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27 November 2010 @ 09:17 pm
 I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was warm and fuzzy, and full of good food and family times.  Mine was lots of good food, my family, including my cute little niece, and a trip to the theater to see Tangled, which is probably my second favorite Disney movie to date.  I need icons, but for now, I'll just say I'd love to see it again in the theater.  

My sister's birthday was today, and her husband bought her a Kindle.  She's pretty excited, understandably.  Sadly, he 'didn't see the point' in spending the extra $50 to get her the version that works on 3G.  They are over at my technologically impaired mother's house today, who has no wireless, (or internet, for that matter!) when she got her present.  So, no books to read until she goes home tomorrow!  I have the 3G version, and I personally love the ability to d/l books even out in the booneys when I'm camping.  Worth every penny of that $50.  I tried for the Amazon lightning deal on the last generation of Kindle (mine) for $89 for my Mom.  I clicked the 'add to cart' the moment it came up, but unfortunately, so did 50 million other people, who all managed to do it one millisecond faster than me.  So, no new Kindle for my Mom for Xmas.  Ah, well.  She has a Kindle 1, but it's getting kind of glitchy these days, and she doesn't want to spend the money on a new one right now.  Maybe next year, I suppose.

In the meantime, I did score a blu ray copy of Batman Begins for $5, and a blu ray of Angels and Demons for the same price.  I also purchased two video game Xmas presents for people at half price (lightning deals on Amazon), and apostle scale for $20 so I don't have to run to the post office to mail my Etsy sales anymore!  Whoo-hoo!  Save gas, save money.  

I've also taken the plunge, and purchased a Dyson vacuum.  When we got married seven and a half years ago, some friends bought us a Eureka 'The Boss' vacuum.  We were amazed and impressed with its great suction power, at first.  You could really see a difference in our carpet, compared to our Hoover.  Well, now it's more than seven years later, and the suction is such that I can still see the pet hair on our carpet after vacuuming.  It's been bothering me for awhile, but it's one of those things you just kind of live with, right?  Vacuums aren't cheap, exactly, and I imagine households with pets are harder on them than most.  Well, some friends of mine have a Dyson Animal they purchased when they got married, the year after Mark and I.  They swear by their Dyson, and tell me it still works just as awesomely now as the year they bought it.  

But Dyson's are expensive.  Costco had a great Black Friday deal, $70 off their base model, making it just over $200.  But we really need the Animal version, with all the pet hair we have.  Well, enter a refurbished model, on sale at Overstock for almost half the regular price of the model.  I hemmed and hawed; we don't really have the extra money to be buying a new vacuum, even a cheap one, much less a Dyson.  But Overstock takes paypal, and I have had a few jewelry sales from my Black Friday week, 20% off coupon code (still in effect through tomorrow night!)  Mark and I usually get one thing for the house for Christmas each year, but it's generally something more fun than a vacuum, and we really weren't going to do anything this year, as we're tighter on money than we've been in awhile...but the pet hair drives both of us nuts, and our vacuum isn't getting any better.  It's getting worse.  

But when you add up the price of bags, hepa filter, and new belt for our current vacuum each year, multiply that by the seven years we've had the vacuum, and you actually get more than the amount we'd spend on the Dyson, which doesn't require buying new belts, bags, or a hepa filter (the filter on the Dyson is a lifetime filter you rinse out with water every six months, instead of replacing).  Put in that perspective, the Dyson will actually pay for itself in six or so years, and presumably, still work just as well then as it will when we first get it, instead of being another vacuum to either toss, or spend it's retail price to have repaired.  So...I took the plunge, and ordered it!  

Moral of the story: You know you're truly an adult when you're genuinely excited about receiving a fancy new vacuum cleaner for Christmas!
Current Mood: amusedamused
Lexcrankylex on November 29th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
We have seven cats and a dog and you would literally have to pry my Dyson out of my dead cold hands.
rhienellethrhienelleth on November 29th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
So it's every bit as good as they say? Good to know! :)
anneteanneten on November 29th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the Dyson! I had a habit of burning out vacuum cleaner motors at three year intervals until I bought my Dyson in 2002. 8 years later, it still is going strong!
Violet: Pride and Prejudicevioletinstincts on December 1st, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
I love a good vac.

Oh, I found out about Kindle's mid-November when my hubby asked me if I wanted one for my B-day. I said, well I have a laptop. He said it is just for reading. I took a look then said OK get one for me!

I love the Kindle. And he should have got her the Kindle 3 3G no matter what! I love mine. I already have 373 books saved on it. LOL!

What books do you read?
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 3rd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
I love my Kindle more than probably any other single piece of technology I have! And yes, he totally should have gotten the 3G.

373! Wow! I have about 300, I think. :) What do I read? Hmm. All kinds of things! I like science fiction, fantasy, ya, mystery, romance...if it's well written with good characters, I like it. Favorite authors include (looking at Kindle): JD Robb, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine...to name just a few. :) What do you like to read?
Violet: Pride and Prejudicevioletinstincts on January 23rd, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I love JD Robb "In Death" books!

I have just read 4 Ilona Andrews books:
Magic Burns, Magic Bites, Magic Bleeds, Magic Strikes. They are about Kate who investigates the death of her guardian. They have paranormal activity, sword fighting, shape-shifting, and vampires (not the cute ones), guilds, lions and tigers and bears. This is a fighting working to become who you were born to be series. I just love it!

I read 2 Black Dagger Brotherhood books:
Dark Lover and Lover Eternal...Vampire warrior class vamps who battle the slayers who are humans that are dead (not exactly zombies but they don't have hearts) and have hyper sex drives...LOL! This is a steamy series.

I watch the show Castle, so I read the 2 fictional books that the show made which are real books now: Naked Heat and Heat Wave by Richard Castle.

I am reading Anne of Green Gables (a pure delight because I love the movie) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (starting with background so far just go to the main character) right now. I like them both so far.

I will have to check into the 2 authors you mentioned. Are there any series or books that jump out at you that you think I just have to read?
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 24th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
JD Robb and Ilona Andrews are both AWESOME! If you haven't read the other Ilona Andrews series yet, I highly recommend it! "ON THE EDGE" and "BAYOU MOON". Loved them both.

Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series is absolutely the next one I'd recommend. Also Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series. Both are really good!
Violet: Pride and Prejudicevioletinstincts on February 16th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
I will add those series and authors to my list. (typed info into my phone) Thanks for the recs!

Have you read any Joe Abercrombie? I just bought Best Served Cold. I have not read it yet, but it is about mercs and killers.
Violetvioletinstincts on January 23rd, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
Kindle Problem: My Kindle restarted itself and when it did everything came out of the folders I made. I was shocked. Do you know of any short cuts for putting things back into the collections I made?
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 24th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Kindle
Hmmm. I know you can sync collections between kindles on the same account, so maybe they're stores somehow by Amazon?
Violetvioletinstincts on February 16th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: Kindle
They said to de-register then re-register, but I just went ahead and created all new folders again.