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snow day 3 by niralisse on TreemoWell it's been a big mess here since Sunday night. A few days, a few inches of snow, a few falling degrees, and Seattle is paralyzed. North of Snohomish County, it's more than a few of everything. As any decent weather almanac will tell you, record lows have been hit.

I love watching a western city completely shut down in the face of snow, it happens for a few days every year and we all get to stay home and drink hot cocoa. I spent this year's snow walking around the neighborhood with a tripod, and have been enjoying it immensely. I've probably gotten myself sick again but meh.

roof span by niralisse on TreemoIn my facepalm moment of the week, I discovered a set of four beautiful solid beech chairs at Goodwill for $5 each. Hey, I thought to myself, I could use a couple dining room chairs. So I picked out the best two and happily walked out with my purchase, noticing that the other two were being claimed as I left. Cool, we're both leaving happy.... wait a second... why the hell didn't I buy the whole set? AAAUGH, dumbass, think! The whole set would've been like $20! They would've lasted a generation! GRRRRRR. I was happy with my purchase for about 10 seconds until I realized I was breaking up a perfectly good complete set that was mine for the taking.

I couldn't even sit in them to eat dinner I was so disgusted. Never shop when you're too hungry to think straight. Now, it's not like I wasted my money, I did get two beautiful chairs for $10. But I'll probably never be able to buy another two to match. *sigh*.

lit descent by niralisse on TreemoSadly, as I was out tonight enjoying the newly falling snow, it slowly turned wet, and rainy, and by the time I got home, was melting away. It will likely be gone in the morning, only a memory of silence and light. The city will be 45F and sipping coffee, and I'll resume being bored out of my skull. Let's not forget the importance of being surprised when you look out the window in the morning.
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Total spent on non-food purchases: $129.81
Total saved via BF sales: $68
Percentage: 48%

Ross pillows by niralisse on TreemoMost of that percentage came from the $30 2GB SD cards at Best Buy. Heck of a deal, there. Best Buy was plenty busy but not quite insane. They had all their BF deals helpfully yellow-tagged on the rack. Ross was ridiculous. You know how that store is usually a mess? It was impossible to navigate some aisles, as merchandise had spilled entirely off the shelves and onto the floor. However, I did find a very nice skillet for $20, so I can't complain.

suspended read by niralisse on Treemo
The best was Home Depot, which had all their BF deals helpfully lined up in the front of the store. This meant that people actually looking for something (like myself) could get around the aisles easily, and people doing the camp-and-grab could get in and out quickly. Got $13 worth of Christmas lights (120'!) for the house, along with bungees for my hard drives. The rubber tubing I was using before had worn out. What?
Home Depot Black Friday by niralisse on Treemo

There's a reason you watch the Charlie Brown Christmas show, and not A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. It's not because the thanksgiving one is criminally overlooked. It's because the thanksgiving one sucks. :( Though it was very strange to see Peppermint Patty given voice and motion.

wiiiiiiiiiiiiii by niralisse on Treemo
In case I haven't already insisted that you play it, my Wii could use some more use this weekend (hyuk hyuk).

Josh is on his way to, or perhaps already arrived in, California, leaving the house rather empty on this long weekend. Living alone means never having to close the door.

I keep thinking that sometime in mid-December, I'll get a huge break, a week off to do whatever I want. I have to remind myself that this is it. It's pretty depressing. Speaking of depressing, I found out that as a contractor I have to file taxes quarterly. What the deuce. So there goes Christmas, as I'll have to pony up thousands in taxes by December 15th. I'm kind of living in dread until I can talk to a CPA I've been referred to and find out just how deep I'm in. One bright spot is that I can deduct all kinds of interesting things because I'm technically self-employed. We'll see how much that helps.

Tomorrow: Christmas lights, cookies. That's as far as I've thought it through.


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