Today is the second day of the 2nd biggest holiday of the year Week. It’s even bigger in our house because my Daughter was born the evening before Thanksgiving, so her birthday flirts with Thanksgiving most years, some more than others, and some falling on the same day as.
Last year was on the day, and this year is the day after. Phew!Â The next time it’ll be on the same day is in 2021, but it flirts with it a lot between now and then. I never have written out a chart for such, it’s the only birthday that such a thing matters to us about. It’s a really big deal in how I do things for the holiday and birthday (I’m an introvert and have LIMITED energy every day, so I have to prep ahead, and organization isn’t my highest gift, it’s there a-times, but not always, not on-call 😉 )
I have to start Thanksgiving stuff today, stuffing and the turkey and gravy, then package it all up for the fridge to be re-heated on Thursday. Pre-done, turkey all sliced and separated. 🙂
I still have things to do for the birthday as well. Presents are already wrapped, except for the things I’m making with my art/crafting supplies. I have to work on all that today and tomorrow, but with Turkey today, and Pies tomorrow, it’s quite a lot for me.
So of course, with all this on my plate I got up this morning with task ideas to act on, and there sits hubby’s laptop open on the kitchen table, all night it sat there. Cats in the house = not necessarily a good outcome.
There was cat pee on the keys. Oh boy. I had to take it and figure out the extent of the damage … you know, take the laptop apart and see how much liquid is in there. It was powered on the whole night, and still on when I first saw it. He picked it up and announced the pee on the keyboard, thinking it was horrible … he got upset and stomped off to the bedroom.
With me in control then, I got my tool set and went to work. I had the laptop upside-down and no liquid was dripping out from any angle of any part of the computer, it was just some pee on the keys. I’d wiped the top of the keys with paper towel and rubbing alcohol already.
I took some screws out of the laptop and figured out which one I had to get out to be sure the inside wasn’t wet. I got that done, nothing inside, keyboard came off and it was dry underneath. So I washed the keyboard with soap and water and rinsed and then washed and rinsed again then poured rubbing alcohol over the entire keys surfaces. Now it’s sitting on it’s edge, upright, to drip dry, check for smell, and if good, allow to air dry all night, and be sure it’s dry before re-installing and putting the last screws back if it works. If it’s smelly still, then I’ll use BackOut on it, and go from there. If it doesn’t work, then we’ll have to buy a new one for it. Toshiba m645 keyboard is findable online for $.
Then in any case, I want him to get a silicone protective skin for the keyboard, molded to each key type of skin. Those are online too, lots of places, and at that point we’ll figure out which one to get. There are many options today, in the “old days” they were really expensive, not so depending on what you get now.
So that put my “birthday and holiday” prep plan off-track and it’s 11:41am on Tuesday and the stuffing isn’t anywhere near ready to go into the turkey, so this is gonna be bad … augh!