December 2, 2013

The new computer is finally here, plus the winner of the V&Oak giveaway

Yay!!! At long last, more than three weeks after it was ordered, my new Lenovo laptop has arrived (to be fair, it was a customized laptop, which is part of the reason it took a while). I blogged about the fact that my old one was moments away from typing its last word here on November 8th, and though it managed to (in long stops and temporary starts) officially hang in there until the 22nd, that day proved to be its very last and I've been computer-less ever since. Not any more though, thankfully!!!

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{I'm as happy as a - you guessed it - pig in mud about the fact that my new computer arrived today! Image source.}

Having already had a number of November's entries written and scheduled to go live throughout the month before that happened, things were able to stay afloat on the new post front for the most part, though (for the first time in 2013) I wasn't able to do my usual month-in-review post at the end of November (as I always write it, naturally, at the very end of the month). If you'd like to see all of the seventeen different posts that appeared here last month, pop on by the achieves anytime.

As you might imagine, I've got quite a backlog (of emails, Facebook messages, etc) to catch up on, and will be doing so this week and beyond. If you've left a blog comment here recently that included a question for me which I haven't yet answered (in a reply comment), please feel free to post it again in the comments here or to email me, and I'll get back to you asap.

Much like moving houses, setting up a new computer takes a fair bit of work, there are always some bumps in the road, at least a few curveballs, and a different structure to get used to, but I can already tell after just a couple of hours on this powerhouse of a machine, that it and I are going to get along swimmingly.

Last week saw a great giveaway here from UK vintage fashion and lifestyle magazine V&Oak for a one year subscription to the publication. That giveaway wrapped up yesterday, with coincidentally perfect timing in terms of my new laptop's arrival so as to be able to draw and announce the winner today.

I've done just that using a random number generator, and am pleased as punch to announce the that the winning comment (number 27) belongs to fellow vintage loving Canadian gal, Daphne of the charmingly lovely blog Vixage. Oodles of congrats, Daphne!!!

Speaking of giveaways, the fabulously witty, vintage loving Katie Mullaly is holding her first ever blog giveaway and it's a gem, if ever there was. Twelve pretty jewelry prizes, in celebration of the twelve days of Christmas, are up for grabs, so if you've like to try your hand at winning one (and who wouldn't?) swing on by Katie's eponymously named blog and do starting today.

Though this certainly isn't a month-in-review post about November, I did want to quickly mention a couple of things from earlier in the fall. At the end of October, I had the great pleasure of being interview by UK site The Blogger's Lounge, which as the name implies, is devoted to topics pertaining to blogging, with interviews and advice from some of the most popular and interesting bloggers in their respective fields from around the world. My interview consisted of six terrific questions, all of which pertained to Chronically Vintage and blogging in general. I'm head-over-heels passionate about blogging and helping others succeed on this endlessly exciting front, so it was a sincere treat to focus on that subject in this interview.

More recently, on – interestingly enough – the very last day of my old laptop’s life (with this post) – Chronically Vintage reached an awesome milestone: 1,000 blog posts! It has been a truly incredible joy to write and share each and every one of them with you over the past 4.5 years, and I am wholeheartedly look forward to the next thousand and beyond.

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Now that I have a (fully functioning!) laptop again, give or take a little time for catching up on the aforementioned backlog and getting acquainted with my new computer, things should be back to normal here (by which I mean, I'll be online, visiting your marvelous sites again, keeping abreast of my feeds, on social media more, etc) - at least as much as one reasonably can during the fast paced holiday season! :)

I want to sincerely thank all of you for your patience and understanding (and wonderful blog comments) while I was computer-less recently. I have sincerely missed all of you and am both elated and relieved to have a new laptop and to be able to connect with you again.

Here's to a joyful start of the holiday season and the hope that December concludes 2013 on an upbeat, fantastic note for all of us!


  1. 1,000 posts—Congratulations! And it is so good to see you back "live". :) Enjoy the new computer, and good luck moving everything over to it!

  2. I just replied to your e-mail so happy to hear I won V and Oak giveaway you definitely made my day. I also checked out Katie's blog and giveaway and her blog is so witty thanks for helping me find a new blog to follow:) Enjoy your new computer.

  3. congrats on your 1000 post, you are such an inspirational blogger! Ive just recently decided to make some changes to my blogs, combining the two, and you are a big inspiration to me. I am also very happy for you to have a new lap top and just cant wait to see what you ahve in store for us post wise

    kate (the old fashoned way now retro rover)

  4. So glad your new laptop has arrived! And congrats on hitting 1000!!


  5. Yay for everything-for the winner, for your laptop, and the posts-whoot!!! This is a special day indeed! xox

  6. Glad you're back with us - hurray for the new computer and 1000 posts!

  7. 1,000 blog posts!
    This calls out for a celebration (to add up on celebrationg new PC).
    "Live your life excited, let no day go without having passion.
    Let go of hurt and invite love, forgive haters with compassion.
    Time is short and its already passing by, there is nothing to stop.
    Let your mind soar higher everyday until its success o' clock."
    ~ Shawn Epson
    I hereby congradulate you on a HUGE milestone.
    1000th blog post.. WOW.
    May there be 100 times more. :D
    ..and my best to the new "member" of your family, your new assistant, your window into the Blogoshpere. Cheers to the new PC.
    ..and, naturally, big congrats, Daphne. May you enjoy your magazines in each and every page you look at.


  8. hooray hooray hooray!!!!
    jessica is back :-)

    congrats to the 1000. post! hugs!!!!!

  9. Yay!! :D I'm so happy for you that you got your new computer!!! :D Welcome back! :} <3

  10. Yay! Jessica's back! Just in time for the holidays. Enjoy your new machine.

  11. Hip hip hooray for you! I am so happy that you are back in interaction with all of us ... Congratulations thousand wonderful posts, dear Lady and .... Welcome!

  12. Yay! So glad you're back, and congratulations on your 1,000th post! I hope there are at least a thousand more in the future.

  13. Congratulations on hitting 1000 posts! x

  14. Wow! 1,000 blog post! Great blogging!

    I am so happy you are back up and running.


  15. So glad you got your computer. We will be sseing some lovely Christmas outfits???
    Love and sunshine, dear Jessica.

  16. Congrats on your new computer. It is with computers like new shoes, you have to wear/use them to get used to them and before thet feel right. ;) And also congrats on hitting 1000 posts, that's a LOT and I wonder how many words you have written?! I'm glad to have you back. :

  17. Congratulations on reaching 1,000, here's too many 1,000's more. Glad to have you back:)

  18. Glad to have you back! New laptops are so exciting! I bought one earlier this year - it's like Christmas coming early!


  19. Welcome back and with perfect timing, too :) Happy blogging on your new computer X

  20. Hooray for the arrival of your new laptop! And a triple hooray, for 1,000 posts! A big congratulations to you, my friend! :D

  21. Congratulations on your new computer and 1,000th post!!! How awesome! :D

  22. Great news about your computer, hope you are enjoying it. Congratulations on writing 1000 posts, that is such an achievement. I look forward to reading many more.

  23. What a great milestone! Your variety of images, the diversity of topics, the wonderful narratives and the pleasure you obviously derive from the work you put into your blog is just fabulous! Well done and keep it up!

  24. Congratulations, dear Jessica!

    Nella Fragola

  25. Yay!!! 1000 posts and a great new laptop!!! So glad to have you back!!! ;)
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn