Intel Core i5 Processor…Changing My World

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that every single one of you is busy, busy, busy. Especially at this time of year, right? There’s school, planning for the Holiday dinners, parties, pictures, and cards. There’s all the shopping and eating and being merry on top of the normal, everyday stuff that we all have going on.

I don’t generally blog a lot about my life outside of the kitchen, but indulge me for a moment, won’t you? You see, this past year I started a photography business. It’s been pretty amazing so far. Busy and amazing.

I also started homeschooling my daughter this year. My son has been homeschooled for the past 3 years, but my daughter just now started Kindergarten at home with us. Two kids, 5th grade and Kindergarten and just one teacher. It’s kinda nuts. I’m not sure how the public school teachers survive being outnumbered the way they are.

This next part might bore you to tears or you may find it really interesting! It’s a toss up! Proceed at your own risk!

I’ve had quite a few people ask me how a general day goes when it comes to homeschooling, so I thought I’d share a sample day with you. Nothing would excite you more, right? We generally wake up around 7 or 8am. The goal is 7am, but I like to sleep, so it’s usually 8am. I do my best to get the kids breakfast and get myself showered and dressed and then we head into our school room around 9am. We start out with History (my son’s favorite, my daughter’s least favorite) which we all do together. Around 9:30, my son heads to the computer to do his math, science, and health. He can do this mostly by himself, except for the long division which is trying to kill us both. I also work with him on any projects or experiments that he needs to do. While he is doing his computer work my daughter and I work on learning to read (and may I just say that teaching another person to read is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted to teach…thank God she’s smart and seems to be learning despite my lackluster teaching) and her math (which she loves more than life itself). About the time Elijah is finishing up his computer work and Emma and I are finishing up her reading and math work, it’s lunch time. We take about an hour to make lunch, eat, and play. After lunch, Emma plays quietly (or loudly) by herself while I do Language Arts with my son. Language Arts takes us For. Ev. Er. We usually get done between 3 and 4pm. Sometimes we do art, sometimes we skip school for the afternoon so that the kids can run around outside for a few hours before it gets too cold for that kind of thing. After school comes dinner and, well, everything else.

(Please forgive the crappy iPhone photo!)

I try to squeeze in time to bake and blog and edit my clients’ photos in there, and thank goodness for my laptop, because it means I’m able to sneak in some work during the school day.

I take my laptop into the kitchen with me while I’m baking. I use it to check a recipe or to check my email while I’m waiting for something to soften or bake or cool. I use it to read blogs, tweet, and check out what is up on Facebook. And, that’s just in the kitchen!

(Shield your eyes from the horrendous counter tops. They will be replaced just as soon as my husband finds the time! And if he doesn’t find the time soon, I will cry. Also, don’t ask what peanut butter pretzel bites have to do with pineapple slices and tomato paste. Clearly, this photo is for illustrative purposes only.)

I also take it into the school room with my son while he does his Language Arts and I edit photos or write while he is doing his work that doesn’t require my assistance.

I use my laptop to edit photos, design holiday cards, albums, and birth announcements. I use it to update my photography blog. I take the laptop with me to clients’ homes to show them their images and help them place their order. I then take my laptop home to process the order.

I seriously could not get by without my laptop and it’s super important to me that I be able to use it to it’s fullest extent while I’m on it. I don’t want to close my email program in order to open up Photoshop. I want to run my email, photoshop, firefox, and tweet deck all at once. I also want my computer to go nice and fast and do what I tell it to do. None of that “thinking” business. I want what I want when I want it. I’m kinda demanding.

I’m quite sure you can image how excited I was when I was contacted by BlogHer to review the Intel® Core™ i5 processor, which allows me to get more done in less time. I was provided with a laptop containing the new processor free of charge, along with an Intel® Wireless Display (aka WiDi) adaptor which allows me to wirelessly connect my laptop to an HDTV. I’ll explain how AMAZING and life changing that little feature is in my next post. Seriously, it’s blowing my mind. And the Intel® Core™ i5 processor is so much speedier than my other laptop, which is only about 7 months old itself. Just wait…I’ll be back next week with details on how this little processor has made multitasking a joy. I haven’t shouted “WOULD YOU JUST HURRY UP?” to the little laptop even once since I got it. My kids think it’s a miracle. Mama’s not shouting anymore! Hallelujah!

Come back next week and I’ll share with you a bit more about this new processor and Intel® WiDi. In the meantime, how would you all feel about a little giveaway?

No?

Well how about a BIG giveaway? BlogHer is generously providing me with one $250 gift card to Best Buy for one of you lucky readers. I know, just in time for the holidays! For the official contest rules, click HERE. For an abbreviated version, read below:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post (below)

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Follow this link and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt

e) Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Again, the official rules are available here.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me how the Intel® Core™ i5 Processor could change your life.

BlogHer is also giving away four laptops, so be sure to click HERE to enter that giveaway as well!

Don’t forget to come back next week to hear a bit more about the awesome Intel® Core™ i5 processor,  WiDi, and to enter twice more for a chance at that $250 Best Buy gift card!