The Sunday Salon: New Toys! (Mar.24)
I am so, so, so excited! On Wednesday, last week, I ordered my iPod Touch (Product Red*, 5th generation). It said it was going to take ’til April 1st to arrive, which was sucky, but I could wait. I’d already been waiting months, while I saved for it, so what was another week or two, right? But, it arrived on Friday, already!!!
For the last week or two, I’ve been playing on iTunes, converting all of my CDs and such. I had all of my music ready to go. But, not being all that familiar with iTunes, it took me about four hours to figure out how to get my music from there onto my iPod, even though I’d Googled the way to do it; it said there was a sync checkbox that you needed to click. Problem was, I couldn’t find that checkbox anywhere! BUT… after much frustration, I found it and now we are all set to roll!
I also found some really great Apps to add — all FREE! Word games, running helpers, etc. Lots of fun! And, my favorite part, so far? I was able to FaceTime with my Dad! Soooo cool to be able to SEE him while I talk to him! (we’ve never done Skype, yet, so this was the first time I got to do the video conferencing thing — and it’s awesome!).
I have to say, too, that I’m very pleased with how the clear, Belkin case turned out! It’s nice and snug, and the clear factor lets me still see the awesome red color on the back of the iPod. SO cool! I really, really like that red!
On the reading front… I am still frustrated with the fact that I have to read my one NetGalley review book — “Restored!” by Dan Schaeffer — directly from the computer, as my Kobo eReader isn’t cooperating. My iPod does eBooks, so I looked for a way to get the book onto there, and figured I might have an easier time of things that way. Well, I figured out how to do it (via an App called Bluefire Reader), but could only get the other NetGalley review book — “5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter” by Vicki Courtney — onto my iPod. “Restored!” has apparently been “archived” by the publisher, meaning I can no longer download it, therefore meaning I can’t get a copy of it onto my iPod (I’ve tried transferring over the copy I already downloaded, and that isn’t working).
So, we’ll see. I will keep trying to read via the computer, but I may have to give up on that book. At least I’ll be able to get to the other one.
Also in book news, yesterday I picked up “What We Talk About When We Talk About God” by Rob Bell from the local library. And I started reading it, already, as I was desperate to be reading something, again! (I’ve been procrastinating on reading that eBook via the computer, as I soooo don’t want the headaches that usually come from doing that). And the Rob Bell book is actually turning out to be pretty interesting! He sure likes to push people’s buttons, though! The first chapters had me soooo worried that I wasn’t going to agree with him! He mentioned something about God being unable to keep up with us, and then mentioned something about science and the Big Bang Theory and all that jazz, and I was really starting to wonder where he was going to go with all that. But, I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt… so I kept reading. And sure enough, he has laid aside my fears with stating his beliefs on things, and I’m going to continue with the book. I’m now actually more curious about his other — very “controversial” — book, “Love Wins“. I may just have to get that one out from the library, next, and see whether all the hype was warranted, or if it was just people getting all upset over Rob’s penchant for ruffling feathers. I think he actually likes stepping on toes.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m all for nonconformity, especially when it means walking away from legalism and hypocrisy! But, there’s a way to do it respectfully, too. Right now, I’m not sure whether or not I think Rob is being disrespectful in his approach… I’ll have to read more first.
Anyhoo. Last night, hubby and I did our date night as a belated anniversary outing, and we went to see the movie, “Olympus Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler as an ex-secret service agent that used to guard the President of the USA. It was a good movie, but there was a lot of violence, and it was kind of gory. Either way, the storyline was good, and I enjoyed it. Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie 52%, but I’d probably give it more like an 82%. If you can stomach the violence, it’s a decent movie. Tons of action — that part doesn’t ever seem to let up throughout the entire thing.
Off to go read my book. Hope everyone has a great week! Happy Reading!