Casey Anthony on video diary: Things looking up

Casey Anthony is speaking publicly -- on a video diary -- for the first time since she was acquitted of murder last summer in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Although Anthony's appearance has changed since her trial -- her hair is shorter and is now blonde and she's wearing glasses -- NBC News says it has confirmed that the woman in the video is Anthony.

In the video, Anthony discusses mundane subjects such as her new computer and that she has adopted a dog, but she never mentions Caylee.

"So this is my first video diary ... and I'm just starting to figure out my new computer," she begins.

"I'm extremely excited that I'll be able to Skype and obviously keep a video log, take some pictures and that I finally have something that I can call mine. ... It's been a long time since I've been able to call something mine," she said.

"It's kind of nice being able to say that I have some belongings that are mine that I'll be able to take with me after I leave here next year. It's kind of funny to think about actually."

She doesn't say where she is but says she will be there until February. She is currently serving a year's probation in Florida on unrelated charges.

Anthony calls the new video diary "a blessing in so many ways."

"Now I have someone to talk to when I'm by myself so I'm not bothering the poor dog, who I've adopted and I love, and he's as much my dog as any of the other pets I've ever had," she said.

"The good news is things are starting to look up and things are starting to change in a good way," she said.

In June of last year, an Orlando jury found Anthony not guilty of killing Caylee, whose body was found in a swamp near her home Dec. 11, 2008, six months after her disappearance.

Watch the full video.