9:56:02 AM Robyn: I love TiVo
9:56:10 AM Robyn: I called to cancel the service on my old Series 2 cuz it won’t boot (my original TiVo)
9:56:16 AM Robyn: They’re like, “Oh, we’ll replace it for free.”
9:56:21 AM Robyn: I said, “Um, what’s the catch?”
9:56:37 AM Robyn: They’re like, “None, you’re a loyal customer, and we’ll even give you a Series 2 DT (Dual Tuner) to replace it, with a bigger HD (80 gigs vs 40 gigs).”
9:56:42 AM Robyn: And I was like, “SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!”
10:02:23 AM Robyn: I even have the original box to send it back in, with the ORIGINAL PACKAGING.

So for the cost of shipping it to Texas, I get a replacement TiVo that is not freezing on boot and has dual tuners (two shows at once!) and has a bigger hard drive. Awesome-sauce.

Welcome our new arrival!


Say hello to the newest member of our TiVo family (which currently consists of two Series 2 TiVos, non-dual tuners). It’s a TiVo HD (which will be nice with our HDtv!) for which we trudged allllll the way up to the Costco in Vista to procure. That is the Costco of Items Past ™ and they carry all the stuff that other Costcos used to carry and don’t have anymore. It was only $279 there, and we picked up an HDMI cable with a cleaner cloth and a power thingie for only $40.

Since we have the crazed TiVo downstairs still (it’s crazed because you can’t transfer anything to or from it without it deciding to reboot itself in a cycle until you cancel the transfer), hooked up to the digital cable box, the new TiVo has been relegated to the tiny tv in the office, so it can be on the network and download any software updates. It’ll be all set for when Cox comes with the cableCARDs on Wednesday.

I think it’s pretty awesome that TiVo set it all up to work with cableCARDs. Having the digital cable box attacked attached to the TiVo was really a pain in the patootie to set up. And when you change channels, it has to tell the TiVo, then the TiVo tells the cable box, and then it’s ten seconds down the line and the channel finally changes. With the cableCARDs, we’ll eliminate the cable box from the equation. I had told Mike that there was no way on heaven or on earth that I was setting up a new TiVo to work with that digital cable box, because it was hours of wrenching and yelling at the inputs and then it suddenly just decided it worked. WTH.

All in all, YAY new TiVo!

Thanksgiving Wraps

  • New experience #1: Walked to UTC. Surprised that it only took about 25 minutes.
  • New experience #2: Bought jeans at Eddie Bauer, seeing as they gapped the least in the back. Curse my waist.
  • New experience #3: Was disgusted at selection of Land’s End jeans at Sears.
  • New experience #4: Observed clearly active, work-out-type early 30s guy carry a giant bag of McDonalds from McDonalds to the senior retirement home on Nobel. Curious.

Thanksgiving was very nice, albeit somniferous. Food was good, but we forgot “my” sweet potatoes at home 😦 “Mine” being the ones without the cranberries and the pineapple mixed it. It was nice having Mike join us as one of the family. Last year, I almost wrote up a big sign that read “He’s in North Carolina with his mom” because I got asked so many times where Mike was 🙂 On Friday, we ate pumpkin pancakes at Coco’s and we had yummy Japanese food in the evening. We also saw Will Ferrell’s Stranger Than Fiction, which was really very good. On Saturday, we puttered around and went to the Orange Mall Village at Orange and ate at Panera. Mmmmmmm I.C. Mocha.
Also, my parents abandoned their Tivo in favor of a DVR from TimeWarner that they can’t figure out how to record or use. I had to teach them how to use the Guide function, even. Although they got a really nice 40″ LCD to go with their confusing DVR. I’d rather have my Tivo. Thusly, I inherited their Tivo. Woo! Now I can watch randomness from the coziness of my bed, too. It took two phone calls to Tivo, though, to convince them it was no longer my parents’ Tivo.
I’m trying to decide whether to make a plum-apple cake or chocolate chip cookies this afternoon. Either way, I have to go to the store. No lemons for the cake and no milk for the cookies. I’d like to walk, but my hip is bugging me after the walk this morning.