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My new cover and keyboard cover for my MacBook Pro arrived today! I really like how it looks. I also ordered a cute Pikachu decal for it, so before long, my MacBook will be 100% me~!

Purple is my feel good color. My apartment is mainly purple-themed, and most of my favorite clothes are purple.

But I like my men in red~

New Toys

(Backdating so I don’t skip a day, but I do plan to update again for today!)

My first day back at work for this year didn’t turn out quite as I expected. On a break from my usual tasks, I went ahead and checked out MacBook Pro prices on the Apple site, since I needed a new laptop for school and my loathing of Windows 8 chased me away from any of those machines. I’ve used Windows all my life (with the occasional immersion in Linux), and to me Macs were always the shiny fancy toys that I could never hope to afford.

To my surprise, the prices of the MacBooks weren’t drastically different from the Windows 8 machines I saw in MicroCenter on new year’s day. I even discovered that, being a student, I could get a discount. I was planning on waiting until I got my school loans to figure out what I could afford, but to my surprise, Apple approved my financing, and I ended up purchasing a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. I went for the middle model – 8gb of RAM, 256GB flash-based drive, etc. The closest Apple store to me was out of stock, but luckily it’s not the only one in my area, so I was able to find a location to request in-store pickup. One of my pet peeves about shopping on the internet is waiting on shipping, so any time I can pick up in a store, I do it.

The rest of the day was torture, waiting for the clock to run down, but somehow I survived and went to pick up my new toy. After getting some dinner, I went home to watch the Blues game and get my MacBook all set up.

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So far, I really like it, but I have a lot to learn. My only experience with Macs was back in grade school, and that’s been over 10 years now, so while I know a few things, there’s a lot I need to figure out. I’m sure that it’ll be second nature after a few months, though, and I know this will be a good computer for school!

On another note, I’m a bit miffed that the Home & Student version of Office for Mac doesn’t have outlook. My university uses it, why should I have to pay even MORE for it? Microsoft, I’m really starting to hate you.

On a good note, the Blues absolutely crushed the Kings last night, 5-0. Now, the Blues are only 3 points out of first place, and they have three games in hand. Let’s Go Blues!!

In closing, have an Omi:

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014, everyone!

I ended up ringing in the new year in a rather uneventful way, but then anyone that I’d prefer to party with lives far away from me, so that suits me just fine. I watched the SciFi cult classic Dark Star with my parents, and then we indulged in the Twilight Zone marathon on SciFi while eating cheese, sausage and crackers until midnight. The only alcohol I had was a small glass of sangria at midnight (mostly because I wasn’t in the drinking mood).

Today, I installed Lisa‘s new graphics card, and then we went to Red Robin for lunch. Normally, I order a teriyaki chicken or a turkey burger, but Lisa read that it’s bad luck in some cultures to eat poultry on New Year’s Day, so I opted for a plain old burger instead. It was pretty delicious! Once we finished there, we made our way to the computer parts store so that I could get a new graphics card of my own. I don’t game often, but I do hook my computer up to my HDTV to watch videos and such, and my old card was just so old that it tended to lag at the higher HD resolutions. I opted for this lower range card (which is the same that Lisa bought):

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It was less than $100, and actually my mom and Lisa ended up buying it for me♥ When I got home, I installed it (after blowing a whole small kitten’s worth of cat hair and dust out of my PC box) and here I am! And for the curious, my PC is a custom built rig. I learned how to put PCs together when I was only about 7 years old, so it’s only natural that I assembled this one myself!

And after that pretty uneventful day, I’m downloading the new episode of BBC’s Sherlock and will watch it before falling into bed. Tonight we’re supposed to get somewhere between 2-5″ of snow, and tomorrow is the first workday of the year, so there’s a lot going on!

One of my resolutions is to make at least a photo post here every day, so be on the lookout!

Again, happy 2014!

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