I finally cleared up the snafu regarding my final bonus check from the previous employer (HR rep screwed up which prevented me from getting on the day it was distributed.). The HR rep claims she's fixed the problem and I'll see the deposit this week.
I've made a guesstimate regarding the amount. And decided to spend most of it on a new laptop.
Seems frivolous, doesn't it?
It might be...but, I've found a way to rationalize it. The contract work that I'm doing is home-based. That is, I don't go into an office. I work from home and can do the work at any time...morning, night, weekends, whatever. If I have a laptop, I don't even need to be in the same state.
So, if I decide to visit out-of-state family, I can bring the laptop with me and work. This way, I get the work done, as expected AND I get paid.
I'm going to buy a Macbook Pro. I'm a long-time Windows user but I'm thinking it's time I learned the world of Apple (hey, I *adore* my iPhone!). And, I can use VMware Fusion to run my Windows applications.
It will be nice to have a new techie tool...