Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Nut

Well, I am a book nut. I'm always carrying around a book to read at lunch (and sometimes more than one!) I've got 2 or 3 going at a time these days (which I used to not allow myself to do). So, for Mother's Day my wonderful husband got me a Kindle2. (Photo above). If you don't know about it, a Kindle is an electronic reading device. This is the coolest thing ever! It will hold about 1500 books. It has a built in dictionary which you can use right where you are in the text, you can highlight, make clippings and even write notes where you are in the text. It remembers where you were when you last stopped reading so when you turn it back on you're right there. It will even read aloud to you. Once I figure out how to do it, you can even put MP3 files on it and listen to music while you read. It also will let you search Wikipedia and Google - these are experimental applications they are working on. Just incredible.
I just finished The Kitchen Boy (about Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family - one of my very favorite subjects on which I have read many books) and am now reading For Whom the Bell Tolls - I have never read any Heminway before! I have the entire Bible on my Kindle (New Living Translation) and a collection of Dostoevsky as well as Alcoholics Anonymous, The Year with C. S. Lewis for a little daily meditation, and the Three Muskateers for some future day. I really want to read the Count of Monte Cristo but I found the Muskateers for free so I put it on there. You just search the Kindle store and buy your book and it downloads it to your Kindle in about 60 seconds. The entire Bible downloaded in 60 seconds! Can you believe that? You don't even have to be connected to a computer. It is a wireless connection direct to As you can tell, I am thrilled to death with this little dumplin' and will be reading a lot!!!
This thing is small and compact and comfortable to hold, very easy to use and the new "paper technology" is awesome. Even in bright sunlight there is no problem seeing it at all. Not backlit like a computer screen. It looks just like a book page. I had already recently bought some books from Amazon before getting my Kindle so I'll have to read Liberal Facism and The 5000 Year Leap the old fashioned way, but oh I wish I had them on my Kindle! I'll have to be careful not to spend a fortune now on putting a library on it!
Anyway, hope you are all doing happy reading too.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Past Weekend

We went to Monteagle, TN this past weekend for our semi-annual retreat/conference on Monteagle Mountain. Its a beautiful place and very peaceful weekend - it rained the whole time this time but we still went down to Sewanne College and went to the cathedral and shopped at the bookstore and the little gift shops, and to Hammers and found some bargains. Here's a photo of Phil next to a carving that is on the side the building at Dubose Conference Center where we have the retreat. We had fun. It was good to get home. It was also good to have our air conditioning system replaced (again) on Monday so we can be cool whenever it actually gets warm again!

Three 8s

Ok, Cristi, here are my 3 8s:

8 Things I look forward to:
1. Cheat days from the diet
2. Weekends
3. Seeing Mom on Mother's Day
4. Coffee first thing in the morning
5. New pics from Landis of the grandkids
6. The local car show this weekend
7. Monthly dinners with friends
8. Rare chances to see family members

8 Things I did yesterday:
1. Went to work
2. Swept & mopped kitchen floor
3. Cooked dinner
4. Paid bills
5. Did some reading on my lunch hour
6. Called my mother & daughter
7. Folded laundry
8. Watched a little TV

8 Programs I watch on TV
1. "24"
2. Glenn Beck
3. O'Reilly Factor
4. The Fox Report
5. Boston Legal
6. Misc. HGTV shows
7. Misc. History Channel shows
8. Misc. Discovery Channel shows