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Shiny! New! Toys!

I went out and bought Christmas prezzies on Friday. And really, I am crazy since I have no idea how long this contract will be lasting, but I would likely have done it anyway. Retail therapy, why do you feel so good when you are so bad for me?

Also, I figured it was better to spend money on electronics than to buy ciggarettes, which has been a serious temptation the last few weeks. Even though I am loving this job (or maybe it's because I love this job) I am feeling the stress of the anticipcation of the soon to be here day when they tell me my services are no longer required.

Did I mention that I am craving a smoke? OMG, I have no words to express it. WANT.


Yeah. So, a Wii with extra controllers and a Mario game it was. And a cheap .mp3 player for MonkeyBoy, because he's going to put it through the washing machine. It's inevitable. He's put last year's mp3 player through the washing machine and dryer twice - after the first time, it was still usable as a memory stick, but it's totally dead now. And he's put no less that 4 memory sticks through the wash in the last year, possibly more. It's a testament to the toughness of Kingston flash drives that 2 of them still worked afterward. Sort of.

Also, I bought for myself the only thing that I have really *really* wanted besides a laptop in the lsat 10 years or so - I have coveted them whenever I saw them, and generally end up using my laptop as one 80% of the time - I bought an eReader.

For me, Kindle wasn't an option because of Amazon's stupid international agreements (hello, Canada). I looked at the Fictionwise eBook reader, which was a lot cheaper, but much older technology and I wasn't sure that it was compatible with vista. I looked at other things on the market that didn't have really great reviews just to make sure I didn't glomp onto the first shiny thing I found, but I kept coming back to the Sony 505. So that's what I bought.

It's my christmas pressie to myself, but I'm not waiting. I have already bought a number of books that were on my list to buy and loaded it up. And the best part - I would probably have to say, actually, the PRIMARY reason that I bought it - is the fact that it can read .doc and .rtf and .pdf files. So I can upload fic. OMG. You have no idea how HAPPY that makes me.

As if that wasn't enough, you can put .mp3s on it. I could upload podfic! Dear god, I'm having a ficgasm just thinking about it.


Ahh, Future Shop, with your shiny red in-store credit card, and your 3 month no pay, you are my kryptonite. I ran before I got sucked into the back to look at the mini laptops, cuz I have been thinking about getting one of those for GirlyGirl, and it's just another $300-$400 that I'm not ready to spend just now.

Plus, she wants a laptop she could use for gaming (she's a WoWer) and I'm not prepared to sink a lot of money into getting a laptop outfitted for that.

So. Here's hoping that they keep me till at least, say, Christmas. That would be nice. And if they don't, well. I'll deal with that then I suppose.


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Nov. 9th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
This? Is why I heart you so much! Buying cool toys to help you READ MOAR!

Nov. 9th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Does Monkey Boy do his own laundry or something? If not a course in remedial pocket checking is in order.

Either way, you might consider doing what I do with my USB stick and attach it to a rock climbing clip that I clip to the belt loop just above my right front pocket. Easy to attach, easy to detach, easy to notice just before it gets thrown in the denim load.
Nov. 9th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Reading this a bad joke came to my mind because I've read in an other entry about worms infecting USBs and MP3 player...
Kindle is available for Germany now but it's the American Version. You have to have a adapter if you use it here. And as far as I know (I may be wrong) you can only use (upload) books bought by Amazon on it. (Not sure if that's correct.) Points against the Kindle for me.
I don't have an ebook reader yet but I've heard good things about the Sony reader.
Have fun with it!
And wow, you're early with the gifts. I'm late :)
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I love my 505. It too bad we can't share files.

Yeah!!! Retail therapy!!!
Nov. 10th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the eReader madness. I adore mine and am not ashamed to admit that it is loaded with fic, as well as, you know, more mainstream stuff.

If you check my userinfo you might find a few communities of other eReader lovers that might be able to assist you with content. If you know what I mean. And I think you do.

*shifty eyes*
Nov. 11th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)


Erm. Was that my outside voice?

:: scampers off to check your userinfo::
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