December 14th, 2006

Loon

what a day ...

Whew. Well, I got everything done that was on my "to get done" list plus two extra items, so "go me", I guess.

I got up early to run up to the temp agency to pick up my past three checks (it's a pain in the ass, since they want you to sign for them, and their office, while not difficult to get to, does require a special trip), then I ran back downtown to the CTC for my Wednesday morning "peer group" session, which I had to cut out of a bit early to make it back up this way for a "free lunch" courtesy CVENT (which I figured was a good networking opportunity for the Meeting Planning side of things), then I had to get The Girls, and run them up to Belmont & Sheridan for Daughter #2's speech therapy, then run us all back down here to briefly pick up our cookies (photo to follow) and run off to the Extreme Toastmasters' holiday party. In between the temp agency and the CTC, I managed to hit a Hallmark store and pick up the "Mischievous Kitten" ornament that our regular place had been out of. Between lunch and picking up The Girls, I managed to get the last Xmas gift for Daughter #1 (a totally luck-out as CompUSA had a one-day special on a 160gig HD for $29.99 ... after a $20 "instant savings" and a today-only $60 rebate! ... although as it's a serial ATA connection, I may have to get her a card as well). Before the Toastmasters party I also managed to get The Girls something to eat, as our building Xmas party had just started, so I left them down in the lobby to grab some food while I ran our stuff upstairs and grab the cookies.

I also finally won one of those light stands I'd been trying to score on eBay ... after striking out 39 times, one slipped through for a mere $3.26 (not too shabby for a unit that lists at $99.00), which is the lowest price any of these have gone for since I've been watching. I'm hoping to add one more in the next day or two as well, but it's nice to have gotten this one for so little!

AND ... I may have a free-lance web editing assignment out of the Toastmasters thing ... a gal there has three websites that she wants edited down into one website ... and wants it done by Xmas. I'm taking a look at it all tonight and will let her know what I could do for her tomorrow. Would be nice to have something along those lines happening too!


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Hero

WOOT!

Just scored my second light stand on eBay ... it took nearly a week of bidding (and getting beat on about 45 other auctions), but I finally got the two stands I needed for Toastmasters, and pretty close to the price I was hoping to pay. Actually, I almost lost this one ... I was winning with a bid of $2.26 (with a high bid of $5.55) up to 30 seconds left ... fortunately, I had already opened up a bid window with a higher bid ready to go (at $7.77) which I got in with 21 seconds left, because somebody else was using one of those sniper bots and put in a $7.50 bid at 15:59:59 for an auction that closed at 16:00:00 ... I don't think I need to tell y'all how much it pleases me to have beaten one of those damnable bots (even though I would have been thrilled to have pulled down this at $2.26 rather than $7.77)!

The two stands ran a total of $11.03 plus a rather steep $22.00 shipping, but I'm not going to bitch about getting two brand-new light stands that have a retail list price of $99.00 each for a total of $33.03 delivered ... if I assume the same shipping (or nearly equivalent local tax if not shipped), that means I got these at 15¢ on the dollar ... I do so like getting things at a deep discount, and I guess 85% off qualifies!

Go me, eh!


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Loon

Like I promised ...

OK, so last night, when writing about the Extreme Toastmasters Holiday Party, I mentioned that I'd made up Xmas Tree cookies ... and that I'd be showing you examples once I got them off the camera.

Well, here one is ... I wish I'd thought to shoot these before they got stacked ... for some reason the red frosting (from the spray can) never quite dried, so the "garland" on the trees is a bit smooshed on the surviving cookies. Gotta love that Alton Brown sugar cookie recipe, though ... I've used it this year for assembling US flag cookies, doing Karate gi cookies, and now Xmas trees ... works like a charm each time!

I was sort of miffed that there weren't a lot of folks raving over these last night ... I guess "Xmas Tree" cookies are passé this time of year, so didn't have the impact (or get the ego-boosting raves) of my other baking efforts of late. However, it is nice to have the KitchenAid here ... when my Mom died it was the one thing that I insisted come home with me ... it makes doing baking so much easier (The Wife has commented that I've been making cookies without a whole lot of swearing ... what we'd euphemistically called "Daddy's baking language" ... since I've been doing dough in the big mixer!).


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