I thought of the books on my nightstand, living room tables and in shelves all over the house. Would an e-reader be a means to hoarding even more books I wouldn't find time to read?
The answer seemed obvious. It quelled the impulse to buy, at least for now.
It also caused me to think of Jody and realize I need to appreciate what I already own.
My husband and I had our patio rebuilt in the summer of 2009, and last summer he put up the framework of a screened-in back porch.
If this winter ever ends, I am going to go outside and actually sit on that patio.
To anchor myself for a few minutes - not after 31 ounces of coffee - perhaps I'll take that netbook with me. Thanks to my tech-savvy children, I have wireless service.
Maybe I'll plunge into the photo software that tantalizes me but so far has exceeded my ability to click meaningfully. I could even plug in the headphones to my over-achieving phone and listen to my Pandora radio app.
Which brings me to why I need a resolution to deal with technology.
I do not find the digital realm "intuitive," as people usually younger than I insist it is.
I remember the words of another friend, an information technology whiz, who said succinctly one day, "With complexity comes complexity."
In my car is a contraption that holds my new phone so I can use it hands-free while driving. My thoughtful son bought this for me. He even hooked it up before he left town after Christmas.
Now it's up to me to actually plug in the phone and get it to sync with the car's radio.
One day this week I accomplished this and felt pretty proud of myself. How did I do it? By reading the instruction book.
I must do better.
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