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I Ordered a Kindle!

In books, reading, reflectons on January 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

(The following post is a follow-up to:   https://leeceebee.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/an-ereader-for-christmas/).

I did it!  I ordered a Kindle–the one with the WiFi and all that stuff.  With my birthday and Christmas money, I put a little with it and…I bought a Kindle. 

Recently, my aunt ordered herself a Kindle.  I was going to wait and see how she liked hers, but I couldn’t…wait.  So, I went ahead and placed the order on Amazon.com.  

So, now I need a case.  I scoured websites looking for a Kindle case.  I like the case with the attached light that is sold on Amazon.com.  But, I didn’t want to spend that amount of money for a case–not now, anyway.  I ended up ordering a $20.00 case off of Ebay, which was recommended by my Aunt.  

I am so excited about getting my Kindle–I hope it lives up to all of the hype I’ve been reading about it.  I find myself looking out of the door to see if a “small package” has arrived from UPS, although I know it’s not supposed to arrive for a few days, yet. 

So, I spent yesterday browsing The Kindle Store on Amazon.com.  I even saw where I could download the Kindle application onto my PC.  Had I known that, would I have…?  After thinking about it for a while, the answer is yes.  I would still have ordered The Kindle, because I can take the eReader anywhere. 

Now, I’m even more excited about getting my little package.  I’ve been reading those first chapter freebies and browsing books like nobody’s business.  I’m half way through the first chapter of The Help–based on the first chapter, The Help might be the first book I order on my new Kindle.

Down Home With the Neelys

In books, food on December 19, 2010 at 10:05 am

 

Yesterday, I copied lots of recipes onto Allrecipes.com, a site that allows me to save recipes into a private, online recipe box.  Neat!

I copied my favorite recipes from Down Home With The Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook by Patrick (Pat) and Gina Neely.  While I am not an avid watcher of cooking shows, I do have my favorite cooking stars, and The Neelys, hosts of the Food Network series Down Home with the Neelys, are amongst my favorites—they’re just so darn cute.

Recently, I saw The Neelys on an airing of The Monique Show.  As usual, those two “lovebirds” were all touchy, feely, and flirty with each other. I just love the chemistry between Gina and Pat–and they can cook too!

Confessions Of An Info Junkie…

In books, reading, reflectons, televison on December 12, 2010 at 11:50 am

 

I’m a self-professed info junkie.  The older I get, the junkier I become.  My info high usually comes from articles or television programs about health related issues.  If it were only that simple… I also get hooked in by the mere mention of movies, recipes, celebrities, music, books, and political topics that might pique my interest.

Some of my symptoms include, but are not limited to: 

  •  It’s hard to throw away books and magazines.  Wonder if I need to refer to them again? I have given some of mags and books away, but it’s so difficult.
  • I get on the internet to check my email, and I always get sidetracked by little grabbers like AOL news.
  • I have numerous magazine subscriptions—including Prevention, First, and Reader’s Digest—but I can’t keep up with the reading.  When a new one comes, I have to browse through it—momentarily abandoning my older magazines like a bad habit.  The pictures and words just call my name.
  • I get the local newspaper on a daily basis.  They, too, pile up, because I refuse to throw them away until I’ve read each item of interest.  
  • So, I don’t forget anything, I write lots of good information down from books, the newspaper, television, and magazines—creating clutter, clutter, and more clutter. 
  • My DVR is usually filled to near capacity, because I just have to watch the latest Dr. Oz, that special about Diabetes, etc.

What can I do?

  • I’m always looking for new ways to organize things that I’ve copied down or clipped from a magazine.  The latest–an alphabetized, index card holder.  I’m tryin’… 
  • Although, I wouldn’t call myself a slow reader, I’ve thought about learning to speed read. With so much to read, a little more speed just might help the situation.  
  • I could just say no to taping a new show or purchasing a new magazine.  But, then, I might miss something important.  I wouldn’t be able to bear it.   

Perhaps, I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.  After all, what would the world be like without new stuff to read, watch, and learn?  If you ask me, it would be a pretty boring place.

Well, I better get going.  I need to finish reading the Sunday newspaper.

Book: The Twisted Sisterhood

In books on October 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I have another book to put on my book list. It may take me years, but I plan to read all the books on my list, someday—I have so many tiny pieces of paper floating around with various titles scribbled on them.

Anyway, I was intrigued by the book’s title, The Twisted Sisterhood. Apparently, the book is about how women can be so mean to one another. As a result, so many women shy away from forming female relationships, because they have been “burned” by women in the past.

Of course, it got me reminiscing about a few women whom I’ve had the displeasure of knowing. At the top of my list were women who were in supervisory positions–my school principals. I was the teacher, and they behaved more like shepherds for the devil. Then again, the school district in which I worked was well known for having a large percentage of principals who were mean spirited bullies.

Then, there’s that whole high school thing in which one group of girls—I remember them so well—made being nasty an art. More than likely, for many women, school is the earliest introduction to unpleasant female relationships.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some evil men out there as well. It’s just that my experiences with evil have mainly been from women. Is it the Estrogen? Is it jealousy? Is it insecurity? Or, is it that they just don’t like you? Who knows?

But, I know one thing…I keep my circle very small. And, my more-than-enough, unpleasant dealings with women is certainly a major reason for that.

For more information about The Twisted Sisterhood by Kelly Valen, visit:

http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/10/25/the-twisted-sisterhood-do-women-secretly-undermine-each-other/?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl5%7Csec1_lnk3%7C179955

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