The past couple of days at work haven't been busy, packed or insane, they've been steady. Not too much and maybe a tad too little. This is the way it should be when you're about to take a vacation. Two days left, then I have eight days off. Woohoo!
Yes, today make a trifecta of celebrities that have died. Boo hoo. No, Jeff Goldblum is not dead.
I wasn't feeling like going into my part-time job this evening, so I took my time when I got home. Finally, I called to see how busy it was and they said they'd be ok without me. I'm sure I"ll regret it next paycheck and probably ought not not go in, but damnit, it sure does feel good to have that kind of control. If only I could get my book deal to go through.
So after I called out, I called Mom so I'd have someone to talk to for a few minutes. Turns out she was on her way into town. She wanted to go buy a camera. She wound up with a Nikon Coolpix S550. The price of the Nikon D60 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor Lenses
along with a case and two DVDs from Nikon (woohoo!) for $750+ tax. For $350 more, I can get three free annual cleanings of the body, sensor and lenses as well as a guaranteed replacement if they camera is unrepairable. I think this is a great deal, if only I had the money.
After we looked at cameras, I finally got Mom to go into the Apple store. She isn't ready to buy, but I think I've definitely planted the seeds of doubt. I'm trying to talk her into a 24" iMac. Let's hope.
While my Netflix tactic
didn't quite work, Mom is getting a 6Mbps connection like I previously told her too. I'm not happy it's through Bellsouth (one of Ma Bell's 80's anti-trust breakups) but I do know someone in Madison who has the same service. I have to say that while I didn't put it through its paces, it was pretty damn quick. So I look forward to testing this out during my vacation.
We then had dinner and I was finally able to have a serious conversation with Mom since she was by herself. What relief. I think I've talked some sense into her (other than showing her she needs to get away from the Dark Side). If she shows up at the Independence Day Tea Party, I'll know I got through to her.
Mom finally realized just how anti-socail I am and noted that I would end up old and lonely. No shit. Being sociable costs money I don't have!