1. After seven faithful years, I finally retired my laptop last weekend. I knew, of course, that my laptop wouldn’t last forever, and for most of this year working from home has been more of a hassle than a convenience. It got to the point where I just could not handle my computer’s molasses-like speed anymore, so I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a new laptop on Saturday.
I had no idea how behind I was. I seriously felt like Rip Van Winkle waking up 20 years in the future once I got my new MacBook set up. I still had a white MacBook–remember those?–so my machine was old. as. dirt. I was running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), which is four operating systems ago, five if you count El Capitan (which I’m not, since it’s not in full release yet). I was running OS X 10.6 because my poor MacBook was physically incapable of running anything more recent than that. All of my apps were wildly outdated–I couldn’t use Safari on my MacBook anymore because the version of Safari I used was no longer supported by most websites (YouTube, Pinterest, Yahoo, etc.), and I couldn’t update my Safari because my operating system couldn’t handle a more recent version. In fact, my old MacBook just stopped updating its software entirely…probably at least a year and a half ago. Long enough ago that I truly can’t remember when I was last prompted to update my software on my old MacBook. When I started using my new MacBook and it prompted me to update a few of the apps, I was confused as to why that was happening before I remembered, “Oh, right. This used to happen on my old computer all the time. Oh my gosh, when did this stop happening on my old computer?!”
In 2012, my brother petitioned my parents to move us off TracFone onto Verizon and, in the process, get us all iPhones. When that was all going down, I remember being interested in the idea of an iPhone, but not at all understanding why on earth I’d ever need an iPhone. I barely called or texted anyone, and my TracFone was serving my needs just fine. Then I got an iPhone, and I was all, “Ohhhhh. So THIS is what I’ve been missing out on!” That’s pretty much exactly how I feel about my new MacBook. I can do so many things now! I can access the Internet via Wi-Fi! (I could, officially, do this with my old computer, but not without much struggling). I can run more than one program at a time! I don’t have to upload my photos from my phone to my computer, or sync my calendar, or my music, or anything: they all talk to each other and do all the leg work for me! I can send iMessages from my computer (my old MacBook couldn’t support anything beyond iChat. Does anyone remember iChat? Did anyone ever use iChat?). When my phone rings, so does my computer. It’s MAGIC. AND, to top it all off, Best Buy has all their MacBooks marked down by $100 right now, so not only did I get a new computer, but I got it for cheap! (ish. As cheap as one can hope to get a MacBook, that is. Cheaper than my 2008 MacBook).
Between this new computer, my bistro set, and the fact that I found repairing a few chips in the drywall in my apartment with spackle to be a wildly enjoyable experience, I think I’ve earned approximately 2,500 adulthood points over the past couple of weeks. This is why I had to go to Lolla on Sunday: to prove that, despite outward appearances, I am not actually a grown up.
2. Speaking of not being a grown up, I was much dismayed on Wednesday morning to find we had no clean bowls in my apartment. I got up late Wednesday morning and thus only had time for cereal for breakfast, so a bowl was non-negotiable. To remedy this situation, I did what any rational, resourceful individual would do:
Mixing bowl. Problem solved.
What you don’t see in this picture is the wine glass I’ve been drinking my morning orange juice out of every day for the past…month? Six weeks? I’ve lost count at this point. While this may sound classy (or alcoholic) in theory, the only reason I’m actually doing this is because one of my roommates did something to my beloved Crate & Barrel orange juice glass (a cute little class with orange “O’s” painted on it. I don’t know what happened to it. All I know is that it was on the drying rack one day, and then it was gone, and it hasn’t reappeared since.), and I haven’t taken the time to go into my box of dishes to find a replacement, even though this would be, at most, a five minute task.
I’m an embarrassment.
3. Any ornithologists out there? I need some help identifying this bird.
I was near the lakefront on Wednesday, and on my way to the CTA I saw this bird by the Chicago History Museum. I have no idea what it is, and I’m really curious! It kind of looks like a heron, I think, but its legs are much shorter than a heron’s. Unless maybe it’s a baby? Or, more likely, a teenager?
Regardless of what kind of bird it is, I was SO excited to see something like this in the city! Granted, I was in Lincoln Park and close to the water, so I guess it’s not all that surprising that I saw a bird like this in that area. But man, seeing bunnies and squirrels in the city excites me. I lose my mind when I see a cardinal. To see a bird like this…well! I don’t think there’s much more you can ask for in terms of critters in the city. Except, perhaps, knowing what kind of critter it is.
What kind of bird did I see??
Do you upgrade your technology often? I am all about downloading the newest software and updates the second it becomes available, but when it comes to actual products, I am SO SLOW on the draw. I also hate spending large amounts of money on one thing (okay, fine, I hate spending money pretty much always, period), so that may have something to do with it 😛