CB, thanks for the concern. The television won't be as bad because I can get a new one with my Christmas cash, so I can get a new one before the end of the year.
As far as my laptop, that's another story. I do have a recovery disk, but it might as well be written in Mandarin Chinese; I can't make heads or tails of it. I do have people who might be able to help me avoid a costly upgrade and save my files, so I have to consult them during this time.
If not, I've likely lost all my files and will have to buy a new laptop. This is where being in recession can be (dare I say it) a good thing, as prices for laptops have gone down in recent months to the point where I can afford one by saving up and working towards one as a goal.
Thanks again for the concern. I hope I can update soon, but I will spend this unexpected time off writing outlines for all my stories and getting ready for a return with a purpose. I should not be without a laptop any longer than the month of April or May.