On Monday, I worked on Amy's laptop looking to see how best to speed it up. But it was cleared out pretty nicely, so I decided to start looking at RAM prices for their laptop (a Dell Inspiron 5160). Although I found some good prices online, I got to thinking that, if I could find a local store I could install the RAM for the girls. I asked Rachel if she thought a gift of 2GB of RAM for their laptop would be an appropriate housewarming gift. She thought so (especially coming from me) and told Amy, who also approved. I found a Micro Center which said they had the RAM in stock and it had a rebate attached (which I still need to send in). Rachel figured out how to get there, so we decided to go there, get some lunch, then get me to the airport. Sounded like a plan.
I researched how to install the RAM on the laptop and it looked pretty straightforward. Amy found a Phillips screwdriver that fit the screw in the back, so we packed the laptop up with the screwdriver in tow. I packed all of my stuff up (conveniently forgetting my jacket - whoops!) and the three of us headed down to Micro Center. Despite it being a Columbus, OH company, I've never been to one. Ah, I must go to one again. The salesman who helped us found two 1 GB sticks of the RAM and they confirmed the price for me and the existence of the rebate. And while in the checkout I saw they had a 16GB flash drive for $40, so I put that on my tab as well.
Amy & Rachel decided that Patrick's would be ideal for lunch. It's a French Patisserie which was on the way to the airport. I ordered a fruit tart (my favorite thing from any patisserie) and a ham & cheese croissant. Yummy! I installed the RAM once we were seated and the laptop started up without a hitch. Hopefully things are going a little faster for the girls now when they're on it.
Rachel then drove us to the airport and dropped me off at the terminal. I hugged 'em both tight and thanked them once again for letting me stay. I'd had a blast visiting. Check in went smoothly and I was soon sitting and reading up on nanotechnology (from PDF files I'd saved to my laptop while at the girls') in order to write my essay which was due by midnight that night.
During my Milwaukee layover, I wrote most of the essay. And when I finally got home, I looked after the kitties (they'd done well during my absence but they seemed to miss me), had supper (McDonald's from the drive home), and then read through my essay, made some changes and finished it, then turned it in. Yay! Best of all? I got the highest grade so far on an essay for the semester with that one. Heh. 95%.
When I got to school the next day I found out that the sub had not destroyed my classroom, always a good sign. The week was a busy one with an egg drop contest in the middle. And yesterday the Fisher's had several of my coworkers (and former coworkers) around for steaks. I brought two funny cakes (recipe from justspies) which I'd baked in the morning (very tasty - thanks justspies!) There were so many desserts that one was unmolested, so I brought it home and have it in the fridge hoping it'll last until mom & dad get home Wednesday.
Today is laundry day. I've cleaned the kitchen and will soon need to bake brownies for a Information Fair & Social we're having at the school tomorrow. I also have another essay to write (due tomorrow by midnight) and some stuff to read for college. So a busy day for Trina! We have only a four-day week this week (with kids) and the first quarter ends Thursday. Friday is a teacher work day to get grades and stuff done. So it'll be a busy week! Will be nice to catch my breath next weekend (which I'm hoping I get to do).