Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hello, MacBook.

There comes a time in every computer's life when you have to say goodbye. Such is the case with my Dell laptop, which, poor thing, had three different viruses over the course of 6 months. To it's credit, it has served me dutifully for the past 5 years. The third time my laptop was infected, I was almost sure that my files (including tons of music and current documents relating to Cupoladua Oven) would perish. Fortunately, my boyfriend, Phill, saved the day, by using Ubuntu to salvage my files. Whew!

In any case, I had been shopping around for a new laptop and looked at several different options- another Dell, HP or an Apple MacBook. In the past, I've hesitated to consider the MacBook because it's significantly more expensive up front, but after I figured out that the average battery life for a Dell or HP is around 1-2 years, I had to factor in the additional couple hundred dollars of buying a new battery down the line. In the end, it was the fact that Apple computers are notoriously more virus-resistant and that the battery would last significantly longer than the other brands before I would have to purchase a new one that made me decide to crossover. And I won't lie- as someone who appreciates good style, the MacBook is incredibly sleek. I ordered my MacBook online earlier this month and it arrived last week. Consider me a convert!

Hilarious Mac vs. PC ad:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

You say tomato, I say tomato.....

O.K., so this song lyric doesn't really translate that well in writing. In any case, I have some photos to share of our garden! We broke ground on our little garden plot last weekend and managed to plant some of our seedlings earlier this week.

So far we've planted radishes, green beans, rhubarb and cucumber.

This week, we're hoping to plant mesclun greens, winter squash (marina di chioggia squash), spaghetti squash and a couple different varieties of tomatoes. Unfortunately, it was unseasonably cold last night and today it's pretty nippy. But the seedlings we've planted so far seemed to survive last night's frost. It's supposed to be warmer later this week, so we'll hold off on planting these seedlings until it's a little less chilly.

Breaking ground in the garden

The seedlings that were big enough to plant in the garden- cucumbers and champion radishes.

Champion radishes

Phill planting the rhubarb

Rhubarb looking happy in our garden