Saturday, March 21, 2009

Books, Airplanes & Packing

I'm going to do it.

I'm going to get the Kindle.

In October I wrote a post about how I was thinking about the Kindle but wasn't sure if I could justify the cost. And I wasn't sure if the books I would want to read would be available on the Kindle.

I looked up a few dozen books that I might like to get and they were all available on Kindle. The last time I looked, they weren't, so that's great!

In a few weeks I am going to Ireland. (I know! I'm so excited!) There will be 6 of us, lots of bags, 12 hour flights (each way) and not a lot of room to store stuff.

I think I'm going to get the Kindle for the trip. I love to read books on airplanes, but I like to read several per flight. On a two - three hour flight I will switch books at least twice if not more. I used to buy magazines but several times I have gotten quite ill from the smell of the ink or the perfume tabs in the magazine. Same thing with newspapers - the ink smell does a number on me. This only leaves a few options. I either take one book at a time and force myself to read only one book on the plane or I take a chance with magazines and hope that I don't get ill. Or! I can get a Kindle and put a whole bunch of books on it and not have to worry about carrying a lot of heavy books and enjoy a variety of books. The Kindle weighs 10 ounces.

I'm getting the Kindle.

Now...what shall I read??

I see that Kindle offers several Travel guides to Ireland....hmmmm

I think I need to make a list.

About packing...

Oh, my goal is to pack in one very small suitcase and my rather large bag/purse. This is going to be interesting. I'm not normally a very light traveler. I'm thinking that I'm going to pack enough clothes for 5 days but underwear & socks for 10 days. I have to take my pillow and blanket, medications, camera and charger, too. I must have my pillow and blanket, especially if we are going to be in an airplane for 24 hours. I may be able to get comfortable with a travel pillow -- I'll practice with it for the next few weeks. I'm already thinking about the best way to arrange my purse.

I need to get back down to earth.

I also need to figure out who's going to take care of my cat while we are gone.

I think I need to make a list.

and buy the Kindle.


jb said...

Bob! It doesn't take 24 hours to fly to Ireland! The Kindle sound perfect...I now have Irish Kindle envy!

Kirby3131 said...

It takes 12 hours to go over there and 12 hours to get back LOL

Irish Kindle Envy - How fun! We'll call it the IKE syndrome hahahaha

Mrs4444 said...

Can't wait to hear how you like your new Kindle! Ireland, huh? Sounds wonderful :)

Rachel said...

Go for the Kindle 2...the upgrades look nice and much more user friendly.

Keetha said...

Not an I-pod person, but perhaps I could get into a Kindle. Maybe I have IKE syndrome too.

Kirby3131 said...

I noticed somewhere on the Amazon site that if you had ordered the Kindle One, and you hadn't received it yet, then you would automatically be upgraded to the Kindle 2. So, I'm thinking that there is no more Kindle One. But I will make sure to do that - I was planning on getting the #2 version.

Leigh of said...

Let me know ho wyou like it. I have read about it and wondered.
I am so jealous of your trip to Ireland. I would LOVE to go and explore the places that my grandma in law's people were raised. Cool.
Hey, if you see any gnomes over there, take pictures. Helena is supposidly the mecca center in the states where gnomes reside. I would love to post them on my blog.
Cant wait to see your pics on your return! HUGS

Yours hopefully thriving said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for a while now and this post demanded a comment as I live in Northern Ireland!
Feel free to ask any questions about my beloved Emerald Isle. I'd definitely recommend layers for your clothing choices, our weather can be four seasons in one day!
As a practised traveller thick pashminas work wonderfully as aeroplane blankets and an extra clothing layer/scarf when needed. Enjoy the Kindle - considered it myslef but my love of physical books is too strong.
P.S. Don't forget an adaptor for your charger's plug!

Julie Stiles Mills said...

I can't wait to hear how you like the Kindle! I can't justify the expense right now, but it's on my wish list!