My favourite gadget, my ‘precious’

Here is a post for the Notes From Home Friday Club Geek Carnival. This week it’s all about a favourite gadget. Having missed last week’s Carnival, I am sorry to say that I am cheating slightly this week by recycling. And by recycling I mean re-posting an identical earlier post. My excuse is that I have been in the UK visiting family and friends with Bibsey in toe and have hardly had time to scratch. So, about my gadget…

I dropped the blogging machine not so long ago: my beautiful MacBook Pro apple-side-down on the cold hard Spanish tiles. Incredibly it is still working, but now it has an ugly hairline crack on the once pristine trackpad. And a bit of a scratch on one of its corners. So my window on the world is still open, but fractured.

It left me with a feeling of unease, a constant niggle at the back of my mind. Or, as Mr B put it, there has been a ‘disturbance in the force’. I found it hard to concentrate on anything without doing some kind of ‘limb check’ and wondering ‘What’s wrong? Oh yes, I nearly killed my laptop.’

I think that what was really bothering me was finding out just how very much smashing up my ‘precious’ has indeed bothered me. Have I turned into some sort of Gollum?  One laptop to rule them all blah blah blah…

The MacBook is such an object of desire. And I really am that enamoured of it. Mr B far is less attached to ‘things’. The laptop is just a ‘thing’ that can be replaced (at great expense and not anytime soon), unlike the precious thing that I was holding in my other arm at the time – Bibsey. That puts a bit of perspective on the situation doesn’t it?

Ok, the laptop may only be a possession but it is my link to the outside world (my old world outside our new life here in Spain) and my friends and family. I don’t know how I would have got by in Spain during my pregnancy and since the birth of Miss Bibsey without facebook, email and skype.

It was also my last major purchase (apart from the car) that I made before leaving London for Spain and motherhood. I bought it with money earned. I chose the Pro over a simple MacBook because I wanted one in silver (good job really because one of the pretty white ones would not have survived yesterday’s dropping incident) and I could afford it. It seems that my gorgeous machine may also be a symbol of my old life and independence.  Maybe that is why I am so disturbed by the hideous imperfection glaring up at me from the keyboard. Oh dear.

So, here’s my question. Is it wrong to be so attached to a thing? Or is it Ok to want to keep things nice and pristine and scratch-free in a world where banana and yoghurt have been slung to the four corners of the kitchen and all my clothes smell slightly of baby spew?
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Follow the links below to read the other entries in this week’s Friday Club carnival:

Geeky Mummy gives us A Geeky Guide to Buying a Mobile Phone.

Helen at Cheeky Wipes tells us about her favourite gadget in And the award for best gadget goes to…..

Cara at Freckles Family writes about a gadget she loves.

Merry at Patch of Puddles tells us about her clay sculpture tool.

Jax at Live Otherwise gives us her favourite gadget and it’s not what you think.

Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family posts Gadgets – I love you….. .

Clare at Seasider in the City gives us Tech her family can’t do without.

Jacq at Mymumdom tells us about her backing camera.

Katherine at Living and Learning tells us about the fizz in her favourite gadget.

Maggy at Red Ted Art posts about her digital camera.

Ella at Notes From Home tells us about her home media centre.

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  • http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup liveotherwise

    It’s not wrong to want things to stay nice, but it sounds like you have your priorities right in that you dropped the laptop and not the baby ;)

  • http://mymumdom.com Jacq

    I’m not an Apple fan but I certainly recognise that awful sinking feeling when I’ve damaged one of my ‘things’.
    Can you get it repaired?

    • bibsey mama

      for the moment it is working fine… it is just not so aesthetically pleasing as it once was. About getting it repaired? That will have to wait until about 10 billion other more important things get paid for.

      x

  • http://www.patchofpuddles.co.uk Merry

    No, I think it is right to love something you spent precious money on and care about. It’s your contact with people too and shiny things just should be shiny :)

  • http://geekymummy.com Geeky Mummy

    I am a bit of a geek (the clue is in the name) and I love my gadgets. I think so long as in the event of a fire the first thing to save is your family you have nothing to feel guilty about. Gadget love is perfectly healthly, at least that’s what we tell ourselves in our house.

  • http://seasiderinthecity.wordpress.com seasiderinthecity

    No harm at all – I’d be devastated if I damaged one of my lovely things x

  • http://notesfromhome.com ella

    No it’s not wrong at all, and it’s definitely ok to want to keep things nice when we are living through the chaos of small children (and it IS very pretty!).

    Now if only I could apply the same argument to the cleanliness levels in my house ;)

  • bibsey mama

    Thanks y’all. Good to know that I am not as deeply shallow as all that.

  • http://www.frugalfamily.co.uk Cass@frugalfamily

    I love some of my gadgets (especially my phone and my laptop) and there’s nothing wrong with that – I hope ;-)

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