stardust, glowing

New Computer!

If you take the high road
An' I'll take the low road
Then you'll be in Scotland afore me
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond

There's really only a few things I did today. I got up, got dressed, ate Shredded Wheat for breakfast, read a chapter or so of Xenocide, which I am reading slowly and savouring. I have been taking years to read the Ender series of OSC, simply because I love it so much it's like saving a favourite candy and eating a little bit throughout the day. Of course, once I start a book I typically war with myself about how quickly to finish it, but my willpower isn't so bad. (Despite the fact I ate an entire package of vanilla pudding tonight. I don't feel all that guilty though because I'm celebrating a new arrival.)

Paul arrived at my place bearing gifts - the giant package containing my new 27" iMac. We didn't open it because we were running late for the funeral. We didn't end up going to see the Longboat ceremony because the funeral was long. It was very emotional for me because it was the first funeral I'd been to since my Grandpa and Uncle died back in 2008. It was hard to hear happy memories of a grandpa for me, but still utterly worth going. There were some great stories being told about the creativity, wit, and kindness of the man, and both Paul and I really enjoyed singing in the choir, so certainly not a wasted day. Though it puts life in perspective a little every time something like that comes around.

When we arrived back at my place I invited Paul upstairs for the grand unveiling of the new iMac in all its glory. It's an absolutely superb computer. I have been playing with it for I don't even know how many hours. Let's see. It's now 10:30pm. I think I got back here around 3:00pm and while Paul was here we were basically just exploring the new baby together. I jokingly called it that. Some of my favourite moments have been downloading favoured Mac programs and even a font (Zapfino) that I've been awaiting for a long time. I am thrilled to be in possession of such a ridiculously awesome object.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to pray with my fiance before he goes to bed - a Wednesday tradition - and I'm about to watch an episode of Merlin.


Also yes Zapfino ROCKS. So does iWork Pages. If you ever need to design documents or PDFs you should download the trial version and see what you think of it!
We bought iWork with the computer, on your recommendation of Pages from before. =)

Edited at 2009-11-19 08:14 pm (UTC)
So the first time I used pages, I figured out that I can work on the page in the center of the screen on a black background. I'm already sold. Took me awhile to figure out how to use columns because it was too easy to find compared to Word. =D

Give me a crash course in Pages someday, pretty please?
Sure! But really, I bet everything you want to know you'll learn just by memorizing the Inspector! In Pages the Inspector is your BFF :D It does basically everything.

Oh, and if you want to insert a dingbat or choose different versions of a letter in Zapfino, go to Edit --> Special Characters and use the glyph list.
Coooool! I wish I could be there to see your glee and meet it! Will you give it a name?
I don't generally name my computers - just external hard drives and USB drives. I have naming conventions for those - fictional characters for the Hard Drives (I currently have three - Merlin (Paul's old drive), Aslan (my first), and Deep Thought, a 1TB drive. My USB drives are all named after dinosaurs. Triceratops and Stegosaurus are the current ones. =)