With so many things that need to be done we tend to forget all the things that we've completed over the past few weeks. We've finished our landscaping, we had our second round of vaccinations, and we've (finally) listed our house for sale!

We also purchased our laptop for traveling. We decided on a Macbook Air. Our two options were an ASUS EEE PC 901 laptop or the Macbook Air. Both laptops feature a solid state drive (no moving parts) and are designed for travel. There were a variety of reasons why we ultimately went with the macbook over the ASUS but it wasn't an easy decision.

We bought the Macbook Air refurbished from Apple and got a good deal. It's the first time that I haven't bought a brand new computer. A co-worker had an interesting theory on why it is better to buy refurbished. He suggested that each of the reconstructed products are quality tested by Apple whereas the new products are only randomly tested. So far we haven't noticed any aesthetic or technical defects and we're very satisfied with our purchase. - Alex

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  1. i will def. rethink refurbished now. Thanks for the tip!!!

    big step: seeing the for sale sign. I'm already excited for you both and excited to read about your travels.

    alex, can you ask mina if i can have that painting behind you? I LOVE it :) you know.. to help with your limiting of items for the big move/travels....


  2. I just found your blog from Zucchero, Zucchero and love it. Can't wait to see the photos from all the adventures that you have. I love traveling and have always wanted to take months off to do so (only have been lucky enought to travel for up to two weeks at a time). Good luck and have fun!

  3. Alex, you not only have a beautiful girlfriend but a talented one. It's GORGEOUS!!! i was about to ask you guys were you purchased it from so I could get my hands on it. Perhaps I will see if she can paint me something in her "free" time. {i completely doubt you guys have any of that with this huge move on the horizon}

    i really really love it.

  4. ooooo sweet lappy!

  5. thanks for commenting. i love your blog. you are gorgeous!
    yes, katie herzig is amazing. her whole cd is great. you should check it out..its called Apple Tree.

    p.s. your house is beautiful!

  6. What a lovely little blog. Good luck with selling your house. I look forward to seeing more posts about your travels.

  7. This is the first time I've come across your blog, but I really dig the initiative you guys are taking to do something like this! Good luck getting rid of all your stuff, and documenting your excursion :)

  8. Congrats! Boy, am I looking forward to the day when we can put that sign in our front yard. Just need the housing market to recover. Should be any day now right? Ah ha

  9. Refurbished & nearly new items are such good value aren't they?! My wonderful digital slr is second hand but is only a year old... the guy I bought it from was upgrading to the newest camera available.

    Exciting about putting your house on the market! Have you had much interest?

    Saskia x

  10. Hi Mina and Alex!

    Have been reading your blog for some time now and I am very intrigued with your travel preparations! Please check out my blog as I work for a travel medicine company and we have a country of the month blog... it might help you during your travels as we discuss everything from food, eqtiquette, hotels, what to pack and more!
    Keep plugging on... you are going to have a fabulous time!!

  11. I figured you guys would be more with the need to get the macbook wheel, it's the best thing out there for anything ever.

    More info here:

    Feeling regrets over your purchase? You should.