My new (key) pad

I scared you for a second there, didn’t I? You thought I was — gasp! — moving out of my parents’ house!

Don’t worry, I’m still the only 28-year-old you know who lives at home. But I did acquire an exciting piece of property today: a shiny new Dell laptop.

I am convinced this is going to double my productivity. Until now, I’ve been using an old IBM I bought for journalism school nearly six years ago, which froze every time I opened anything important.

Now, after quickly and easily setting up this sleek laptop, I can work in Microsoft Word and browse the Internet at the same time! It only takes five seconds to update my Twitter status! My battery works! And there aren’t any three-year-old crumbs stuck underneath my keyboard.

I haven’t abandoned my Asus EeePC, the mini laptop that gallivanted with me through Africa; I still use that laptop in coffee shops and for traveling. But when I work at home, I prefer a normal-sized screen, like this 15.6-inch baby I’m working on now.

Oh, and I think I have a Web cam. So when you want to see my smiling face, you just let me know.