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Friday, December 22, 2000

So I ordered a lovely basket of plants for my Grandma & Grandpa Olson from Calyx and Corolla. It cost a lot, but I figured it'd be worth it if it bloomed a good long while and made my Grandma happy.

Today I got a phone call from my Dad that started with "now I don't want you to feel bad, it's not your fault . . . " Yikes, you never want conversations to start like that. My Grandma had talked to him and told him that they'd been thrilled to receive my package . . . only to find that the plants were frozen. Argh!

My Grandma, bless her heart, was tempted not to even mention it because she didn't want me to feel bad. But my Dad knew I'd want to know so I could get my money back. Sigh. I called up Calyx & Carolla and they were extremely apologetic and offered to send another basket (though it wouldn't arrive in time for Xmas) and didn't have the slightest problem with refunding my money.

'Course I still feel kinda crummy 'cuz it didn't work out. But I talked to my Grandma and she thinks maybe she can save the ivy and she claims the rose blooms were pretty despite the leaves being black and frozen . . . I didn't have the heart to try and send a bouquet or something today so I hope I can send them something else cool sometime soon (or maybe get out to see them for a visit).

posted by Laurel at 4:06 PM | link | discuss

A link in /usr/bin/girl reminded me how much I covet computers from Alienware . . . yeah, I'm a pushover for bright colors. Hmmm, my PC is about to die, I definitely need a replacement . . .

posted by Laurel at 3:20 PM | link | discuss

Should I Stalk William Shatner? [via memepool].

Last year I gave myself The Encyclopedia Shatnerica for Christmas. Better me than you, doncha think?

posted by Laurel at 3:15 PM | link | discuss

I've been busy frantically trying to send out Xmas/Hannukah/Solstice/New Year's/Whatever cards (both paper and electronic), while also trying to write a reasonably decent holiday letter and pull together a holiday webpage for friends . . . while also trying to get my apartment clean so maybe I could put decorations up in . . . January (hey, better late than never).

I'm discombobulated, that's for sure. Busy with work as I'm going to be Out of the Office until after New Year's (whee! vacation!). Busy with web projects (darn those TV Picks!) and with watching TV and taping holiday TV stuff and reading magazines and trying to find time to shop for presents for at least a couple of people and and and. Yikes.

I'll settle down soon enough, maybe I'll have time to get everything done over the holidays. Or maybe I'll just collapse on the couch for a good long while.

Updates may be sporadic 'til after the New Year.

posted by Laurel at 3:11 PM | link | discuss

Oh, d*mn.

Singer Kirsty MacColl was killed in an accident on Monday. I was just listening to her sing "Fairytale of New York" with the Pogues as it's one of my favorite holiday tunes ever. Sigh. :( Here's a retrospective. Thanks to Chuck @ Looka for the links, much as I hated to hear this news.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Say it ain't so! is closing it's (virtual) doors as of Friday. Well, Friday is the last day they'll take any orders.

I ordered a few scripts from them a year or so ago and was quite pleased with the scripts themselves and the service from Script Shop.

Whenever I see Scripts fetching high prices on eBay, I wonder if someone didn't just buy 'em from Script Shop or some other store.

Anyway, it's your last chance to buy copies of scripts from them for your favorite episodes of your favorite shows, or from movies.

(C'mon, you know you need the "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" script . . . that's the first one I bought).

posted by Laurel at 10:14 AM | link | discuss

Monday, December 18, 2000

Need a new PDA? Can't afford to fork over too much $, but you still want as much memory as you can get?

You could order a Palm IIIxe from and end up getting it for a mere $149 (as opposed to $249).

How? Palm is currently offering a $50 rebate on Palm IIIxe's. And is offering a $50 rebate if you spend $200 in their electronics store.

So you get a Palm with 8mb of memory for the same price as the m100 (a Palm with 2mb of memory). And for $100 cheaper than Visors that have 8mb of memory. Not bad at all . . .

posted by Laurel at 4:11 PM | link | discuss

I'd swear that the film White Christmas used to air more often at Christmas time. Last year and this year it's only aired once and then on a local station. I'm surprised none of the cable networks are airing it as it's arguably my favorite Christmas movie (and I know I'm not alone).

I know it's corny as all get out and improbable and so on, but I love the songs, the performances, it's just a lot of fun. This weekend I bought it on DVD. Whee!

I was worried because some of the reviews of the DVD at amazon were pretty negative, but the picture quality looked just great to me. The DVD contains trailers for the film, of course, plus a brief film about the film that features a recent interview with Rosemary Clooney. And Clooney does a commentary track for the film which is really quite cool . . . She doesn't talk all the way through, it's more like it'd be if she were sitting with you there watching the movie. 'Cuz she just laughs at some scenes or points out little things. And then at other times she'll tell an anecdote or behind the scenes details. Made the DVD more than worth it for me. That and having the film Widescreen!

posted by Laurel at 2:32 PM | link | discuss

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