Thursday, March 31, 2011

Not-So-Smart Phones and Amanda-Proof Camcorders

Well, I got ONE patch (BWCA) on the Duluth Pack … I promise pictures after I get them all on. I found some thicker thread and double-knotted it. It just takes a while going through two such thick mediums … and I can’t keep the thimble on my finger when I’m not using it because my nails push it off (and I just filed them down yesterday! I’m not going any shorter).

I was pretty productive last night. I did three loads of laundry, and I arranged “my closet.” We’ll eventually combine closets, and maybe make the front room closet the out of season/dressy closet. I was surprised by how much room I had left over once things were organized. It was still a mess from moving, and putting things away after laundry was a huge chore because they didn’t have a “place” other than they needed to hang in there somewhere. For being such a spontaneous, scatterbrained personality - my closet is very organized ... I have large sections: Sweaters, Button Downs, Summer Shirts, Pants, Skirts ... then I have them by sleeve length (full, 3/4, short, less) ... then they go from dressiest in the back to messiest in the front ... and finally everything is by color. ROY G BIV. I even found a shirt I had "lost." It had slipped off its inappropriate hanger into "the abyss" (on top of a shelf over the lower half of the closet, which I couldn't see because the clothes were a mess).

This weekend Mom, Andrea, and I are working on some of the flowers for the wedding. “How are you working on flowers so far ahead of time” you say? Dried! We ordered some dried flowers for making the “arranged” flower ahead of time (and also some wheat – so very pretty and bountiful looking!). They are surprisingly vibrant (how come they never look that way when I dry them?). The fresh flowers will primarily be trimmed and tossed into Mason jars – ala five year old Amanda picking flowers in the yard.

Five year old Amanda (actually I was probably older than that) picking flowers reminds me of a home video where I am hamming it up, showing the camera a flower and then pronouncing “FRING!” as I throw the flower to the wind and move on to another topic. My Dad recently had all the old home videos converted to DVDs, and one day while I was at work Tim was watching them (enter embarrassment, but he enjoyed himself it sounds like). That got him to thinking … we need a camcorder.

So I’m investigating camcorders. I think I like the portability of the “Flip” types, and I even found one that is waterproof (to 10 feet) and shockproof – sounds like JUST what I need! The video quality isn’t great … so that sounds like an(other) excuse to get an SLR that can take videos to me. I think I’ve settled on (after we go see them in person) the Kodak PlaySport for now, and maybe a Canon SLR later (manual focus, RAW, and video capabilities). Then we could always take the Kodak when the situation might be too precarious for the SLR.

Speaking of technology – I’m so done with my smartphone. I’ve been worse about answering emails (I see them, and I think "that's too important to answer on here" and then I forget altogether), they’re easier to break (I break ALL my phones, but I mean break to where it doesn't work anymore), they don’t work THAT great (ie – often mine is slow), and I don’t know that texting on a touchscreen has been any faster for me than the old number-pad way (what with all the typos caused by my larger-than-2-square-millimeter fingers). For less than what we’d save with the cost per month … we could get “real” internet at home (*looks around, a little embarrassed* I’ve been tethering).

I’m leaning toward pre-paid. I can hear you gasping. Yes, I’ll have to curb my texting habits (is that such a bad thing?). I think it’ll be worth the sacrifice. And I’ll only pay for what I use, BEFORE I use it. I don’t like the feeling that I’m always “behind” with my bills – that this month I’m just now paying for what I did LAST month. And I hate contracts. For example, I had no say in AT&T buying T-Mobile … but that doesn’t give me the right to leave (without paying an extravagant fee) because I have a contract. Besides, if I hate pre-paid … I can leave whenever I want. So I don’t really have anything to loose but an expensive phone.

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