Richard C. White (nightwolfwriter) wrote,
Richard C. White
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Black Friday and beyond

Braved the wilds of shopping . . . although, when the alarm went off at 4:45, I thought about it, rolled over and said, "If it ain't there at 9am, I really don't need it."

Which meant I got almost everything I went looking for today.

No, we didn't get the Wii for the daughter-unit (OK, the daughter unit and me). They all sold out around town within the first 20 minutes of every store opening. Looks like the Wii is the thing to get this year, just like last year for Christmas. I've got a few web sites that I'm keeping an eye on and I'm cultivating one of the Game Stop managers, but I'm thinking it's more likely this toy will be acquired sometime well after Christmas.

Still, family-oriented shopping went well. Purchased a Samsung 50" plasma, Blue Ray DVD player and home theater set up for the (hopefully) soon to be finished family room downstairs. The furniture is scheduled to be delivered just before Christmas and the hardware just after Christmas. With any luck, since the contractor is supposed to make the cut into the basement wall on Monday or Tuesday (depending on the weather), they'll start hanging the drywall soon and finish the basement before too long. If they have the walls and ceiling done, we can always just push the TV away from the wall so they can paint later.

Still, the idea of watching the Chiefs in on a big screen with 5.1 Dolby blasting every bone-crushing hit.

Yep. Daddy likes.

Oh, yeah, I'll let the others watch the TV too . . .

We also purchased a nice bar stand. It has two doors which are lined to keep bottles in as well as several shelves designed to keep stemware and other glassware safely away from the furry destructo machines other people sometimes call cats. Our cats are good cats, but they're incurably curious (go figure) and cat's noses and long-stemmed wine glasses are not a good combination.

I got one of my Christmas presents early also. A nice docking station for the iPod, which I'll be using downstairs in the office. wishweaver and the daughter-unit have the iHome alarm clocks, but I've either had to displace one of their systems or rely on syncing mine to the computer to recharge it. Now, I'll have a little home for my iPod also. *grin*

Other shopping was done at the mall later in the day after the first mad rush was over. Scoped out some home theater tables to put the TV on as well as a possible freezer to go into the basement. The second thing will probably have to wait for the '08 tax refund check, but we've been really been wanting a stand-alone freezer for quite a while. Got some ideas for presents for the family at the book store and at the video store and perused a half-dozen other stores for ideas.

Retreated to the home sanctuary mid-afternoon and have enjoyed the quiet of the house ever since.

Now, it's time to work on some writing stuff and start prepping for Sunday.

Heck, it's Chiefs-Raiders Week II. Even if the Chiefs hadn't won a game yet, the intensity would still be there. These are the Raiders. To call them scum and villainous would be a high compliment (although villainous probably has too many syllables for them . . . but that's beside the point.) Nah, no love lost here.
Tags: family, football, holidays
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