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Remember how the Husband fried my laptop by pouring coffee down the front on Monday and I vowed not to freak out?  I wrote, “I would be more upset if I didn’t constantly back-up my laptop AND if I didn’t have a netbook to blog on.  I try not to sweat it when stuff like this happens… it was clearly an accident.”


Guess what I did on Wednesday morning?


If you guessed that I poured coffee down the front of my netbook, you would be correct!  :(  What are the odds that we would ruin TWO computers in the exact same way in three days?!


Actually, the netbook isn’t ruined.  I quickly removed the keys and dried it off.  Then, I looked up QWERTY keyboard on my iPhone, put it back together, and it somehow survived – well, now the keys are sticking.  But it works!




I guess its time to buy another laptop.  Any suggestions?  I will not go to the Mac side because of Windows Live Writer (all bloggers need it)!  I am a Windows girl through-and-through.


In other news…


The drive from Tennessee to Charlotte took extra-long due to two separate traffic jams. I thought I was going to lose my mind towards the end!


Snacks included a lollipop:


A banana from an angry gorilla:


A veggie and cheese sub from Subway:


Baby carrots (which I had instead of chips from Subway… that was a tough healthy decision to make!)…


And when I came home, GoLean cereal with chia seeds and almond milk:


Hello, bed!



  • Heather August 26, 2010, 9:38 pm

    oh no! seriously, what are the odds! glad the netbook is working!
    we always get dell laptops!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 26, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Oh no– that sucks!!! So sorry 🙁

    I just got a new HP, and it’s okay– it had a little freak out earlier in the week.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 26, 2010, 9:53 pm

    You have a case of the clumsies. What luck! I know you’re against it, but buying a Mac was the best decision I’ve ever made. Just sayin.

  • Tina August 26, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Oh no! That’s so rough. I rely on my netbook for blogging. And Live Writer. I agree that it is a necessary blogging tool. I don’t know how people blog without it.

  • ashleigh August 26, 2010, 9:59 pm

    That would have sucked if you ruined that computer! Good thing you were able to save it.

  • Kelly August 26, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I couldn’t believe when you said that happened. Unbelievable! I wish Live Writer worked with Macs, it’s the only thing I miss. Maybe check out the HP comps?

  • Mary August 26, 2010, 10:01 pm

    I totally feel you on this one! I spilled coffee all over the keyboard of my computer at work! The worst part was that it was actually locked into a moveable support- so it just sat in the coffee and there was NOTHING I could do! Luckily, my boss was cool about it and she reported it to the I.T. guy and said “it just stopped working”, meanwhile it smelled like a Starbucks!

  • alyssa August 26, 2010, 10:10 pm

    you NEEEEEEEEED a mac.

  • Jolene ( August 26, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Ooooh keep the coffees away from the computers!! Hehe!!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 26, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Ouch. Two computers in one week?
    I purchased an Acer laptop and I love it. Also, I hear that Google is coming out with a netbook using Chrome OS, which will work with if you are a Gmail/Chrome/Google Docs fan (it looks similar to an Ipad I believe).

    • Sara August 27, 2010, 8:50 am

      Really?! A laptop for Chrome OS. I LOVE Google. I have been waiting for Chrome OS–now a Google laptop, woo hoo! Awesome. Googling this now …

  • Errign August 26, 2010, 10:18 pm

    I know Dell was running a deal through their member purchase program on some laptops that were around 750$ and you could add on a netbook for 199…

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats August 26, 2010, 10:22 pm

    oh noooo sorry about your puter! im a pc girl myself 🙂

    yesterday i was running when all of a sudden a storm came out of nowhere… now my ipod wont work! 🙁 I set it in some rice (apparently it sucks out the moisture).. but it’s not helping. so sadddd.

    glad you had a great vacation 🙂

  • Mandy August 26, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Err, isn’t the iphone keypad (the one that comes up when you type a message) the same layout as a regular keyboard one?

    • caitlin August 27, 2010, 8:38 am

      heheh kind of! it’s a qwerty because it doesn’t have control, alt, delete, etc. I wasn’t sure where those went!

  • Kath August 26, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Ohhh noooo.

    I am a TOTAL Windows girl – obvi!

    And I highly recommend HPs 🙂

  • Heather (heather's dish) August 26, 2010, 10:40 pm

    that sucks about your computer AND the traffic jams 🙁 I got nothin’ on laptops if you’re not doing Macs…i’m a mac girl through and through!

  • Mandy A August 26, 2010, 10:40 pm

    OH my gosh! What are the odds? Seriously!!!! Glad it was saved, though 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 26, 2010, 10:43 pm

    I was going to recommend a Mac but I guess that would not do much, haha. Spilling coffee twice on it is just unbelievable!! Hopefully you will have better luck with your new one!

  • ezzie August 26, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Windows Girls all the way! Macs are fun to work with at times, but in the end, I always find myself back on my trusty pc 🙂
    and ooh tootsie pops! chocolate tootsie pops are my favorite x)

  • Heather August 26, 2010, 10:46 pm

    Oh no, that stinks! But I agree, I’m a Windows girl through and through. Just bought a Dell Inspiron and I like it a lot so far!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 26, 2010, 10:47 pm

    I love my mac and I will never go back to a PC so I don’t know what to tell you 🙁 Sorry about the computer though. That’s really tough.

  • Erica August 26, 2010, 11:08 pm

    Oh man! 2 computers in one week to the same coffee culprit! I have had a Mac for almost a year and Still can’t figure out how to use it! Hahaha!

  • Wei-Wei August 26, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, what?! Two computers in a week?! You NEED a Mac – there’s a really easy-to-use software called Ecto that you can use in place of Windows Live Writer! Just ask Tina at CNC. She loves it 😉

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes August 26, 2010, 11:19 pm

    What is windows live writer??!! We have a mac and I love it 🙂

    • Sarah for Real August 26, 2010, 11:35 pm

      Lol I was going to leave the exact same comment! Once you go Mac, you never go back!

      • caitlin August 27, 2010, 8:39 am

        Live Writer is a free blogging program that is epic.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now August 26, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Caitlin, that’s insane! I just bought a new netbook that I am loving. It’s a Gateway and has a lot of good features for the price I paid.

  • Kendall August 26, 2010, 11:38 pm

    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but bad things always come in trios! Eeekkk. If you’re superstitious…which I’m not. Okay, only about black cats crossing the street.

    Sorry about your computers! I once kicked a remote into the screen of one if that makes you feel any better.

    • caitlin August 27, 2010, 8:40 am

      I am holding my camera tight!

  • Kristie August 26, 2010, 11:46 pm

    I’m insanely impressed by how calm you stayed after that duo computer fiasco. I’d probably have a mental breakdown! I think this is a lesson to keep coffee AWAY from computers. I’ll be avoiding drinking mine near my laptop from now on haha.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 26, 2010, 11:49 pm

    The odds of that happening are just freaky. At least the netbook is surviving.

    I just bought an ASUS with an iCore3 processor. It is perfect! And I can’t believe I blogged for an entire year without Live Writer.

  • Rebekah @ Rebeltarian August 26, 2010, 11:51 pm

    Ah! I hope the laptop searching goes well. I have a dell XPS that I love.

  • Lindsay August 26, 2010, 11:59 pm

    I have to say thank you for being a microsoft supporter, my dad works for Microsoft and he loves it when I tell him about all of the ladies out there that use the product that he helped create. I would also recommend the use of Windows Live Writer with HP computers. My dad told me that they work the best with the microsoft programs!! 🙂
    Good Luck with your search for a NEW computer!! 🙂

  • Amber K August 27, 2010, 12:04 am

    Oh no! Hopefully you can find a new one that works well for you. I am a Windows girl too!

  • LisaM August 27, 2010, 12:10 am

    My roommate and I made a rule about our computers freshman year of college.
    -NO open containers of liquid on the same table as the computer!
    I still unconsciously follow that rule and it has save me from numerous computer/spill incidents over the years. Maybe it would help?

  • Amanda @ Vegacious August 27, 2010, 12:16 am

    Did you know you can partition part of your mac to run windows? I do this so that I can run Windows Live Writer. Love it. But, my husband has an HP G60630US and loves it. It’s a great computer – even though it’s not a mac. 😉

    • Erin August 27, 2010, 12:37 pm

      I was going to say the same thing. I have a mac laptop at home and run windows on my mac for work stuff. It is not difficult at all.

  • Laura (Starloz) August 27, 2010, 12:17 am

    I liked my hp before i went to my mac!

  • Me-Linh @ Sweet and Sweat August 27, 2010, 12:32 am

    OMG I have the BEST laptop for you! I have a Lenovo Thinkpad, a bit pricey but worth it. It’s actually designed so that if someone does spill coffee on the keyboard, it will just drain away. Seriously!!

  • hippierunner August 27, 2010, 12:37 am

    Aw man! Sorry about the comp! I have an HP PC that’s pretty good.

  • Camille August 27, 2010, 1:06 am

    Oh my gosh! Not a good week for electronics! Unfortunately I am a Mac girl all the way so I have no suggestions for you 🙁

  • Caitlin August 27, 2010, 1:26 am

    Subway always smells heavenly, if Heaven is lying in a pillowy bed made of freshly baked bread and covering yourself with fresh vegetable sheets.

    And it might be hard to go without a computer, but imagine life without coffee!

  • Sana August 27, 2010, 1:45 am

    You don’t have an accidental damage warranty? That was the first thing I got with my netbook. Yes, it’s 1/2 the value of the freaking thing. But it pays for it’s self!

  • Sonja August 27, 2010, 2:30 am

    Hi! I just love Asus computers! These things are brilliant! You should try Asus with Windows 7, fool proof! 🙂

  • Brandy @ Simply Fit Mama August 27, 2010, 2:36 am

    Love my Mac…will never go back!! 🙂

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 27, 2010, 2:42 am

    Oh gosh, poor you with the laptop! I need a new one really too – would you please pass on any recommendations you receieve, cos I have no idea where to start! All I know is to avoid an Acer, cos that’s what I have and it’s CRAP!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini August 27, 2010, 2:51 am

    I have a Dell Latitude E6400 and love it. It’s small and easy to carry around.

  • Lauren August 27, 2010, 6:52 am

    Oh no!!!! I guess karma came back around. Well, I was immediately going to say Mac because I converted over about a year ago and I will never go back to a PC. But since this is off your radar, the only advice I have is to stay away from Dells. I hear awful things and my Dell turned my life into a living hell! LoL

  • Chelsey August 27, 2010, 7:03 am

    Oh man… when I saw your tweet about that the other day, I just couldn’t believe it!!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet August 27, 2010, 7:12 am

    wow, what a week for you!

  • Pam August 27, 2010, 7:16 am

    Ifi t’s just the keyboard, check out ebay! I compulsively removed keys off my old laptop when it would get dirty, and they wouldn’t always go back on. I replaced the keyboard more than once for $20 or so thanks to ebay.

    I have a macbook pro now, but in the past I’ve had great success with Dells.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 27, 2010, 7:30 am

    Those are some crazy odds!! I have a Mac so I’m not much help in the laptop department, but I’m sure this community will have plenty of great suggestions!

  • Teacherwoman August 27, 2010, 7:37 am

    Oh no! Twice in one week! I am sorry! What are the chances?! I love my HP computer. I used to have a MAC, but when that went down the drain, I couldn’t afford another MAC. Good luck!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 27, 2010, 7:39 am

    Ugh, I hate when things like that happen! Sorry for the frustration. We are a Mac family! So, can’t help with that. I am sure you will figure that one out. I hope Friday treats you well!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal August 27, 2010, 7:49 am

    Bahh!! Too bad 🙁 We had a mac book pro for a while, and if you get VMware Fusion you can actually run Live Writer. Put it in unity mode and it will run just like it’s running on mac.

  • Kelly August 27, 2010, 8:34 am

    No more coffee at the computer!! 🙂

  • Kirsten August 27, 2010, 8:48 am

    Spilling things on your laptop is the worst. I have done it a couple of times and so far have escaped the worst (buying a new one). I a Mac girl, so my top recommendation would be a Mac, but I used to have a Dell before and I was happy with it.

  • Sara August 27, 2010, 8:49 am

    My husband swears by HP products and we’ve actually had a lot of success with our HP PCs. I have an HP laptop for work that works well–I like it better than the old Dell I had … go with an Athlon processor–that’s all the computer geek husband told me. 🙂 We’re thinking of selling my old laptop and Mac clamshell laptop and buying a netbook for me to use, since we fight over the PC.

  • allison @ livingoneday August 27, 2010, 9:12 am

    oh noooooo!! im sorry!!! my sister and boyfriend both just got hp’s and they love them!! my friend once used his fiance’s brand new macbook as a coffee coaster, and wouldnt you know spilled the entire cup on the computer. chin up girl!

  • Nadine August 27, 2010, 9:17 am

    I have two doxies, and they would love to be higher up in the back seat of the car. What are you using to prop up the dog beds? Flash and Emma would really like to know. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 27, 2010, 9:23 am

    Be careful girl – bad things come in threes. 😉 Haha.

    I’m always tempted to get a Mac, but I’m a Windows girl too.

  • Jami August 27, 2010, 9:37 am

    I’m sorry about BOTH of your computers, how terrible! I like Gateway computers and after having my desktop for 7 years and never having to take it in to get serviced, I bought a Gateway NV79 and love it. It’s a little bigger than normal laptops though, which isn’t for everyone.

    Also, thank you for introducing me to Windows Live Writer! I’m new to blogging and writing for a purpose, and never bothered checking the programs that came with my laptop. I think it’s love at first type [har!]

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 27, 2010, 9:48 am

    that stinks! 🙁 at least the netbook works.

  • Reenie August 27, 2010, 9:58 am

    I think you two need sippy-cups to drink your coffee out of 🙂 ha!!!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 27, 2010, 10:06 am

    I just replaced my brontosaurus of a laptop with a Sony Vaio and it rocks my socks off.

  • LindsayH August 27, 2010, 10:33 am

    You can run Windows on a mac! Get a mac 🙂

  • Kelly August 27, 2010, 10:51 am

    I’d personally stay away from Dell. I’ve had two and we have another two in the house, and all 4 of them have been slow running after only a few months, blue screen of death, and the tech support is crap. My last two computers have been HPs, and they really are so much better than the Dells. One of them has lasted over 5 years, and still runs okay without a lot of sluggishness. That’s pretty impressive for a heavily used laptop.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life August 27, 2010, 11:39 am

    I feel your pain. Sunday night my desktop AND laptop got infected, I system restored them then accidently stepped on my laptop last night. If the screen is too $$$ to fix I will be in the market too so I’m happy to read your suggestions!

    I blame everything on this week’s full moon!

  • Charline August 27, 2010, 12:03 pm

    You can probably just order a replacement keyboard from the company. They are pretty easy to swap out….

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa August 27, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I have had a Sony Vios and I love it!

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 27, 2010, 12:49 pm

    What are the odds of that happening?! I hope the computers get fixed soon! 🙂

  • Kelly August 27, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I’m a Dell girl but my parents like HP. I think it’s just about what you feel more comfortable with honestly. But more importantly I would invest in an insulated coffee mug with a LID!! LMAO!

  • Dynamics August 27, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Do NOT get a Toshiba, they get hot. Fried my memory which is on the motherboard which means, laptop death. My tech said to get an HP i3 or i5 processor (depending on your needs). HP has the BEST customer service and support. My office, NO liquids or food allowed.

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair August 27, 2010, 1:08 pm

    I used to say I’d NEVER go to Mac also… But I did, and now I will NEVER go back. Using a Mac completely changed my life! And, yes, Ecto is not as good as WLW for blogging but it does the trick.

    However, if you are absolutely 100% against Mac, I’ve heard that Dell is the best brand of PC and are even comparable to Macs! I would NOT go with Toshiba. I had two Toshiba’s and both of them crapped out on me!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 27, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Aww poor laptop! I’m a Mac girl through and through, so I’m no help to you there. Mmm a Subway sandwich sounds really good about now. I think I know what I’m having for lunch!

  • mac August 27, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Caitlin–Tell me about Windows Live Writer? What is it? Why is it so cool?

    • Caitlin August 28, 2010, 8:29 am

      It’s essentially a program that lets you write the blog post inside it (like a Word document) and then publishes to Wordpress. Wordpress is SOOOO clunky. Get Live Writer now!

  • kelsey August 27, 2010, 10:36 pm

    awww no!! :[ that’s tragic…
    i’m a windows girl, too. i have two laptops: a two year old dell inspiron 1420 and a brand new asus g series. i’d recommend any asus because they are a beast and super powerful. check out, too! i got my asus for super cheap with free shipping!!

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