My Senseo machine arrived yesterday! Of course I had to set it up right away and brew a sample cup of coffee. The verdict: if I made coffee every day, I would probably be in love with this thing. However, as GG and I are both only occasional coffee drinkers, it seems like a lot of effort. We actually already have a coffee maker with a pot, which GG often uses just to heat water for tea, but this is nice if you just want to make one cup. I’m a little disappointed in their standard cup sizes, though. One pod makes enough to fill about half a mug. If you want a full mug, you’re supposed to use two pods – though I just ran a second mini-cup through the same pod and it turned out fine. I like to water my coffee down with milk anyway, though. I guess if you like a stronger cup of coffee, double up on the pods. The machine came with a package of basic coffee, and a coupon for more pods, so we picked up Cappuccino and French Vanilla at the supermarket. Also, the letter that came with the machine said that if you go to the SenseoStore web site, you can save 10% or more on coffee pods, but I did the math, and they’re $5.29 per bag at the store compared to $5.31 on the web site! Anyway, the overall goal of this free coffeemaker thing is of course for people to spread the word about the machine, and it came with this list of helpful tips for sharing this coffee with people. I wasn’t really planning on doing that, but then, here I am blogging about it, so whatever. I guess if you have anything to say you should take their survey and then you’ll be registered for offers like free coffeemakers too. Also, I have some coupons for $20 off a Senseo machine to share.
Speaking of new goodies (and coffee), I got my new phone! I’m glad I held out for the t819, it’s really nice. So I upgraded my phone, upgraded to a new plan (a promotional plan they’re doing, I pay the same amount per month but get 1000 minutes instead of 600), and added WAP internet to my plan. We’ll see how that works out, I can always remove it. But it’s pretty awesome! Even if there’s not a mobile version of a web site, I can still see it (e.g., this blog)! So I spent all last night getting things set up and customized the way I like them. The only annoying things so far: the ringtones are all stupid (I just want it to ring like a phone), and I haven’t figured out how to turn off this little chime sound it makes when you’ve made a selection from a menu. But the camera’s good, the screen is nice, and even the “coffee brown” color is nice (it’s more of a silvery brown, or copper color). So hooray, I finally have a phone technologically advanced enough to keep up with today’s hectic world… or whatever. Also, the phone has a slot for a microSD memory card, as does GG’s, so we each ordered a 2GB card from B&H last night. They sell them for half the price of the T-Mobile store, though the guy there said that T-Mobile’s prices were comparable to other stores’. The salesman was really cool though, he’s helped me out before and even remembered GG from when he was having problems with getting e-mail on his phone a few months ago, and we ended up staying and chatting with him about HD-DVDs for a while after the transaction was over.