Friday, August 20, 2010

Lappy #3

I felt like I should document the purchase of laptop number 3. I came home from work yesterday, and mine was dead. This has happened before (power adapter has been finicky for a while and if it wasn't seated *justso* the battery would drain). I could usually finagle it back into place and get it on AC power, but not last night. It was Dead.

I ended up getting a Toshiba Satellite from Best Buy today. For $370 including sales tax, I got:
15.6" Widescreen
2.2GHz Intel Celeron processor
2GB Ram
250GB, 5400rpm SATA hard drive
DVD-RW/CD-RW
802.11b/g/n internal wireless
6-cell battery with up to 4.5 hours battery life
Windows 7

I have to say I've very impressed with Windows 7!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Housing

After much mental back and forth, frustration, and discussion, we've finally settled on moving to Leesburg next fall. (I feel like the more I put it out there, the more real it becomes to me - same thing with the triathlons). It's pretty much the only place other than Gaithersburg that maintains or improves both of our commutes so neither of us have to change jobs. It's closer to most of our friends (less than 20 minutes from team Nusbaum!), and no further away from most of our family. It's also cheaper.

It's also a little crazy how *everything* seems to be in Leesburg. My gym, a yoga studio, Let's Dish, our vet...it just goes on and on. We'd be close to the W&OD trail for biking and Harper's Ferry/the AT for hiking.

So we're still saving money like mad, and have a target date of September-November 2011. We should be able to sell this place to at least cover our closing costs. We're aiming for a 10% down-payment (had to come to terms with that mentally) so I've adjusted the savings goal meter in the bottom right accordingly.

In the meantime, two sentiments were thrown my way today. Tom Petty came up on shuffle on my ipod in the car:

The waiting is the hardest part / Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart / The waiting is the hardest part

And then Carolyn Hax, in all her wisdom, wrote this today:

So when you feel yourself starting to covet something, force yourself to think bigger. Want your friend's gorgeous house? Sure! But I hope you also want that friend's spouse, family, job, education, politics, faith, appearance, angels, demons, everything, because that's what your friend has. Chances are, in weighing someone you envy as a whole package deal, you're going to hit something you don't want -- or, just something of yours you wouldn't want to give up.
Happy Friday the 13th - mine was pretty mundane. I only have 371 days left in my 20s!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Busy Weekend!

We're packing a lot into the next two days (not that that's anything really novel...) Volunteering tomorrow morning (finally, it's been like 6 weeks!) and then biking the Millennium Trail in Rockville with M and Stacy. After that it's back here to get cleaned up, head over the church to set up for Sunday's communion service, and then into DC for Nick's wedding reception.

Sunday we'll be off to church, lunch, and then out to Jim and Matt Green's for a little yoga lesson, general hanging-out-ness, and dinner.

Whew!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Guess who I won't be voting for

Brian Murphy, a GOP candidate for Governor, who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin. Mr. Murphy's campaign was allegedly responsible for the 10-mile backup on 270 yesterday morning. Now what this tells me, besides confirming the fact that most people are idiots that shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car, is that Mr. Murphy clearly has NO grasp of Maryland since he thought that campaigning on a busy overpass during rush hour traffic was a great idea.

Where is the GOP finding these people?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

French Fries

I love the new McDonalds french fry commercials.

A panel of experts recommends giving your McDonalds fries...to a panel of experts.

An ordinary potato could never bring you to tears the way a box of hot McDonalds french fries can. Unless someone hit you in the face with that ordinary potato.

Now THAT, marketers, is good advertising.

So I had the double-blended cinnamon dolce frappuccino with 2% milk. It was acceptable. Very well, Starbucks.

I'm sipping thai yogi tea with vanilla rice milk - my nose and throat feel a little scratchy :-/

Found some good places to run across the street from my gym in Frederick. Also took the bikes out with M and Stacy Saturday around the MoCo Airport. Going to give the Millennium trail in Rockville a shot sometime soon! The only thing that makes me nervous is trying to get out of our neighborhood onto Muddy Branch. It's scary enough in a car sometimes!