I had to get myself a laptop computer for Christmas. Why? It all started with a new travel contract. But first, a little back story. The last laptop I owned was a windows version. And that version was the not so great one that tried to make the laptop like a tablet. It seemed great in theory, but then it had all kinds of bugs and gremlins and glitches so it was really not a great idea after all. So I got rid of it. I figured I have an iPhone and an iPad, I dont even need a laptop or PC, right? Which brings me back to the reason I bought myself a laptop for Christmas this year.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a travel nurse. I’m finishing up a contract in Georgia and will be heading to Florida next. One of the requirements for the new contract was to complete 15 hours worth of online education. When I tried to begin this education, I discovered most of it required adobe flash, the one system tool that doesn’t work on the iPhone or iPad. Meh. 😐 I didn’t lose heart though. I did a bit of googling and discovered an app that would allow me to use adobe flash. Hooray! 🥳 I plowed through half of the 15 hours before I hit the next wall. One course required I set up a web conference. In the instruction email I learned that said conference would not work on any device accept a windows or mac laptop or PC. Bummer! 😑
I resigned myself to investing in a laptop. But then I thought it would be silly to have a phone, a tablet, and a computer. So I decided to sell back the iPad and put that money toward a new mackbook air. And here we are, two weeks later, computer on my lap, writing this post.
All this to say, the year didn’t go the way I expected it to go. Last year at this time I thought I would live in Arizona for one more year. I’ve been in Georgia for half the year. I thought I would be planning for a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. I changed my mind and started section hiking the trail instead. I thought I’d be content working for the company that staffs ambulatory surgery centers around Phoenix. I wasn’t, so I dove back into travel nursing. I thought that when my youngest came home from the Middle East, we’d pick up like he was never gone. He got engaged and now my family is getting a new member.
The year may not have ended the way I expected but, It has been a wonderful, adventurous year nevertheless. I think God really wanted me to have this laptop too. I think he wants me to start writing a bit again. Writing from the WordPress app never quite did it for me. But getting on here, on the laptop, feels so fluid. Another reason I think this was part of God’s plan – my Florida kids bought me a digital photo frame for Christmas – which only works with an SD card, a flash drive, or a computer. Ha! So yeah, God’s plan.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ESV
Goodbye 2018. Thanks for the memories!
P.S. I finished those 15 hours of education a week ago. 😉