Good news in that I was able to invest in a new, larger monitor. I was borrowing Samuel's 19", now I have my own 24"! A bit easier on my eyes. I also invested in a new keyboard. The old one was about 8 years old and had issues. Some keystrokes would fail to register, causing quite a bit of a slow down while writing. I ended up finding a Microsoft Sidewinder on sale at Newegg that I liked. Quite happy with it.
On a related note I also bought Elizabeth a new 24" monitor too. Hopefully she will also receive a boost in productivity while she is working on her blog/business at http://cultivatingfood.com/