Welcome to the third and final part of my series on buying a netbook! Be sure to read the first part of Netbooks 101 “Let’s Get Technical–What is a Netbook?“ (full of technical stuff that may or may not be accurate) and the second part, “Shopping For a Netbook–What Kind Should I Buy?”
I love to decorate, whether it’s my room, my car, my dog—my motto is, “Let’s accessorize!” I’ve been known to put an outfit together around a single headband or scarf or pair of shoes. I am a serious accessorizer.
I did what any rational person would do—I started looking for a skin I could stick on the front of my netbook to give it extra flair. I really wanted to get a decal of a tree or a bird or maybe a bird in a tree, but alas, I could only find skins that would completely cover the front shell of my netbook. It was Sarah who discovered a skin of Van Gogh’s Starry Night—one of my favorite paintings by my favorite painter. I love you, Van Gogh, but I’m looking for a tree. After going through tons and tons of skins on DecalGirl.com, I came back to Starry Night, and said to myself, “Self, if you’re going to put a skin that defines you, why not Starry Night? You love Van Gogh. You love Starry Night. And you might attract Van Gogh-loving guys out in public—cute, artsy guys.” It was then I realized my little machine could be more than a tool to get me out of my hermit writing ways; I could attract interesting people, too, specifically artsy guys. I also wondered if I should smack an “I love Jesus” sticker on my netbook to attract guys who love Jesus, but decided that would be tacky. To go with the whole Starry Night theme, I would definitely have to purchase a cool blue netbook because color coordination is everything.
Next on my list of necessary accessories was a sleeve. I checked out Amazon.com and found monochromatic bores and overpriced “fancy” sleeves appropriate for middle schoolers. I found an ugly gray sleeve with a nifty yellow design, but gray and yellow? Really? Not for my fabulous netbook! Finally on Walmart.com, I discovered a dahlia [purple) Belkin Neoprene Sleeve (with a zipper) for a mere $10.88 with shipping under a dollar. Cha-ching!
With my netbook properly accessorized, I was ready to go. Well, sort of. I mean, I did have to wait for everything to arrive by mail. Did I mention I bought everything online? (Note to self:: write about how to buy stuff online without getting ripped off.)
I am pleased to inform you that I’ve been the proud owner of Dahlia (yes, I named my netbook…as if you don’t name random electronics in your house) for almost a month now and she works wonderfully. Not only that, but she’s stylish, too. As you can see from the picture I store my netbook in a small, messenger-style purse. I do this for two reasons–I found the purse in the back of my closet and it doesn’t scream, “Steal me! I contain a highly stylish netbook named Dahlia!” Perhaps in the future, I’ll buy Dahlia the netbook a more stylish sack…but only if it’s on sale (or if I buy this).