I must admit that it is very hard to surprise me. I'm pretty sure that people have only been able to successfully surprise me (in a good way) twice in my life. That is, until this past Christmas.
One day while walking through Best Buy, I had casually mentioned to my husband that I would love to have a Kindle. We stopped briefly to look at one but the price tag was too high and the display model wasn't working right so we moved on. After that, I put it out of my mind as impractical and highly improbable.
Well, imagine my surprise when I opened up the box on Christmas morning! My very own Kindle Fire HD. I couldn't believe my eyes. Of course, being somewhat technologically inept, it took me awhile (with the help of my kids and husband) to figure it all out but I am totally in love. I really didn't know if I would like reading books on it, but I was surprised again there, too. It is so incredibly handy to slip in my purse and take out when I have a few minutes. I've actually read a few books on it since Christmas and I'm wishing that the books I have already waiting to be read were on there, too.
I did discover one pitfall to the whole thing, however. One day I had some time on my hands and I remembered that I wanted read Cari Donaldson's book "Pope Awesome and Other Stories" so I clicked over to Amazon and saw that the Kindle version was $4.99. Not sure what to expect, I clicked on the "buy now" button and before I knew it, the book was on my Kindle. Wow, that was WAY TOO EASY!!! I realized how addictive that could be and have made a mental note not to fall for that again any time soon.
We interrupt this blog post for a timely book review. The book was "awesome". I really enjoy conversion stories and Cari's was quite interesting. She has a wonderful sense of humor that carried through the story and she wrote in such a way that I kept wanting to find out what happened next. The only thing I want to know is, where did they go? At the end of the book, Cari, where did you go in your van? Did you drive your son to Rome? What great idea did you and your husband come up with to make him happy? Tell me, please!
Anyhow, it is a great read and I'd encourage y'all to read it.
Where was I? Oh yeah, the Kindle. Well, in the last few weeks I've gotten quite comfortable with it and how it works. My kids have, too, as they've downloaded Minion Rush and put it to good use. As much as I love Minions, I have refrained from playing it as I am sure my addictive qualities will rear their ugly head and I will get nothing done. This is the same reason that I have not downloaded Candy Crush, as I hear it sucks you in and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Let's see how long I can hold out.
I've also downloaded the Laudate app and am really excited for this year's St. Louis de Montfort Consecration because I just downloaded the preparation book. How much easier it will be to keep up with it now because I have my own copy that I can take wherever I go. I'm thinking this really is a great addition to my life, one that I can hopefully always use to enhance it and not detract from it. If anyone has any great ideas for apps or books to download, feel free to let me know.
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