Saturday, 17 December 2011

It's beginning to feel like Christmas

So we have finally wound down after our last event.  Kids are now on holiday and I suppose you could say that we are officially on leave as well – although we will be available for any calls or requests from clients anyway.  We never really switch off totally from work and we are not going away and will be staying in Johannesburg. 

As the last few months have been good to us – business has finally picked up – we have a few jobs / events  already for next year, so we splashed out and bought ourselves a 59” Samsung Plasma TV. 

It was delivered day before yesterday and Son no 1 has spent the last 2 days here setting it all up. (and No – it is not as simple as unplugging our old 46” and plugging in the new 59”!) 

First we had to take it out of the box – it is huge so we had to move furniture around.  Then we had to figure out how to put the stand on.  Then we moved the old 46” out of the way and placed the new 59” onto our Media unit.  As the screen is so much wider and sits in a corner – the cables were not long enough to reach to any of the equipment in the unit below and new cables were put in. 

Right – so now we have it in the right place.  Still cannot use it as we have a home automation system and it now has to be reprogrammed with the new 59” – this is where we need Son no 1 – so we waited for him to finish work and bribed him and his wife with a decent curry for dinner.  Son no 1 is a serious IT boffin and he got it all working in no time at all. 

We now had to decide what to do with the old 46”.  We agreed that it should go into the TV Room – we have an existing 42” plasma screen in this room.  The set up in this room does not involve reprogramming the home automation system but we have all our other media equipment here – HDPVR Decoder , Duel View Decoder, X-Box, AppleTV, WII, DVD, routers and of course a Yamaha Processor and amplifier which it all links into. 

We had taken the processor in for repair a week earlier – one of the channels was not working correctly.  So this had to be re-installed. 

Son no 1 spent the day here yesterday sorting out this room – it was agreed that it could do with a clean so he took all the equipment and cabling out.  Quit a big job as it is all built into a unit.  The unit was cleaned, new cabling installed and labelled and then finally all the equipment was re-installed. 

All works perfectly – so a very big THANK YOU to Son no 1 – I love you dearly!

Whilst Son no 1 was doing all of the above, the Christmas tree has gone up, new ornaments bought and the tree adorned and I have finally found some time to wrap presents.  

So it is slowly beginning to feel like Christmas! 

Got nothing planned for the next week besides sitting on the couch watching our new 59” TV. 


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