A BlackBerry Called JARVIS

Oh my BlackBerry how do I love thee, let me count the ways!
I’ve mentioned here before about how I am a BlackBerry junkie (specifically one named JARVIS), but just let me tell you why I adore this gadget o’ mine.
Things I Really, Really Like About My BlackBerry(in no particular order beyond following my random thoughts as I type):

*Multi-message media– meaning I can have fast access to emails, text messages, Facebook messages or status updates and even various messengers such as Yahoo and MSN if I were so inclined. I mostly use the text messaging and email, leaving Facebook stuff to the Facebook app. My messenger days have passed but my teenagers use them on their BlackBerrys.(BlackBerries??)
*Tether- with the purchase of a Tether app, I can now plug JARVIS into my laptop for instant Internet access just about anywhere. This is handy when my flaky-out-in-the-boonies broadband Internet connection acts up, especially when I’ve a deadline looming–or need a few moments of Zuma Blitz or PathWords ASAP. Priorities, ya know! I also found the Tether handy when traveling recently, I was able to finish up a deadline and submit it while riding shotgun down the interstate. Sweet.
*Otter Box Commuter Case- as seen in the picture above, this case simply a perfect fit, feels great, hampers nothing and protects on the many times rare occasions that JARVIS has gone a bit awol and hit the floor/ground. And it’s red. I love red.
*MemoPad- I use this core app (meaning it came on the device) daily, several times a day. I keep my grocery list there, my to-do list, writing bits n bobs…you name it. I set one of the convenience keys as the MemoPad and can open it with one click.
My teenage-writer son’s response to ‘What do you like best about your BlackBerry?’:

‘The MemoPad, WordToGo (Microsoft Word), my music, the fact that I can check my forums and…you know…everything else’
And there you have it, folks, just a few reasons why our family is a buncha BlackBerry junkies.

Wonderful Ways of Reading and Latest Reads O’ Mine

Just look what Santa TOTALLY surprised me with this Christmas:

Yep, a Sony eReader!  The picture to the left is the sweet lit’l cover that came with it while the picture to the right is what’s found when the cover is opened. While I pondered if I wanted an eReader or not, the Santa in my life surprised me and boy do I LOVE it! This is a Sony PocketReader–no internet, no sound, nothin’ but good reading ahead. I have a laptop and a BlackBerry, all I want my eReader to do is let me read books. Santa SO scored on this one!

For me, the question has never, ever been ‘books OR eReader’. I love to read and I will take it any way I can. I love the feels and smells of my paper books and I enjoy the convenience and abilities of my eReader. Reading while eating is so easy–no book to hold open, just use one finger to press a button. This is a big deal for avid readers, is it not?!?


The picture to the right >>> over there is how I get my reading fixes these days–any and every way possible! I enjoy using Border’s mobile eReader app on my BlackBerry (have tried B&N and Kindle apps as well, Border’s wins for smoothness and ease).  Actually, that above mentioned perk goes beyond eating whilst reading, it’s great anytime.  I really like having several books handy when traveling or waiting whilst out and about. What a fantastic and wondrous world we’re living in!!

So, having all my reading opportunities in place and always at my fingertips, what have I been reading?

*How To Bake A Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal– Even if you are not a baker or ever intend to bake, this is simply a good story–an enjoyable story. The characters are believable and likable, I turned pages wanting to know more. I hope to see these characters again in further stories.

*Chasing The Night by Iris Johansen– I have enjoyed reading Ms. Johansen for quite some time now. I like her Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn characters–including Jane and Trevor(both of whom were not in this book but I hope will have another appearance soon).

*The Fiery Cross and A Breath Of Snow And Ashes by Diana Gabaldon– I have loved the Outlander series of books by this lady from the very first one and have read all of them thus far. These books were the first ever novels that I wanted to re-read in bits and pieces, just stroll through and visit friends from time to time. I think that is perhaps the best feeling a reader can have about characters. I have never in my entire 40 years–and I’ve been reading voraciously as long as I can remember–wanted to just pick pages to re-read in a book before this series came along.

I hope you’re finding great reads that bring you comfort, excitement, peace, laughs…whatever it is you seek at the time!

~Happy Reading!


Random Ramblings

*I made this last night. My family had two words to say…’oh…yum’.

*I read SO much good stuff yesterday–and every single word of it online. Thank you for technology–amen. Here are a few of them:

  • Locusts and Wild Honey is a blog I stumbled upon this weekend during a marathon couch session of internet surfin’. All I can say is, this girl has a great writing voice–her posts were purely enjoyable for me. No lectures on how to do this or that, no enlightenment advice(don’t get me wrong, all of that has it’s place), just great posts about life and lots of laughs as well.

*My BlackBerry’s name is JARVIS.(ya know…Ironman? Tony Stark?) What, you don’t name your electronics?!?

*I am going to eat the above mentioned chicken and noodles for breakfast this morn.

*I am going to sit on the couch in my patch of sunshine and eat the above mentioned chicken and noodles for breakfast this morn–all the while ignoring that it is freakin’ ass freezin’ S-E-V-E-N degrees outside…lalala…