Different Presents

Like I said in my birthday post, my dad bought me an iPad for my birthday and James bought a whole bunch of great accoutrement.  This was fabulous, because James came up with the idea and conspired with Dad to bring me a very cool set of presents.  Problem was, the iPad isn’t the tool I need.

If I were a working pro photographer, I’d keep the iPad as a portable near-infinite portfolio.  If I were a non-profit, I would keep it for instant, always-ready presentations.  If I were an e-reader fan, I’d keep it as an increased-functionality version of something I already loved.

That’s not me, though.  And the bottom line is that wifi isn’t as common and easy to find as cell signal, and I don’t think the iPad is enough greater than the iPhone, if I’m going to be paying for a data plan anyway.

And really, I’m not the cutting edge on that kind of tech.  I plan to write a book and I want to do that on my laptop with my Clear G4 internet connection.  I plan to sail off into the sunrise and I need tools for that.

And like the guy at Sears said, the iPad can’t route.

Dena with her new router, bit set, and cooking pots

Yup.  I returned my iPad with all its goodies.  I’m asking for the presents I really want (though it’s after the fact and certainly won’t be a surprise).

James took me birthday present shopping today, and I got a palm router with a great bit set, two new pots to replace my old beat up stuff and give us a larger size (for big egg scrambles), and a square baking sheet for biscuits and soysauge casserole.

I’m so happy with this stuff.  It’s really going to make me happier on a near-daily basis for quite some time.  The router will probably get used for finishing most of the projects I begin – why have a flat edge when I can shape it?  And the pots – well, I’m cooking a lot right now, and it’s making me happy to have the tools I need.

Now, Dad.  Will you please pay for our new settee cushions?  They will be expensive, but you’ll probably sleep on them sooner or later!  And it’s an excellent present that I will use daily and for which I will feel grateful long into the future.

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