Four Legs + HOUSE: Newburgh + Life + Health

Yes, I’m still alive!

PHEW. Is it really March 9th already?! I don’t know what happened to the last two months, but I am totally exhausted. The past couple of weeks have been pretty ridiculously cruddy (family members in the hospital, jury duty, Evan away on a business trip, train outages, computer nightmares, work nightmares, conspicuously absent plumbers, etc.), and this weekend was just barely an improvement…and now it’s time to go back to work tomorrow. I need time off! I’m so tired and so behind on everything, which is the worst feeling.

In happy, non-whiny news, I have a new computer!!! YAYYYYY!!! We bought a 20″ iMac on Saturday, and then spent the next 24 hours struggling with wireless configurations. Ultimately, we’ve opted to return the problem-ridden Time Capsule we bought, and go back to our trusty AirPort Extreme. (Never, ever buy the first generation of anything Apple makes the first week it’s on the market. Never!)

It was well beyond time to replace the old Graphite iMac, which had been with me since 1999 (!!), and it’s extra super nice to have a second computer to accompany our MacBook, which is primarily sofa-bound. I do most of my heavy duty design stuff at work on a fancy Mac Pro machine, but an iMac suits my needs very well at home. I’m excited. The monitor feels so big!

I’m really, really tired, and it’s going to be another long week. Sleep-sleep-sleep-sleep-time.

p.s. Here’s Bruno on his birthday!

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27 Comments

  • Reply Belinda March 9, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    firstly, glad to see you back & congratulations on the new addition to the family!. secondly, what a beautiful photo of E & bruno…love!.

    thirdly, i feel for you with the stress of family members in hospital. i hope all is well now. last weekend P was in hospital for a while also & i felt so alone…..obviously all turned out ok but it was super stress time in brooklyn for me without a family ‘support system’ ( ie: dog walkers! ).

    i need to ask you a few questions about brewster, ny….if you know anything about the area?, i will send you a much owed email though.

  • Reply sarah March 10, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Hope you love the new desktop. We ordered ours in the fall and are so happy to be PC free! Where did you get the desktop wallpaper from? I love it.

  • Reply Peter from California March 10, 2008 at 2:28 am

    congrats on the new edition of the iMac (it looks fantastic!), you certainly deserve it. Happy birthday Bruno!

    Wishing you good luck with the other stuff,
    Peter

  • Reply carlene March 10, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Congrats! I had that Graphite iMac, too, and miss it still (but not a whole lot).

  • Reply Anna March 10, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Oooh, sorry you’re feeling so behind.

    Congrats on the new computer, though! I like the keyboard, it looks really thin.

  • Reply Adam March 10, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Congrats on your new computer! I hope everyone in your family is better soon! Can I ask what problems you had with the Time Capsule, as I was thinking of buying one soon!

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 10, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Adam, the problem is that it doesn’t work! Seriously, read some of the threads about it on the Apple site — it’s a NIGHTMARE. If they eventually do some kind of OS or firmware upgrade that makes it functional, we’ll consider buying it then, but for now, UGH. Even when we had it working as a wireless router, the range was all of about 10 feet. Kind of defeats the purpose of wireless backups!

  • Reply Adam March 10, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Thanks Anna for the info! I was just reading some info on the forums after reading your initial post, and it does seem like their are a lot of dissatisfied customers. I’m glad I read your post and investigated further before buying one. Hopefully they get the bugs fixed, I will have to watch the forum to see if they update the firmware in the future.

  • Reply Janelle March 10, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I think its good advice to not buy anything when it first comes out, Apple or not!

    And what fun- I wish I had a desk/office area like yours!

  • Reply Decorno March 10, 2008 at 9:53 am

    First, glad yo survived a few crummy weeks.

    Second, how could this be the first time I have seen your blog? I can’t believe I have been missing all this good stuff.

  • Reply Jaime March 10, 2008 at 10:10 am

    How can I get the Orla Kiely desktop wallpaper? Its fabulous!!

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 10, 2008 at 10:19 am

    I made the Orla Kiely wallpaper using her multicolored stem pattern. Sarah and Jaime, if you let me know what size (pixel dimensions) you need it at for your monitors, I can send you a jpeg…

  • Reply katie March 10, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I can completely relate to feeling totally exhausted!!! This winter has just been so hard on everyone. I plan on taking a few vacation days this month to finish up some projects and just have a bit of r&r. I can’t wait!!!

    Oooooo!!!! New computer! So nice!

  • Reply lesley March 10, 2008 at 10:56 am

    hang in there, anna! and congrats on the new compu! i’m still on only my second very-own: a dual 1.25 ghz power pc. and MY GOD is this thing loud. always has been (design flaw in the fan or something). i’ve come to look at it as a white-noise feature… πŸ˜›

  • Reply Lauren March 10, 2008 at 11:11 am

    love the orla background πŸ™‚ just got a new wallet in the multi-stem and i’m pretty excited about it.

  • Reply nkc March 10, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I love the bruno photos and wish desperately to have a little dog. Unfortunately, my husband and our two cats would hate me forever and it wouldn’t be fair to the poor pup because we both work insane hours. More pictures of bruno cuteness, please!

  • Reply Julie March 10, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Oh, you make me want to get a new mac.

  • Reply zee March 10, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anna, I hope you and yours are all happy and healthy once more. I have the same desktop wallpaper – made it myself too!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply nathalie March 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Anna …
    I missed your posts !
    Glad your back and congrats on your new Mac !

  • Reply dean March 10, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    glad you’re back!

    i just hauled my MacBook off to get the harddrive replaced, as it failed after only 7 months– i lost all of my interior images and photos…i learned the hard way about backing up!!

    congrats on the new computer…it’s almost like getting a new pet.

  • Reply Elisabeth March 11, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Lovely photo πŸ™‚

  • Reply maya March 11, 2008 at 2:24 am

    glad you are back!

  • Reply Jaime March 11, 2008 at 8:00 am

    I would love a jpeg of the desktop wallpaper :)! Pixel dimension: 1024×768. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Jennifer March 11, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Awesome! We love our new iMac… nice and user friendly!

  • Reply sarah March 16, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Oh Anna, I have the same computer you do, so if you could fire a jpeg over it would be much appreciated. Love it!

  • Reply kay April 7, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Love your setup! I would also love a jpeg of the amazing wallpaper! My Mac’s dimensions are 1280×854. Thanks a bunch! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lala May 26, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Happily stumbled upon your wonderful blog this weekend. I would also love a jpeg of the desktop wallpaper (1024Γ—768) :)! Thank you so much!

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