This week’s winner is Justine! Thanks to everyone who commented.
Oh, hey, Friday again! How did that happen?
This was a week of things coming in the mail. I now own snow boots, for example — stylish snow boots — because I realized last winter that every woman in Green Bay has stylish snow boots, and I’m the only one who either laces up my heavy gray North Face snow boots or — far more often — leaves the house in winter wearing running shoes.
I am tired of running shoes. I have to do between four and eight dropoff/pickups of Kidlet at 4K this winter, and by god, I’m going to do it wearing stylish boots.
The mail also delivered me an AlphaSmart 3000 yesterday, which was sort of a bizarre purchase. It’s bizarre, right, when one buys electronics that are no longer being made or supported? Particularly when one buys the oldest available version, used, for $20? I wanted a device that would let me type my stories away from all the distractions of my computers. I got that. I used it twice this morning, and liked it.
You know who else likes it? Yeah. How did I not see this coming? Kidlet would like to type on my new AlphaSmart thingy ALL THE TIME. When I was his age, my mom had a Brother word processor with an LCD screen on which you could type four lines of text, check and correct it, and then hit print. Your work of genius would print out on a scroll of shiny, heat-sensitive paper, and then you’d tear it off and …
Actually, I’m not sure what you were supposed to do with it. What good is a roll of paper, not even perforated, to an adult? Were you meant to tear it off every 11 inches to approximate regular paper? I’ll have to ask my mom. Mostly, I wrote four-paragraph-long stories, printed them out, and littered them about the house.
I find myself nostalgic for outdated technology today. What were some of your favorite devices, now dead and/or obsolete? Do you yearn for the FisherPrice record player of your girlhood? Desperately miss your first Walkman? Let’s hear it.
Leave me a comment, and I’ll pick one random commenter tomorrow morning to win a $10 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes, winner’s choice.
Just a few days until the release of Roman Holiday 2: Chained! Here’s the copy, just to whet your whistle . . .
Ruthie Knox’s eBook original serial, Roman Holiday, continues in Episode 2, as Ashley and Roman flee an oncoming hurricane by hitting the highway—only to encounter some outrageous bumps in the road.
Roman Díaz isn’t thrilled about being forced to evacuate Ashley Bowman from the Florida Keys—and that’s before he sees the decrepit Airstream trailer she wants to hook up to his shiny new Escalade. Ashley’s in way over her head, and the only way she knows to beat Roman is to get some help from a friend . . . in Georgia. She can put up with Roman’s fury at the unexpected detour, no problem. It’s the bizarre thrum of attraction between them that she could do without. And yet there’s something about being hitched to Roman that makes Ashley never want to let go.
I’m at HEA USA Today waxing lyrical about road trips this morning, and there’s a big giveaway over at Romance @ Random with travel-themed prizes to celebrate the beginning of the Roman Holiday adventure!
Have you checked out the Roman Holiday Forum yet? Lots of fun discussion going on over there.
This afternoon at 2 p.m. CT, I’m going to be on Elise Sax’s Facebook page for a chat. Come by and say hi, enter to win a copy of Roman Holiday 1: Chained, or just listen in on the silliness! The chat should last about half an hour. The chat is to celebrate that Elise’s debut novel, An Affair to Dismember, is on sale for 99 cents this week!