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My weakend

Saturday afternoon: I bought a new car. 2012 Prius C Two. The Scion Xa is being transferred to my brother today. Lots of errands run Saturday morning to make sure the financing was covered. Stomach in knots all day. Spent Saturday evening with the Sculptor trying to drink away buyer's shock.

Discovered my brother ran off with my garage remote control.

Sunday morning: Went to see the Hobbit, finally. Cute, but too much filler, and not enough girls. Who needs to hear dwarves break out into song so many times?

Sunday afternoon/evening: during an attempt to reset my modem and router to set up Netflix streaming, aforementioned modem and router both died. Lost all power. Had to drive around to many stores to replace them. Discovered that my car-buyers shock had mellowed out to cautious excitement. Bought upgraded versions of the modem and router I probably needed anyway, being an internet-only gal now with no cable TV.

BUT THEN, I could not get the new router set up on my Macintosh despite many attempts to do so. It works on Macs just fine, but you can't use the Easy Set-up Wizard on a Mac, and the backdoor set-up instructions are uselessly vague. I sat hunched over on the floor for hours attempting the set-up and my back was in mortal pain. And of course by the time I was ready to call their customer support hotline, it had closed. Tried again anyway. And again. Thought I had it working and after 15 minutes, the wireless network disappeared.

By then, I was tired and cranky and could not sit up straight my back hurt so much. So I doped myself to the gills with sleeping meds, ibuprofen, and Xanax, stuck an adhesive 8-hour heat bandage to the spot on my spine that always seems to take the brunt of my stress, and went to bed.

Called the router hotline this AM. Good thing about not being in the Eastern time zone--hotline opens at 6:30 am here. Somehow, I created three wireless networks yesterday, only one which actually works, thanks to getting talked through the backdoor set-up process by the hotline guy. Now need to figure out how to delete unwanted wireless networks.

After that, i called up Netflix customer support to get streaming going. Got it going just as it was time to get ready for work.

Novel research: Did none, of course.

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mamculuna
Jan. 28th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
I bought the slightly bigger Prius on Thursday! I could find it at a good price. Thought about the little one, but this was what was available. I'll be looking to see how you like it. So far I love mine, although it is big, after my VW beetle.
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I think the Prius sedan looks too bug-like. I wanted a hatchback, and I also like the more squared-off end of the hatchback's look.

Drives nice so far. Not a powerful car (hybrids aren't), but I get a tickle when the engine display shows electric-only mode.
mamculuna
Jan. 28th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
It's already changed the way I drive. I wish they could have that on all cars, even if they're not hybrid. People would probably drive better. My car is a hatchback, too, but I do like the shape of the C.

However, after the Beetle I've been driving, looking like a bug isn't a problem!
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 28th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
I know, I'm hooked to the "miles per gallon" display, seeing how my driving effects it up and down. It seems to go way up in stop-and-go traffic for some reason, and it's moderate during freeway driving, which seems backwards.
mamculuna
Jan. 28th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
I've heard about that reverse mileage thing from other people. I drove to another city to get the deal on this one (the last 2012 in these parts, evidently) and got 51 mpg for the 150 miles coming back. I usually get high 40's in town (this week anyway), but I'll take another road trip this weekend and will see what happens then.
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 29th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
My theory is because the act of braking recoups the kinetic motion of the car to recharge the battery, thereby creating more battery power for the car to draw on over gas power. Which is the best car invention EVER.
mamculuna
Jan. 29th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
I can believe that.
cactuswatcher
Jan. 28th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Why is it always that as soon as you've spent a nice load of money, something else needs replacing?

My brother always wanted to have my cars when I was done with them. I guess it's a safer bet than buying a used car from a stranger.

Hope your new car treats you well.
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
The same night of the day I bought the car, my kitchen roof started leaking. That'll have to be patched 'cause a whole new roof (which I know I will need in the next five years). Um, ack!
dlgood
Jan. 28th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
I do not need to hear Dwarves break out into song.
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 28th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Neither do I. Truly.
cornerofmadness
Jan. 29th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
frankly I felt that way READING the hobbit with the dwarves.

yay to the new car.

hope the back straightens up
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 29th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
I could never even get past a couple *pages* of the Hobbit it was so, "Urgh, get to the POINT!"

In the movie, you just bounce a knee and ponder switching your cell back on to check the time.
cornerofmadness
Jan. 29th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
see i loved the movie. the book I loved as a kid. As an adult...yeah not so much
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 29th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
It was a fun movie, it just dragged out some stuff more than it needed to.
cornerofmadness
Jan. 29th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
well yes and it's going to continue to do so if it truly IS three movies long. I can't figure out how they can do that without adding subplots that don't exist (like the Orc after Thornin)
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 29th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Three two-hour movies is sufficient for one book. They don't need three two-hours-and-45-minutes movies.
cornerofmadness
Jan. 29th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
no agrument
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