Yep, I definitely need a new brain. Let’s face it, I didn’t have the deluxe model to begin with and after 38 years of grinding those gears, the whole apparatus is threatening to seize up! Or explode. Oh no! Little holes appear daily to swallow up those important things like um…whatchacallit? Oh yeah, vocabulary. And the reason I walked into the next room. And reason I sat down and pulled up Google. And what was I going to make for dinner?
Yes, my brain needs help. My filing system needs help, too:
Or should I say I need a filing system:
The clutter on our desktop is like a microcosm of the clutter of my life. Do you notice a theme here…in sight in mind! My little ADD brain very easily forgets what I was going to do with something…or that I even have that something in the first place. Having it in plain sight is a constant reminder, much like a post-it note---I have bad luck with post-its, though, they always seem to migrate, usually on the bottom of someone’s little foot.
If you’ve read my blog lately, you know that one of my goals this year is to simplify my life. And one of the hurdles I’m faced with is how to organize what I have so that I use it fully. As a homeschooling mama of four kiddos, my days are filled with the organizational challenges of coordinating curricula for a preschooler, a kindergartener, and a 4th grader, while keeping the baby from climbing out of her playpen and investigating the properties of electricity by sticking her fingers in the outlets (and knocking over my “filing” system along the way, ahem).
Isn’t she super cute when she’s being bad?
Add to this our technology-filled world with oodles of cool, free internet resources to supplement our studies and the already overloaded state of our desktop’s hard-drive (and the fact that I can’t find what I’ve already got on it) and well…clearly I need some help.
Do you think this could be my new brain?
The HP Mini 110 weighs a little over 3 lbs and comes loaded with Windows 7, which seems to be designed just for scatterbrains like me. It has little doodads like Pin (“pins” things to your taskbar) and Jump Lists. They’re like electronic post-its! They’re there when you need them, but not cluttering your desktop and tying up your memory when you don’t.
The Mini 110 is small enough to carry around but the 10” screen and full-sized keyboard should keep me from having to squint at my e-books or relearn how to type. I can take it with me anywhere, even the library (or I can hide in the closet and still have wifi!). The femme design will keep my 9-year-old computer super geek from walking off with it. What a cool tool for getting myself organized and keeping all my stuff together. Who could ask for more? Would you like to win one? I know I would! Mom Bloggers Club is hosting a giveaway. Three mama bloggers will each receive one of these new brains to help them simplify their lives. And three readers will also be randomly selected to win one! To be eligible to win, all you need to do is leave a comment below. Pretty simple? Good luck, everyone!
Deadline is midnight EST, January 20, 2010.