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Oops…and rMBP!


I got sick, which was a bit silly.  Also, it happened last Friday (a week ago now), right before my management weekend at work.

Then I took on an extra shift on the Tuesday.

So I got sick, and in order to get better, promptly worked close to a full time week.  Funnily enough, this did not work!

Buying my new pretty baby did, though.

My new pretty thing!

Could I be more of a sheep if I wanted to?  Probably not.  But here’s the thing…here’s the thing.

The screen.  The retina display.  It’s a thing of absolute beauty.  There are many reasons I call it pretty, and that is but one of them.

Then, the SSD.  It’s fast as lightning.  My old laptop, as much as I dearly love it, was getting slow and crotchety in its old age.  First it would take ten minutes to actually boot up, and just when you think it’s ready and go to open an application it waves its little hands around and goes, ‘JUST A MINUTE!’ and farts about for another couple before finally doing what you want it to do.  My new pretty thing?  It turns on in a matter of seconds.  Applications open instantly.  Having an SSD makes you realise that you used to actually have to wait for things that you never thought you were waiting for.

Also, it’s a model with an in-built graphics card which means HELLO games!  But, I hear you cry, many games are not available for Macs…is this not a problem?

Nope.  HELLO boot camp!  My pretty little thing can run both MAC OS X Lion and Windows 7 (which I had to buy separately, obviously).  So I boot into Windows for all my gaming joy (current obsessions are ACII and Trine 2), and into MAC OS X for everything else.

Oh, you clever little machine.

What I grappled with was – if I were to spend the same amount on a Windows laptop, what could I possibly get for my money?

And the fact that I got the new version with the retina display and SSD did up the price a touch.

Honestly…it was kind of a hard decision to make.  I didn’t want to fall into the trap of bowing down to every Apple product that comes along and swearing my undying loyalty to Steve Jobs (poor choice of words?) and all he represented and still represents.

And I don’t think I am.  I like the way this works.  I like the way this looks.  I like that it’s intuitive, I like that everything just works, and I like that I can do everything I could possibly want to do with it and more super easily.  From everyone I’ve spoken to, it will continue to work really well for many years.  And the fact that I can use boot camp to get into Windows and do all that stuff with it as well just sealed the deal for me.

Most expensive thing I have ever bought for myself?  OH MY, yes.  Regrets?  Absolutely none.


New things!


I just went for one of the most satisfying, if not THE most satisfying, runs ever.  Which, considering I’ve only been running for about 3 months, probably isn’t saying all that much.  Nevertheless, I’m putting it out there!

I was torn between doing W6D2 again, or just going straight on to W6D3.  I conferred with an expert, whose immediate response when I asked if I should repeat a day was,

‘Pfft, no!”

So that seemed pretty conclusive.  As a result, I laced up my shoes, forced myself to have a Power Gel (GROSS but I hadn’t eaten in 6.5 hours so it was that or collapse half-way through the run) and headed out into the evening to see if I could completely exhaust myself.

""It's like crystal meth in a can! It's crystal meth in a can! Powerthirst is crystal meth!"

The fact was, giving up was not even close to being on the cards.  It was as far away from the cards as it could possibly get.  One way or another, I was going to run for 25 minutes.  It didn’t matter if I were to be overtaken by snails or power walking old ladies, I was not going to stop.

And I didn’t!

I ran for 25 minutes.  My goal a few weeks ago was to run a lap of Princes Park and, by God, I did it.  Ran just over  a lap, actually.  Just over 3km.  That’s more the half-way to 5km!  (If anyone needs the calculations I used to work that out, just ask. I’m more than happy to provide them with a step by step explanation).

As far as pacing goes…well, those power walking old ladies smashed me.  Towards the end, it was barely faster than a strong walk.  But whatever!  Right now, this is strength training/distance training.  I’m not trying to go fast, I’m trying to not collapse in an embarrassing heap before the timer dings and the man helpfully says, ‘Cool down!’ at which point I weep and kiss his feet.

In news that isn’t related to running (by GOD what?)…I have a new phone.


Yep.  It’s an iPhone.  An iPhone 4S 32Gb, thank you.  A white one.  Pretty shiny!

Also, a new bag.

It's like a sunset, if the sunset was green and upside down. And on a bag.

It’s brilliant!  It fits heaps, even though it doesn’t look like it will.  It’s an awesome colour (that there is sure the colour I got!), it’ll last forever (watch out, archaeologists of 3012!) and it’s got a handy strap to stabilise the bag while I’m riding.

Pretty stoked!  Now to get up confidence riding around the place so I can ride to work and uni and put this bad boy to good use.