is in the offing.
With my computer back, it feels like projects that have been put on hold can now be resumed. I can remeasure the room and order the furniture. I have the flexibility to work on my various personal and professional tasks anywhere I am. Car's fixed, computer's fixed, appliances are working. Having one or more of those items out of service for periods of time recently has felt like a disadvantage, like having a temporary handicap. Things that pose no obstacle in the ordinary course of events suddenly became difficult, or required workarounds and extra planning.
Something can break or get put out of commission at any time. As I've said frequently, it always feels as if such things don't happen on an even schedule, but in clumps. We had both computers in the shop at once, a car sitting in the mechanic's lot, and a strange leak around our A/C that we couldn't figure out. But we were able to deal with all of it thanks to a relatively low-stress and lightly-scheduled summer calendar. I sometimes get worked up over everything that goes wrong; when things get out of my control, I frequently lose my cool. Although there were setbacks in some of these situations, by and large I was convinced that we were doing the right thing, taking care of business, being responsible and not just reacting to inevitable breakdowns. Now I'm hoping that all that effort will be rewarded with reliability from our mechanical support situations during periods to come when failures would end up being far more inconveniencing.