Storm Imogen is battering the country this week, and it’s not particularly nice outside. There’s too much wind, too much rain, and it meant that instead of heading east on the M62 last night, we ended up heading west, and ended up just outside Rochdale when we should have been turning onto the A1(M) at Ferrybridge. That was fun.
This came at the end of a week in which I had to do all my research again for my latest assignment, and then write a 1,200 word essay by hand because my stupid laptop decided to cannibalize itself.
To be fair, I didn’t have to write the essay by hand; I could have just waited until my new laptop turned up and written it then, but that would have left me only a day to write, rewrite and edit my essay before submitting it. I’m already awful at deadlines, so that wasn’t really an option. It’s been… let’s just say that it’s been quite a while since I was in school, and I’d forgotten how different the experience is when you’re working from a book and writing by hand. 12 pages of hand written notes, about eight pages of work for my essay, and then my actual essay too. That’s in comparison to a Scrivener project with my notes and prep, before writing up my essay in Word. I’m not expecting a great mark, but I managed to get it submitted in time, so at least I won’t get a late penalty for it.
Cheap games come at a cost, apparently.
Anyway, back to computers hating me. When we finally got back from our amusing little unintentional detour into Lancashire (you’ll find out why that’s amusing in a moment), I started up my new laptop and started up Cities: Skylines, which I bought as part of Steam’s Lunar New Year sale, five minutes in, the graphics card driver failed and restarted itself. I started the game again, and after five minutes it did it again. I closed down the game, closed down Steam, and was about to check the driver when I got a BSOD. On a laptop I’d had for only four days. I waited patiently for the laptop to reboot itself, only to get a BSOD boot loop, which meant I had to reset Windows. Basically, my brand new laptop decided to do exactly the same as my old one. Luckily though, my new laptop was recoverable within a couple of hours (I spent that time watching Patrick Kielty and then playing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag on the XBox). My old laptop will take more work, but I’m not giving up hope.
We were on the wrong side of the Pennines – aaagh!
In case you’re wondering why I find a random trip into Lancashire amusing; my kids are mad on history, and they really enjoy visiting museums and old castles and stuff. So where better to take them during the school holidays than Leicester? On the itinerary are a the Richard III Visitor’s Centre, the cathedral to visit Richard III’s final resting place (he should have been buried at Middleham in my opinion) and Merlin Archery – because it’s on the way home. Oh, and we’re a Yorkshire family. A Yorkshire family, who ended up in Lancashire by accident in the same week that we’re going to be visiting the memorial to greatest casualty of the Wars of the Roses.
Oh, and because of computers hating me, I’ve not been able to keep up with my “one short per week” spree. I’ll be getting back to it shortly though, so I have to ask that you bear with me. The last one was Black Cotton on February 2nd, and this week’s freebie is Of Gods and Men, and you can always find the freebie of the week in the sidebar, over there ->