I have new toys, so to speak.

Heh, well, the main project I had for myself this weekend was completed successfully yesterday. The project? I upgraded my home entertainment system. :-) On Monday, I ordered a brand new ViewSonic 27″ LCD HDTV from Newegg. It arrived Wednesday, but I wasn’t able to bring it home until Friday (as I wasn’t going home straight from work Wednesday or Thursday evenings, and I didn’t want to leave it in the backseat of my car). Yesterday I went to Fry’s, and picked up a Samsung DVD player with upconversion capability, an HDTV antenna, and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children on DVD. I got them all set up last night; the old TV is in the office waiting to go into storage, and I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the old Apex AD-1200 DVD player yet. So far, it’s been great; I watched FF7:AC last night, and this evening I borrowed my mom’s copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Both were great movies, and looked nice on the new setup. However, now I have two changes I need to make. The first is that I really should get a set of component cables for my Playstation 2, so as to take advantage of its capabilities in that regard. I wish the GameCube component cables were still available, but there’s no point crying about that. The other change is that I need to get a decent universal remote, like one of the Logitech Harmony remotes. I’m now caught with four remotes (home theater, satellite, DVD, and TV), whereas before I only had two. Narrowing it down to a single remote would make my life a LOT easier. Oh, well… I’m not going to complain overmuch. Needless to say, I’m very happy with what I have.

In other news, we had Chinese takeout for dinner tonight. We were originally going to have the hamburgers Mom had planned to make for July 4th dinner, but I suggested Chinese instead. I think my exact words were, “What could be more American than Chinese food?” :-) Ah, well… it’s funny. Before I started at T3, I wouldn’t have even dreamed of going to a Chinese food place. That changed when I got dragged to a Chinese buffet about three years ago. Now I count Pei Wei and PF Chang’s as some of my favorite restaurants, and the people at Hunam Garden (one of the local Chinese takeout places) know me by sight. I’ve even become more tolerant of Mexican food in my old age. (Though, granted, with one or two exceptions a Mexican restaurant will NOT be my first choice…)

I really don’t feel like working tomorrow, but unfortunately I have to. So much for a four day weekend… heh. Ah, well. Might as well pack up and get ready for the workday tomorrow. Fun fun…