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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Simplify My Life? Yes Please!

I'm a mom, of a 1 year old, so automatically my chaos factor is about a 7 out of 10. Add to that, I work a part time job, run a giveaway blog, my husband works overnights and is gone 3-4 days of the week, and I have to keep up with friends on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Private Forums, and I would say that my life gets pretty hectic.
I spend a good amount of my time on my computer. I spend hours looking up new dinner recipes and coupons for my family; emailing companies about sponsoring giveaways; typing, posting, and promoting said giveaways; and keeping up with old and new friends online. My trusty laptop is about seven years old, with sticky keys and a missing left shift key. I have a one year old, remember? Seriously, have you ever tried to type without using the left shift?

Mom Bloggers Club asked me how an HP Mini 110 would simplify my life. Well, for starters, the extra shift key would be nice. And I bet the fan doesn't run constantly, sounding like a jet engine about to take off. That would be nice too. One of my favorite features is the small size. I spend most of my computer time sitting on the couch, with my laptop balanced on the arm, so I can keep an eye on my little one, but occasionally I like to type while I'm laying in bed. And then there are times, when I need my caffeine fix, and I drag my computer to the local coffee shop. Portability is KEY.

But most of all, I need to simplify my "business" life, so I can have more of the sweet moments with my family. My computer is so slow, that it takes me double or triple the amount of time that it should to get my work done. I don't want to miss out on the silly fun with my son or the precious moments with my husband.


The Giveaway:
Three blog readers (out of all Simplify My Life posts) will each win a HP Mini 110 just by commenting on a Simplify My Life post. So comment here, letting me know what you think!
Reader winners will be randomly drawn using Random.org and will be announced Friday, January 29, 2010.

76 comments:

  1. I soooo need to simplify my stress level. My HUbbs also works a rotating 12 hour night shift. We have a 10 mo old daughter, and SAHM. After our daughter was born in MArch we relocated 12 hours from HOME, so It has been super rough over the past 12 months for sure
    Annie W mommawad@yahoo.com

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  2. I, too need to simplify my life and a new laptop would be the best. I am working alot of hours from my job at home. I also try to keep up with family and friends...AND I am a scrap booker...who has a TON of picures of my wonderful grandkids to track, edit and get printed off!
    kjtersinar@ckt.net

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  3. I would LOVE a new laptop! Mine is eight years old - super slow and the screen is fading (for the second time). So, a new laptop would be a huge time saver. A new laptop would keep me from fighting over the desktop with my hubby too.

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  4. Wow... a new laptop would be amazing!! My husband is military and gone over half of the year... we use the computer to talk through a webcam... but it takes FOREVER to load since our laptop is over 5 years old! I also go to school online, which consumes a lot of my time, and it doesn't help to have an out of date laptop!!
    tacomaprncss@aol.com

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  5. OMG!! What a blessing this would be. I have never owned a laptop, and would love the luxury. *smile* I am a grandma, that has gone back to college to learn graphic design. I graduate this spring . . .what a wonderful way to simplify, and create with ease, my new business to be. Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway.

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  6. I would like it because it the the perfect size to take with me wherever I go

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  7. I've been struggling with balancing enjoying my kids and enjoying the net. This would actually make it possible to get them outside playing while I can still work! What a slam dang amazing giveaway! So to enter we just leave comments galore on your blog? Is that right? And then I completely fall in love with your blog to return again and again through the course of my life? Is that how it's jammin? Sounds sah-weet!

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  8. What an amazing giveaway!! I'm a stay at home mom and recently started going to school online. I don't have a laptop right now and would love to have one so I could access my school work where ever I'm at.

    LittleLadybug_17(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I would love to win a mini laptop. Since I became ill and lost my job this past year I have been entering giveaways to help get some of the extra fun things I can't afford anymore. This would simplify a lot and I could keep on entering! Thanks what an incredible thoughtful thing to do!

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  10. I, too, am the mom of a 1 year old. I understand stress and *always* try to Simplify. I haven't exactly figured out how, but a mini laptop would totally help me simplify. If nothing else, it would make me happy! :)

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  11. This would be so incredibly helpful. Often times I find myself waiting in my car, either from dropping off or getting ready to pick my daughter up from Kindergarten or any numerous other reasons. If I could use those small, but important, wait around times, to edit pictures, catch up with girlfriends etc, that is time I wouldn't be using at home, which could then be used to get around to those put off items (dusting anyone?)

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  12. I could totally use this in my life. My computer is about 5 years old and I definately know that jet engine sound from the fan and pages not loading. I don't do half the things on my computer that I would like to just because my computer would take forever to load them and that is all time I could be spending with my toddler.

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  13. Oh my goodness what I would give to simplify my life. Is that possible? With 3 kiddos running around it would be so wonderful to be able to go into the playroom with my kids and work on my computer while they play, to be able to not have to share a computer with my 12 year old and hubby who need the computer all the time, to be able to multi-task (help with homework, run to do bagels with kiddos, go to the library, play in the yard, sit with family in family room and work in stead of other room, to use while I wait to pick up carpool or my other daughter from preschool as I am always early, etc) all with a computer. To be able to work on a fast comp and be able to organize all my work would be so wonderful. Ohhh I could go on for a long time. :)

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  14. I would LOVE this! I feel disconnected while I work at my desk and the kiddos are playing!

    artisticfxllc@yahoo.com

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  15. I have to do a lot of traveling and I use a friend's extra laptop while I'm on the road. It would be great if I didn't have to use his and didn't have to carry such a big thing through airport security!

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  16. I love this mini.... so darn cute and easy to carry with you anywhere!

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  17. I would love to win this to make my life less hectic....! joshmilky@aol.com

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  18. It would be so convenient to have a netbook for on-the-go computing, and this one is so pretty.

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  19. A mini would definitely simplify my life because I wouldn’t have to lug around that big heavy laptop anymore!! And it would fit inside my handbag instead of being so conspicuous in a carry around laptop bag. And besides, you don’t always want to carry your laptop with you but leaving it in the car is a direct invitation to thieves to break in and steal it. Being able to carry it in my purse is a major advantage! Great giveaway!

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  20. this is a great computer isn't it! It's so versatile, for anyone! and it's stylish!!!

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  21. Isn't it cute? My hubby has to use the PC because I've taken over his lappy...so this would be great for us.

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  22. I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old and a husband who is on-call 24/7. I am a stay-at-home mom and work part-time from home. Would love this laptop to help simplify my life!
    cnlwiles@yahoo.com

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  23. I would love to have the Mini to take with me while I'm on the go with my boys. Good luck to you too!

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  24. I need this mini i'm a multitaskin momma who needs to take this little mini with her to save her life lol no really I have mommy brain!

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  25. Wow-I so would love to win this. We just have one desktop computer in our house and to have a second computer would be awesome-plus one we could take with us anywhere-I can't even imagine how hooked on this I would be. Amazing!! This giveaway rocks. arianiah@hotmail.com

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  26. These giveaway is amazing! I can't imagine how much nicer this would make my life.

    lianne-nichols at hotmail dot com

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  27. Our laptop is older and has a horrible battery life. That means I have to drag the cord with me EVERYWHERE and what a pain! Having something new would be a blessing.

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  28. an HP Mini 110 would simplify my life in ways that I can not even spell, lol

    good luck to you and me ;)

    militaryfamof8@yahoo.com

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  29. An HP Mini 110 would simplify my life by allowing me to keep up with all of my computer activities (blogging, emailing, entering contests, social networking, surfing the Internet, etc.) when I'm not able to be on my laptop (which just so happens to be an HP) for whatever reason. With 4 kids, the reason I'm not able to be on my laptop could be anything! :O

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  30. Not sure it would actually simplify my life, but I'm willing to give it a try:-) Good luck!

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  31. My current computer is a bit broken, backlight flashes in and out, sometimes I can't see on it! this cut little HP will definitely simplify my life! =)

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  32. I need to simplify my daughter's life! She graduated HS in May and then she's off to GSU. She NEEDS a mini-laptop desperately for her classes!
    bodynprogress AT gmail DOT com

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  33. cdziuba@aol.com Oh wow! This would so simplify my life. I'd be able to leave my tiny little bedroom/office and use my computer in other places in the house. Especially while my family watches tv. I'd love to win!

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  34. I would love a HP mini! I am a busy mom of two teenage sons and am always on the go. The HP mini is so portable, I could take it along with me.
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  35. I need to simplify as well!
    One computer with 3 people is not cutting it. I have a class, the kid is now doing homework online, husband has stuff going on its sooo hectic!

    hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

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  36. Simplify? How about a miracle!
    I would love it if this was in my house;} I could definately use it as a tool to make my simple in the following ways:
    a)school
    b)blogging
    c)I could use the old desk top as a door stop
    d)I could walk around the house and still be a blogger
    e)when I go to my chemo treatments I can blog, play games, download music, enter giveaways, and of course do homework;}
    PlEaSe sImPlIfY My lIfE!!!
    good luck to you and me!

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  37. I completely know where you're coming from. I'm still strapped to a desktop model computer. I do have both shift keys though, so you win on that one. :-) Having the ability to surf the net from the couch, or the kitchen, or wherever would be so awesome. I also love the small size.

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  38. Something this small would be really convenient for me since I need a computer for work and it is light enough to take on the bus which I use to commute every day. I could check e-mails & bills on my commute. My old laptop was actually stolen recently so I would love a new one! Good luck!
    AboutTreasureTrooper@gmail.com

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  39. Oh yes--life with a one-year-old is busy!!! How well I remember! This is a great giveaway. I don't own a laptop of any size or vintage so I'd be totally thrilled to win one of these! I also look up a lot of recipes on-line and having a little netbook in the kitchen to refer to while cooking would be wonderful. Thanks for the chance!

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  40. Man my life could use some simplifying! I would love to be able to write my blog posts on the go or during lunch breaks. Now if the HP Mini 110 could help me get my daughter to sleep through the night, I would be in LOVE (even more!)

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  41. This would be great! I'd love to be able to work on the go, like while I'm waiting for the kids to finish piano or dance lessons.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  42. This would be amazing to own! We live 9+ hours from all our family, and we're trying for our first baby - so it'd be a way to keep in touch with them.
    eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. This would be great. I got a hand me down laptop that's huge and heavy. You won't believe that at this second I'm sitting on the couch with my laptop balanced on the arm. Every evening I sit in bed after the kids go to bed and play on my laptop. I would love a smaller new laptop.

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  44. I am in the process of trying to start my own business and I currently work from home...but I rarely stay in one place with my laptop. As I suffer from degenerative disc disease in my cervical spine - coupled with a heavy laptop - changing my "workspace" throughout the day is NOT an easy task.

    The HP Mini would simplify my life by allowing me to move my computer from place to place on my own...no more bothering the rest of the family! This netbook would be a true lifesaver!

    Thanks so much!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  45. It would simplify my life, because i share a computer with my sister.It would be nice if we each had one of our own.I would give it to her.She is great she spends all of her time taking care of her sick daughter she has been sick since she was yrs old and is now 25).



    ginnn7(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Wow, what a super prize! My hausband & I never even used a laptop before.
    I have a 15 yr. old! That's very stressful.Teens are harder to deal with than the Terrible Two's!She'll be driving & dating soon!
    Jolynn_Reads@yahoo.com

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  47. I would LOVE to win the HP Mini. I need to organize and simplify my crazy and busy life. Crossing my fingers in hopes of winning.

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  48. I wish every Mom could win! Good luck to everyone.

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  49. I "borrowed" my friends mini for a week and I really didn't want to give it back..I drive 1 1/2 to and 1 1/2 from school 4 days a week..I start at 5am and don't stop until 9pm..I have a 4 yr who is in preschool and this would be perfect to talk to his teacher while I'm so far away and his school takes pictures during the day..Plus I could get so much work done during breaks.. thanks
    tatum810@yahoo.com

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  50. This would be so nice for me to have being a mom of young children and being a college student. My life gets so hectic and stressful doing it all alone. My old Dell pc is so slow due to viruses and I can't take it! Dell has always ben my number one pick in computers and I would love to have a new one. letessha@yahoo.com

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  51. I would love to win this. It simplify my life so much! Good luck!

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  52. i would love to win this! i would give this to my daughterinlaw who works full time and is a wonderful mommy to my beautiful grandson!
    polly
    cherubpk@aol.com

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  53. I entered also. Good luck to both of us. If my post doesn't win, at least maybe my comment will. :)

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  54. Ah yes to simply my life. I would love this because then I could get rid of this old bulky laptop and turn in back into the school!!

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  55. An HP Mini 110 would simplify my life tremendously too. I have an enormous, noisy, too-heavy-to-carry-around laptop that is falling apart as I type. The HP Mini would, for starters, be easier to carry by my nieces and nephews. Not that I would let them play with it, but my current laptop is falling apart because every time they get their hands on it, they drop it!! It would be nice if that didn't happen so often. It would also be helpful to have a light, portable laptop that I can carry around to places (or away from certain little people).

    cyn.cynthiia at gmail dot com

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  56. Good Luck to you! I blogged & entered, too!
    This HP 100 Mini netbook would be a blessing to our family, as we only have one old desktop to share amongst our family of 7. We rely heavily on spreadsheets, lists,email and schedules, etc. to streamline our day to day activities, and the portability of the HP 100 mini would make it so effortless and stylish. Plus, mobile computing would be perfect to pass the time--when time seemingly stands still--like when waiting in a doctor's office!

    Good Luck!
    Twincere(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. Oh, I would love to simplify things with this nifty gadget!

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  58. Isn't it awesome when something "small" comes along in our lives and makes some little things in life so much easier? I'd love to have one of these babies! That way I could do my work anywhere. Right now I'm stuck to an awkward table with a desktop pc!

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  59. Who couldnt use a new toy?I could keep this one with me during the day while my husband sleeps in the bedroom(he works nights)That way I will be able to blog hop whenever I like!

    hollow_sins(at)yahoo.com

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  60. I work from home part-time & have 3teenage daughters. I recently decided to go back to school so this is the perfect giveaway for me. It can get pretty hectic when I am trying to finish homework online & making dinner with 3 teenagers all wagering & argueing over who gets the family computer 1st.! Thanks for this great giveaway, I pray I win!

    Kewlbreez4(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. where to begin? i would love to simplify my life, i am disabled and there are lots of days when getting out of bed is just impossible,i dont have a lap top and my computer is a few parts from here and there thrown together by a friend for me.its slow, and always messing up , but it is all i have and all i can afford. i watch my grandson on my good days, so i would love this to be able to take when we go places.then we just found out that one of my sisters has cancer and we have been thru this with our mother, father, and brother, so we know there are going to be plenty nights sitting up at the hospital, staying over at her home to be with her and lots of dr. appointment visits. since i live almost 2 hours one way from her this would be nice to have on hand for the long car rides , thanks for having this giveaway an allowing so many of us that are unable to afford one the chance to WIN one!!! traci, tracisme@gmail.com

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  62. I would absolutely LOVE not to be chained in the dark confining office with the horribly uncomfortable chair...but rather out where light, life and my loves are :)
    silenttributary(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. I could use a new laptop so hubby and I don't have to fight over who gets to use the laptop!

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  64. I soooo need to simplify my life this way, thank you so much for this giveaway, I work full time, as well as being a mom, wife and home care taker full time, please please please wish me luck :)
    ceda3swapp at gmail dot com

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  65. This is a good size to carry in a wheelchair backpack, and yet is still large enough to type on. I'd love to win it!

    John at darrows dot us

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  66. I live my life on the computer! Work, home, bills, budgeting, keeping up with family, etc, etc, etc... My current laptop was the cheapest I could find, so this smaller, faster, better version would be SO nice to have!! Very irratating trying to chat and talk to your family that lives far away and you keep getting booted off the computer because its too slow...

    What a great giveaway!!

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  67. Yes, you DO sound as tho you could use a new puter! I'm pretty "needy," too, as in I HAVE NO LAPTOP AT ALL (gasp)!! So I feel as if I'm leaving my home planet when I must leave home and my trusty desktop model for any length of time. Oh, to be able to check email from the doctor's waiting room, or boot up myself when my son & his wife break into our visiting time to take care of business. Awesome giveaway - thanks so much for including us.
    wandapanda at live dot com

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  68. As a New Year resolution, I'm trying to simplify my life as well. The biggest hurdle for me is saying "no". I think as moms we're always doing for everyone else in our family. Sometimes, we need something that's just ours...like a new computer.

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  69. I really need to simplify my life by winning one of these laptops! I am a SAHM who has really wanted one to complete tasks and other ways to earn money for pur family - also by doing things like Ebay! Having one of those would make it easier to complete my tasks with a energetic 2 1/2 yr old. Thank you for this chance!

    Jill Kathan
    jillmsu@yahoo.com

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  70. Wow--that would be so awesome! I love how compact it is...would take up so much less space.

    This is my first time to your blog and I LOVE it. :)

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  71. As a mom, full-time Kindergarten of 33 years experience, Grammy to two sets of twin grandchildren (whom I love TOTALLY and babysit often), wife, daughter, church worker and sister. Wow this would be so great!!!

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  72. Ooh, I need to simplify my life too, and a mini laptop would really fit my lifestyle! I bought my laptop for $40 from a friend, but it is so old it takes forever to do anything. My hubs has a new laptop, but he takes it to work with him.

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  73. For real!??
    Wow...I have always wanted a laptop...but it's such a splurge.
    Love your blog! Love this idea!
    :>)

    Susan

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  74. This would simplify my life because I wouldn't have to hear my husband complain about having to share our one laptop anymore!

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  75. Amiable dispatch and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you as your information.

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