Unplanned purchase: new-to-me Macbook Pro

I hate shopping and spending money stresses me out.

That said, sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and do something you don’t want to do.

In this case – it was buying a new computer.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m THRILLED to have a new-to-me computer. It was the actual making the decision and hitting the purchase button that I didn’t want to do.

I’ve been needing a new computer and putting it off for awhile. But finally a couple weeks ago the dumb ol’ harddrive died. It’s never great timing when that happens, but this time happened to be when I had just added photos of a visit from Christian and Avalon (and not yet backed them up) and a couple days before Andrew left for the weekend.


Bless his heart, he left me his computer so I could do a little research and buy a new one. Or, refurbished one, actually.

We had already been talking about getting a refurbished Mac computer. Neither of us is super early-adopter, needing the most cutting edge product. And buying refurbished would let our money go farther.

I knew I wanted a laptop (I like being able to take it to work to edit photos during my lunch break, or when we travel), and I knew I wanted a larger screen than previously.

Other than that, it was just a matter of picking out the best option for our budget….

And then a few days later it was delivered ….

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I don’t know when the last time you got a new computer was, but that stuff takes TIME!

It was delivered about half an hour before I had to leave for work so all I got to do was plug it in to charge the battery.

The next morning, I went through the set up (hooking it up to my Apple ID, etc), and then migrated all the data from my Time Machine backup. And that literally took all morning. Just watching the computer move files. Hours and hours, and then I had to go to work before it was done.

I didn’t get much done for several days.

And then we went out of town. And I realized that I didn’t have any photo editing software. So I went to buy the latest version of Aperture and couldn’t because I didn’t have the latest version of the operating system.

So I lost another morning of work because I had to download/install both of those things.

It wasn’t until the middle of this week (2 weeks after the initial harddrive fail) that I actually felt like I had my computer back.

And even then – I’m still learning how things work. New versions of software are slightly different. Settings are slightly different.

It has been fun – but time consuming. So I feel like I’m 2 weeks behind on everything. Even though I lost 10 days of photos.

But the computer is pretty :)

First day I opened it – the only time the screen will ever be this clean:

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I’m happy with it ….. But I hope I don’t have to get another new one for awhile!

P.S. We had the harddrive replaced (again) on my old computer, so when you come visit we have a backup if needed. It feels super luxurious to have a backup computer, even if it’s a 5.5 year old tiny laptop.

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  • FrenchCannesCannes November 11, 2012, 6:05 am

    I’ve had a Mac now for 2.5 years – still have no idea what I’m doing most of the time. Le sigh….
    They are pretty to look at though ;-) haha

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