December 30, 2011
It’s a Kindle Kind of Christmas
My fall semester was over on December 19th and I’ve been enjoying my time off before the Spring semester beginsin two weeks. This is my last semester at Mid-State Technical College. I’m looking forward to graduation in May. I can’t believe all my hard work is paying off. Soon I will have an Associates Degree in Business Management. I’m super excited! I’m also freaking out because my boss has recommended that I complete my AINS Designation and the facilitator-led course begins on January 18th. I’m pretty certain I will not have a life from now until October which is when the AINS courses will end. I don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into, but I know I can do this. I was planning on starting my Bachelor’s Degree in the fall, but I think I may need to focus on finishing the AINS courses and passing the tests first.
Our Christmas was wonderful. Dawson and Owen got just a few toys this year, but they were everything they wanted. Dawson and his uncle immediately went to work on building the Star Wars Lego clone battle ship and they finished it in just over two hours. It had like 4 million pieces and I knew I wouldn’t have the patience to put it together. Dawson also got Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii and he loves it. My sister-in-law bought him more Legos and my brother gave him a gift card and he bought Mario 3D World for his Nintendo 3DS. He has been playing with his gifts ever since.
Owen loved the Little People Wheelies Stand N’ Play Rampway. He was so excited when he tore off the wrapping paper and saw the toy. Daddy and Mommy put it together immediately. It has four race cars and Owen coerced his brother to play with him. It really is a fun toy.
I got a few gift cards for Christmas and decided to spoil myself. I bought both the Kindle Touch 3G and the Kindle Fire. I didn’t intend on getting both. It was sort of an oversight.
When the original Kindle first came out, I swore I would never buy one. ”I love real books; paper and ink and binding,” I had said. As an avid reader I have at least one hundred books on my shelves. I didn’t like the idea of an e-Reader taking the place of my favorite novels. Fast forward to now. I can’t fit any more books on my shelves. Friends have been suggesting I get a Kindle for several months. I thought long and hard about it and decided to get one.
I went to Target with Doug and played around with the Kindle Fire. I looooved it, but they were sold out at the store. So I went online to Amazon and bought it. While waiting for it to ship I started reading the reviews and some people were saying that they really preferred the E-ink on the Kindle Touch because it didn’t cause as much eye strain. Another reviewer flat out said that avid readers should not buy the Kindle Fire. I was miffed. I tried to cancel the order with Amazon but it was too late.
Meanwhile, I went to Target and bought the Kindle Touch 3G with the intention of returning the Fire immediately after it arrived. I fell in love with the Touch and have been reading Pride and Prejudice (yes, again – I love Jane Austen). Then the Fire arrived. I tried not to open the box. I was going to just print the label and return it. But then that little box kept calling me. And without thinking I ripped it open and started using it. I can’t return it now!
I feel guilty. I really spoiled myself. I don’t do this often. I don’t ever buy “big” things for myself. I like to justify the Fire as a gift for the whole family. We can all use it. Right?
Wow. The guilt. It is killing me!