Thursday, March 30, 2006

Laundry is Fun!

So, you probably read that title and thought "Wow. Dork." (Well, yeah, you're probably right - at least a little, but that's beside the point. Moving on). The reason I'm so excited about doing laundry is that I have a brand new really nice washer & dryer, that were an extremely generous gift from my birth father S & his wife T! I was all set to buy a new set when my tax refund came in, but while I was waiting for that, S & T called me from Home Depot one night, and asked me when would be the best time to set up delivery! Yes, they do spoil me rotten!
Now, to really understand why I'm so excited about my washer and dryer, aside from the fact that it was a wonderful gift from my awesome family members, you'd need a little background.
My old washer and dryer were just that - OLD. And not just old, but dying. Last May, when my appliance guy came to do a repair on the washer, he told me to start thinking about replacements, because I'd be lucky to get a year out of the set. (So that's why I had already planned on buying a new set with my tax refund this year). This guy really knows his stuff! Earlier this year, the timer on the washer broke, but I didn't want to pay to get it fixed, knowing I was going to buy new appliances relatively soon, and the washer itself still worked, more or less (it just stopped between each part of the cycles, so I'd have to sort of kick-start each one), so that was that. Then about a month ago, the dryer belt broke. Again, didn't want to pay to fix it so close to replacing, so now, no dryer. Now my washer & dryer are outside in my garage, which is attached to the house, but has no entry from inside the house - I go outside then into the garage. So here's what a typical load of laundry involved:
1-Carry laundry outside to garage, put in & start washer
2-later, go back out, turn timer to rinse, get it to start
3-later, go back out, turn timer to spin, try to get it to start - no go, turn to different spin, turn on extra rinse, try to start, etc. until one spin did finally start, then I'd turn off the extra rinse, unless that was the spin cycle that worked.
4-later, go out, knock back of hand on agitator taking the clothes out, put wet clothes in basket, hang outside on clothesline.
5-later, go get clothes off of line, hang stuff that didn't dry all the way across furniture to finish drying.

Fun, huh?

NOW, when I do laundry, all I have to do is put it in the washer, then go back out to put it in the dryer, and I don't knock my hands on anything in the washer, because it has a nice wide tub, then go back out to bring the warm dry clothes in. Ahhh. So nice!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Factions Preview Weekend Was Fun

This past weekend was the Guild Wars: Factions preview event. I had my PvP character from the last beta weekend, Lorelai Selena (above left), who is a Ritualist/Mesmer, and my PvE character, Darkthorn Rose (above right), who is an Assassin/Ranger.
The new PvE continent is beautiful - there are lots of new explorable areas, and new creatures, both as enemies to battle, and pets to tame - there were tigers, and white tigers, and cranes, and "reef lurkers" which were big crabs - I saw red ones & blue ones. There are probably more, too - I have only seen part of what will be there in the full game when it comes out in April. Only trouble I had with taming a pet was that while the "charm animal" skill was charging (it has a pretty long charge time), my stoopid henchies would kill the beast! So I finally left the henchmen in town & went out by myself to tame a pet, then went back to town to pick the henchies up.
All of the professions have more skills available, & new armor styles to choose from, too, and when you build your characters, you can customize their armor colors along with the face type, hair style & color, skin color, & body size.
I've already pre-ordered my copy of the game, & I'm going to pre-order one for my daughter who plays a lot next, and then my other daughter said no rush for hers, because she doesn't play nearly as often as we do, so I'll get hers later, maybe when they start selling for $40 instead of $50. It's still an awesome price, though, with online play being totally free!
(Thanks NCSoft & ArenaNet!)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

..............Happy St. Paddy'sDay!

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Couldn't Sleep, So Here I Am...

Yup. It's not even 6am, and I've been up for over an hour and a half already. Joy.

Gonna go play Guild Wars in a minute, since I have some extra time. I'm looking forward to the new chapter, "Factions", to come out in late April.

So, what can we talk about? Oh! Here's a tip - if you buy a computer from Dell, make sure you request the "resource kit" when you do. This is the OS and Drivers CD(s). If you don't, or if they're not automatically bundled with the machine, and you want them, (trust me - you want them), you will spend HOURS either online or on the phone (or both!) with people who do not speak English.
I had to do this, twice, because the first time I ordered the disks, online, the order was cancelled, without any sort of notice to let me know it. I found out when I looked at my Dell account to see why I hadn't received the disks after several weeks. THEN I had to call, and get passed to someone else 3 or 4 times, before I got someone who could do the job, more or less. At least she got the damn things sent to me. Why oh why oh why does Dell farm out their tech & sales support??? I think the company can certainly afford to pay English-speaking people to do these jobs, and it would be much better for them in the long run. I had to make the poor girl I finally ended up with repeat almost everything she said, at least once, which means the order took 2-3 times longer than it would have if she spoke clear English. How, exactly did that save Dell money? Also, I've seen people return brand new machines they'd bought, because there was some small, easily fixed issue with them, because they didn't want to deal with trying to get the details across to and from a non-English-speaking person. So Dell is losing money that way, too.
Come on, Dell - rethink your support choices, would ya?

Okay, that's my rant for today. Have a lovely weekend! :-)