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Holiday Shopping story. I had my eye on something special for the kittenlets. I've heard a lot of good things about Meerkat Manor. Okay, it's not big cats or any of my favorites, but I've heard that it's a really good nature show and it has run for a very long time. I thought that'd be a great gift for them, get them the whole first season set and two meerkat plushies so that they have some at home to play with.

I might be signing up for buying all the other seasons in later years, if this hooks them as much as it seems to hook other viewers. They love Lion King and already know what a meerkat is, so this is something I think they'll get a big kick out of.

Then I got a shock. The price on the set increased by $12. I should have bought it last week instead of doing other things. But I needed the top loaders, just used my very last one (they are ordered and on their way), needed to mail art, stuff like that, I kept putting it off till OUCH, the procrastination bit me.

So I checked to see if there were any good-used ones. We have a place in town that for $3 will resurface a scratched DVD if there's any problem, and it's not about the box they come in. I looked. I got shocked. There was one. Just one. The resellers with new ones were all in the same price range as the newly upped price. Ow ow.

So I called the bank and transferred $30 from savings, caught them right as they were going out the door and the SWEET bank lady took care of the transfer before she left. I love my credit union. I adore those people. They always help me out even when things like my symptoms make it hard to communicate.

She suggested calling in on Monday to get some help setting up to do online banking, which I'm going to do. It'd be great to be able to get balance checks without bugging Aaron and do minor things like borrow from savings or put it back when money comes in without bugging anyone -- and after hours when there's no one there to do it.

I forgot it was Saturday and got confused about the time.

But it's over, and thanks to having stuck to the Pratchett-Treat Plan, I am actually able to borrow money from me whenever something small but important like that comes up. So far, I have been meticulous about paying me back for these small loans, so if I keep that as a good habit it's not a problem.

I just take it as seriously as if I was borrowing from a friend and my savings don't suffer in the long term from it. It's always on the same scale too -- much smaller than that month's savings itself. I could have a lot more in savings and ignore it but the last deposit will fluctuate in and out with minor things to grab bargains that are time-dependent.

I won the auction for the piece of soft maple that I'm carving Kitten's birthday present out of, so that's a happy thing too. I have nice frames here for doing presents for Kitten and Karl for this Yule, and those are two major pieces to do in December -- the white horses of Provence for Kitten, and a good wolf for Karl.

I'm still in a fair amount of pain and a good optimistic frame of mind. I did finish the sketch last night for the Blog Header, and today is good and bright. I want to work on that and finish it up. That'll let me pay myself back for the little payday loan I just gave me and leave a little breathing room for the art supplies I need most in December.

Oddly, while it's split into two orders and they've been minimized, they are minimized to things I really need right away during December and one huge bargain.

Actually, that Art Spectrum Pure Tones set is going to help a lot with these classes, given their texture. I've been using Nupastels mostly, but AS is a good brand and they're going to come out well. Not only is it a ludicrous bargain especially for that brand, it's very compact in itself. Not that I'm bringing both softies and oilies to Camp Gaia. The smallest box is the one that wins out on "what medium am I using?"

My pastels teacher sometimes frames pastels right up against the glass, which is okay if you're not in a moist climate. Kansas is an arid climate. I may try that with some of the 8 x 10" frames for the Affordable Art show, or just do more 5" x 7" studies for these things so that I don't run out of frames.

My novel has sunk very low on my priority list because of encroaching deadlines. Between pastel class homework and commission painting, I've been very very busy during November. This upcoming art show is demanding a lot of time too. Yet weirdly, the novel is growing and blossoming in the back burner while I do everything but work on it. I have a much clearer idea of its theme now and of what I'm going to fill the next 30k to 50k words with.

I may wind up Winning by getting 50k but have to keep writing on into December to get the book done, because I started the book two or three weeks late on Everything but am keeping up in class. But there will come a point, probably about the point I'm bundling everything into the car to go to Camp Gaia, where I have caught up on everything that has a date and I'm ready to just relax and sail off into writing and painting whatever I want and adding lots of new articles to my website.

I think that's a goal in itself -- try to get so caught up on everything that by the time I go to this retreat, I have no deadlines ahead. None. Everything wide open. It's not that far away, but I think I can do that.

More later. Let's see how Blog Header goes. I really, really want to finish today.
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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 22nd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Meerkat Manor is utterly wonderful, you'll all love it!
Nov. 22nd, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think it'll be so great for them to get to see it with their meerkats in their hands to play with. I'm remembering what things like that were like when I was that tiny, and it gets so immersive.

Heck, and how Sascha responds to watching Lion King with her stuffed Simba. She drags Simba all over the place. When she gets to see it and knows the characters she'll name her meerkat and go romping all over with her.
Nov. 22nd, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
If their computer is decent enough, you can also get seasons/episodes here:

Nov. 22nd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've bookmarked it, because there may be a lot of things I'd be interested in buying that way for myself. My laptop is good enough for me to enjoy video that way.

The kittenlets don't have a computer yet. They are two year old Gaby and four year old Sascha. They can operate the DVD player and VCR by themselves, but are pretty hard on the disks and tapes if left to do so. I have done a lot of disk cleaning when I go in there to watch videos with them.

All my own nature programs, I load them in my laptop and Sascha gets to come in here to watch them with me. That makes it intimate special time with her that usually turns into an art lesson too. She'll draw during it and ask questions and get involved and occasionally surprise me by doing things I've done in front of her but not explained, like making color charts of my supplies before drawing with them.

But if they regularly do this with Animal Planet and other things I enjoyed while I had cable, I may occasionally buy something online and just download to my laptop. It'd be cool to have a bigger video library.
Nov. 22nd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
And the nice thing is that, unlike iTunes, Amazon keeps track of what you bought on their servers so you can delete the videos and redownload them later without having to pay a second time.

While I'm doing most of my regular TV watching free through Hulu.com and CBS.com, Amazon Unbox is still my main source of digital purchases.
Nov. 22nd, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds great! I'll bet that's what drove up the price on the DVD -- the Unbox price for the season was what the DVD was last week, $20.
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