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Friday is a fine day [Nov. 24th, 2006|10:12 am]
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Ferrett posted about our abortive attempt to be part of the Black Friday specials at Best Buy this morning, but what's most interesting to me is that, having been thwarted at the moat of humanity, I don't think it even occurred to either of us to get up and head back over there for the morning sales today.

You see, we were going for one reason only: to try and get Erin a new laptop to replace the one she managed to destroy in less than two years. (So you can see why we're only willing to drop $250 on such a gift for the kid.) That clearly was not happening, and honestly we can't afford a lot of random junk this year. So it is best to stay away from the temptation of loads of on-sale DVDs.

We are venturing out for the mall later today: family portraits to be taken. Both girls are here, and we want to memorialize the occasion. Now that Erin is in college and working, we hardly see her anymore. It's lovely to have them both, even if they still bicker.

Thanksgiving was really wonderful. We went over to Kat and Eric's early so that we could all cook dinner together (and I even worked out before we left - go me!) and 3-year-old Carolyn commandeered the girls, teaching them school and making them lie down for rest time. We made cut-out cookies and apple crisp in addition to the usual Thanksgiving fare and generally had a great time. By 5pm we were all ready to go home and go to bed.

But no! We instead had to drive an hour and change east to Warren and my sister's house. You see, my stepmom was here visiting and she hasn't seen the girls in years. We had a nice visit, but it was inevitably short due to the fact that we were planning to make the Best Buy trip and Ferrett's need to get Home on the Strange updated. The Army of Darkness were at their dad's house, but according to my stepmom, it has been a quiet and peaceful time, so maybe my sister's wild kids are settling down as they grow up.

No NaNo writing, though. I'm falling behind and losing my motivation. 12,000 words to go, and I'm kind of, meh.

I have kids to spend time with.

[User Picture]From: merle_
2006-11-24 03:19 pm (UTC)
Does it need to be a laptop? Desktop systems are more impervious to destruction, as the keyboard is not usually sitting right on top of the heart of the machine.

Used laptops are a great deal, especially if you are not worried about battery lifetime. Seems unlikely that Erin needs a bleeding-edge machine..?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-24 11:04 pm (UTC)
Good points. We may be revising our shopping ideas.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2006-11-24 05:42 pm (UTC)
My daughter and I were at Best Buy at 4:45 am. The line was huge, like through the parking lot and behind the far corner of the restaurant next door huge. We were walking out with our purchases by 5:30. They were a well oiled machine and I was very impressed.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-24 11:13 pm (UTC)
Impressive. We ended up at the mall for family portraits, and the crowds just drive me batty these days.
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From: authentichris
2006-11-24 08:41 pm (UTC)
well, you might consider dell, they have burried somewhere a $399 1gb 14.2" laptop. It's hard to find, but it DOES exist. And the 399 includes a crap printer, 1gb usb key, OR shipping.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-24 11:20 pm (UTC)
We will have to investigate that. Thanks!
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