While we were in Virginia we celebrated two birthdays. Mine was on Wednesday and Bryan's youngest brother's birthday was on Friday. Lucky us, we got treated to double the amount of birthday outings and treats. (Although my insides would have preferred, I think, if we had all celebrated with vegetables instead of cake and ice cream and cheesecake and frozen yogurt and cookies and candy.) Having grown up as the perpetual little sister to so many older siblings, it's especially fun to get to spend time with Bryan's younger siblings. They're not little anymore, of course, but it's fun to be older than somebody. Well, mostly it's just fun to hang out with with them. They're really nice, fun, funny people. And even though Bryan's younger brother who's out making millions in California was probably calling to wish his little brother a happy birthday, I was still honored and delighted to get my own rendition of "Happy Birthday" over the phone.
Anyway, the point is, the last two weeks have been really fun and jam-packed with fun people and fun things, but they have also been busy weeks where I was away from the big workhorse computer that makes it ten billion times easier to download and edit pictures. My little baby laptop is nice (and, thankfully, makes it possible for me to continue to send out Undies Patterns and Flashcards while I'm away), but it's a downright pain to write up full blog posts with all the pictures and edits that you've probably come to expect. Hence my quiet on the blog front lately.
But all this quiet has left me with a million little things bumping around in my mind, waiting for a turn to get out in print. For a brain that's used to a regular release in that way, it's hard to be away from this space I love. And, as much as it's fun to leave people in suspense sometimes, it's not really fun as a reader to wonder where a blogging friend disappeared to for weeks in a row when you're used to a friendly visit every day. Sorry for that if you've missed me. I've missed you too. And, were it not for the baby laptop's inability to function when faced with large picture files (and my little brother-in-law showing us his favorite episodes of Top Gear almost every night), I wouldn't have been so quiet.
So, here I am, back again, and with no plans to jet out again first thing Monday morning. I hope and expect that I'll have the time and energy this time around to play some catch up on my week in Oregon and my week in Virginia, but who knows. Sometimes I have fun playing catch up and sometimes my attention span is too short to focus on things that aren't present in my mind anymore. Not that I'll forget all the fun times I had these past two weeks with people I love a lot, but there may or may not ever be a great cataloging of them here.
And this has nothing to do with any of that, really, but I've been thinking about getting an iPod (this one, to be exact). Actually, I've been thinking about it for years, but I haven't yet been able to justify the purchase to myself. I think about buying an iPod on every return trip we make from Virginia, actually. Not because everyone in the house has one, but because we eat so much every time we go that I come home in a food coma and new resolve to only eat vegetables for the rest of my life. (And I'm not saying that because of my vegan mother-in-law this time. I'm just saying that because I still feel full even though we got home hours ago.) Anyway, what that all has to do with an iPod is that I'd really like to be able to use MyFitnessPal on an iPod. I've used that site in the past and really felt like it was worthwhile, but I hate having to march down to the computer to enter everything in.
The problem is, that's really the main reason I want an iPod. Likely I won't be uploading lots of music to it (though I just realized I could probably listen to my Pandora station on it, which is actually really appealing to me). I don't really need it as a day planner, though I guess maybe I'd love it if I had it. And I'm sure I'd use it to take pictures, but that's not even a major selling point to me either. Oh, and in case you're wondering why I'm not pining for an iPhone, it's because I just plain can't stomach having to pay more than $20 every 3 months for a cell phone. (We use Tracfone for cell phones and Ooma at home which is so cheap that it will make you feel guilty about your phone budget. My apologies for that.)
And that's kind of the end of the conversation I have with myself ever time I think about forking over the money for an iPod. Anticlimactic, I know. Hence the reason I still haven't bothered saving up for one. I'm just afraid it's one of those things that seems like it'll be a great idea, but really it'll just sit on a shelf most of the time and I'll feel guilty that I spent money on it. Or maybe I'm the only one who feels that way about under-used stuff.
Anyway, truth be told, I really would like to be talked into buying one. So, even though I don't have the moolah saved up for one yet, I'd appreciate any reasons why you think I should make the plunge. I'm sure there are millions of things I could do with it that I just don't know about, but, well, I don't know about those things. So please, enlighten me.
(And if I ever do buy one, I'll let you know. Unless I'm afraid some crazy will come and steal it. But probably I won't be afraid of that. Maybe.)
So, well, there you have it. I'm back and thinking about an iPod. And fully stocked on fruits and vegetables. May this next week at home be a calm, quiet, and healthy one. (And a major thanks to all of the family members that have put us up and put up with us in the past two weeks. We have loved loved loved our time spent with you.)
It's good to be back!