This year has been one of new technologies and tools for me. I thought it was time to share an update about those items and how they’ve impacted my life.
It started with my iPod for Mother’s Day. That was a fun surprise and for the first time in my life I found myself buying music! You have to know my history to understand why this is a big deal. Suffice it to say, while my dad has always been a music collector (his record collection to this day could supply its own vintage store) and my friends all had wonderful personal collections, I had none growing up nor did I have the resources to start my own. My music control was limited to the FM radio and local stations. It’s like I’m making up for lost time these many years later. I now have my own collection, multiple ways to enjoy it and far too much enticement and ease adding to it. Suffice it to say the new Genius playlist function of iTunes is brilliant and dangerous!
Then my computer crashed and the move was made from the world of PC to the iMac. I’d need much more time and space to share my thoughts on this transition! Let’s just say that for one who spends as much time on a computer as me that this new tool is making my life so incredibly enjoyable and productive!
Next came the Kindle. Many people still don’t know what this is and I keep telling them that you really have to see it to appreciate and ‘get’ it. I now enjoy reading in a whole new light. I have instant access to more books than I could read in a lifetime, not to mention other printed sources. I can take notes, do searches, look up words and a thousand more things while I read with ease. Moreover I have in one small device several bookshelves worth of materials and literature constantly at my fingertips. It’s wonderful not to have to store and carry around so many extra books, yet still have them readily available to reference and use. I love my Kindle.
And finally we reach my latest new tool, my iPhone. This might rival the requirements for sharing thoughts on my iMac. Suffice it to say I can’t believe I lived so long without it and all its amazing resources. Saturday morning as we were out and about running errands, I easily checked e-mail and approved blog comments. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to do that in the simple downtime minutes of waiting in check out lines, etc. If I thought my iMac simplified the steps and ways to do things you can imagine my joy over experiencing this ten fold with my iPhone. And I still don’t know but a fraction of its capabilities and uses, although I’m finding it harder and harder to think of it as a phone. *giggle*
Now if I could just find a comparable tool or gadget for all tasks in the motherhood and homemaker department!