Sunday, June 26, 2016

Maxxin and (not) Relaxin'...

Hey Guys. It has been quite a week!

So I'm in the thick of studying for my comprehensive exams in mid August and then the unthinkable happens...
After close to six years, my Macbook decided to stop ridin with me. When I opened it Thursday night, I saw a flashing folder with a question mark. After a quick Google search and some failed attempts to trouble shoot on my own, I scheduled an appointment at the Genius Bar for the next day. After telling me my computer was considered "vintage," so they couldn't repair it, they let me know it was likely a hard drive issue. They then gave me the name of an authorized retailer where I could take it to get fixed.
I called the retailer for an estimate and they told me that they would have to run a diagnostic test on it first (which costs $55 and would take 2 business days) before they could give me an estimate. If I wanted it expedited to 4 hours that would be an additional $75 (go figure). Assuming they would charge the same amount as Apple, when you add the diagnostic test with the hard drive replacement, and a new battery (which I've known I needed for several months now), the bill just keeps getting higher.  
At this point it doesn't make sense to put 300+ dollars into a "vintage" laptop, especially when new issues seem to be surfacing every few months. It's time to get a new one, and although my wallet is silently weeping, I cannot complain. Six years is a long time in the computer world. It got me through my senior year of college, a master's program, a fellowship, and two-thirds of the way through my PhD. I was hoping we could make it all the way to the finish line, but I respect the hustle. Let's have a moment of silence, shall we.
Speaking of super expensive purchases, this dress set me back a whopping 7 dollars (plus tax). Gotta love Ross. I don't go often, but a couple of weeks ago my sister and I went to one and I found some really cute and (incredibly cheap) stuff, including this dress. It's light enough and cute enough to go out and run errands in, while being comfy enough to sleep in (which I have). 
Necklace: World Market, Shades: Target, Clutch: BCBG via Amazon, Dress: Ross, Denim Top: Topshop, Cuff: Old Navy, Sandals: Steve Madden via Macy's
In the midst of all the craziness, I ended the week with a smile. I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and some truly amazing people in my life. 
Bonus: I also won a $10 Sheetz gift card at my apartment complex's annual summer pool party yesterday:)
I hope you all have a wonderful week:)

P.S. Check back later in the week for some food and fashion inspo for all those 4th of July BBQ and pool parties! 

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