Thursday, February 18, 2010

Taking the Plunge

I did it! I ordered my new HP Laptop. I have such mixed emotions right now. On one hand, I am excited beyond belief! My computer was so old. It was so slow and so often it would just stop working. It was so aggravating. Now I will have a nice new computer....and it's a laptop! It should be fast and it's going to be so awesome!

On the flip side...it is the second huge thing I've had to charge in the past couple of weeks and neither was planned. If you read my blog regularly, you know that we are on a "Pay down your debt budget". Charge cards are taboo! My plan never had TREADMILL written anywhere in it. I always looked at a treadmill as a luxury I could not afford and I was okay with that. Being diagnosed with Osteopenia three weeks ago changed my plan. In an effort to save my bones and keep my off medication....we charged a treadmill.

The second part of my plan was to work hard and pay off the treadmill, while starting to save for a new computer. I wanted to pay cash for the computer. That was before my old Dell died last week. So now we charged a computer. Yes, I could have gone out and bought an inexpensive desktop for now, but I just couldn't see spending hundreds of dollars on something that didn't meet my needs. I spend a lot of time on my computer.

I had already spent a lot of time researching, reading and talking to people about their computers and I learned a lot. Eventually I figured out what I needed and what I wanted. My new HP will have a 17 inch screen, a great processor and plenty of memory. It will also have Microsoft Word.

Even though it was a tough decision....I know it was the right one and I can't wait for it to get here. A friend on Facebook said, "Now you can be as unproductive as the rest of us with laptops." I can easily see how that happens, but for me, it's going to do just the opposite. Right now when I get home from work...where I sit at a computer for eight hours a day....I check e-mails, check my shop FourDogDay, write my blog for the next day, respond to comments on my blog and try to read all of my favorite blogs. Somewhere in there I have dinner and try to make awesome things for my shop. I get so tired sitting up right that most evenings I'm curled up in bed by 8:00 with a book. I'm not sleepy, but I need some time to relax.

When I get my laptop, I will do just the opposite. When I get home I will check my e-mails and my shop, but then I will start creating things for FourDogDay. I will have dinner, work a little more and then head to bed WITH my laptop. There I will be able to respond to blog comments, write my blog for the next day, read my favorite blogs and maybe even multi-task and play on Facebook a bit.

I think this is going to be just perfect! Chee Hoo! Now if you will excuse me, I need to go make some things to sell in my shop so I can pay for my fantastic new computer! :)

13 comments:

Mary said...

Yay for you!

Lanyardlady said...

You will love your laptop and your wireless capability. It's a good investment.

Bagman and Butler said...

My wife just bought an HP laptop...her first computer ever! She loves it! You will love it! Good computers are no longer luxuries. Enjoy it!

Marydon Ford said...

You go girl! Enjoy & make life easier for yourself.

My DH has 2 laptops, I don't like laptops ...

Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Oklahoma Granny said...

Congrats on the new computer. I know you'll love it.

The Muse said...

i just put up open shop link pages on my sites...you should add yours:)

i think your computer is an investment! and you will be thrilled to be tech hip! LOL

Cathryn said...

Congratulations! I love my desk top--it does what I need it to do. I hope your computer gives you both the working ability and the freedom you need! :D

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How wonderful for you! I am so pleased with my laptop--I bet you'll enjoy the portability. And a treadmill! Makes sense when you live where the roads are too icy for year-round outdoor exercise.

Matty said...

I've never had a laptop. Thus, I'm confined to this desk if I want to be on the computer. I hear about so many people sitting in bed while they blog. I'm all green with envy.

Enjoy the new computer.

Beth Anderson said...

Chee Hoo!
Can't wait till you tell us you're blogging in bed!

Angela said...

Good for you. Whatever you do, do not beat yourself up about it. The bills will get paid. Plus, with the new laptop, FDD is going to take off and you will have it paid for in no time at all.

Angela said...

Hi!

So, are my pieces crewel?

gayle said...

You will love your laptop..I have one but I just usually sit at the kitchen table with it..2 nights last week I did take it into the living room and watch tv with my husband and read. The only bad thing about blogging is I am not reading books like I use to..I need a plan!

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