This week has been full of parties to celebrate Christmas starting with the church international pot luck on Sunday.
On Friday a group of co-workers and friends gathered at our home for our team's Christmas tradition--a dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding rounded out by contributions of vegetables, salads and desserts from every one. It was relaxing and simple; the house was fragrant with the scent of hot mulled cider and roasting meat.
Lunch ended with us reading a story out loud from Stuart MacLean's Vinyl cafe; passing the book around the table and reading a paragraph each to the sound of snorts of laughter and much wiping of eyes with tissues!
Finally, after an attempt at cleaning up, we sat back in the comfortable chairs in the big back room and talked. The conversation drifted to technology and Frank suggested that I might want to get some wires (I'm sure they have a more specific name)in order to play things from my laptop on the T.V.
"Hey, then I could watch a DVD when Paul's not here to put it on," I said, thinking that I could play it from my laptop.
Frank sat up, "But Belinda you have a DVD player," he said.
I explained the problem of the five incomprehensible remotes and said it wasn't a big deal to me that I couldn't use our own TV unless Paul is around. There is so much else to do.
But Frank was determined, "Belinda, you can do this, come on, I'll show you."
"Frank, it won't work," I said equally adamantly. I had a complete mental barrier set up based on previous attempts; but Frank persisted.
Still sure that I couldn't do it, I followed him into the T.V. room. I took a little pad with me to take notes. On the pad I wrote:
Upper right satellite--turn on.
Turn power on T.V.
Sony silver remote push T.V. video button and select "Video 5," below round green button.
Turn Pioneer DVD player on.
JVC machine push button third from left. If the power switch is red it is on standby--turn on.
Use black Pioneer remote for selection from menu.
Frank ran through the process; turned everything off, sat back, and with the air of one that has taught well, had me do it myself a couple of times while he watched.
Referring to my notes for each step, I did it! No one could have been more amazed than I was when it worked and the DVD about Albert Einstein that I borrowed from the library last week played. Paul is away for a few days and watching the DVD wasn't an option until now, except on my laptop. Now it is! Yeay! Thank you, Frank!
The tectonic plates in Brendaland shifted last weekend; those in Belindaland were shifting on Friday.