One of the following may have occurred:
- Rich is pressuring me to get our Christmas cards in the mail. I swear I'm not a procrastinator.
- One of the girls is sick.
- I haven't been able to pick up the free Wi-Fi on the trains and therefore, can't seem to finish writing my posts.
- I have decided to do my nails. Oh, how I miss having my nails done.
- My computer has exploded.
I have to say that Christmas really snuck up on me this year. I think that vacationing in November may have contributed to that. So much of November was spent planning, packing, vacationing, unpacking and doing laundry that I wasn't able to get a jump start on the holidays.
Buying gifts for the girls this year was super easy. My problem is in finding time to buy gifts for everyone else. Working full time sort of eliminates weekdays for shopping trips and our weekends are usually too busy.
I'll have an awesome post up next week regarding the photo shoot I did with the girls for our Christmas card photo. It was by far the easiest photo shoot I have pulled off. It appears that our combined experience as parents and my better photography skills have finally paid off.
So there's a dark cloud hanging over my head right now. My laptop. It is almost four years old and I'm in the red with respect to memory. It also likes to shut down at random times. Like last night when I was editing photos for last night's blog post. Which was never posted because Emily kept waking up and I gave up on the computer.
This laptop would best be fit for a turtle. It is so slow that I turn it on and walk away to do something else. Return to sign in and then walk away to do something else. Open the internet and then walk away to do something else. There was one night that I took 10 minutes from the time I turned the computer on to when I was actually able to log onto my blogger account. 10 minutes!
I have been tempted to toss this laptop out the window on more than one occasion over the past six months but refrained from doing so because I haven't wanted to cough up the money for a new one. Maybe I'm weird but I'd rather spend my money on something else. Like new lenses. Or put more in our savings. Computers don't excite me.
I've now reached the point where I am going to have to uncheap myself and buy a new laptop. This 101GB of hard drive memory is just not cutting it. Neither are the random shut downs. I started looking at Macs because it seems like everyone in photography uses a Mac. One of Rich's brothers suggested a Toshiba.
I'm slightly afraid of the apple. Rich thinks that our permanent mind fog brains won't allow us to be "Mac people." Is this true, folks? You see, I had a Mac before I had children. It was one of those high powered (at the time) laptops and all I used it for was word processing, excel spreadsheets and the internet. Basically, my computer needs at the time were extremely limited so the laptop was not used much. And then the screen started acting funny. And then we stopped using it.
I started looking at Toshibas and I just was not excited. Not that I would be excited by a new computer but I feel like I am going to end up in the same position in two years if I go with a PC. The apple keeps calling my name. I have done some research and I can understand the lure of the apple.
I priced out a MacBook Pro and for what I am getting, it is not that much more expensive than a comparable Toshiba. AND the Macs are supposed to last longer. (And this one will because you better believe I will be purchasing the three year extended warranty on that sucker.) So now I really don't know what to do. Do you know how many times we've replaced the battery on my Dell? Those things cost $75. I'm down to approximately 90 minutes of life on my current one.
I swear I'm not a procrastinator (I'm just tired) but I can't seem to make myself push the button! What if I get the Mac and we can't figure out how to get the Wi-Fi in our house to work? What if I can't figure out how to upload pictures from my camera? I've been going through the laptop memory every night deleting what I can and I am not gaining much memory. I'm going to reach a point soon where I can't save anything on it. I'm trying not to panic.
In conjunction with the laptop purchase, I also wanted to get an external hard drive that could be used wirelessly and as a network. I know that they exist. I want to be able to wirelessly back up my pictures and then if I (or Rich) want to retrieve them, it's quick, easy and painless.