Meet Our New Arrival!

If you read my friend Weaselmomma’s blog, World of Weasels, you know that this week she completely lost her mind and added a mastiff puppy to her brood of five children, a couple of cats, a non-human rodent or two (I lose track: we recently lost Gimpy and Tenderfoot…), a couple of frogs, and lord knows how many other animals that are there in that house that I haven’t even seen yet in the many times I’ve been over there. But I get it. I’m a total dog person and I adore puppies (can’t wait to meet that little peeing-in-the-kitchen-half-the-time-but-getting-much-better darlin’), so going gaga over one is not a foreign idea to me. In fact, I plan to live vicariously through her during her experience with a new puppy because, frankly, better her than me.

This puppy, the one who has yet to be named, is not the only new arrival we need to talk about. I have one of my own, you know.

Once upon a time–about six years ago–I bought a laptop. It was very exciting; as a writer, this was HUGE, to be able to take my writing tool with me where ever I went, and I was also able to use it for my marketing work at the salon, so that was a bonus. It cost me a fortune; prices were still pretty high back then, no matter what you bought. I loved that thing. It weighed about 50 pounds*, but it was all mine.

And then, after 2 years, the screen was fuzzing out. I’m not just talking about a little snow here or there; I’m talking about a full-on blizzard, the kind where you have to pull the car over and wait it out. There was something wrong in the hinge. I took it in to be diagnosed and was told that the repair, one year too late to be covered by the warranty (of course), would cost a whopping 80% of the original purchase price.

Fuggedaboutit. I decided to pack it in and go without a laptop for a while.

Shortly before my laptop died, we got a Mac at the salon. After learning the Mac ropes, I decided that my wait for a new laptop would have to be extended. I wasn’t going for a PC again; I fell in love with Mac. And Macs, well, they’re no cheap date if you know what I’m sayin’.

So I waited.

And waited.

And waited.

And a couple of years ago, I started writing, A LOT. And then I started blogging. And then I started tweeting. And I have been in our basement, using the only computer in the house that has internet, and not in the room with my family very much. And then I started doing the Suburban WoW livestream.

And then I decided that I had to take the plunge. Last week, I ordered a refurbished Macbook Pro, and it arrived today.

And…it even came with a gift message**:

gift+message Enjoy, indeed.

*Slight exaggeration.

**Yes, I really did do that.



  • LceeL

    Good Choice!! I LOVE my MacBook Pro. Her keyboard is so soft and … well, I call her "Luscious". And she's mine all mine.

  • Kat

    Haha and here we were wondering what that new additon could possibly be 🙂 Love your message to yourself.

    Enjoy! You certainly deserve it.

  • DaddysFishBowl

    Now I'm really jealous! I've been eyeing a mac, but now sure how well I'd transition. Congrats to you on your new purchase, glad it'll allow you to be closer to the family

  • LiteralDan

    And here I thought I was the only one who left messages like that to myself, in online orders or e-mailed notes to myself, etc.

    Great minds think alike, I suppose!

  • NYC Girl

    First CONGRATULATIONS on your mac!


    Third, you've inspired me to save for one and I think this will be the first thing I buy with CASH! Not a credit card.

    Enjoy it!

  • Anonymous

    CONGRATULATINOS!!! I'm so happy for you and Dad will be so jealous he wants a new laptop soooo bad.

    Happy writing to you.

    Oh, my neighbor Kim got a dog like that and she already had a lab. But the puppy is soooo cute. And they have 3 little boys 8yr. 7 and 5years.

    Enjoy the Mac
    Grandma W

  • Tara R.

    It's all silvery like mine! We really should get the two lovelies together for a play date. If you have iChatAV we can telecon whenever we want.

  • The Devoted Dad

    That is so Awesome! You deserve it, you really are a great writer and it will be great for you to be able to write while hanging out with the family. We don't have a mac, but they are great! -Jason

  • The Microblogologist

    Congrats on your new toy, glad it will help you spend more time with the family and enable your writing =). Macs and I do not get along, I was born and raised with PCs. I spent 4 years of high school tortured with Macs and definitely do not plan to go there again. I am contemplating a laptop, leaning towards HP or whatever brand/kind my computer nerd friend says is just as good but cheaper. Have to wait and make sure I can afford it, I refuse to put such a thing on credit. Of course in truth I don't put anything on credit, lol.

  • Michelle

    Oh yay! I knew you were holding out for a Mac but didn't realize its future with you was so soon. Yay to the new laptop. And I LOVE the message. I'll officially be jealous of you now 🙂

  • PJ Mullen

    A to me, from me gift is one of the best ever. Glad you got your Mac, it has been a great switch for me. And I absolutely love those Mac commercials.