Mr. Rilch and I are Back East Visiting the Folks*, which means I have to take my net access where I can get it. Our home base is MIL’s farm, where there’s no net access of any kind, not even wi-fi, which this laptop is equipped for. So right now I’m in a Panera while Mr. Rilch and his dad are at the golf club. I am also in the doghouse.
See, yesterday afternoon and evening was the Memorial Day cookout, after which I asked and was granted permission to use FIL’s wife’s computer. Which I did, and as far as I knew, nothing went wrong. I even told FIL’s wife when I was finished so she could shut it down her way. Well, long story short, when I got up this morning, FIL’s wife was out with her dogs, and according to Mr. Rilch and FIL, unpleased with me.
Of course it’s about the computer, but I’m still not sure what exactly. Mr. Rilch says she said I was “on it too long”. Well, maybe, but I was under the impression that she was genuinely absorbed in the movie she was watching, and that if she’d wanted to use the comp, she would have said so. FIL was more to the point, and said, “You didn’t leave it as you found it; that’s not good guesting…Some of her sites are missing.” I’m going to have to talk to Stepmonsterinlaw to clarify that one. Not only because I want to, but because I have to, since FIL said “Well, don’t apologize to me; apologize to her!”
:dubious: I’m still unclear on what I could have done, physically, to the computer, but who knows. As for non-physical damage, well, I know my presence was not required in the living room where the movie was being viewed. We’ve been through this before, with Stepmonsterinlaw and her bump-on-a-log routine. Maybe two hours is too long, by her estimation, but it was the length of the movie, and if she wanted to use the computer during that time, she should have spoken up. And I know I didn’t do anything to her settings or bookmarks, nor did I download anything.
:::sigh::: I just feel bad because I feel bad. There’s plenty of bad blood between Mr. Rilch and this woman, so it’s not like I wrecked a good thing. What I regret most is that I may have made things unpleasant between FIL and his wife, and that is why I was motivated to apologize to him – not because I thought it would take care of everything. I’ll tell you one thing, though. I am not a child, and I am not going to be sent to Coventry. When we get back to the house, I will ask her exactly what it was I did wrong, apologize for it, and then that better be the end of it. Even if I did make a mistake, well, adults make mistakes. Other adults forgive and move on.
And if it doesn’t work out that way, well, Mr. Rilch has already assured me that as nasty as this woman has been to him in the past, he won’t hold anything against me. Furthermore, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that nothing went wrong at all, and she’s just spoiling for a fight because she can’t go back on her agreement not to antagonize Mr. Rilch.
We shall see. And I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get back to this thread, but I’ll let you guys know.
*And just for the record, my gainfully employed husband and I paid rent in advance on the apartment we will return to, and are paying our own way to be here. We’re not destitute and homeless any more than we were last time we came east.