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MacBook Pro is fixed—the fine folks at the Apple Store took less than a day! Cost just under $500, which bites, but this kind of thing costs what it costs, and when it's a useful, heavily used, and not-too-outdated machine, anything that doesn't result in data loss or needing to buy a replacement is a win.

Getting toward the end of the countdown clock for our landlords' departure to Panama—almost down to a week! Regrettably, the scattershot work and regular interruptions continue, but the relationships have been a bit more smooth since we let go of the rope rather than struggling in a perpetual (and unwinnable) tug of war with them. Again, we'll take the wins where we can get them; there'll be plenty of time and freedom to mop up the rest afterward.

Using a new toy (Google Docs Spreadsheet Forms) to collect volunteer data for our quarterly volunteer schedule at church. So far, it's much, much better than our last cobbled-together system (which was better than the one before—hurray for continuous improvement!), so hopefully it'll enable barlow_girl and me to build a better schedule more quickly.

There's also been a noticeable increase in both activity and interest in service opportunities in Seattle (one of my other job functions). Momentum is exciting, especially when it's clearly God's movement rather than any pet program we're pushing. Saturday's offsite presentation was helpful both in clarifying where we're headed and seeing where serving the city fits what God is doing in our church.


You don't have apple care?
No—the warranty just expired a month or two, and I was (foolishly) counting on Apple to try to get me to buy Apple Care (because they have every other time when I got close to the end of a machine's warranty). By the time I remembered, the window had passed. My mistake.
After all of this time I still don't know what FTW stands for.
Would you enlighten me?
For the win!

(And I couldn't resist using this icon.)
Wow. I have never heard that phrase before!!
As a fellow MBP owner... could you tell me what was wrong and what they had to replace to fix it?
The keyboard and trackpad were freezing/not working intermittently, and eventually degraded to not working at all. The issue was the connection, which is in the battery compartment—I had a third—party battery that was defective and swelled up; this pressed against the connector cables as well as slightly altering/bending the lower casing (it wasn't noticeable until they showed me). So they had to replace the trackpad and the lower case, and now it's as good as new.
I see. I had a similar problem with a Creative Zen media player several years ago. The battery swelled and was putting pressure on the display. So the colors were all messed up. Creative wasn't very responsive to the issue when I contacted them. So I just bought a new battery, sold it and used the proceeds to help pay for my iPod.