TWITL – week twenty – a little retail therapy

I went a good run of NOT buying stuff online but then the emails detailing sales here and there drew me in for some retail therapy. My biggest purchase actually stemmed from reading an article about a great sale on a Chromebook. It was such a great deal that I couldn’t resist.

the Chromebook

HP Chromebook x2 11

This is my third Chromebook and it’s going to be my favorite one, I think. It’s detachable and looks like a tablet without its keyboard. I am enjoying it so much already. I really love playing with the included USI pen. I can practice my cursive in the Cursive app, which has been fun. I’m typing out this blog post on the new Chromebook right now and it’s been good so far though I’ve hit the trackpad a few times and made the cursor move to the wrong spot. This Chromebook will take a bit of time to get used to on the lap but I’ll get there.

Why do I like Chromebooks so much? I don’t know, to be honest, but I do love how simple yet versatile they can be. My first one was great but the updates stopped and so I bought my second one. I should have checked the auto update expiration on that one because the updates are going to stop next month. I wasn’t sure I was going to get another Chromebook but I knew that if I did, I would check the auto update expiration date. When I read the article on this Chromebook and then followed the link to Best Buy, I checked and was delighted to see that the auto update expiration is June 2029. SEVEN YEARS! Sweet goodness!

Quick specs: 11 inch screen size, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 64 GB eMMC storage capacity, 8 GB RAM.

I’m sure I’ll have more to say in the future about this device but for now, I’m definitely loving it…

West Side Story on vinyl

A long time ago, when I first started listening to my own music, I began with my transistor radio. I found myself listening to the popular music of the day. I remember “Open Arms” coming through on that AM radio station. And one day at our local K-Mart, I picked three 45s that I wanted for my own– Joan Jett and the Blackhearts version of “I Love Rock and Roll,” J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold,” and Rick Springfield’s “Love is Alright Tonite.” And so began my collection of vinyl. I bought a lot of 45s over my youth, sometimes but not very often ponying up for LPs. I liked buying singles, which is probably the product of my taste for pop music. I went from vinyl to cassette singles then to CDs. It wasn’t until CDs that I started really buying full albums and appreciating the whole output from an artist.

Randomly over the years, I have bought albums, more so out of nostalgia or just wanting an artist on vinyl. Before this weekend, the last three new albums I bought were the two Guardian of the Galaxy soundtracks and a signed Sam Hunt album. As of today, I’ve bought several albums to add my collection, including the soundtrack to the recent West Side Story, as well as Etta James, then some used stuff I found today.

We’re making our computer room a music room! It’s going to be fun to have a place to listen to my albums and 45s. I haven’t listened to my 45s in YEARS. I hope they still sound good.

Todos Santos Plaza

We had a good weekend. Friday night we had drinks then dinner out before another round of drinks. Saturday we watched our little friend play baseball. And today we headed out to the Concord area for lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory then records shopping at a few places. All in all, good times.

blog writing on my new Chromebook