Next week is our last chance. Last night the weather was fine but we would have ended up paying 3x more than what we would next Friday because they had the World of Outlaws last night. While fun WOO does not make that much difference to my son and not worth it to us to go to. So this opened the night to inviting a friend and his kids over to play with mine while he and I watched the Viks game and the unveiling of the Favre. I am a big Vikings and football fan and excited to have #4 on our team. While I didn’t expect much from him last night as he’s been with the team for only 3 days, it at least confirmed that he is with the team. He’s the best option for our team to win. Doesn’t mean we’ll win the SB but should make for a more interesting year.
This morning I was going to get my 6 mile run in but as I was putting my shoes on another friend called who asked if we could watch their kid as they go to the hospital. She’s 7 months pregnant and having some labor pains. They don’t have family up here so we’re glad to do it. It just may push my run until later in the day but that’s ok. Gave me a chance to paint my in-wall speakers so they now hide into the wall.
Also gives me a chance to visit my reward for my big goal. While reading the book “Are you Ready?” by Bob Harper it got me into the Effort = Reward mindset. I understand the rewards of a healthy body/lifestyle but I grabbed onto this as well. I started putting in $30 per paycheck into a savings account and it’s been exciting to see that grow. I’m not one who buys things for himself. My mp3 player is a refurbished Sansa that works just fine. I don’t do video games. I do not have a 4-wheeler or a pickup which is kinda of a right’s of a man thing up here. No boat for fishing or recreation. No motor cycle and my car is a 13 year old care we bought 6 years ago for $1500. Our budget goes to trips to Europe (although my in-laws have helped a lot with this), paying bills, and paying for our house. My hobbies are big sound which is satisfied by helping out at a church that has an amazing sound system. Small audio which I am being patient about waiting to finish our basement but love the little deals that I find here and there. The third is computers. I’m an electronic technician and I love programming and working on computers. My wife has the newest computer in the house and that one is 4 years old. My laptop is 8 years old and doesn’t have much longer to live. I have 6 keys missing and 2 others on their way out because of my little guy and then the processor is getting old. There are times when it will not type what I typed. Before it used to take it’s time to catch up to my typing, now it’s completely ignoring me. So this is what I’ve got my prize temporarily set at.
It’s an Acer AS5810T. As I just want something for general use, this puppy has an Intel Core Duo Single core that’s at 1.4GHz but that allows battery time up to 8-9 hours. It has an HDMI output in case we ever get a TV with that, LED screen which I’ve held out for a long time, it’s thin and light and will do everything I want. The setup I’ll get will have 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and a 512MB video card that will help with the video processing. I’ll probably get Adobe Photoshop Elements so my wife can do some editing on it and then move that over to her computer whenever we get a new one for her. Sorry if I bored you over this but I am looking forward to this and helps to know that I’m that much closer to it. I say temporarily because another laptop could come up or another idea. But I do like this one after looking at a lot of them. We’ll see.