So I'm definitely going to buy myself a new computer. Specifically, THIS ONE:My current computer is on its last legs, or more like the last toenail of the last pinky toe. The bottom left corner has cracked into a painful weapon and I'm missing three keyboard keys: 7, F8 and the dash key. Because of the way my Fujistsu is made, I can't just replace the keys, I'd need a whole new keyboard. But the worst thing about my current laptop is that it's not even really a laptop. The battery lost its ability to hold a charge well over a year ago and I have to keep the cord plugged in or it immediately dies. The cord is one of those universal adapter kinds and is so worn down that I often have to hold it in JUST the right position in order for my computer to remain powered. So I'm going to just "donate" this computer to education by installing a bunch of math and reading games on it and letting my children see to its immediate and timely death.
And why, you may be asking, is my husband so awesome? Because he suggested that even though the new laptop will run me $1005 (after a discount from an AWESOME friend), I will still have $650 left over from the bonus to spend how I see fit. Basically, his argument is that I technically NEED a new computer and if my computer were to break tomorrow (which is obviously possible), the new computer would not be considered a "bonus" item. It would be a necessity. Dave got a new laptop earlier this year and he spent $500 on it. Because I would need a slightly more equipped machine than his (slightly better graphics card for photo/video stuff), he said basically I have a $650 computer allowance and only the rest of the cost of the Macbook will come out of my bonus.
Which means I STILL get to spend $650 on anything I want. The even CRAZIER thing is that Dave is against me getting a housekeeper. It makes him feel guilty or something both because he feels bad asking a stranger to clean up our mess and also because he feels like h'd rather just help me more than he does. Also? I think he's a wee bit worried that after a few months, it would become an expectation instead of a "bonus" type item. In the end, he's offered to help me out by cleaning floors and bathrooms and generally being awesome. We'll see how it goes. (And by "see how it goes" I mean I'll be reserving at least $300 for future housekeeping needs).
So Rhiannon? What's your schedule like?