1 week, 1 day, til Italy. Not surprisingly, I am still SO excited. Packing has commenced, my last days of babysitting are approaching (thursday!) and today I am heading down to the Italian Consulate to pick up my passport and visa. Things are falling into place quite well. Well, they were. My laptop is now nothing more than a chuck of slightly-beat-up silver scrap metal. Last week, my little baby Gateway computer randomly stopped recognizing when it was plugged in. Now this really makes it hard to do anything at all when it only charges every once in a blue moon. So last weekend while I was home, I took it to Best Buy where I have a super sweet 3 year Geek Squad warranty that covers all the hardware, including accidental damage, until next summer. Of course, my computer was still working sporadically at this point, and when Geek Squad plugged it in, it recognized that charger and started charging. Geek Squad is a HUGE waste of time, were I was told my no less than 3 different people that I need to buy a new battery (which isnt covered because I already got a new battery last year). I tried to explain that I already have two batteries for the computer, one that I had only used twice, and that both batteries worked and held a charge when the computer would recognize that it was plugged in--so it is CLEARLY a problem with the computer. After being told at least 3 more time that I should get a new battery, I was informed that if I had just gotten a Mac in the first place, I wouldn't be having problems. Thanks.
Since then my computer has completely stopped recognizing the charger. Back to Geek Squad I shall go, where they will no doubt send it out to their magical Narnia best buy headquarter, tinker with it for at least 6 weeks, and then maybe, maaaaybe fix it and send it back around Christmas.
So, it looks like I will be laptop-less in Italy. Not sure how big of a deal this is. So, if anyone is reading this who has studied abroad (particularly at the Rome Center), will I be lost without a laptop there? Is it worth buying a new one?
In other, less bitter, news, I have also learned that I have to consolidate my life down into ONE checked bag. ONE! (did I say less bitter news? Oops.) My closet is getting seriously shrunk. And I have no idea where all my shoes will go. This should be an interesting couple days.
Off to babysit and then pack (!)