The guys at work helped me price out a new gaming computer for about the cost of my stimulus check. It’s an amazing little machine with a flat screen monitor, 8800 GT graphics card, 4G of ram, and a sweet dual core processor.

Turned out the power supply was too dinky to run the stupid video card, so I bought a new one.

I bought a new one and installed it and the ginormous graphics card last night.

By myself.

When I plugged the computer in, it didn’t blow up or anything! And I only had to open it back up one more time when I discovered that the CD drive didn’t work. I’d plugged the power cable to the drive in, but re-located the data cable somewhere else.

And the fact that I did that, and can talk intelligently about that, makes me immensely proud. I love learning new things, and being able to do things on my own. After watching the not-boyfriend put together Steph’s computer, I figured I was up to this bit of PC customization. Sure, I realize it’s not terribly difficult, but the idea of it was intimidating, and now it’s not so scary anymore.

Man, I love learning useful skillz.

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