This is my REAL nook. And for me, this is not just an ordinary nook. A lot of good and not so good things happened at this side of our humble home.
This desktop was bought in 2002, more than a year after Ronald and I got married. It's a second hand stuff from my sister-in-law's officemate who was migrating somewhere else and he badly needed the money for that matter.
We too don't have the money to buy the stuff, but my mother-in-law has. She was about to buy a La Germania but opted not to because of our gyrations. I badly needed the set because I was planning to go back to school to continue my MA in Guidance and Counseling, and that time, too, I was bringing home a pile of paperworks each night.
Thanks to Nanay, I was able to have a computer while she lost her chance for her kitchen paraphernalia.
And so my story begins with my desktop.
My dream of becoming writer started to blossom with every tick-a-tack on this keyboard. Oh well, the original keyboard was already thrown in the stockroom because of overuse. The one I am using now is brand new. (Yeah, that's all I can afford... a PhP 200.00 worth of keyboard.)
I began to write.
It started with just a few lines. A few verses, until I came to realize I have already a ream of short bond paper at my disposal.
I tried reading them again. It was amazing -- It is as if opening a book and reading someone else's autobiography. I laughed at my silliness. I cried over my heartaches. I mumbled over my failures and shouted over some triumphs I consider an achievement.
I opened our family album. I saw captions under every snapshot -- capturing every fancy detail of my new life as Mrs. Ronald Josue. Then after two years of waiting, as mother to my first-born, Anastine Beatrice.
All of these, I did with my desktop.
Then came thesis writing in 2005 summer. I spent a whole night just staring blankly at my monitor. Not being able to think of a single sentence to start with my Situation Analysis. I got frustrated. Almost banging my head on my table.
After a couple of weeks of almost no sleep, I was done with my Chapters 1 through 3. I had my proposal defense in October and started data analysis with my SPSS by December. I was done with my Chapters 4 and 5 before February ended. I was printing a whole pack of 5 copies for my OREC when my monitor went blank. Then my printer stopped too at an instant. i almost collapsed. That day, I had no sleep. I only had a couple of bread without jam for breakfast and lunch. I asked myself, "So this is all I will have after a whole night's work?"
Ronald ran through the nearest computer shop, got my monitor trouble-shooted and bought me a new printer -- the cheapest in the market -- Php 2,000.00. And the printer luckily got me a Best Thesis citation in March.
And yes, I was then pregnant with my Gabrielle Yumi -- quite a brain, eh! Handling pressure with so much grace. Now I can't blame Gaby for having such a kind of temperament. (Well, this is another story!)
While pregnant and having have to rest from June to October (delivery month), I completed a whole e-book, my CABAnata and kept my mind working while completing my IVLE with UP.
Now, I have this site and about to complete another MA -- starting to write for my thesis again and this is what happened:
I had my CPU brought back to that computer shop and its motherboard be changed including its power supply. But hey, good riddance, at least now I am working with a 4GB memory compared to my old 128MB.
What an experience, right?
So ain't gonna blame me for loving my nook so much...
I bet, I will keep this nook even when a macbook would be there waving its glossy white skin over my almost dilapidated desktop!