Well, forget what I wrote since our replies passed over each other :>) Glad you made a decision and that you'll have yourself a nice birthday present.
Every so often the silhouette store has a sale on supplies, so it's a good time to get extra blades, mats, etc. Their prices are fairly close to other places and with the discount, it works out good. I think the last discount was 25%. Just something for you to keep in mind~Judy