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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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Since actual Halloween is on a Tuesday, and most people are partied-out from the weekend, let's observe Halloween the old-fashioned way: watching cartoons and eating candy! If you're not hitting up your neighbors as a 20-something ghost, grab a bag of candy and come over at 7:30pm, October 31st. There will be some Garfield, some Charlie Brown, and possibly the RiffTrax version of Halloween. See you there!

Edit: I should also mention that there will be delicious homemade cheesecake.
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I'm definitely going stir-crazy. I'm halfway packed, have been for days. I've had it up to there with advice about travel. Yes, jet-lag sucks, there's lots of pickpockets, packing is tricky. Don't fall in the canal, eat lots of vegetables, pack all the right things. Am I there yet?

I probably should've worked till Wednesday or something, just to give myself less time to dick around. Packing, let's face it, does not take that long. I hardly even did any today. Anticipation has a way of spoiling into stress if you leave it in a hot environment full of danger.

Someone was spraying pesticide across the street, and the wind off the lake blew it right into our house. To escape our smelly prison, we went to see the 5:00 Pirates 2 by driving our minivan to the mall, then eating at the food court. On a day that was 75F and gloriously sunny. What a waste of a prime evening. Not that the movie was all bad, in fact it was much better than the negative reviews led me to believe. But still, I'd rather have been at the beach or something. I'm so tired of driving everywhere. And the parking lots! Every store has miles of parking in front of it. What if I wanted to go from one store to another? Well, they're 10 blocks apart, because every store has like 20 parking spots. I'll give the shopping mall one bit of credit, at least all the stores there have one parking lot. Of course it's so big that even if you lived next to the mall, you'd have to drive across the parking lot to get there.

I'm really looking forward to Venice. No cars for miles. I won't have to touch a steering wheel for 3 weeks! Luxury!

Our church got burnt by some punk kids, so I don't know what we'll be doing tomorrow morning. Cramming into the fellowship hall I assume. Kids these days. You know, I'm surprised this isn't more jarring to me. I've known this church my whole life. I used to play with lego in the pews during service, and would always get confused when the pastor would do baptisms and give the benediction halfway through the service. Now they've demolished the foyer to remodel it, and the sanctuary will have to be redone a bit, and it'll never look the same. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I'll miss it, but I guess I've moved on. Few people I knew growing up even attend anymore. I'm glad they've got the cash for the remodeling, and I wish them the best, but the things that made it home don't feel welcoming anymore. A part of me will always call it home, but it feels out of season right now.

Someone told me that when I land in Italy, I'm going to go "aaaaaahhhhhhh" and all this stress crap that's been in my system since June will finally release. That better be true, cause if it's not, and I'm stuck with this eye tic for the rest of my life, I might just move to Maui and live on the beach.

Loose is a fantastic album. Go download it. It's much more consistent than its singles would indicate.
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I'm waaaay down at the bottom of my creative energy. Somehow on Monday everything suddenly sucked. I can't figure it out. The weekend had been wonderful, I felt at ease, familiar, smiling. Got to see Cliff, got to watch a sweet nature video and see Snow Cuts Glass. But immediately it stopped making sense. I pinned my hopes on the Thinkpad I bought Sunday evening, thinking retail therapy in the form of Sexy New Hardware would at least give me something new to focus on for a few weeks. Unfortunately when it became clear that it wasn't going to arrive for nearly 2 weeks, I had to shovel dirt on those hopes. Today I ate a whole lot of pizza and watched several hours of Dave Chappelle. Mostly I felt like I was waiting for the day to be over. I haven't felt that way in a very long time.

If I tell myself I accomplished things, like how the bathroom is clean for the first time in a month, and Jeremy's new site has a design, and most of my MIS homework is done, maybe I'll forget that I did those things on one of the last few Saturdays I have left at college.

This feeling of wastefulness will eat me away. I repeatedly cut short all my projects and plans due to lack of funding or certainty. Trying to make the 1000 things I do every day go smoother is kind of a major purpose of my energy and thought. Turning over life's rhythm, eroding like a rock carried through summer, small and round from use, familiar and full of memory. Just as it's becoming round enough to skip, I must leave the river.

Adventure without opportunity is foolishness. I like this river and it's the biggest one on the map.

Poop.
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Due to an unfortunate coincidence in my work scheduling, I can't do Wednesday night for 24. It's Spring Break though, so are people even going to be around for it? Maybe we should do it next week. Let me know what you're up for.
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Popular humor columnist Dave Barry has a whole blog covering this season of 24. It's pretty funny.
"They killed Edgar!" he said.

And my immediate thought was: "Ohmigod! Now the terrorists have harpoons!"
Big crowd tonight, good to see everyone and be social again. Though after 3 hours of characters dying I really just want to go to bed.

Still no final grades.

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