My boring week
This has been the week of getting back to normal life, which means the week of getting done all the stupid crap that I've been putting off lately. Good news: I finally crossed things like "get car registered to avoid furtherrun-ins with the popo" off my to-do list. (That also included putting new plates on my car, which I totally did by myself, thank you very much. Also, can I just say I took my car to a different shop, a shop where they actually LIKE your friend Swishy and don't want to screw her over, and ended up only having to pay $100 instead of $1000 to get my car fixed? BIG yay on that.) So that's the good news. Bad news: The only thing more boring than actually doing errand-y, list-y things is listening to someone else talk about doing them.
But! I did buy a new computer yesterday. I love my laptop. I mean, I do. I love it. I bought it at a day after Thanksgiving sale in ... 2004? 2005? I think 2004. Anyway, I bought it crazy cheap, fell in love at first sight and we've spent many, many quality hours together since. But it has seen much better days. I've worn the H, N, O, K and L off the keyboard, it freezes constantly, it occasionally reboots itself for no reason at all ... it's worn out, poor thing. And, you know, the little hourglass is cute, but not so cute that I want to stare at it for hours on end instead of actually DOING stuff.
So finally, after much angst and neurotic hand-wringing, I decided to pull the trigger on a new laptop. My sister gets a discount on just about every brand of computer through her work, so that part was easy. The hard part? I was pretty sure I wanted to switch from a PC to a Macbook. PRETTY sure. Not TOTALLY sure. I used a Mac at work and a PC at home forever and went very seamlessly between the two, but actually BUYING a Mac seemed like a whole new level of commitment. Then my sister found out she could get a free iPod if I bought a Mac, and that pretty much sealed it. Because isn't that really how you're supposed to make big-ticket decisions?
But THEN I started reading reviews for Microsoft Office for Mac (I can give up my PC, but I can't give up my Word!), and I started freaking out. Some people HATED it, some people loved it. I was like, MAYBE the haters are Mac diehards and the lovers are PC converts and I'm fine ... but what if I'm wrong? What if I can't open any of my old documents? What if I buy a computer I HATE? And then I started groaning and banging my head against the couch cushions.
Me: "What if I change my mind?"
Her: "You can cancel the order before it ships."
Me: "What if it ships and THEN I change my mind?"
Her: "Just don't open the box."
Me, slowly repeating: "Don't open the box."
Her: "Right. Take it STRAIGHT to the Apple store WITHOUT opening the box."
Me: "OK, what if I open the box and THEN change my mind?"
Her: "Then you have a new computer."
It shipped this morning. Fingers crossed, it'll get here Saturday. I'll let you know if I open it.