I managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done today. I ordered some things online this morning and then hit Best Buy and Target this afternoon for some gift cards. Of course, I have to mail the gift cards, but then I still have to mail Christmas cards so it’s OK I guess. If I’m smart I’ll remember to put the gift cards in the cards. Bought cards yesterday.
I also have to mail some books to my niece. I got these free from the Center for Children’s Books earlier in the year. If I can keep it to one trip to the Post Office I’ll be very happy. Of course, I had to go there yesterday to pick up a package. It really asses me up when I have to pick up stuff that is supposed to be delivered. Someone paid to have it delivered; so why am I picking it up? Often that someone is me. Just one of the trials of single living.
The only one I couldn’t find anything for was my Mom. Target didn’t have either of the things she asked for, which is completely ridiculous. But I did find something for my ex-dog. So Hap’ll be happy.
My daughter called, which was nice. She’s got 2 more days of classes and then 3 finals. One more semester and she’ll be an Obie grad. I am so very proud of her!
At Best Buy I found a few treats for myself. Of course, I had some of their stupid coupons they send to Best Buy card holders so it was a given that I couldn’t just leave with the gift cards I needed. At least one of the things I bought I have actually been in the market for for a while now though.
I got myself a Maxtor OneTouch II 200GB external hard drive. It comes with Dantz Retrospect backup software for both PC and Mac and I’m supposed to be able to backup both computers to it via USB cable. I sure hope it works with both because that is what I really need. It is a fair amount bigger than both hard drives together so it should serve me for quite a while. I might even be able to have a larger iTunes storage system than either computer itself. Of course, that implies figuring out how to manage iTunes in that way, but maybe I’ll get lucky.
I also picked up 2 movies at $9.99 each because I had those stupid 10% off coupons. At least this time, I only bought 2 things instead of the limit of 5. I got Heavy Metal and Punch-Drunk Love. Not sure why for either, except they were cheap. Heavy Metal shows that I can be a typical guy on occasion, I guess. Punch-Drunk Love is much more complicated. I rented it a few years ago (1 Aug 2003) when I was in a very bad way mentally and emotionally and seriously needed and wanted some funny-as-all-get-out comedy to unwind and relax. Very. Bad. Choice. As soon as it was over I completely broke down, and not in some weepy "poor me" sort of way, but in an extremely violent and destructive way. Luckily for me and my stuff I didn’t actually attack anything, but it was not pretty. After recovering from my ‘fit,’ I put on Spirited Away which I had also rented.
I think I liked the movie (PDL). It just was not the kind of comedy that I needed so desperately at the time. I looked back at my journal that I was keeping at the time (seems the blog has replaced my journal. Shame!), which is how I found the date. Nope. Wasn’t a pretty time. Work was literally killing me spiritually and mentally, and thus physically. I had just verified that, yep, only had to give one day notice by law. I visited campus HR a day later to see about forcing them to move me or getting a job elsewhere on campus (during a hiring freeze. Right!) Details aren’t important I guess, but it was a very, very bad time. The administration in that place just took and took and took and gave nothing but crumbs in return.
I guess I ought to get on to some other chores. I could box up these books for my niece, print labels for Christmas cards, do the cards, balance 2 checkbooks, read, install the hard drive, work on my application…. Then I can watch a movie.