dell: like banging my head against a brick wall

I really hope it’s over now, this agonizing process of choosing, building, modifying, ordering, canceling and reordering a laptop. I’ve ended up with the most ridiculously overpowered machine on the face of the planet, so I hope I can keep it in working condition for the same length of time my previous computer was in commission, or longer.

I was at the office until after 8 last night trying to get all the kinks worked out in the ordering process and I’ve been on the phone no less than three times today trying to figure out what’s going on and if everything is as it should be. I want to rend my garments at this point.

If I’m lucky and everything turns out right, I will be getting a Dell Inspiron 1420 with a 2.4GHz Intel Core2Duo processor (800MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache), 3GB RAM, 250GB 5400RPM hard drive, built in wireless and bluetooth, a 128MB NVidia graphics card, etc. It’s also going to be green. Even though I would’ve preferred the purple 1525, I couldn’t take my eyes off the clarity of the display on the 1420 at Best Buy. I know I wouldn’t be using them side by side on a regular basis, but I fell in love with the smooth lines, so sue me.

My initial order (placed two nights ago) had a 2.0GHz processor and was $30 cheaper. I couldn’t put it on my credit card because my limit is ridiculously low (I need to do something about that, come to think of it…), so I put it on my mom’s, in the hope that I could cancel it the following day and put it on mine. In the end, I still couldn’t use my card, but I ended up with a better computer for less money because of a new coupon code that was issued yesterday. I felt kind of guilty, but that’s the way it goes. I should’ve been less selfish and taken off the nicer graphics card and the crazy processor, because then I would’ve saved about $150, but I didn’t. I just hope I’m so enamored with the speed and beauty that is this new laptop that I won’t think twice about it. Plus, putting it on my mom’s card means I can pay it back in smaller increments, which won’t put as ridiculous a strain on my savings. It will still make me sweat, but I should be able to handle it better.

I have three more hours to do tonight for job #2. I’m leaving the office at 4:30 today for the follow-up appointment with my gum specialist; hopefully I check out all right. Then I’m going to stop by my apartment and see what’s shaking there. I heard from my landlord today that I may be able to move back in as early as Tuesday, so it’ll be a busy week, I imagine. I’ve been staring longingly at this roasted spiced sweet potatoes recipe, so maybe I should buy the yams (I know, they’re different) tonight and make them at home before I have to transition back to Casa del Agua. I’m going to miss being at home…

So, Tod is pretty gosh darn sick (say that aloud with a Minnesota accent, please), so it sounds like our tentative plans to visit GR will have to be put on hold. Though, by the sounds of the weather, that may be for the best. Also, we wouldn’t have left tonight anyway, so we wouldn’t really be taking advantage of Tod’s lack of work on Saturday, aside from the fact that he wouldn’t be tired from waking up early to teach. He’s on spring break this week, so no class, and he’s not working at the library, but it’s probably better for him to take it easy. Maybe I can come over and hang with him or something. We’ll see how it all pans out.

I love that it’s basically a nonexistent day today. We should’ve been able to go home early and skip work altogether. I would’ve been done with job #2 by now! But I’ve gotten several things done today, so it hasn’t been a total waste. I’m not looking forward to the snowy conditions that await me outside, but hopefully the drive home won’t be too bad. I hope Meijer has cheap sweet potatoes…

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