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Factoid Friday: Hats Off to My Favorite Gadgets That WORK!

#1 Kindle – I truly am having a love affair with my Kindle book reader.

After using it for 3 months now and having it on a business/vacation trip loaded up with 31 books, newspapers, and blogs – being able to take notes – and asking research questions of the Kindle team and getting answers in about 15 minutes – well I can’t say enough. Authors are getting paid, less paper is being used, and my eyes never burn or feel tired. It is light weight. It has now paid for itself. The small memory card makes it so you can have up to 4000 books! And the backup Kindle team means you will always own those books even if you drop your reader into the sea! If you order yours off my blog site – well, I will get a few dollars to buy more books. WOW, why did I wait so long?

#2 Vermont Apple peeler, corer, and slicer – my hands say thank you for this gem.

Last year, I peeled, cored, and sliced by hand, 90 apples a dehydrator load and each day my hands got more swollen and callused. I could hardly move my hands in the morning. Dried organic apples from our trees are my favorite holiday gift to give. I filled the dryer 16 times. This year I filled the dryer 12 times and in about ½ the time having been gifted this nifty little machine by two people. My hands did not hurt and were not swollen at all. I filled an apple pie in about 10 minutes – It works and it is keeping me able to accomplish a task I love to do. Also does Potatoes. Thank you Vermont Apple Machine.

#3 Nikon Cool Pix Digital Camera

Even I can take good pictures and send them to my blog master with this handy little camera. I like how the memory disk just pops out and I can directly load the shots into my laptop on the road. The battery life is days longer than my previous camera and I don’t have to drag around my charger on a 10 day trip. Even though I did read the whole user booklet before I used my camera the first time…..in German, Spanish and English – wasn’t up to Japanese! (Just kidding) I had no trouble figuring out how to use it and access the different programs. I take this everywhere I take my writer’s journal – including the bathroom. What a gem and work master.

#4 Nintendo DS with Brainage 2

This is just such a fun way to exercise my brain and rev my engines to my best writing and thinking endeavors. It is in my pocket wherever I go and I take a break with this instead of food! I have completed Brainage 1 so I am recommending 2 this time around and when I am just charged up after teaching or discussing something, this game has a way to calm the brain down so one can sleep – you need to play a certain number of the other games to open up this relaxer, but it was very helpful when I got to worrying during an illness this fall. I show it to all my friends and introduced folks to it on my last plane trip. It is a bit addicting, but I seem to be able to put it down and move on to other things when needed. Wow this is just plain fun.

#5 Wii Fit – Hip Hip Hurrah!

At 3 nearly every afternoon you will find me in front of the TV doing a 30 minute workout, stretch or balance routine. My posture is so improved and I just feel better. Usually I have been writing for 2 hours and building my business for 5 by this time. I work out at the gym or walk the lake in the wee hours of the morning. Having this back up for the severe weather days was all I was hoping for, now it gives my mind a rest and my body some action that helps. The Fit program works off the Wii system and my kids like to do it too – gets them up and moving. I have even gotten my honey to do skiing and bowling as a date night! Way fun! And I just feel better and stronger. It’s better than chocolate!

All five of my gadgets are available on Amazon.com and if you order from my website I will get a few cents in return.

What are your favorite gadgets that make your life better – they work!???

Looking forward to adding more to my list.

6 Responses to “Factoid Friday: Hats Off to My Favorite Gadgets That WORK!”

  1. Cath Lawson Says:

    Hi Patricia – I didn’t realise the Kindle could store 4000 books. I guess that’s another great reason to get one.

    Does the Wii fit really work? My daughter has it but so far, I only managed the balancing exercise and weighing myself. Does it work as well as going for a walk or going to the gym? It’s so cold here right now and I need some exercise.

    I’m really hopeless with gadgets and I’m trying to think of something that’s helped me lately and struggling. I guess I would have to say my Sony Vaio laptop and wireless router, as it means I can work anywhere in the house. But I would really love an Apple laptop next time.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Cath, nice to find your comments here this morning..

    Yes, indeedy the Wii fit is fabulous for those heavy rainy days at my house and for waking up my “bum” in the middle of the afternoon after blogging for hours! If I would calculate it out, I would guess that the hours in the pool, walking and weight lifting take about 1# off a week, and the afternoon session on the Wii fit would add another .5# per week. It creates energy for me and that helps me write. I think I will need to use it more often when I get home because I am sure I have gained weight here in San Francisco even with 5 days of 6-9 hours of walking tours.

    I got a Dell laptop for all this travel adventure this fall and I wish I had gotten an Apple….wow I was offered a real deal at the University Book Store last week on one of the new light weight laptops but I had spent all my money on the Dell – they are amazing. Awesome truly awesome…

  3. Jannie Says:

    1. Had never heard of Kindle. Even if you drop it in the sea, eh? Amazing deal. (Well I did chop a lot of kindling when I lived at Mom & Dad’s. Man, am I a great gal with an axe and a chopping block.)

    2. I spend too much time blogging to peel apples (red-face Smiley here.)

    3. What is a blog master?

    4. See #2

    5. Wii, Kelly wants one for Christmas. Is this Fit one the same as you’d order for a child’s game one? (I am not at all in the know on these.) If it is and your Amazon.com account is cheaper than elsewhere, I’ll order it through you. (Sorry to be such a penny-piincher, but it’s our reality these days.)

    : )

    Jannies last blog post..Thankful Unveiling

  4. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    #1 Hey I chopped a lot of wood too for my parents and then for our house when my oldest daughter was born…didn’t need weight lifting classes!

    #3 Blog Master! – I do not do any of the computer programing for my blog…my blog techie does it all and does most of the pictures too…She is a perfectionist when it comes to designing and creating blogs…a bit like a Master Sargeant when it comes to her mother!…I do the writing and requesting and she makes it work..

    #5 Wii fit is not the basic Wii program….which has lots of sports on it…it is more to get teenagers/mom’s and dad’s off their duffs and up moving and getting better posture…it is not the basic equipment….but you need the basic equipment to run the Wii FIT
    program – start with the basic system then add the other programs…would be my suggestion

    The Brainage was great fun but it does take up time…I need to brain wake up call as I don’t drink any thing with caffeine any more…this works better…

    I think Amazon has free shipping going on right now…

    thanks for checking this post out…
    And yes I understand finances right now are tough….

  5. Dot Says:

    That was interesting! If you buy the Kindle, do you get the 4000 books free? Otherwise, it would take a lot of books to pay for it. I don’t buy many full-price books any more, because I use Bookmooch (swapping) and Half.com. It’s good to know it doesn’t bother your eyes, though.

    The gadget I depend on is my Palm Tungsten E-2. Without that, I would never remember anything. It lets me jot down notes using regular handwriting, “type” on its too-tiny keyboard to create documents, stores all my contacts, and also plays MP3s.

    The other gadget that would work well for me would be a laptop, but I can’t afford one. Sigh.

    Dots last blog post..Blogcation

  6. Patricia Says:

    He,he,he get the 4000 books free – I could only wish, but alas the most expensive books are only $9.99 US… and the newspaper and subscription blogs are much much less than hard copy stuff. So at 31 books it has paid for itself…I read 5 news sources a day for my other work the Kindle is great.

    I am enjoying the laptop which I got from Dell via Best Buy for $800, but I really miss my HP hand held better…I liked the palm and the laptop really does not replace the data devise at all…and my voyager phone was supposed to keep appointments but that is way too difficult to use…so i just print it off my computer.

    I think I will like my dragon dictate ( from my child’s speech therapy) on the laptop, because then I can just talk into it as I find the keyboard hard to use even

    But when a gadget works for you Wow it is so great…Thanks for the comments Hope you had a good blogcation!