Letting go and moving on…with a new computer

So, I’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing a netbook to replace my very old, about to die but beloved Sony Vaio laptop for several months now. I’ve popped in to Best Buy a couple of times to check out what’s available (aka what colors does this one come in?). But so far, I haven’t been able to pull the trigger. My old laptop, I convinced myself, was still semi-alive and kicking (albeit VERY slowly), so it seemed silly to purchase another one to replace the ol’ girl –maybe she’d be ok afterall.

…first stage of grief: denial.

However, last night while attempting to download NPR podcasts on my iPod (key word: attempting), I became a little peeved at her inability to successfully perform the simplest task (a little peeved = “I swear I’m going to throw this thing out the window!”).

…second stage of grief: anger

We left her to manage the download while the boyfriend and I went for a walk. Upon return, I felt guilty at how I treated her and asked my boyfriend if there was ANYTHING at all we could do to help her get back to fighting form.

…third stage of grief: bargaining

His answer: an unwavering, no. Over the next 12 hours, my entire hard drive flashed before my eyes: thousands of songs; pictures from Mexico trips, college graduation, family gatherings — all gone in an instant if she unexpectedly passes.

…fourth stage of grief: depression

But this morning, after much uncertainty, I finally decided that it would be best for both of us if I replace her, so she can die in peace, without the burden of holding on to my documents, music and photos.

…fifth stage of grief: acceptance

So, this afternoon, amid feelings of loss and sadness for the spent life of my Vaio, I will be purchasing a shiny new netbook. Though I’m excited at the prospect, I know that no computer will ever replace what I had with my college laptop. She was there with my through it all, and I will miss her.

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February 18, 2010. Tags: , , , . Life-in General. 2 comments.

Job? Check. Friends? Check. Romance? Um…

This post may seem a little off-course from the usual career, pr and life advice of PRPrep, but part of being successful in your job is spending time away from work. And summertime offers some great options for chillin’ with your sweetie.

So, if you’re tired of your summer dates consisting of siting in front of the air conditioner, Askmen.com has the top ten fun ideas for outdoor dating.

10. Eat at an outdoor restaurant or cafe. An oldie but a goodie.

9. Go to the beach, lake or river. Apparently, just find water.

8. Have fun at carnivals, festivals or outdoor shows. Brewfest anyone?

7. Pick fruits at a farm. Fresh picked romance.

6. Enjoy a boat ride. You too can be king of the world.

5. Play sports. If she can’t catch a frisbee maybe she’s not the girl for you anyway. Only kidding.

4. Visit an amusement park. Cotton candy + roller coasters. Is there a better combination out there? I don’t think so.

3. See a baseball game! (notice the exclamation point). It’s not America’s favorite pastime for nothin’.

2. Prepare a picnic. It sounds cliche, but we still like it.

1. Plan a full-day getaway. It’s not the destination. It’s the journey.

Have fun!

July 21, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , . Life-in General. Leave a comment.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it really means.

Working well in a team is a huge part of PR. But in a new job, how do you earn the oh-so-important respect of your co-workers?

5 Ways to Earn Respect from Your Co-workers posted on the blog Movin’ On Up provides some valuable tips to consider when attempting to build respect between you and your peers.

1. Have a great attitude. Be optimistic, regardless of the situation. Part of this involves showing gratitude for your coworkers’ help and talking positively about others.

2. Develop a strong work ethic. Finishing your tasks on-time and putting your best foot forward every day shows that you are a person that your co-workers can depend on.

3. Demonstrate integrity. Be honest with your peers and act in a way that shows your genuine character. Follow company procedures and policies and make decisions that make it easy for people to want to trust you.

4. Embody professionalism. Dress appropriately and be aware of your behavior. Prove to your co-workers that you are a professional.

5. Respect others. Be polite and courteous. Respect their personal space, opinions and work. Your mom was right: treat others like you’d want to be treated.

Keep in mind: earning respect takes time, so be patient.

image from spotlights.com

June 23, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Career Advice. 2 comments.