Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Big Spender!


Baby Car isn't the only one whose New Year's Day behaviour really mustn't become a habit.
I had a very exciting day myself - but it was rather expensive.
You see, I finally managed to book the flights (not too costly thanks to some saved air miles) and pay the rest of the money due for the RevGals Big Event. I can't quite believe that I'm going to America for the very first time but for only one week. If that's not mad enough,the week concerned happens to be in the brief gap between leaving St M's and arriving in my new parishes....the week when we're moving house, in fact. Yes, that week!
But if not now, then, I suspect, never...and the opportunity to meet irl so many online friends, to be part of that supportive community immediately before a new chapter in ministry begins for me, and to learn, I'm sure, from the official sessions as well as from just being together is simply unmissable.

So - out came my credit card.

And, while I was at it, Hugger Steward and I finally settled on my new laptop.
The quest to avoid Vista meant that we had fewer options - but opinion seems unanimous that XP is a much safer system (even the man in Generally Clueless Computer Shop agreed, despite the fact that this radically reduced his chances of selling us a computer) and we found something that meets all my needs (apart from being a Mac, that is....) that came in at £1.28 below my budget!
I've told Hugger Steward he can keep the change as commission - and am locking up my credit card for the rest of the month.

8 comments:

Cal said...

Ooh, what did you get?

For I too am contemplating a new laptop and if someone else has already done all the research.....

(I could match HS's commission!)

cheesehead said...

I am so glad that we will meet in March!

Purechristianithink said...

Wonderful! And I think it's good to do something really new and dramatic to mark a significant life transistion.

Erin said...

Sounds great!
on the computer note - I too am looking at a new laptop and everyone I've talked to has said avoid Vista at all costs. I'm not a huge Mac fan but it does sound like it is now the only way to go.
Happy New Year!

Jonathan Hunt said...

I don't get it. The only bad thing about vista I have found is that it EATS memory so I got a new PC from Generally Hopeless as well with loads of memory (3GB).

Apart from that issue I love vista and have used it since APril 07 with no hangs or glitches.

Kathryn said...

Now - all those encouraging remarks are of course the reason why going to the Big Event is such a good plan :-)
As to the computer, - I'm glad you've had such positive experiences with Vista, Jonathan, but I'm afraid you're the one and only person I've encountered with anything good to say about it...but, as I still can't afford a Mac (much though I longed for one) I've gone for a Hewlett Packard which has XP instead. When it arrives I'll doubtless feel compelled to tell more...

Sophia said...

How exciting that you're going to the big event! I sadly can't go at that time (classes, field ed, etc. are all in session), but I hope you have a great time! If you happen to make a stop in NYC sometime I'd love to meet you...

As one member of a seminarian and law student couple that is all Mac all the time, I can't comment on the PC issues. Best of luck and may the evil PC blue screen of death stay far from your laptop! :-)

Erin said...

Just one last comment on vista - our university announced that people who upgraded to vista were on their own - the university tech people will not service vista because they think it has too many problems. And one of the guys I know who does some kind of highly technical computer work told me that he would buy a Mac now because of all the problems he's having with vista. But xp is good so you have found a good solution!