Plano: Day 8
TGIF: I'm scheduled To Get Internet, Friday
After about 11 days without internet, I should be online sometime Friday. It'll be nice because that means I'm back on Instant Messenger and that means I can chat it up with my friends. I've been having a hard time keepin' in touch 'cause I ran outta' cell minutes about a week ago and I can only make so many calls between 9 pm and when I go to sleep (seems to be about midnight, so far). Also, shopping for stuff and finding good deals will be a relief, since I've been sort of wandering around in the dark while buying all the stuff I've been buying lately.
Speaking of buying stuff...
I decided to go with the Olive sofa/loveseat combo. I took a survey of seven or eight people and all but one said the olive is probably the best solution for my living room. Plus, I feel the olive will be more daring whereas the hazelnut woulda' been kinda' normal and blah. Of course, there's something to be said for normal and blah, but I'd rather save my saying for the crazy olive I've chosen.
I am still buying necessities and other stuff for my apartment. I went to The RoomStore today and bought a coffee ("cocktail") table and two end tables. That was just after I'd blown 100 bucks at Wal-Mart. I feel like all the stuff I bought was good: Toaster Oven, knives (six steak knives and some other big ones that all came in a big wooden block), a little "kitchen kit" sorta thing with a couple spatulas, a bottle opener, can opener, measuring cups and spoons, and then stuff like dish soap and sponges for scrubbin' the dishes. I felt like I needed all of it and I've decided my kitchen finally looks "lived in". I still need a dining room set, but I think I know which one I'm going to get; I just have to talk myself into going over to Ashley Furniture and signing the papers.
Good credit is super duper
I got my first credit cards about five years ago. Since, I've made sure to pay my bill in full every month (with a couple small exceptions--mostly just me forgetting to pay the bill or something stupid) and I've made sure to pay all my utility bills and rent on time and stuff. I always figured it would help to build my credit and now I'm finding out why that was so important. For a lot of the furniture I'm buying, I basically just show up at the store, pick something out and then, when it comes time to pay, I say, "I'm hoping to take advantage of your financing option." Then, they run my info. through a computer and come back to tell me I don't have to pay for the stuff for several months . It's such a relief that I don't have to find ways to pay for this stuff now since I'm so busy trying to get settled and since my finances are in such a transitional state. I generally don't like the idea of buying stuff with credit, but when I'm not going to pay any interest and I know I won't have any problem paying for it in the allotted time, it just gives me some breathing room to get everything else in order right now. I guess good credit was responsible for helping me get an apartment with no deposit, electricity, cable and DSL with no deposit, and my cable turned on even though I forgot to leave the check for the technician when he came0. I'm glad I got those credit cards and paid 'em off every month. I thought it was nice just getting my "cash back bonus" at the end of the year, but it has other benefits as well.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
I'm going to start reading it now.