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And the bummer of the week is brought to you by…

A couple of days ago, YT finally had an opportunity to go out and run errands, having had my nose perpetually to the grindstone for, oh, about two months before that. And lemme tell you, it was like a heifer released from the barn after a long winter. Freedom – whoohoo! Even going to see my accountant with all my tax return stuff was like going to the fricking Costa del Sol. I went to a million places, this store and that store, picking up things I needed, washing my car, relishing my freedom and whathaveyou. AND I dropped in on a furniture warehouse sale. Happened to be my fave furniture store that was throwing it, Tekk vöruhús. And I saw a TV console.

Until now, we haven’t had a TV console. We’ve just had our mammoth mutha of a TV [wide-screen set bought just months before flatscreens went mainstream, d’oh!] sitting on this table it came with, with all our other stuff like DVD player, TV descrambler, amplifier, VCR, etc. stacked willy-nilly underneath it. And because YT sucks at home decorating [unlike my Icelandic brethren, who seem to have been born with the compulsion to perpetually buy the newest and finest of everything three months before it is officially released on the world market] it’s sort of been like that for the last three years. And lately it’s been driving me nuts. All the cords and stuff. All that mess on the floor.

So, long story short, we buy the TV console. A real bargain at ISK 40,000 [USD 550/EUR 350]. And we get it delivered today and unwrap it and set it up and we both totally HATE it. HATE HATE it. And now it’s sitting there like a huge white elephant and oh my god, why the hell did we buy the thing? EPI says he didn’t like it right away but I was so enthusiastic, he didn’t want to be a killjoy.
[Aw! – or not.] It’s the sort of thing that might – might – belong in our whitewashed Scandinavian summer house if we had one. Which we do not and probably never will.

And now all I want to do is get rid of it. – What? Yes, I know there are people in underdeveloped nations who cannot afford food. Okay? I KNOW. But they don’t have to look at a hopeless TV console, do they?

SUNNY AND BRIGHT BUT COOLER THAN IT’S BEEN LATELY
Just when I thought I was out of the woods workwise, I agreed to work all weekend. [I can buy three more TV consoles for what I’ll earn, that’s my only consolation.] Got up super early and went for a run to tank some energy and it was sunny and beautiful, if a tad windy. Frigid wind, but bearable on account of the sun. Worked for most of the day until I decided to take a break and go to Bonus with EPI to get some groceries and by that time it was purritty cold. [and then we came home and unwrapped the console and oh.] Right now we have 3°C [37F] and the sun came up at 5.16 am, went down at 9.37 pm.

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  • Professor Batty April 26, 2008, 11:58 pm

    … well! If ever there was a love/hate appliance, a TV would have to be it.I didn’t think they even made console TV’s anymore. A TV to console oneself? Hmmm….

  • alda April 27, 2008, 12:24 am

    I thought a TV console these days was the cupboard thing you put underneath the TV, you know to keep all the other appliances, DVDs, remote controls, old defunct video tapes, etc. At least that’s what we got.

  • Professor Batty April 27, 2008, 12:47 am

    … sorry, I’m showing my age 😉

  • maja April 27, 2008, 1:06 am

    Oh dear!

    Jason and I just bought a sideboard/buffet yesterday to put in our dining room to store all our good dishes and stuff. We’re having it delivered on Monday, so I hope we like it once it’s in our house!

  • Steve April 27, 2008, 4:52 am

    Send pictures, maybe we`ll vote it off the island?:-)

  • Steve April 27, 2008, 5:04 am

    The header with the wrapped hay bales just came up, love it! Reminds me of Christo, run amok.

  • Bluegrass Mama April 27, 2008, 5:08 am

    I hate our “entertainment center” (which I believe is the American version of “TV console” and which, in our case, is at least 15 years old) AND our TV, which is basically an antiuqe, so you’re ahead of us on at least one phase of the electronic front.

  • Jon April 27, 2008, 3:23 pm

    Steve,
    Looks like Christo, only totally useful!

  • alda April 27, 2008, 10:50 pm

    maja, I hope so too, for your sake.

    Steve, too tired now, maybe later. Oh and the hay bales – they always remind me of tic-tacs. They’re everywhere here in the summer.

    Cat, bad furniture – the worst!

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