Wow, I feel like it has been forever since I posted, but it’s only been a couple of days. I guess that daily blogging routine got to me. I admit to stifling the urge to blog a couple of times on Tuesday, but I refrained because I was having a terrible day and it just would have been a bunch of whining. I’m all for whining at times (please refer to about half of the posts on this blog!), but it would have been a terrible post and I just decided to skip posting.
Yesterday I took the day off and volunteered at the animal shelter all day. We do an annual poinsettia sale as a fundraiser, and if people order over a certain number of plants, we deliver them to their homes or businesses. We’re hoping to draw in big purchasers like office buildings, churches, and so on. (Unfortunately we didn’t sell as many as we would have liked, but it was still enough to raise a few thousand dollars for the spay/neuter program.)
Anyway, as a result of being either at the shelter or on the road all day (I left the house at 7:15am and got home at 8:00pm), I was completely unplugged. I had no access to email, Facebook, or Google Reader. I felt so lost and disconnected! By the time I got home and logged on, I had 250 posts in Facebook, 65 emails (not counting work – I didn’t look at that until this morning), and 95 new items in my Reader. I’m very compulsive about keeping up with my electronic communication, so when I’m away from my computer all day, I feel a sense of withdrawal. It was like I had lost my connection to the rest of the world.
I’ve had iPhone envy for a couple of years now, but didn’t want to switch phone providers, so I never paid much attention to getting one. But now that Verizon has the Droid, I’m obsessed! Craig has been resisting the change, not because of the cost of the device, but because of the increase in the monthly cost. (I can respect that to a point, especially since we are trying to reduce costs overall, but then again, it’s $30/month, which isn’t huge.) The other part of Craig’s resistance is that he knows he can’t let his wife have better technology than he has, so HE will have to get one as well.
I am finding more and more occasions where I could use a device like this. Sometimes it’s when I’m out on the road all day and want to be able to check in. (How cool would it be to be able to use something like this while on a 9-hour drive to Michigan?) Sometimes it’s more practical, like when I’m sitting in a hearing room for hours for work with nothing to do, or needing to check something in my inbox while sitting in a meeting, or needing access to my calendar (because I refuse to carry a paper version of a calendar around – which is dumb, I know). And sometimes it’s just for fun, like if we’re out running errands and we’re curious about the movie listings or something like that.
But the bottom line is that I want one. I need one. I’m obsessed with getting one.
To plead my case, I’ve been hounding Craig in a playful way. I throw it into conversation here or there. He’ll ask a question and I’ll say, “If only I had a Droid, I could look that up right now and tell you the answer!” My mom was in on the hounding over Thanksgiving, since she’s getting one. (Talk about bad for a software engineer – now his mother-in-law will have better technology than he does!) This morning Craig sent me an IM commenting on the commercial the DVR was apparently paused on last night. I had no idea what he meant; I honestly just paused it in the middle of a show because I was tired and ready to go to bed. It turns out I happened to pause it on a Droid commercial and he thought I was sending him a message. 🙂
In the end I can certainly go out and buy one for myself. I don’t need my husband’s permission for that, and it’s not a major expense. However, we respect each other and we like to make decisions (especially when money is involved) that we both feel good about. So I will continue to hound him until he feels good about it (or, until I wear him down, whichever comes first!), or, until perhaps Santa brings me a Droid.
Hey, Santa, are you listening?!