One month left before school starts. Whereas in my previous academic endeavors, this meant a solid month to lay by the pool, read mindless chick lit with no literary merit, and enjoy a cold margarita or ten, with law school that means that I've already started reading...lucky me.
However, I was able to justify a wealth of new technological toys. My first new laptop in five years! I am pleasantly surprised with how much the price for a laptop has dropped in five years. I paid less than half of what I paid in 2003 for a computer that is a lot lighter, widescreen, and has about 6x more RAM and 120 GB more hard drive. For the record though, I HATE Windows Vista and I hate the new version of Microsoft Office even more. Perhaps they'll grow on me, but I don't anticipate it.
I also broke down and purchased my first digital camera! Yessss! No more photos taken by borrowing my sister's camera (or more like stealing it when she's not home), or using the lousy camera on my cell phone. I went for a Nikon Coolpix S210. It's small, it takes great pictures, and it was pretty cheap ($150). Oh, and it's purple.
I also won a new 8gb iPod Nano in a drawing at work last week! Score! I bought a 1gb shuffle for the gym/rink back when the price dropped in the spring, but an upgrade of my 15gb 2nd generation iPod purchased in 2003 was overdue. It's pretty much dead--no longer communicates with my computer and the battery is pretty much shot (the latter of which isn't an issue, as I mainly use it in my car and the integrated system Scion has keeps it charged).
I think new knit iPod and camera cozies are in order...
Aside from reading, the next month is also dedicated to wrapping up some knitting projects. I finally decided to use the Peruvian Tweed (100% alpaca) I bought on sale 2 yrs ago to design my own sweater. Just a simple V-neck with a chevron lace pattern and set in 3/4 length sleeves. Right now I'm about to start the sleeve caps! Winging it seems to be working so far...I think it will look fabulous once it's blocked and the lace pattern opens up more.