a few months back, greg won a cd/dvd/mp3/stereo system complete with 6 (count 'em, 6!) speakers. then, a few days ago, my parents gifted us their old tv (circa 1996). they just decided they wanted a new one, ho hum. it's a 26". ours currently is a 13" or 19", i can't remember, but it is much smaller.
anyway, we set up the new tv (putting the smaller one into storage in case it breaks) and have been using our old dvd player which works ok but the remote died on. well, the past few days, i've been noticing the dvds are skipping and losing sound and i got fed up with waiting for greg to find the time to set up the new system so i did this am.
let me tell you, it rocks! i'm not a technically freak by any means but when i put carole king into the system and hit 'surround', even sage was shakin' his bootie to the music.
the only downside is we'll be giving up a 5 cd changer for this thing (i'm going to put the old stereo upstairs) but i think we'll live!
not bad for free!
speaking of other freebies, some not so good ones are the gifts my mil dumped on her grandkids...lots of plastic crap....sage got a firetruck that makes noise and flashes lights and is 100% plastic and jaden got a plastic baby doll (head, arms and legs) with a stuffed body that cries, has a bunch of plastic accessories including a bottle and pacifier! and polyester clothing. they both love these toys and sage tries to steal the baby from jaden. i am dismayed that she bought that crap. she knows we hate the stuff. greg has told her to buy wood toys or real cotton fabric type stuff. i'm not sure if she's just ignorant or hateful. i haven't figured it out yet. i hope the enthusiasim dies for them quickly so they can disappear. we've had 4 years of success of keeping cheap china made toys out of our house for the most part, i want to keep it that way.
oh, and a goal i forgot to add is to cool it on the sailor characteristics! :P