To Mac or Not to Mac?

That is the question.

Back when we figured a rough estimate of the Mister’s bonus, we decided that we would each get a “fun money” allowance out of it, and the rest would be used to go toward the car.  With that plan, we are likely going to cut the principle balance of our  car loan by over half  (and it is not a small loan).

Aside: the car in question is a 2008 Chrysler 300.  With a rolled over balance from our previous vehicle.  But don’t get me started on that.

Anyway, I just spent some Christmas cash on a new Coach handbag, and that was after wracking my brain to think of something to buy for myself.  I couldn’t even imagine trying to think about spending another $500 or so on myself.  I am content with my belongings and really don’t want for anything.

So the Mister broached the subject of purchasing a Mac laptop to replace his crappy Dell.  He has been having nothing but trouble from this laptop for almost a year, so I’m not opposed to him getting a new laptop by any means.  He travels a lot and would get a lot of use out of a new computer.  Plus, he presented it more along the lines of getting a new laptop for “us” as opposed to just “him.”  So I’m okay with that.  We have used iTunes for awhile.  I have an iPod Classic, and he has a new iPod Touch, and we are both very pleased with them.

I admittedly have never researched Mac computers, having been brought up on the teat of PCs for my entire life.  I have several friends who are to-the-death Cult of Mac Koolaid drinkers, though, and they have been touting the glories of Apple for years.  So I’m intrigued.

I’m also skeptical.  Can it really be that much better?  Would my user experience really be worth the drastic increase in price?  I’m perfectly happy tooling around on my miniature little netbook, although sometimes I wish for something with a little more oomph.  But still, $1,200 seems an awful lot to spend on a computer.  But having been through two laptop crashes and one desktop crash due to viruses and malware, I’m so tempted to make the move simply because you just don’t hear about Macs being riddled with viruses and computer baddies.

Along that vein, what if we get a Mac laptop and we ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT?  If a Mac is so awesome and wonderful and resplendent and glorious, then my little netbook just won’t do anymore.  The desktop in our office will go the way of the dodo and we’ll have to get a Mac desktop.  And then I foresee an iPad or two in our future simply because we’re gadget people and like to have as opposed to have not.  So that’s a lot of money spent. 

What if what if what if.  I’ve never heard of an unsatisfied Mac user.  If the Mister decides that this is what he wants to spend his fun money on, then I’m okay with it.  As long as the rest of the bonus goes on my car.

In other news, we are going off the grid this weekend and escaping to the North Georgia Mountains.  The Mister has rented us this cozy little cabin for a long weekend of hiking, fishing, and plain old relaxing.  Mister and CJ are ready for our adventures:

I’m looking forward to chilling out on those beautiful porches and relaxing in the hot tub.  I will miss the doggies, but maybe next time they can come with us since most of the cabins are pet-friendly. 

This past weekend we participated in a 5k for Foundation Fighting Blindness.  The weather was mediocre, a little chilly, but not rainy.  CJ behaved fairly well right up until after the walk when we were eating lunch at Subway.  Before the walk, he got his picture taken with a local Atlanta celebrity:

The Atlanta Falcon!  He liked CJ so much that he wanted to keep him.  Who can blame him, though?  CJ loved the Falcon.  He giggled up a storm and couldn’t wait to give him a hug. 

Today everything was back to normal.  The Mister and I both went to work and CJ went back to school after being out most of last week with that nasty cold.  Hopefully we will get back in the swing of our normal routine and CJ will resume sleeping all night.  The past few nights he has woken up around 2 or 3 a.m., and it is killing us all.

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