I've been doing a LOT of online shopping these past couple of weeks. So much so that I have a little note in outlook listing all the stores I'm expecting something from so I can keep track.
In all fairness, most of them are electronic component retailers... Buying components online makes a lot of sense because there aren't too many places locally that will stock ALL the different, weird parts one might need... From the convenience of my chair, I can shop for and easily find EXACTLY specific components (both type of component and manufacturer), view all their glorious specs, and see comparison charts for compatible, cheaper options. Even with the Holidays, shipping times have been pretty reasonable (no more than a week between order and doorbell ring of the UPS man).
Speaking of parts, I promised Mike and Alex when I saw them last weekend that when they visit me two weekends from now, I would have something very cool to show them (i.e. a moving, "breathing" Yoshitake). Well, I reprioritized what I needed to get done for Raku. I think I will be able to show them something very cool involving Yosh, but not quite what they were expecting. And then of course, I'll share the progress with some of the other mini-projects.
Using one of the wonderful deal sites, I also bought from Office Depot a Canon inkjet printer that, among usual printing stuff, has the capability of printing borderless photos (SHOCKINGLY great quality!) for a net of $30.00! The printer comes with a pack of five 4x6 photo paper and additional 20-packs can be found for around five bucks. I have quite a bit of difficulty telling apart the photos it prints from "real" photos. This is really an incredible deal... Just what I needed for my Mac and fits oh-so-cutely on my bookshelf. You, too, can take advantage of this offer, but you have to act quickly (i.e. before the end of the year)... Go to the deal site and scroll down to those entries that are around Dec 23 and look for the Canon i320 deal. Nifty News and Decent Deals
Also, I think I bought myself a purse last night.
I was shopping on eBags.com for a new business case/briefcase (since, right now, I'm using a Dell laptop bag as my briefcase... even though I don't have a laptop!)... I found a decent one for $30 to use for work stuff and then I found a highly rated (by users) messenger/courier bag for real cheap. I guess I was thinking I might need a bag for more casual, social, or "artistic" situations... like meetups, openings, or a coffeehouse seige.
I am greatly disturbed by my newfound interest in using the appropriate bag for different types of outings. What's next? Makeup and dresses?