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The Day The Laptop Died

I hope it’s been a good weekend for y’all. Mine was pretty low-key but perfect. Lots of yoga, a baby shower, two nights spent relaxing on the couch and incredible weather.

What was not so incredible about my weekend was my laptop deciding it was time to go to computer heaven on Saturday night. I took it in to the Geek Squad as soon as Best Buy opened today (because you know I can’t live without a computer) and they told me it would cost $350 to repair it. Since it’s a few years old, I decided that it’s probably best just to get a new one rather than invest a lot in the old one.

So, apparently I’m in the market for a new laptop. I asked for suggestions on Facebook and every single person replied, “MAC, MAC, MAC!” but I am hesitant to spend that much when I can get a PC for half the price. Any thoughts? Input? Recommendations for PCs?

Moving on…

My Sunday morning was spent in the yoga studio. I got there early to practice ashtanga before teaching the 9:15 hot class. In between my practice and teaching, I inhaled this Hungry Bar that Emily sent me from her new business, Bluebird Bakery. Emily sent me a big package of bars and brownies to sample so I’ll have a full review soon. I will tell you that I was extremely pleased with my first Hungry Bar!

After my disappointing trip to the Geek Squad, I consoled myself with a peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich. Pretzels + apples with cinnamon on the side.

After lunch, I had an internal debate about whether to stay home and get things done around the house or head back to the studio for the afternoon hot class. Yoga wins every time. And it was totally worth it – I had an amazing practice.

When I got home from yoga Sullie and I waited for Brandon to return home from a weekend in the mountains hiking and camping with a group of guys. I had not heard from him since he left at 6 a.m. Saturday morning and I was getting a little worried. Clearly, so was Sullie!

When Brandon finally arrived home he requested fish tacos for dinner. I used our favorite recipe and served black beans and a salad on the side.

Now it is time for bed. Tomorrow starts another week with a bang – 6 a.m. BodyPump and a special visitor arrives! Stay tuned. :)

 

{ 27 comments… add one }

  • 1
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 23, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Mac all the way :)

  • 2
    Sana October 23, 2011, 10:35 pm

    Everyone is obsessed with a mac, I don’t have one. But my brother has a lenovo think pad and loves it!

  • 3
    Anna S. October 23, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I have a toshiba! I like it a lot. My dad had a Sony Vaio and liked it too.

  • 4
    Mike October 23, 2011, 10:49 pm

    I bought my first macbook about 5 and half years ago. I was always PC, but wanted to try a mac. I thought it was great.

    I eventually convinced my work that I needed a mac – so, I have been completely PC free for about 2 years now. I replaced by original macbook about 6 months ago. I had few problems with it, just wanted a new one. I think you’ll have far fewer problems with a mac than you will with a PC.

    Hope this helps.

    MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC

  • 5
    Meghan October 23, 2011, 11:11 pm

    I needed a new laptop a few months ago and sprung for the Samsung (~$800 at Best Buy) and I love it! It’s super-sleek (silver & black) and actually looks a lot like a MacBook Pro. Runs really well.

  • 6
    Katheryn October 23, 2011, 11:14 pm

    I’ve been using Mac’s for the last 9 years. I’ll never go back. Yes, they’re more expensive, but we’ve never had a virus, been hacked, or any repairs. Ever. Best investment and I’ve never regretted spending the money.

  • 7
    Alaina October 23, 2011, 11:40 pm

    When I was in the market for a new laptop I was definitely pushed to get a Mac. But I definitely couldn’t justify spending that much money. The idea of not having any issues with a computer was tempting but right now, my Dell is working out pretty well. *knock on wood*

    I’m also the same person who owns a flip phone and a vintage 2006 iPod. Maybe I’m not ready to upgrade. :-P

  • 8
    Lauren October 23, 2011, 11:47 pm

    In my experience, PCs are great for about 2 years and then start to slow down, which is not the case with macs. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, you could look into a iPad with a wireless keyboard. I don’t think you will miss the traditional laptop!

  • 9
    MC October 24, 2011, 12:00 am

    Sorry about your computer!! I’m one of the few that also doesnt have a Mac…. About 3 years ago I bought a Sony Vaio and its been wonderful! I love it!!!! Macs are fun, but I was worried it would take me forever to learn how to use MS office and other functions since they do differ from regular PCs

    Good luck with deciding and buying :)

    Have a great week ahead!
    MC

  • 10
    Hannah October 24, 2011, 6:50 am

    Mac all the way. they have great customer service.. once my hard drive died right when my thesis was due (which was luckily saved on an external drive) and they replaced the Hard drive and key board for FREE! they do the same with iphones.. if something goes wrong, they have replaced a cracked screen of my bf’s and a ‘ sweat damaged’ iphone of mine! :) totally worth the money!

  • 11
    Holly @ Pink Runner October 24, 2011, 6:57 am

    Sorry, I have to say Mac too. I wouldn’t be happy with a pc. The Apple store is great too with fixing things and replacing computer parts.

  • 12
    Tracy October 24, 2011, 7:02 am

    I have a Mac, and I do like it, but honestly I think unless you’re using it to its full capacity, it’s really just an “internet machine” and it doesn’t matter. :-) Not positive if we’d get another Mac again. That being said, we’ve had it 2.5 years and never had a virus or problems.

    Hope this helps!

    http://www.kitchenambition.blogspot.com

  • 13
    Holly October 24, 2011, 7:48 am

    I’ve had a MacBook Pro for 5 years now and still works great. I use it all the time. Yes it’s a larger investment but during the time I’ve had it my Hubz had gone through 3 PCs already. I believe you get what you pay for!

  • 14
    Brittany October 24, 2011, 7:51 am

    Not going to lie I love using my dad’s mac!! It’s just so different. However, I do have a sony vaio and I absolutely love it :) If I didn’t drop it that one time it would’ve still been in mint condition!

  • 15
    Ashley October 24, 2011, 8:31 am

    I finally convinced my dad to get a Mac this past month when his computer died and now he loves it! You won’t regret a MAC purchase! :)

  • 16
    Alexandra Armentrout October 24, 2011, 8:32 am

    once you go mac, you never go back! for real!

  • 17
    Phil October 24, 2011, 9:14 am

    Don’t get pushed into the Mac trap.

    Yes, I will admit the operating system is pretty good, they are shiny and pretty, and they rarely get viruses (though this IS changing, despite what people say. Malware is beginning to be successfully targeted at Macs.)

    However, they are far too expensive to be worth an individual purchase. If you can get your employer to buy it for you, then that’s fine. But I’m guessing that isn’t an option for you.

    I’d go Windows all the way (go Windows 7, its very good, despite what some naysayers will try to make you believe.) I’m not sure what laptop to get, but there are plenty of options out there and plenty of online resources for finding the best one.

  • 18
    AJ October 24, 2011, 10:37 am

    I switched to Mac after years of being a PC devotee (and Mac basher). Macs are really easy to use, but they are quite pricy. I think PCs get a bad rap for being “all business” but in fact you can do so much with them, without the confines of Mac and Apple’s software. HP and Samsung make great ones. I grew up with Dells, and think they have some great, light products. Sony Vaios are a waste – when they first came out they were awesome, but now that they’re more “mass computers,” they’re not as good. My friend’s constantly crashes.

  • 19
    samantha @ the more i run October 24, 2011, 10:52 am

    I am in the same exact situation right now. My desktop PC is dead and my laptop PC is on the brink of death. I looked at a MAC last night and this morning for purchase but have been too chicken to click purchase. I’m so tired of the short life of PC’s and the quick loss of speed. I really feel like the money spent will be a good investment, but actually doing it is scary. Sorry, I’m no help.

  • 20
    courtney October 24, 2011, 11:43 am

    Would you buy your yoga pants from Wal-mart, as opposed to Lululemon, just because they are cheaper? MAC!!!!!!!!!! It’s superior and the cost is completely justified.

    • 21
      Jen October 24, 2011, 11:46 am

      Haha! Good point :-)

  • 22
    Tamara October 24, 2011, 1:01 pm

    You make the most absolutely perfect PB sandwiches! Every time I see a pic, I want one that instant!
    My boyfriend would def say MAC MAC MAC, as well as my best friend and roommate that just got a new one and loves it. I have no experience, except for having tons of apple products (ipad, iphone, ipod) and loving them all.
    I am going to have to try that fish taco recipe, looks delish :)

  • 23
    Nicole October 24, 2011, 3:37 pm

    I never thought I would buy a Mac but seriously it was the best investment! I’ve had mine for almost 3 years and its still as fast as it was the day I got it. The hard drive did crash a few months ago (but I often lugged it back and fourth to school and forgot to shut it down) but they replaced the hard drive for free! I think you get a much longer life out of a mac than a PC so it seems worth the price tag. Good luck!

  • 24
    Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files October 24, 2011, 4:08 pm

    I have a Mac and love it! Not worrying about virus’s and rarely having to go in for a repair makes the investment so worth it!
    That picture of Sullie is so cute! She has so much fur!

  • 25
    Jess @ Jess Go Bananas October 24, 2011, 8:15 pm

    Mac are really awesome! I have had my MacBooke for 3-going on 4 years now and absolutely no problemos!!! :D

  • 26
    Matt October 24, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I have a MacBook Pro (and I have previously owned a Mac desktop) and I use a Dell laptop at work. I love the MacBook – easy to use, software and operating system tightly integrated, no issues with software/operating system updates, and Apple’s iTunes, IPhoto, and App Store (yes, there is an App Store for the Mac like the App Store for an iPhone) are great. You definitely pay a premium for the design and ease of use. My advice is to go to an Apple store and try out the laptops on display – and the sales staff will likely be helpful and not pushy. Good luck!

  • 27
    Nicole October 24, 2011, 10:55 pm

    If you want to save your current laptop, email isaac (isaac at websymphonies dot com) and tell him what the problem is. He may be able to fix it for you—he’s pretty amazing.

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