Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dare I say that I have a date?

I don’t know if I’d call it a date.  I’m meeting a guy tonight for dessert and maybe a drink at a restaurant in town.  It’s a late meeting around 8:15 and we’re just going to get to know each other.  At first we were going to play scrabble but given the late-ish hour we decided this would work better.  After all I probably need to size him up to see what the competition will be and if I need to go study my scrabble dictionary.  Yes, I am that much of a nerd.  But it’s kind of exciting to think I’m really going out tonight which means I’ll need to shave my legs, put on make-up, and do my hair. I thought I was making some progress with some other eharmony guys, but they may have fizzled.  I don’t know if something is wrong with my must haves and can’t stands list or if my short answer questions have sent them running.  Oh well.  I guess if they cannot appreciate the awesomeness that I am, too bad for them. 

I’m nearing the home stretch in terms of my project for grad school.  Last night Josh had to be my guinea pig and test my database for me.  I had to record what fields and terms he used in searching and what the results were.  I asked questions and got his comments and now have to write up the testing results.  I have enjoyed the project but it has been time consuming.  Of course my procrastination has not helped matters. 

I went out and got a new printer yesterday.  Last November I bought a new Canon ink jet printer and it stopped working in May.  I contacted tech support and they sent me a new print head and it didn’t resolve the problem.  I didn’t have time to contact them again so as a temporary solution I bought a cheap $30 HP deskjet printer at Walmart.  Problem with it is that it is not cost-efficient at all.  I’ve gone through 3 or 4 black ink cartridges in just a few months.  It also is hit or miss as to whether it will work.  Sometimes it “thinks” about printing for a long time and then I can’t cancel the print without rebooting my computer.  Very frustrating as I have needed to print my grad school stuff.  So yesterday I decided that I needed to get a laser printer given my current printing capacity needs.  I did some research on CNet to see what was recommended.  Then I headed to Amarillo to check out Walmart, Office Depot, Best Buy, and Office Max.  Walmart had no laser printers at all.  Office Depot had a few but the cheapest was $149 and it wasn’t listed as one of the ones I got as recommended from CNet – at least as far as one of the affordable ones.  Best Buy had the same HP Laser printer that Office Depot had for $50 less at $99.  I considered it but decided to check out Office Max first.  They had a good deal on the Samsung printers recommended on CNet.  One was a black and white wireless laser and the other was a full color laser.  Though the full color was tempting, I decided that it would be more expensive in the long run since it required four laser cartridges.  I decided to go with the black and white, but they didn’t have any on the shelf.  I finally found someone to check in the back.  The printer was originally $149 but was on sale for $89.  I also had a $15 coupon.  I used it to pay for a two year warranty which cost $14.99.   So I think I got a pretty good deal.  I got it set up yesterday and it works great.

Today I’m going to lunch with my friend Kirsten and then I’m going to work on my draft 4.  My “date” is at 8:15 tonight.  I’ll write tomorrow and let you know about it.  I need to go take a shower and get ready to go to lunch.

1 comment:

Gulf Coast said...

Good luck on date..