Alrighty. Enough complaining. Some good things have happened today so I might as well relate those.
First and foremost, I bought a 500 GB external harddrive a few days ago from Staples during one of the multitude of black friday sales. I've been thinking about my computer quite a bit lately and I'm getting a pricking in my thumbs. Things have been running pretty well despite the fact that it's at least 5 years old by now. It's needed more RAM forever, but I'm always antsy about anything to do with hardware since that time I set my head on fire trying to muck with it in Chicago. I'm pretty sure I made a LJ entry relating the story once and if I can find it again, I'll link it. Overall, it wasn't a pleasant experience.
Anyway, in addition to the RAM issue, I've been worried about harddrive failure. Nothing bad's happened recently but I used to have drives die on average once a year which resulted in my wailing and gnashing of teeth. I picked up the external hoping to back everything up and avoid any potential disasters. The drive was delivered earlier this morning. Then again later in the afternoon. I've never had this sort of thing happen before but it seems that they filled my order twice. As far as I'm concerned, that's cause for celebration and I just have to decide whether I'm shipping one back for a refund so I get a HD for free, or whether I use both of them and end up having gotten everything for half price. Hell, I could even ebay the darn thing since it's selling there for over a hundred dollars and I bought it for $96 after tax. It's probably not worth the hassle since after fees and shipping the profit margin would only be 15-25 dollars.
In addition to that, I managed to pick up a Best Buy gift certificate through the Amex Wishlist. It's not fantastic, basically a $150 gift card with a purchase of $600 or more, but one of my sisters has been thinking about buying some large tv forever now and it might come in handy. What I really want is to pick up the Canon Camcorder, but the chances of winning that offer is probably worse than a snowball's chance in hell. The trip to Las Vegas also seems spiffy. There's a lot of other things including a free car, but if the previous offers are unlikely, then that one is astronomical. Give it a try if you want. Just remember, if you win anything really spiffy, gratuities are welcome :).
Other than that, I've been spending my time reading and playing around with the PSP. I finished all of the James Patterson books I have on hand and I'll need to head out at some point to pick up the ones I'm missing. As for the PSP, I've been playing MediEvil. I loved the game when it was on the playstation and picked it up from gamestop during the infamous black friday trip.
1 "The opposite of being drunk, its as sober as you can ever be. It strips away all the illusion, all the comforting pink fog in which people normally spend their lives, and lets them see and think clearly for the first time ever. Then, after they've screamed a bit, they make sure they never get knurd again" - Terry Pratchett