Archive for February, 2009

Big New Furniture

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

The Wide Saragasso Couch

We finally did it.  Well most of it.  For years we have been talking about getting a new couch to replace our futon and a new TV.  We still don’t have a new TV, but we have a nice, new big couch!  And although we are quite happy with the big green chair my mom gave me, we got a chair/loveseat to match our new couch.

 We found this set at the RC Willey Outlet in West Jordan, not too far south from where we live.  We found them in the clearence “as-is” section. They looked as new as the new items.  Apparently, RC Willey has some kind of policy where if you don’t like a new item after two weeks you can return it/exchange it, or something like that.  That is where a lot of their “as-is” items come from.  They can’t sell it as new because it isn’t and cheap people like me save a lot of money!

Is it a chair or a loveseat!?

Is it a chair or a loveseat!? And yes, that is our jumbo sized remote. Doesn't look so big on the arm of this chair.

Karalene and I sat a several different couches.  This one was comfy.  And something we didn’t realize until we saw this couch was how much we like deep furniture.  And then I noticed kind of far away from the couch a matching chair.  And for as big as they are and as nice as they were, we didn’t think the prices were bad at all.

Then the salesman made it even easier for us.  “Well, that price is a pretty good deal, but I can take an additional 15% off too.”  “We can’t deliver it for 3 weeks, so why don’t I give you another huge discount if you can pick it up in the next two days?”  (They were kind of over flowing with clearence items and I think they needed the space.)  We ended up getting everything for what I believe was less than 50% of full retail price.

To give some idea of how big the pieces are, I stuck a normal, adult, men’s basketball on them when I took these pictures.  Karalene and I can lay on the couch side by side comfortably.  When I lay on it with my head touching one end, even if I stretch my toes, I can’t quite reach the other end.  And I’m kinda tall.  The pillows help make it shallower if you don’t want to sit so far back, so the pillows give it some versatility. 

Karalene and I can sit next to each other on the chair and there is still room for another person if they are skinnier than us.    If I sit in it sideways, straight up, my legs fit almost perfectly.  It is a wide chair.   

And we like the color.

But we didn’t just get a new chair and a couch.  We also bought a dresser/TV stand. 

A nice,new,big,flat screen TV would fit nicely here...

A nice,new,big,flat screen TV would fit nicely here...

This was in the scratch and dent section.  It is really hard to see the scratches and/or dents.  In the end this came to only $175 (plus tax).  I was at IKEA the day before and saw things not nearly as big or solid for closer to $300.

So why the dresser?  Well, we sold our TV and its stand (cheaply) to some family who recently moved and didn’t have a TV or any furniture.  For those of you worrying about what happened to our futon, it went to the same place and has a good home. Of course, now someone else’s living room looks just like ours used to.
Oh, and as for the green chair my mom gave me – we kept that, of course!  It’s in our spare room now and will be a nice reading chair.  Someday (THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT!) maybe that will be a baby room and it will be a nice chair to sit in and hold baby. 

The furniture wasn’t so difficult to get in.  The couch and chair are relatively short without the back pillows on them.  We just had to turn them on their sides and they fit right in.  It helps that we didn’t have to maneuver through any hallways and were able to just set it right by the front door.  The couch sure was heavy though.  I recommend at least four people, one on each corner, to move it.  And take the pillows off.  They weight a lot.

So there is our new furniture.  It makes us happy and we feel more like grown ups now.

And yes.  You are seeing the tags still on the furniture in the pictures.  That shouldn’t surprise too many people who know me.  I can’t become a real grown up all at once now, can I?

Suggested discussion topic: Is my chair a chair or a loveseat?  Does a loveseat have to have two cushions?

HUGE Selection

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
With such a HUGE selection, how could you not find the PERFECT Jeff Bridges item for your sweetheart this Valentine’s day?

Ya know, when I moved to Utah, I was rather disappointed at the lack of Jeff Bridges items in the shopping emporiums.  I was especially dismayed when there was a particular Jeff Bridges item I was lacking for my upcoming dinner party.  You cannot comprehend my excitement when today I found that Yahoo has a HUGE selection of Jeff Bridges items!  Yahoo saves the day again!

Had to share this ad that showed up from the Google Adsense on my page.  I have seen these funny Adsense ads for years now, but this one just seemed a little funnier.  And I am mystified as to what it pulled from my front page that had much anything to do with Jeff Bridges.  The best I can figure is that Mia Farrow is mentioned in the excerpt of my Be Kind Rewind post and they were in The Last Unicorn together, which I mention in the post itself, but not in the excerpt.

But really, what is a Jeff Bridges item?  A lock of hair? An autographed Laserdisc of Starman? Or is it really Dennis Quaid items that they are trying to pass off as Jeff Bridges items?


Easy way to crash Vista

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I could write a series of posts about Vista, mostly about how it is not even close to being as bad as it is perceived to be.  But I won’t do that right now.

I have been using Vista since a few months after it came out and one thing I have not had problems with the OS crashing.  In fact the only time I recall any applications crashing was a game that would crash when you exited – pretty much the most harmless crash possible and I have a feeling it had more to do with the game and less to do with Vista.

That said, I managed a nice, pretty blue screen of death on Vista last night.  And this might work on XP – but I probably won’t bother trying it.

  1. Start Yahoo! Messenger
  2. Do not have a webcam plugged in
  3. Click the webcam button
  4. Accept terms or whatever
  5. Enjoy your pretty BSOD

Just thought I’d share.