It’s my first full week back to work since before Christmas, which has the potential to be depressing, but luckily I’ve got some distractions — one of which I am typing on, the other I am watching.
Over the past few months I’ve been considering two purchases: a new laptop and a Kindle. I don’t really need a new laptop, mine works fine, but it’s heavy and traveling with it is a bit arduous. During my last trip to NYC I walked from my hotel to the venue where my conference was. It wasn’t far, and I like to walk, but I was carting a big overnight bag with my giant laptop stuffed in it. I may have dislocated my shoulder. But I just haven’t been able to bring myself to buy the MacBook Air (refurbished, of course) that I had been eyeing.
This indecision — along with Christmas — also kept me from moving forward on my Kindle purchase. Then I remembered that at the end of the month I will be heading into the city once again, this time for a 2 day conference. The idea of carting my laptop along with me on that trip made me want to curl up into a ball and cry… but I still wasn’t convinced a new laptop was the way to go.
So I bought an iPad, and it showed up today! I am obsessed.
After I ordered the iPad I also ordered a Kensington KeyFolio with removable bluetooth keyboard. It showed up last week and has been taunting me ever since, with its empty space just waiting for the iPad to fill it.
Yesterday, while I was trying to take my mind off that empty iPad case — and waiting for the season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey — I started watching Game of Thrones. This show is pretty badass.
I’m only a few episodes into the first season, and so far the wolves, Lady Stark, and that crazy little Stark daughter who wants to be a warrior are my favorite characters. (What’s her name? I can’t understand what they’re saying…is it Aria?)
I think it’s filling a void in my life that The Hobbit failed to fill. The plethora of dwarves, trolls, and goblins and lack of hot elves and Viggo Mortensen made for a boring movie. Plus, I don’t really care if the dwarves get back to their mountain. I miss the days when I looked forward with great anticipation to the next LOTR movie. I even miss reading the books, becoming so immersed in the world that I tried to convince my friends that I’m the descendent of Arwen and Aragorn.
Game of Thrones isn’t quite Tolkien but it’ll do.