You can pickup a reasonable laptop for between $300 and $500 at Best Buy. I'd be willing to donate $100 toward a new one if we could figure out how to make that process work.I really miss seeing Ed's posts!
To some extent I think we've all experienced a bit of motion sickness. In 1983 when I was getting my PPL, my instructor insisted on spin entry and recovery training (and I'm glad he did). So after an afternoon of flying under the hood doing some unusual attitude recovery training, we did four or five spins and then headed back to the airport. I was flying, but my CFI asked me if I was ok as he saw that I was beginning to sweat as my stomach was churning with waves of nausea. To make a long story short, when we were on short final I told him it was his plane and he proceeded to land. As soon as we touched down, I opened the door and proceeded to puke all over the side of the plane (fortunately it was a high-wing C150). I was embarrassed and he was even more apologetic. Good news - that was the one and only time that happened - even after more spin recovery training. A little motion sickness with the first few bumps you encounter in a light aircraft is not unusual. So hang in there, and as someone else already said, quick scans of the instruments and then keep your eyes outside the airplane on the horizon.