so I've just spent $50 to replace it that no doubt could have been used for something better. it's not even an Apple replacement, it's something equivalent that the internet SWEARS will work, because the apple version would have set me back $80. again.
*crosses fingers that two-day shipping means it will arrive at home in Saturday's mail*
next step: posting the bits of the fic i'm working on locked to myself in case i can't charge my laptop for days.