vacation, all i ever needed

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There are precious few times when I'm able to sit alone, quietly, in my own house. But this week is different. I'm out of school for the break, and the kids are in school through tomorrow. Every day I've watched them leave for school at 7:30am, followed soon after by Gerald leaving for the gym and the day's errands. And then I've settled myself into my corner of the couch, diet vanilla coke at hand and powerbook on lap. I've had time to read, to think, to write (three posts in a row from me at Many-to-Many, no less--I've never managed that before ), to play.

I'm more relaxed right now than I've been in a long time. No big trips planned for a month or two, no major holiday shopping to do (we're trying very hard to simplify the holidays). Some baking that I need to do in the morning and deliver to the women who work in our department office, a few gifts for the boys that need to be wrapped.

Amazingly, I'm almost caught up on blog reading, having plowed through hundreds of accumulated blog posts, not to mention Flickr photos from my friends. And I've even had time to follow interesting links! Tonight Ross posted a Flickr image of a new toy from Ambient Devices, makers of interesting objects that monitor information and present it to you in an environmental form--globes that glow different colors based on the stock market, cubes that reflect outside temperatures based on their hue. This new one, though, is the first one that I've found myself really lusting after. It's called the Executive Dashboard, and it uses a retro analog needle approach to show you any three of a number of possible information flows in real-time--from number of email messages in your inbox to traffic congestion in your area to whether or not a "special someone" on your buddy list. Too cool.

Some of my technolust of the season has already been satisfied, however. Gerald (who's constitutionally incapable of buying a gift and not giving it to the recipient immediately, and thus usually shops on Christmas eve) got me the Bluetooth headset I've been wanting. And it rocks! Works like a charm, and might even help protect me from all that nasty DNA damage I've been reading about...

And now I suppose I should actually go to sleep, since the boys will be waking me up tomorrow at 7:15 to say goodbye. Of course, I can just go back to sleep after that...one more day of true vacation bliss. Yum.

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My complements to Gerald on the headset thing. I have exactly that same model and it does in fact rock. Also, that particular model, the HS810, I find is better than the later model, the HS820 for three reasons: (1) better outgoing sound quality (less wind noise), (2) smaller by virtue of its fold-ability, and most important, (3) instant on when you open it. And as my kids say, "It's prettyful."

One bit of unsolicited advice for you. If you're walking around campus having a phone conversation with your HS810, it is appropriate to touch a finger to the headset when you talk. This type of action signifies to passers by that you are in fact, not insane. (Unless that's the persona you're going for.)

Also, RE the headset: yeah, our DNA is safe. But only until the next report comes out about harmful Bluetooth RF -- probably causes irritability.

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This page contains a single entry by Liz Lawley published on December 23, 2004 12:52 AM.

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