Ordering a new netbook today. Have given in and will get the 10.1" - nothing smaller is readily available in the price range, except refurbished models that aren't that much cheaper. Still waiting on adaptor for old laptop, so I can find out if it still works - might arrive today.
Trying now to think forward and wrestle myself out of this lingering unhappiness and anger. I have to finish filling out the insurance forms and get those sent over.