OK, don't laugh at me and just appreciate that fact that the word "dude" did not appear in the title of this blog post. I have something to tell you that may scare you:

I have never bought my own computer.

I know! I've gotten 2 old ones from my dad and I bought one from someone on campus years back but I didn't end up liking it (I think it's in my garage somewhere). But I have never, ever bought a new computer.

One of the great things at Microsoft is that we are encouraged to use our own technology. That's one of the reasons that many people keep their personal stuff on their work machines. It's not as verboten as it is at other companies. But earlier this year, when I scanned in my family photos, I felt a little weird. I loaded them to a disc but I wasn't able to delete them from my machine. I'm scared.

Also, I've had a little trouble with my external hard drive (do I need to remind you that I am not technical? Yep, they still let me work here). So as I write this, my music sits on my work computer hard drive (shhhhh, don't tell). I have used it for events I've run but still, I want to get it off of there.

Anyway, it was time to be a big girl and get my own computer. And Dell was having a sale on Inspiron notebooks. So there you go. I ordered one and get this: it's even pretty! Should be here in a couple of weeks. I can't help it, I'm excited. I thought I needed help buying this (from an advice standpoint) but I totally didn't. And I think that there's something a little liberating about admitting that "pretty" comes into play when I buy something like this (just like it did with the Scooter....so?). It all goes back to that concept of it giving me pleasure when I look at it. It's all my right brain stuff. I like order and beauty.

Hey, maybe I am crossing over to the nerdy side if I can get excited about a computer.