Friday, July 13, 2007

High Tech Toys

I didn't want them. I certainly don't need them. But now I don't want to live without them.

Jay got me an iPod for Mother's Day. At first, I protested the gift, saying how I never listen to music anymore, don't need anything of the sort and why did he get me such an expensive gift. What an ingrate I was.

Fast forward a few weeks, and I am listening to music again, for the first time in a decade, and I'm loving it! No more scratched CDs scattered through the car. No more changing CDs while driving to find the song the kids want. Now, when I remember a song I loved long ago I am just 30 seconds and 99 cents away from hearing it all I want. This thing is great! Besides the music, it has movies and photos too. A perfect mini screen for airplane rides. And I haven't even scratched the surface of Podcasts and books on tape. If there is anyone out there that doesn't have one of these babies yet, I say save up your birthday money and go get one. It's worth it.

Perhaps inspired by my new iPod-driven tech savvy, I finally traded in my 3+ year old mobile phone for a new one. Plan prices have come down during this time, and since my new, fancy, orange(!) phone was (nearly) free as my reward for being a Verizon customer for so long, I felt I could splurge the $5 a month for mobile web. I am now paying $5 LESS a month than I have been for the past 3 years and have a phone that flips open to reveal an entire, usable keyboard from which I can easily access my Yahoo email. I can hardly believe it. I know, I am showing my age by my amazement, but I can't help myself. I'm too excited! The phone has a camera nearly as good as my real camera, too, so I'll never be caught without one again. If you've been living with your phone for awhile, see if your provider will give you a new, cool one for free. I'm sure glad I did! After all, what can be more thrilling than being able to see who has commented on your blog while waiting to see your dental hygienist?

Now, don't even get me started on Tivo, the single greatest thing to happen to television since the remote. This is life-changing stuff. My kids have a very limited awareness of what commercials are, since they have been fast forwarding through pre-recorded, pre-approved programs all their lives. How did people raise children without this tool, I'd like to know. Imagine, never missing an episode of American Idol again! It can happen to you, I tell you.

I am guessing that there are those who read this blog who are not fans of technology. Some of you may not even have televisions. Though I admire your resourcefulness, I am not one you. I embrace technology. I love technology. It's so much fun!

Perhaps I have a little work to do in the "materialistic" category.


Annie Bizzi said...

You clearly don't have enough children yet with so much time on your hands to surf the web, email, blog, snap photos, download music, etc.,etc.,etc....ha,ha,ha!

4andcounting said...

I'm glad you are enjoying your new toys. I just have the Ipod Nano but love it so much. In fact, my tolerance for regular radio has disappeared and I am constantly changing stations when I forget my Ipod. TiVo rules too, or the DVR in our case. Can't say that I would be on board with the phone--I just don't have the patience for the smaller screen and keypad. But you are lucky to have such a cool one. I bet you will be the cool mom now. LOL!

Qtpies7 said...

I do like new technology, but I don't like music very much. Give me a new computer and I'm happy! I'd get excited over a WII, though! Something to play music? My kids and husband would snap it up and I'd never see it again.
You asked how I can be so calm about my kids driving and the accidents. Noone was hurt, and even if they were, I really, truely gave my kids' lives to God, and I have faith that nothing will come into their lives without the foreknowledge of God and His permission, which means it is for our good and His glory. I just trust. Worry hurts me, trust sustains me. I worry about the girlfriend/boyfriend stuff, lol.