When I was a teacher, I had this thing about attendance. I wanted mine to be perfect. I felt really strongly about being at school every day for my kids. As someone who was abused and neglected as a teen (which is why I’ve dedicated my life to helping teens, by the way), I know what it feels like to have no one at home you can talk to or trust. So even though it was just for one class during their day, I wanted my kids to know that they had someone who would be there every day for them. I had perfect attendance for the first six years of teaching. During my seventh year, I contracted a nasty virus and had to stay home. I felt worse about being absent than I did about being sick. After I resigned from teaching, I found out that all of the sick days I never took were days I’d be paid for. This reimbursement came in a series of three checks, the last of which I just received.

I don’t like spending lots of money on things I don’t need. My Gram taught me the importance of being frugal, and that’s the way I’ve always been. Saving as much as possible was the only way I could manage to pay for college, pay off my student loans, and move to my dream neighborhood. But this doesn’t mean I don’t treat myself to something decadent now and then. There have been second-row center concert tickets. My glasses weren’t cheap. And uh…well, I can’t really think of anything else, but I’m sure I’ve splurged on some other expensive things. Like my iBook. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I am in love with Shiny Happy Apple World. Apple changed my life. There’s worship up in here. As much as I love my cute little iBook, it was time to make another dream reality. There’s something at the Apple Store I’ve been obsessing over. So last week, I brought it home.

Shiny new iMac

My iMac is making me so happy I can’t even tell you. It’s a total rush. The 20-inch screen! The resolution! Every single detail! I love learning all of the new things that this guy can do (I haven’t named him yet). Now that I’ve been working at home for two years, it was definitely time to set up a better work environment. I even bought an awesome new desk to go with. It’s not easy for me to admit that I deserve nice things. It’s easy for me to want them, but actually accepting that I could have them is a whole other issue.

I’d love to write more, but I have a date with my sexy new iMac. Ciao for now.