Somehow, marking the official close of one calendar year and the beginning of the next is always a positive psychological moment for me. It's as if a new year's fairy comes to sprinkle possibilities dust. That magical perspective will soon enough be disrupted by reality, but it's fun while it lasts.
2010 also finds me with a new and much anticipated/dreaded tool and (I hope) friend-to-be:
A laptop of my very own, at last.
In comparison to the loyal dinosaur desktop I've been using for 6 years, it should be lightning fast; it should store all my large photo and collage files without complaint; and it can accompany me from room to room as my attention inevitably wanders from this to that.
But it has Windows 7, not the old XP that I'm familiar with; and it has Photoshop Elements V.7, which will likely be a steep learning curve from the ancient V.2 I've always used. And I'll need to install some favorite programs that weren't included. And all my existing stuff has to be transferred onto the new computer.
So at the moment, this change feels a bit daunting, but I'm trying to focus on the advantages, the possibilities of not being tied to a desk in a dark corner of the house. Which will be wonderfully freeing. Thus, I will muddle through this transition, and hopefully not muck up too much in the process.
Plus, this particular laptop came well-prepared to befriend me...
How could I possibly resist?
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And so, here's my toast to 2010, to health and to happiness, to my blog friends old and new, and to all the wondrous possibilities this year could bring.