I love Gadgets

I've decided that I'm a techno-geek. I love gadgets. I seem to upgrade my digital camera every two years, then there's the ubiquitous cell phone step up at the end of every contract (unless one sends it down a nearby toilet - see earlier blog on this subject), Bluetooth headsets, VOIP phones, fax machines, printers, scanners, iPods, Xbox, pedometers, label makers,guitar tuners, among many other things. Now, I have an internet headphone and web cam. My office outlets remind me of the little charcoal snakes we used to buy for the Fourth of July where one little black pellet can spew out these thin spiral serpents. Well, I have so many gadgets that need their regular infusion of life support that every single outlet in my office seems to be extruding these snakes.

Now I'm thinking my camera, bordering on two years old, may be due for my donation pile. I bought it about two years ago, and though I actually really like its features, I've been dismayed at the growing number of aftifacts rendered on the pictures; mostly those in moderate to low light. That will never do. I've really taken to photography and with travel being in my long-term plan, I really have to make sure my camera is taking top notch photos.

My son is telling me I should also get a Zune as well as the new Xbox 360l both being Microsoft products of course. But I think about my iPod. That thing cost me 3 months worth of Ricky's laundry to buy it off of him (I think I paid too much). I also have probably close to 1500 songs, of which probably 200 are iTune only compatible. I'd have to figure out a way to convert them to the standard MP3 (which I should do anyway). About the Xbox's only a matter of time. I'm running out of games I like for the old Xbox. I keep getting used ones from Game Stop and have about finished any of the ones that were of any interest for me. I bought two more to play while James was gone this weekend and ended up turning them off out of boredome. Ah'd think I'd find some other way to entertain myself.

What would it do without the Internet? I wouldn't be able to work from home, nor would I be able to search for the nearest RadioShack location or prepare for my next trip. I am to actually speaking to make computer right now and it is typing my blog. How cool is that? I do wish that it would do my dishes too. Maybe someday.

I've also been looking at house plans online. Tour hope is is to find some land sometime here in the next couple of months so that we can build a house after we sell this one. Our goal is to find two lots close to each other so we can build right next to Linda and Rod. There's so many house plans online that we have narrowed down to the type of plan we prefer. It's amazing what you can find online.

So between the Internet, gadgets, in my computer listening to me and typing whatever I say, things are sure getting more and more space age every day. I love it.


Just Checking In

I have a day off!! Normally every-other-Fridays I watch my two nieces (almost 4 and 6 months); but today they are enjoying the thrills of Sea World and all things cool in San Diego with their parents and Grandma. So I am footloose and fancy free.

So, what to do? James and I have tickets for Celtic Woman tonight in Portland, so we'll leave sometime here to head down that way. But before we go I still have time for....? Hard to choose because I have so many things begging for my attention. Things like:

- Painting my toenails
- Updating my blog (hah!)
- Send email out to family about Alison's upcoming birthday
- Prepare a sympathy card for my mom - her sister died and the service is Saturday
- Write another Mother's Day card for my mom (even though I already gave her one with her present last week; the family is seeing her on Sunday at Amber's Dance and I'd like to hand her something).
- Find out if the property we like in Federal Way is sub-dividable.
- Stop at Walmart for more puppy pads and quick dry red nail polish for my toes

Then there's what to do about a package that is due to come to me today. Do we stick around until UPS gets it to us, thus probably impinging on our joyful outing to Portland? Or do I let it sit and see if I can get someone to come get it and put it in the house so it won't get stolen?

Ah the choices...I think I'll try to do them all!