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06 June 2007 @ 05:02 pm
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I worked my arse off today (one client was seriously lacking in math skills, OMG *pounds head into desk*), and on my lunch I took boxes to the dumpster and also put away more boxes. I'm nearly done, I think - I've got three more boxes that I need to sort a bit, and then it'll be empty in here. I think maybe I'll build the bookshelf tonight and keep some of my fave books out (HP, Jennifer Roberson, David and Leigh Eddings), before putting the rest away.

In one of the boxes I found a set of magnets, the kind with words on them that you can use to create poetry or sentences or whatever - someone had made it for me years ago, but I'd never used them (not the least of which is because some of the words are a bit naughty). I've been amusing myself by putting up song lyrics on my fridge when I go into the kitchen.

Speaking of which, I'm going to cook something tonight. o_O Frightening, I know. Even stuff from mixes is generally unheard of for me. Still, I'm considering making my fave chicken recipe this weekend after I get paid... there's something kinda fun about having a kitchen of my own, with my own stuff, again.

I want a TV. Dammit. And I've never actually BOUGHT one, so I don't know what a good price is or anything. Cheap is good, because I really haven't got a lot to spare (and probably can't afford it at all, but... maybe I'll start looking).

I'm feeling... out of sorts, overall. Like there's something I need, but I have no idea what it is. It's this weird not-quite-depressed, not-really-anxious, but just not-right feeling.
Meh. Stupid feelings.
Where am I?: OC
I feel: indescribableindescribable
I hear: Last Resort - Papa Roach
Stina: Hydrangeasstinaleigh on June 7th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
The survey site I do gets me airline miles.
Vicki: 30STM - Rosehermorrine on June 7th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
I'm a member of like 6 different ones, and each one gives different stuff. I've gotten loads of cool things. :)
lilaia on June 7th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Look on Craig's list or in the local paper for a used TV. I bet you can find a deal if you aren't picky.
Vicki: Jared - I <3 Tomohermorrine on June 7th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
I actually hadn't thought of that, so thank you! I think I'm going to check out some garage sales this weekend, and if I don't find anything, hit up CL.
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Vicki: Jared - Oh microphone...hermorrine on June 7th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
From what I've seen, Walmart and Sears seem to be the cheapest, so if I can't find something decent used, I'll check them out. :)
Elizabethmorethanbefore on June 7th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
When I had my apartment in Seattle, I bought a 27" TV at a pawn shop for $139.00. That was six years ago and I still have it today and it's never had an issue. I don't know what the pawn shops are like in SoCal, but it's an option if you can't find a new one that is affordable.
Vicki: Jared - Hey hey heyhermorrine on June 7th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to try garage sales and such first, simply because the idea of pawn shops scares me. LOL
Killing threads since 2000 CEgwendolyngrace on June 7th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
These are good (TV) suggestions, but if you want one that will do double-duty, I've been extremely happy with my little Sylvania with a built-in DVD player. I got it from Sears three years ago for about $150. The only complaint I have is that it's small (13"), and a 20-27" would be better in my space, but I always intended to make it the "extra" TV when I move to bigger quarters. But got me two appliances for the price of one, as it were (though DVD players are incredibly inexpensive these days).

Having just assisted my friend grouchyoldcoot with a major (LCD) TV search, here are some recommendations:

I don't highly recommend going with a used TV unless you can find one that's under 5 years old--unless you're not planning to keep it for more than a few years yourself.

Make sure the sound quality is good. Generally, any brand these days is about the same for picture and sound quality - though Sony has a slight edge, you will pay 300% more for it than any other brand. JVC, Panasonic, Sylvania, Samsung, Magnavox - these are sturdy, reliable brands with overall really good boxes to offer. Wal-mart is cheap when it comes to their own brands, but the name brands are a little more expensive even there.

Sears and Best Buy are (I've found) the best places - Best Buy has an offer match policy, so if you see something at a rival, like Circuit City or Wal-mart (assuming it's a name brand, and not one of their brands), they will match it.

If you're looking at a screen smaller than 27", LCD is not the best bet - it's great quality, but it's expensive and you will not get the best "bang" for the buck in the small screen sizes.

Look for HDTV or HD-compatible sets. I'm not sure what the status is for HDTVs in smaller screens, but I believe they have to integrate them nowadays.

You can always check Consumer Reports for reasonably up to date information about what's out there.
Vicki: Jared - Dreaminghermorrine on June 7th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! I think because the finances are sooo tight, I will try for a decent used one, but this is definitely helpful if that route doesn't work out.

BTW, I meant to say congrats on getting the job. I know it's not completely ideal, but hopefully it'll be good for paying the bills and getting you back on the road you want to be on. *hugs*
Killing threads since 2000 CEgwendolyngrace on June 8th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks! Yeah, it's not ideally ideal, but I think it will be a good place to land for a bit.