We all know that change can be hard. It can be exciting or boring. It can be for better or sometimes for worse. But in general – for me – change can be hard.
I’m one of those people who has to take a few minutes – sometimes longer – sometimes MUCH longer – to get used to change. I’m sure we could analyze my personality and come up with all sorts of interesting thoughts about that characteristic, but that’s not my focus today.
Today I just need a solution to my problem. At this point, even though that will mean “change,” I welcome it.
When I work, I like things to be “just so.” I like my pencils and pens to be in the same place so I can always grab them when I need them. I like my paper pad to be close by so I can jot down a passing thought. I like my reference books within arms reach. And I like using the same computer mouse I have used for years.
My mouse is a Microsoft Notebook Optical 3000. Because it was designed for a notebook, it is smaller than most computer mouses (“mice” just doesn’t seem right in this sentence, even though it is the proper plural for “mouse”), and it is a wired mouse, so very lightweight. I can be on the computer up to 10 hours a day, so having a light mouse is critical for my wrist. This mouse was released in 2006. I bought two, one for my desktop and one for my laptop, and I’ve used them exclusively since that time.
My mouse is so well used that the little nubs on the bottom of it have worn completely off. The little rubber gasket on the scroll wheel deteriorated and had to be removed. But this little mouse just keeps going. I would love to buy a new one, but they aren’t available anymore. Actually, if they were, I would buy a dozen. Or more.
So I went on the hunt for a new mouse. It has to be wired (less weight because of no batteries). It has to be small, because that’s what I’m used to. And it has to have a scroll wheel.
I’ve tried at least 10 different mouses, and I still haven’t found one I like. I’ve purchased, tried out, and returned multiple mouses. I’ve kept some, thinking I could get used to them. But after a few weeks, with each one, I go back to my little Microsoft mouse.
I know one of these days my little mouse is going to just stop working. I can almost hear it sighing and whispering,” Enough is enough; I’m done.”
While I dread that day, I probably should keep trying to prepare for it.
So today I’m asking for help. Do you have a favorite mouse, one that might fit all of my requirements? One that you just can’t live without? I promise I’ll try it….. if I haven’t already.