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Home For The Holidays

October 28, 2016 , , ,

Tucson color

Tucson color

Tucson color

Tucson color

Tucson color

Tucson color

At the end of the year we typically make a purchase for the home and call it our holiday gift to ourselves. We have also enjoyed short trips in December to celebrate for a few days in the past. The travel is not in the cards this year since we had to spend big on a new air conditioner recently. This purchase, needed but not very sexy, shot holes in our budget. We will enjoy the time between now and 2017 in Tucson at home.

This is not at all bleak. I decided to make prudent small investments in local fun available to us. I purchased a three month subscription of Sling TV to add new programming to our nightly ritual of watching a few shows.  They offered me a free Roku stick if I paid up front for three months.  I may quit at the end of that time, but for now we are having a lot of fun with all the new options.  I am watching a series on Cyber-War that is blowing my mind.  We like the comedy series Bunheads, which we just started to watch.  The stick is in the mail, which I think will be fun.  I don’t know if it is voice activated, but it is updated to make search easier. For a total of $60 we get the new stick and three months of channels we like.  I also decided to let Alexa keep her subscription to Amazon Unlimited music. At the end of my free trial she will switch my payment plan to $3.99 a month to play every song at Amazon, but only on my Echo.  She will be the only device able to stream this.  I have been having a great time calling up all artists and almost all songs for my home at will.  When Alexa is loaded with this unlimited capacity, she truly rocks my world.  I want her to be able to do all the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s greatest hits in December, so I don’t mind paying to have her loaded for a while longer.  I listen to her all day, so I do get a lot of value for dollar from this subscription.  I have been traveling down memory lane in music, and it has been fun.

To put finishing touches on our festive celebrations I have also decided to loosen the Uber budget.  I rarely use the driving service, but love it when I do.  Any time I want to drink alcohol or don’t want to fight the crowd at the end of an event I call Uber.  It makes such an upgrade to any event arrive and leave with your driver.  It only costs us about $20 round trip to go downtown Tucson for dining, shows, or the 4th Avenue Fair.  This is my last gift to us, a few more more to spend on transportation.  Our basic entertainment is restaurant dining.  If we take Uber we can cocktail without worry.  There is plenty of tourist excitement for us just a few miles from our house.

I am finished with my holiday shopping now.  All I have to do is pay for the Uber as we use it, and I am done.  I feel intensely liberated this year.  I never get into the shopping frenzy thing, but this time I am happy all the gifts will be invisible, consumable, and will not require and storage after the holiday.  I wish you all such efficient holiday planning.  Good luck!  Do you have your plans made?  Do you shop for lots of gifts, gentle reader, or take it easy this time of year?

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I love the photos. Very much in the season. While I love the flowers, trees and colors, I still want it to be summer. But I can see why (based on my summer experiences) you needed a new AC. You are far warmer than we are … That’s an investment in your health, your comfort and your home. Cyber-War series name? I am glad you are keeping Alexa happy with music. You might ask her to check out One Republic. Worth a listen. (* I have been following the band for a long time….. ) I hear that on the dining as entertainment. which makes TenSix the perfect event for you


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

October 30, 2016

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