And I finally have my new laptop. Still in the process of re-installing all my main software (and still very anxious about the transition), but I at last have a laptop that is not only faster, better, and newer, but one that I can actually close the lid. It's been over a year since the hinge on my old laptop broke (making a horrifying noise to go with it), making transporting it anywhere tedious, if not impossible. While I'd gotten used to it, and have just left it open on my desk/vanity for the last year, it's still so strange to be on a new device.
I will be a little high strung while this transition continues. I don't think I'll be fully comfortable until I've made my first render. Wish me luck.