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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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The suburbs are booming and only fire can quench them.

I guess my whinging about not having 4th plans paid off, because this was the best year in recent memory. I got to go swimming at a lake house, enjoy far too much delicious food, and see the Lake Union show from a lovely apartment sunroom. An all-American good time, even with mostly unfamiliar faces. Noon to midnight of socializing, eating, and watching views of the water. Ahhh, I love my country indeed.

Hope everyone else had their share of danger, sunshine and barbecued meats this year! I'm to bed to try and sleep through the remaining 2 hours of explosions around the lake.
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I had forgotten how important weekends are when you work full-time. 2 hours a day does not accomplish much when you've got 100 square feet of stuff to move around, in addition to your suburban-dream landscaped backyard to maintain.

Good:

  • getting the 4th off

  • being invited to a barbecue by cool friends

Bad:

  • discovering said friends live 2 hours south

  • not getting the 5th off

So I guess I'm free if anyone has a mind to blow stuff up next Tuesday.
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The 4th happened. Worked on my car a bit, had some amazingly delicious barbecued burgers, spent too much on fireworks, Jacob donated a 600-piece sparkler bomb, went back to the Brockerman's for a campfire but no smores, am home tired and smokey.

The 5th will happen. Will wash my car, put my speakers back in it, check the oil, and head north to work all day. Summer doldrums begin tomorrow.

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