The Power

The Curmudgeonly Lion had procured a new laptop battery, and left it on my desk for me to find in the morning before I headed to work. The old one has been on the decline for some time now: barely managing to hold a charge for more than thirty minutes at a time. Which, on one hand is a great motivator for staying on task during those thirty minutes, but which also isn’t *quite* enough time to really make use of, say, a lunch hour or a morning/evening commute.

So I was pleased to get the gift. I waited until I made it to the office so that I could plug the laptop in before swapping out the batteries. The new one is bigger than the old one- both in size and capacity. When installed, it sticks out of the back of the machine like an 8-track cassette, but I’ll happily tolerate the bulge in exchange for the extra work time. So far, it has been very satisfactory: over an hour of use and not even halfway drained yet. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

Lately, I’ve been making an effort to balance my personal energy as well as that of my electronics. I gave up ‘sweets’ for the month of March, and I’ve nearly made it a whole week without anything sugary. For a while, my energy was crashing so hard in the middle of the afternoon and in the evening that even caffeine wasn’t perking me up again. It’s also been nearly a week since I’ve needed a five-hour energy shot. So there’s that. Today I took it to another level by bringing a salad for lunch instead of my usual noodles. And by “salad” I mean green stuff that was also heavily decorated with rice and beans and dressing. It’s not going to feature prominently in any “Woman-Smiling-while-Eating-A-Salad” stock photography (this is a whole category. Google it), but it filled the gap and I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day. Although my guts were suddenly pretty vocal about the “Qu’est que ce? What eez zis fiber?” (My guts are, apparently, French). So there was a lot of grumbling and surly attitude, but we muddled through.

So that was my day: batteries and gas.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on March 6, 2018.

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