The key is that she's not really a power user. Just the basics.
Mintmenu vs XP menu? I had always set her up with quick launch
icons in XP and she still has her little FF and TB icons in the lower left hand corner
I don't really think she needs the menu the way I set all her normal stuff up at her fingertips.
And, I would periodically change her themes and layout for her anyway when I'd perform windows type pc maintenence. She's use to me changing things around she may think I just installed a new Theme. It is a fun experiment.
My point behind all of this is really as a testimony to the simplicity, ergonomics and stability that is LinuxMint.
Thanks to all who have contributed!