Short, dark, and kind of cute — the iGo Green Charge Anywhere multi-device charger really caught my eye yesterday at the SV Moms Group/DCMetro Moms Group Brand and Blogger Symposium, so I’ve posted a review on Caffeinated Reviews. Go check it out!
They taunt me from the magnetic board above my monitor — two iTunes gift cards — all hot pink with some dude (chick? … sometimes I can’t tell) rocking out with an iPod).
Music… just sitting there, waiting to be listened to, in the form of a gift card. He meant well, he really did.
Go back about 5 years to our second anniversary, the cotton anniversary. This was back when I dutifully tried to follow what you were “supposed” to give for the anniversary and prided myself in being creative in finding the perfect gift. This is a bit of a challenge when you hit it out of the ballpark the first year (paper) — when I found him an out-of-print book about his family he had been searching for for a decade. Even better, I had actually found it BEFORE our wedding and had kept it hidden for a year.
Knowing my husband’s, let’s say challenges in finding gifts, I had not-so-subtly said, “You know, our second anniversary is the cotton anniversary and I know that can be hard for you to think of, so I would really, really like a linen table runner for our buffet. Like this one.” (Pointing to one in a store.)
So imagine my surprise when on our anniversary, I received a tiny box. Not that kind of a tiny box. But much too small for a table runner, unless it was extremely crinkled up.
Surprise! It was a pink iPod! Which I wanted (well, not pink specifically, but an iPod). But it wasn’t what I had envisioned for our anniversary. But that was okay. I remember processing my thoughts while JavaDad grinned at me and said, “And I got it in PINK so you’d know I really got it for YOU — it’s not for me at all.”
Since our anniversary is near the holidays, setting up my iPod with music got set aside as Thanksgiving and Christmas events came up and then it was time for JavaBoy’s first birthday and so on and so on. We would go through this cycle of being ready to put music on, but the iPod not being charged, or the iPod being charged, but not having time to put music on. Or JavaDad put his music on, but not mine. Or my Dad visited and added his songs for me, but my own music wasn’t on. And so on and so forth. And no one had time to show me how to use it and I didn’t know where the manual was and next thing you knew, I was pregnant with JavaGirl and puking my guts out. And not long afterward I was dealing with her acid reflux, then her failure to thrive issues and so on.
JavaBoy was actually the one who finally showed me how to use it. When he was 3. My grandmother, in her 90s, was the one who showed me what he couldn’t. Her iPod is actually newer and fancier than mine. And she has portable Bose speakers for hers. When it comes to iPods, I’m clearly the loser of the family.
By now my pink iPod mini is so retro compared to what’s out there now, but it’s what I have. And I have used it a few times, but I still haven’t had time to really configure playlists and do what I want with it. And I don’t have a lot of time to listen to my own music. When I first clamored for an iPod, I envisioned using it for going on high-powered walks. These days my walks are with two small kids and I am listening to them and to nature. In the car I am either interacting with the kids or catching up on phone calls. In other words — I rarely have time to just tune in and tune out.
But I am determined to ultimately get it all together. In the meantime, every time I see advertisements about iTunes or iPods, I feel guilty about my husband’s earnest attempt to give me something I wanted and it’s something I haven’t taken full advantage of. Life sort of got in the way.
It sits there, next to my computer, reminding me of yet another unfinished project, but also of my husband’s love for me. And that’s much better than a cotton table runner.
I have always been a listmaker. Those lists have then become legendary as I have created binders for different parts of our lives (our cross-country move, our house hunt, our wedding, and yes, even a binder for when we were having our baby — my husband had his own tab in the binder for what he was responsible for while we were in the hospital.)
So imagine my near-hyperventilation excitement when I was at BlogHer DC and there was a booth for a company called SpringPad, which allows you to create an not only digital notebooks and lists, but ones that you can embed in your blog or articles and share with people and that they can then take and customize for themselves!! It is only because I was trying to appear like a normal grown-up rather than a mommy who wasn’t allowed out around, you know, grown-ups in high heels who might not usually have drool and smeared applesauce on them frequently, that I didn’t squeal like a toddler right then and there. I mean I was actually carrying a purse and everything, so I was trying to “blend in.”
To my dismay, I have not had enough uninterrupted computer time to really play with this app yet, but I will and I will report back. But since I have promised that this blog will include some technology, I wanted to give you a chance to look at it in the meantime and maybe we can compare notes. If you get to it before I do, please post back here! In the non-mommy part of my daytime life I do some systems administration and web management work and am working on launching a new web site, so I may not get to this until January — but I decided I didn’t want to hold back on this post any longer! I’m just that geeky. I’m easily amused.
And yes, when I DO get to play with it, I promise that I will eventually SpringPad my baby notebook so that you can see what happens when a list-addicted Type A woman goes all hormonal and creates a pregnancy notebook. It even had a template for the email for him to send out once the baby was born, so he wouldn’t forget what kinds of details to include (having been frustrated one too many times by emails from friends’ husbands that read something along the lines of “The baby is here. It’s okay.” WHAT? When? How much did it weigh? What’s the gender? Is Susie okay? Is there hair? How long is the baby? The baby is a month early, WHAT HAPPENED?????) And how to pack when you are going to jam your entire family into an SUV (which seemed large when you were pregnant with your first child and trading in your beloved convertible for a “practical, family car” and you now realize you should’ve just gone for the minivan) for a 1,000+ mile driving trip to see family. And whatever other crazy lists of mine you’d like to see.
So, if you manage to get there before me — go check it out. It looks cool. I want to play with it like a kid wants to play with toys on Christmas Day. (And no, I have no ties with this company whatsoever — they don’t even know who I am… I was being all calm and “normal” remember?)