Vaio Smart Network

I fixed my computer! Apparently there was some manual setting that turned off my wireless capabilities. After a little finagling, I found that I had to use something called the “Vaio Smart Network” (only on Sony computers) to turn my wireless settings back on. It isn’t very smart, if you ask me.

I’m just glad I don’t have to send my laptop back. I was already imagining the hassle it would have been. I like having my own computer.

I Love Weddings

I went to my high school friend’s wedding today. It was held at a country club, a serene retreat protected from the surrounding busy streets. The bride’s gown was absolutely beautiful (I really wanted her tiara too), and even the bridesmaids’ dresses were lovely. I love weddings. They’re so romantic, and the whole day is full of life, love, and laughter. I’m honored and glad that I got to be part of my friend’s first day of his new life.

The reception was really nice, though I’ve never been to a wedding reception that wasn’t nice. However, I always dread the dancing portion of wedding receptions. I’m really self conscious and stiff when I dance (and I’ve never slow danced before). I tried to sit and watch most of the time, but I was dragged onto the dance floor a couple times. No one made fun of my lack of skills, so it turned out okay.

The one thing that bothered me today was that many of the pictures I took with my camera didn’t come out as well as I would have hoped. I expect good pictures from a 12.1 mexapixel camera (from Sony, of course), but rarely do my pictures come out with crystal clear clarity. Maybe it was the lighting, or maybe it was my using the automatic settings.

Perhaps a camera is only as good as the photographer using it. After all, a bad workman always blames his tools, right? Oh well. I got some good pictures of the ceremony (it was outside and sunny), but some of the later pictures at the reception (indoors, after dark, sometimes fast action) were subpar. I wonder if I should have gotten a Canon (gasp!).

Seeing my high school friends today felt like another reunion (like yesterday). One of my friends who I hadn’t seen in eight years has already been married for a year and is finishing medical school in two weeks! There are days when I compare my (bad) luck with love (and life in general) with others’, but today I was genuinely happy to see my friends and catch up with them.

No Longer Computerless

After months of waiting, I finally got a new laptop! My old laptop died nearly three months ago, and I’ve been using my dad’s desktop since then. I’m glad I had at least some way of checking my email and surfing the internet, but there’s definitely something different about using my own computer. I can finally type posts for this blog without fear of my parents looking over my shoulder or having to wait until they went to sleep.

I got the powerful and portable Vaio SZ. My brand loyalty runs deep. I’m going to spend some time tonight to delete some of the “free” trial software Sony/Microsoft preinstalled on my computer (stupid AOL). After a day or two of tinkering, my laptop should be customized to the way I want.

I’ve secretly been telling myself that I would wait until I got a new computer before properly updating my resume and searching for jobs with full force. I don’t have any excuse anymore.

The Vaio CR

Doing more research on laptops, I found an affordable laptop from Sony! The Vaio CR series is moderately sized (lightweight by normal laptop standards but about 1.5 times the weight of my previous laptop) and half the price of most other Sony laptops while still having pretty good specifications. It seems like I won’t have to abandon my loyalty toward Sony!

Even at an affordable price, though, buying a computer is never cheap. All the money I’ve made at Target over the last month isn’t enough, even for a Vaio CR. I know that my parents would buy my laptop for me, but I feel really bad that I can’t take the burden off their shoulders. It’s situations like this that make me very antsy to get my first professional job.

Not A Sony

This blog is becoming increasingly hard to keep up, at least for now. Without my own computer, I don’t have the time or privacy to post anything until my parents go to sleep. Usually by that time, I’m tired and don’t feel like writing or thinking very much. Today’s post will be short because of this.

Doing some shopping today, I found a laptop that seems to be pretty good for my needs at an affordable price. I don’t remember the model number at the moment, but the laptop I found is made by HP (Hewlett-Packard).

The bad news is that it’s not as cute or as small as my previous laptop. Worst of all, it’s not a Sony (gasp!). I still have a strong urge to buy a Sony, but affordability is a huge factor right now. I sort of wish my brand loyalty was with a less expensive brand.

Computerless

Now that my laptop is out of commission, I’m using my dad’s computer to write posts. My dad’s computer is in the living room, so my parents could walk around and see what I’m typing at any time. That bugs me quite a bit, especially when I’m updating this blog. I really don’t like not having my own computer.

The current plan of action is to buy a new hard drive and install it into my old laptop. It would be nice to get a completely new laptop, but I don’t have that kind of money (especially for a Sony, which, of course, is the only brand of laptop I can buy). After all, I work part-time at Target.

I won’t be receiving my new hard drive for a few days (probably not until the end of the week). Hopefully I’ll still be able to update this blog regularly.

Fifty-two Inches

My brother came home for winter break yesterday. While I was at work yesterday, my parents and my brother went shopping. My brother somehow convinced my parents to consider buying a 52-inch LCD HDTV.

We haven’t bought a new TV in many years (at least ten). The last TV we had was a 32-inch CRT, which is quite small by today’s standards. After hurting his back a few years ago, my brother is very cautious about neck and spine injuries. My mom likes to lean her neck forward when watching TV, and my brother thinks that a larger TV would help prevent future neck problems for my mom. My brother has been pestering my parents about getting a new TV for a while, but they always said it was too much money. Somehow, someway, my brother persuaded them that now is a good time to buy a new TV.

My dad, brother, and I went to Best Buy today to look and compare 52-inch LCD TVs. Our choices in our price range were a Samsung and a Sony. Guess which one we chose? A Sony! We almost leaned toward the Samsung, but brand loyalty came out on top again. The TV would have been far too big for our car, so we are having it delivered on Tuesday. In the meantime, we are preparing for the new addition to the living room.

Since my brother had his back injury, he isn’t supposed to lift heavy objects. On the other hand, I go to the gym all the time, so I’m quite a bit stronger than him, even though he is older. So when my family decided to rearrange all of the furniture in the living room in preparation for a larger TV, it was up to me and my dad to move everything (I’m actually a little stronger than my dad now). On my day off from work, I ended up doing a lot more physical labor!