Another one bites the dust

Have you ever seen that episode of Sex & the City where Carrie’s computer dies and she freaks out? Yep, that was me on Sunday night. My 2.25 yr old Apple Mac Book was running a little bit slower than usual, but other than that everything was A-OK. Then in the middle of writing an email I got the “spinning color wheel of death” and was unable to force quit. I shut down, but only saw a scary blinking file folder/question mark upon restart. After 2 frustrating hours of trying to re-install the operating system software, run disk utilities, and re-setting the PRAM I still had no result.

I was lucky enough to snag a 1pm appointment with the Apple genius bar in SoHo the next day (usually you have to wait a few days for an appt), but the Mac tech had some bad news for me: “Your hard-drive failed and we can’t recover the data”. Uggggh. I could have replaced the hard-drive for a couple hundred dollars, but I put a lot of wear and tear on my laptop these past few years and I was worried that I’d have to buy a new machine in a few months anyway.

Soooo….I bit the bullet and left the store with a brand new Mac Book Pro (plus 3 years of Apple care extended warranty!). This was a pretty hefty investment and my bank account is NOT happy right now, but a laptop is essential to my life  and I know I’ll get my money’s worth. However, I’m going to be watching my budget veryyyy carefully over the next few monthes. It’s a good thing I like pb&j!

Photo courtesy of my cell phone camera. Can’t believe I just bought a new laptop.  Ahhhh!

Mac Book Pro

Anyway, here’s hoping Tuesday will be a better (and less expensive day)! I started the morning off with my usual cup of coffee and a mini lemon zest luna bar. I love the little snack size bars!

luna bar

About 7:30am, Alma and I headed out for a run in Central Park. The weather was a bit chilly, but once we started to sweat the breeze felt nice. My legs felt pretty stiff (between Saturday and Sunday I ran 17 miles…), but otherwise I felt OK. We finished our 8 mile run in 1 hour, 13 minutes (a bit over 9:00/mile pace).

After a bit of foam rolling and the quickest shower ever, it was off to work!

Gulped lots of water on the subway and then threw together a quick breakfast at my desk: a container of Stonyfield plain yogurt, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/2 banana, and a cup or so of Kashi cinnamon Heart-2-Heart.

Yogurt and Heart-2-Heart

Plus, an adora calcium supplement! I don’t always mention it, but I usually have two of these 500mg calcium + vitamin D + vitamin K supplements per day. Tastes just like chocolate 🙂

Adora calcium disks

A visit from Mr. Softee – A miraculous milkshake?

From the NY Times: Probiotics, Health or Hype?

Attention New Yorker readers: Would you be interested in meeting up on Saturday evening?? Assuming I survive the 1/2 marathon that morning, I have a little event planned for the evening hours:-)

Send me an email: runnerskitchen@gmail.com

  • ahhhh congrats on the new computer! sometimes its just better to suck it up and buy new when it costs just as much to repair.

    i wish i could meet up with you 🙁 good luck on the 1/2 girl – i will be cheering you on!

    lotsa love!

  • my hard drive crashed twice in 2 years and i stupidly had nothing backed up either times. thankfully the mac people were nice and replaced it for free both times, even when i was no longer under warranty. your new computer looks so awesome though, i’m jealous 🙂

  • Rachel

    wow- do i know how you feel. my 2 yr old mac’s hard drive crashed yesterday. i too saw the question mark folder of death.

  • I never watched Sex & the City but I saw that one episode that you’re referring to. Bummer about you old laptop.Congrats on the new one!

  • Oh yeah, I remember that SATC episode well. So sorry you had to go through that hell! At least you’re back up and running now. Pun intended.

  • I’m so sorry about your computer, that’s so frustrating! I have the same Mac you just purchased and absolutely LOVE it if that’s any consolation! I might be interested in a meet-up Saturday, I’ll shoot you an email:)

  • You will atleast get a lot of use out of the lap top! it’s not money wasted!

  • Mini Luna Bars–I had no idea! I need to track those down!!

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  • Nice computer! I really want to get a Mac when my current laptop dies.

    I would love to be able to meet up but I’m out of town this weekend. Next time you plan something, I’m in!

    good luck on the half!

  • Lizzy

    love the new computer. trust me i know how that goes!!!!!

    your gonna rock that half girl! I’ll be cheering you on 🙂

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  • Gah! Expensive stuff like that is always such a killer! Especially when it’s out of the blue!
    So exciting that your half is this weekend – I feel like loads of people have races this weekend! Good luck – I’m excited to read your re-cap already 🙂

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  • Jonah

    Both Nick and I running this. Maybe we’ll see you there and/or Saturday night.

  • Yes, you should stop by our party on Saturday evening! We’re going to have a lot of food and wine, so feel free to bring your other roommates, etc.

    Good luck tomorrow, Megan