…but still in the box…ha! I ran out this morning to check on getting a laptop and printer. I needed a wireless printer, and didn't want to mess with a router or something to use the printers I already have, so I wanted to start fresh.
Yesterday when Melissa and I were together we went to one office supply store and I found the printer I wanted and put it in the cart, we asked the sales girl if the printer would print on cardstock and she checked and said yes, so then she took us to the ink. Then I said I was also looking to get a laptop so she took us over there. They did not have a Dell which I kinda was leaning towards, they did have Toshiba though and I had heard they were good. She said if I got the computer and the printer together that the printer would be $40.00 off, and I was like cool. Then she was also talking about the extended warranty and said if I got the computer and printer it would be cheaper cause they go on the same warranty, again I thought cool. Since at the time I was still undecided over the whole 15 or 17 inch and I knew the prices were still good for today I said I would wait on it all and decide later. I also wanted to head on over to the other office supply that carries the Dell and see what kinda deals they had. So they had a deal buy the computer and get $40.00 off an HP printer, well I wanted an Epson like the one I had picked at the other store. So then the guy figured out about how much I would be spending for this and that and I was hmmm…I'm gonna sleep on it, again knowing the prices would be the same today.
Oh and a little tidbit of advice, don't try to close the lid to look at the cover or lift the computer to see how heavy it is, it sets this ungawdly high pitched squeal off and if you wear hearing aids like me, they also start squealing, then they have to come over and turn it off. So the guy was like yeah they are locked down against theft and I was like "well I understand, but it seems bad that I can not even lift and really look at the item I want to buy before I purchase it" I mean he was right there, I was not gonna take it. What a sad world we are in eh?
So the more I thought about it, and looking on line and stuff, I figured I would get the Toshiba, save the $40.00 on the printer, and group them together for the extended warranty. So I went to the same chain but a different store that was closer to me. So then I say about the $40.00 off the printer and the guy is like "that is for an HP printer" and I'm like "huh? that's not what the girl said yesterday". Then when we get to the warranty's I was like "so I can warranty them together for cheaper right?" again the guy is like "nope they are separate warranties". I'm like what the heck!? So anyway, I got all I needed, plus an external hard drive back up thing, that was not on the price list from the other store, and I got a better deal then the second office supply with the Dell, so I am happy. BUT the little hum and haw-er in me is gonna call the other office supply store tomorrow and ask on the phone and see what they say, cause I am thinking, if the girl was right about this, shouldn't they have to credit me? Am I being an anal bum? Who knows? Check in tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel…HA! POW! BOP!
Back to the blog title…yep it's all still in the boxes, I did take the computer out of the box, and that was it, I never took it out of the plastic or anything, it's back in the box. I am still cutting paper for class and I know I want to dedicate a day in getting the whole thing set up so I gotta leave it be. Plus I need to back up this computer and want to do that. I am a little scared to be honest. My sister is the computer brain in the family and she is far away in the land of Canada and I do have my blog friend Kathy and her hubby GuRuss that have been the sweetest people with advice, but I like hand holding when it comes to this stuff. Are you like that too?
So anyway, I wanted to share a beautiful vintage card with you that I got at Founder's Circle, this card was made by Mary Ellen Byler! I love it Mary Ellen…thanks!!
Stamp Set: French Foliage, Bells & Boughs
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Misc: Deck the Halls Fabric, Decorative Label punch, Perfect Setting die, Pearls, Victoria ribbon
I love all the details and she even sewed the fabric and the ribbon on the card. Just gorgeous!
Oh my gosh I forgot to tell you. When I got out to my truck to load all my computer stuff in the back, I was putting it in the back of the truck I have a Nitro SUV so I had lifted the back door thingie, and somehow I must have hit the button on my key so then I hear honk honk bleep bleep and I'm like oops someone's alarm is going off and I look around and then I'm like crap it's me! So then I am like what do I do? So I am pushing the buttons on the keys I close the back door, I go in the truck open the door, start it up the whole time honk honk bleep bleep, and finally I am like screw it! So I go back unload my stuff from the cart into my truck, like this is just a normal thing for me. Meanwhile I am announcing to the whole parking lot, look at me I'm a dork, but I'm a dork with a new lap top and printer. So I get it all in the truck, I push the cart aside, and I get in and its still honk honk bleep bleep, the flashers are flashing, so I turn the key and think that will stop it, nope, so I am like thinking oh well, so I back up and start to drive around the parking lot, I figured I need to find a small corner in the lot where I could hide to call my hubby, but then the thing shut up. Geesh, what the heck, I really need to find out the magic words to make it stop in case I ever do that again, because "you piece of &^%$!! Shut the *&%!! up" is not them . So then I drove home and went no where else.
Ok enough blabbing from me today, have a blessed Sunday and thanks for stopping in!
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Joyce Sherry says
Loved reading all the details about your shopping days, I was sitting here all by myself, laughing like a crazy woman until the dog started howling at me. It's always nice to get up bright and early and have a good laugh even before the coffee stops perking. BTW, those 'words' didn't work on my car either when I locked myself out of it.
Dee in N.H. says
ROTFL! Believe me, I broke out ALL the big bad words last time my alarm went off and none of them worked. Good luck getting your computer set up. I'm so lucky to have an IT guy for a friend. I just holler "Brian" and like magic my computers all set.
Another beautiful card today!
Beautiful card, love the lace.
If it makes you feel better, we are even more anal than you when it comes to researching purchases. I would do the same thing. The truck story is priceless.
Karel Hamilton says
You had me rolling on the floor today. It's just too funny. I have a Toshiba laptop and love mine. Nary a problem from it and it's been 3-4 years now. I'll be in the market soon for another printer but the old HP I have now is working great. It's just eons old. lol
I'd definitely be the type to call the store and find out what gives on the different deals from store to store. I'm like that too. I did find out several years back when I bought my desktop and a printer that my warranty didn't cover my printer at all. And of course it quit working so I was out a printer unless I wanted to mail in $60 with the printer just to have it diagnosed. So needless to say I tossed it and bought a new one. It was cheaper that way.
Enjoy your day and stay out of trouble 🙂
You are just too much! I laughed all morning with this story!!! Thank you for making my day.
Susan S says
congrats on the new computer and printer. I have a wireless at work (which I don't use wireless) and hate it. It's an HP (which I love) but it doesn't want to print all the time. I'm thinking of bringing it home and trying it here wireless! I love my little Dell 12" screen (diagonal measure – do you do that with a computer?).
I wish I had been in the parking lot! I can only imagine what the other people were saying – or rather laughing until there were tears. And to have you act like it was so normal. Oh my gosh, I can't stop chuckling at the thought!
Did you try to hit the panic button again? I think that's how I stop mine. I'll have to go out and try it later to make sure :0
Thanks for such an entertaining post today.
LOL…thanks Diana, for my #1 laugh of the day, you always manage to make me laugh! I have a Toshiba & luv it! The only thing I don't like about it is that the battery (wireless) doesn't last as long as some of the other wireless ones (maybe that has changed now). I only get about an hour out of mine not even long enough to see a movie on the plane when traveling. Anyway read my horror story when I got my New laptop in March, here are the 3 links:
#1. post http://ritaslittlecorner.blogspot.com/2010/03/im-still-here.html
Now I'm giving you a laugh!!!
too funny, glad you finally got your laptop, hope you enjoy it! the car going off was a hoot…..
Russel said "You're welcome" when I read your thanks to him. I about PIMP'd myself reading your car alarm tale. Time to read your owners manual, girl!
Susan Carlson says
I was a psych major in college and wrote my thesis on computer anxiety. I think I've finally gotten over my own computer anxiety. Bought an HP wireless printer last spring, hooked it up, got it printing. Then about a month later, I bought the laptop and got that networked into printing from the wireless printer. My Facebook status stayed, "I am a computer genius!" for weeks.
Unfortunately, I do not have both of our computers completely networked to share files, etc. That is just too much for me. So be careful with your photos for your blog, etc. If both computers can't "communicate" with one another, then you'll have to do all of your photo uploads/blogging from one computer. Just an obstacle that I'm okay living with.
Best of luck with the computing!
Jo Ann Bengtsen says
Diana…I just love reading your blog, today I was cracking up….
I hope to meet you at Leadership……
Bonny O says
Diana, you made my day with the car alarm story. I so understand! I flew into Rapid City, SD when my daughter was delivering my granddaughter and they let me use their Jeep while she was in the hospital. Of course one of the first things I did was to set off the alarm. What I found was: there are no magic words and that the panic button does exactly that-caused me big time panic-I was parked outside their apartment building at 6 am: panic-ing. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!!!
Wendy Carr says
Too funny!! I watched a tv show this morning that said buying an extended warranty was betting against yourself and is seldom ever used on any electronic items. And make sure you call tomorrow and check again
to see if the deal the girl told you about is valid. Get the best deal you can!!
Carey Rogers says
You are so much like me it is scary. I have computer anxiety too. I swear I can do something because the computer says do it this way then find out I screwed up the computer big time. We have this guru that comes to our house every once in a while (usually after I have done something I shouldn't have). He does a lot of eye rolling when I explain what I did. Thank heaven he doesn't cost too much $$. He is also so patient with me. I love the card. I have been making some great things for bazaar this coming weekend. I also had a workshop this past Friday and had a ball. Hope your weekend was wonderful. I am looking forward to what you are going to show us this coming week. Roscoe says hi to Toby.
Carey and Roscoe
Just getting caught up on your blog, and I about fell out of my chair I was laughing so hard about the car alarm! Been there and done that too. Supposedly pushing the panic button on the remote will stop it, but of course I didn't hear about that until long after my incident.