I got a laptop! Yippee!!
It's a refurbished Sony VAIO that Gizmo Guy (herebefore known as Dear Hubby) found at Best Buy for a remarkably affordable price even before the salesman threw in a three year warranty at no charge. Its case is a bit scratched up but everything works fine, and the screen is wonderfully bright and clear for my poor old trifocalled eyes.
It means I've not done any editing since last night though because I've spent a whole bunch of time downloading updates. It has XP Home on it, but only service pack 1, so that had to get updated, and then I had to update Windows Media Player from version 9 to version 11, plus download two years worth of Norton AntiVirus updates (it came preloaded), and am currently downloading 450 MEG!!! of updates for the Sony software itself. I've added Adobe and Yahoo Messenger, and Quicktime, and am transferring over my Firefox favourites. And I still have to load Word onto it, as well as my documents, and copy over my music and some games. So there's still more work to be done but now I can sit in my family room in my big comfy lazy-boy and enjoy the sun instead of being in my lightless, airless, freezing-cold office.
I'm in heaven!