Nothing says “steal me” like a Black & Decker box on your front porch. Good thing we had time to run home and bring the box in the house.
Brian has been wanting one of these for several months now. Our friend Feifel even tried to get us to buy an edger and blower set that they were selling at Lowe’s. We decided to hold out until next year, though. I’m really glad that we held out because we saw this one on Amazon over the weekend of Black Friday, and the price was even better. We ended up getting a bush trimmer in addition to the edger and leaf blower.
It’s pretty much got everything you need to keep your yard looking immaculate. Here’s photo of Brian modeling one of his new toys.
Brian is sooo spoiled. =P
My CD/DVD boombox arrived today! Woot! I will now be able to take my Zumba music and videos with me everywhere. I’m so excited!
Brian bought a Samsung Galaxy Player from his coworker who had won it at the SAP Conference last November. Brian’s coworker bought an iPad 2 for himself for Christmas and couldn’t find use for the Samsung. He decided to offer it to Brian for $75. It was supposedly a deal we couldn’t pass up. LOL.
The device is basically an MP3 player that is on an Android platform so you can install various apps on it. It’s just like our phones, only bigger. Makes watching Netflix movies more pleasant. Though, we wouldn’t really do that because we would just as soon watch Netflix movies on our TV when we are home. Speaking of TV, since it’s also Samsung, the player can communicate with our TV just like our phones can using the AllShare feature. It’s nice when all of your technology works together seamlessly.
At the moment, I mostly just use it to listen to my Pandora music stations when I’m getting ready for work in the morning. I also have my Kindle app loaded so I can read my books on it, but I haven’t really had time to do that. Anyway, I’m not sure what else to use it for? Any ideas?
I know I mentioned before that I wanted my next car to be a convertible, but the Passat has turned into a viable contender. Why? Well… Look at it. Doesn’t Brian look sexy driving it? I think that is reason enough. LOL.
Here’s what the dash looks like in the daylight…
Brian got to drive one of their company cars to pick up some of his German colleagues from the airport today. It was a 2010 VW Passat. It was pretty nice actually. Almost made me want to own one. Except, I really like not having a car payment.
ME: My next car will have one of these. (I said this while pointing at the in-dash DVD navigation system which, incidentally, is capable of streaming your Pandora from your phone through Bluetooth.)
BRIAN: Your next car will have giddyup.
ME: What’s that?
BRIAN: It’s when you step on the accelerator and your car goes zoom!
LOL. Bebot is kind of sluggish. No offense, Bebot. (He’s actually pretty quick for a 4-cylinder. But that’s what happens when you are after good gas mileage.) I’m so frugal that I have a feeling we’ll have Bebot with us for several years to come. Probably until the wheels fall off. One can dream, though.
Brian got to check out Doug’s new car (bought a couple of months ago or so) yesterday while we were at The Alley. I didn’t get to check it out because I was bowling.
At least he took a photo.
Our frisbee golf beginner sets arrived today. Yessss!
Brian got to do the honors.
We can be so impulsive sometimes. So my laptop crashed and we couldn’t get it to work and we figured it was toast. What did we do? We ordered a replacement from Dell, naturally.
This reminds me of when we decided to buy a Bowflex out of nowhere several years ago. That was one heck of an impulse buy. We ended up making payments on that thing for years, long after the novelty wore off and we quit using it, which wasn’t really very long to be honest. I think we were paying for that thing ten times longer than we actually used it. When we moved out of our old house, we just ended up giving it to mom and dad because we no longer had room for it.
Anyway, we bought a new laptop only to find that my old laptop is fine. It just needed a little breather. Jay and Becca came over one night to pick up a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon, drank some wine, and ended up staying for a couple of hours. Jay took a look at my laptop and was able to revive it within a few minutes. He’s brilliant like that.
I’m still on my old laptop, though, because I haven’t had time to move all of my stuff over to the new laptop. Jay is buying this old laptop from us when we are both ready. I’ll probably leave the software that’s already installed like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office, etc. but I’ll need to clean out information about my Swiss bank accounts, all of my hidden albums and other naughty stuff. LOL.
I won’t blog about the whole cellphone saga because it’s a long story and Brian told me that he would blog about it. After all, he is the one who worked super hard to get us our new Samsung Galaxy S/Vibrant phones. T-Mobile wouldn’t give them to us for less than $150 each at first. Even after multiple phone calls and multiple cancellation threats, they wouldn’t do it. We almost switched to Verizon to get HTC Incredibles. Luckily, they ran a special where everyone could get it for $99 so we were able to get in on that deal.
I’m glad we stayed with T-Mobile because our rate plan is unbeatable. We got to keep our grandfathered calling and messaging plans, and simply added unlimited data for $20 per month on each line. Also, I really, really like the Vibrant because I can control our TV with it. I can show pictures and videos stored in my phone on the TV wirelessly through the AllShare app. It is soo neat!
Check out what the phone can do below…
P.S. If you can’t see the video, you need to get out of Facebook for a second and visit my actual blog.
I finally got the TV that I have been researching for the last three months. The 55 inch Samsung LED TV. It has great picture quality, an increadibly thin profile and the greatest feature of all, it comes Web-enabled. Thats right! I can access applications from the Samsung Apps store right on my TV. One of the coolest apps that we have been playing with is the Netflix App. Since we have a Netflix account and we watch the Instant Watch a lot already, it was a no-brainer for us to get a TV that would allow us to use this feature. Before, we had an old computer hooked up to our TV that let us watch Netflix. It was OK but it reached a point that if we left the computer running for too long it sounded like a jet engine spooling up in the TV cabinet.
Now we don’t have that problem. Our TV can access the Netflix instant watch, the Pandora playlist and a wide variety of other sites. It also has Yahoo widgets added so that you can look at the weather, Flickr and stock data. If you want you can also have a news ticker display news information across the bottom of your screen.
I am looking forward to getting a Bluray player to connected to it. I told Ching that once we get a Bluray player, there will be no need to go to the movies. We will just wait until it comes out on Bluray and watch it in the comfort of our home. I have a feeling that the next fight will be at our house. Although, I am very leery of having people over to the house. I am very protective of my new TV and dont want people around it. I name my cars, I am trying to decide if I want to name my TV.