Shannon Stacey

Where's MY recharging cord?

I’m having a little trouble getting back into the post-holiday swing of things because a variety of things are conspiring to keep me curled up in my jammies on the couch all days—the new wee baby Asus, the iPod Touch, Undercover, a smokin’ hot futuristic romance from Lauren Dane, and the basket of homemade chocolate goodies from my sister.

The husband went to work today, and I feel kind of bad because it can’t make a man happy to have his family give him the bum’s rush out the door, but he’s a pain in the butt to have around during vacations. It starts early in the day because he tries to watch The Today Show while I am slavishly addicted to the warm, wacky, fun chemistry of the Good Morning, America crew. Then he’ll try to steal the television away from the kids and the PS3, which is never in my best interest.

So electronics have totally taken over my life. Seriously, I must have 986 USB cords lying around the kitchen and right now I think I have something plugged in and charging in every downstairs outlet. Crazy! And syncing all four mp3 players? Madness. The Short Kid treats his song choices as though it’s the only music he’ll ever get to listen to for the rest of his life and must agonize over every single track.

I also noticed when I went to do a little book buying last night that my plan to fully embrace the Touch as ebook reader is more doomed than I thought. Not only do I have a huge virtual TBR pile of .prc books (which are held captive by some serious DRM, most of it eHQN’s), but after trekking through and, I found none of the books I wanted were available in the iPod’s format. So I didn’t buy them. I went to Fictionwise and bought something else, but I’m put out by the thought of having to buy the .prc in the future, which means keeping track of/syncing/charging two separate devices.

Ceiling Cat forbid we should have one standard, universal format. :gaah:

Sadly, that’s about all I’ve been up to. My mission for today, should I choose to accept, is to find decent snowtires for the car. At least those don’t come with a USB cord!

4 comments to “Where's MY recharging cord?”

  1. Laurie
      · December 30th, 2008 at 10:56 am · Link

    I hear ya on the universal format. I got a Sony Reader, and was all excited to get all my ebooks on it. Only… I have mobipocket books and ereader books that don’t work on there. So I read my mobi books on my Palm, and my ereader books on my iPod Touch and my everything else on the Sony. Which is a lot of things to be carrying around when the ebook reader was supposed to make my book reading easier. (and kinda expensive, too…)

    Honestly, the issue isn’t getting the right software on these devices (the Palm can read all of them, I just find it too small and awkward to hold for long periods of time) it’s all about proprietary crap and making sure people can only buy your product. Gotta love a monopoly. hmph.

  2. Annmarie
      · December 30th, 2008 at 8:52 pm · Link

    I feels ya on the USB’s.

    I never have to think about snow tires. Ever.

  3. azteclady
      · December 31st, 2008 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Wishing you and your family a great 2009, Shannon, filled with success and joy, health and love!

  4. Shannon
      · December 31st, 2008 at 11:04 pm · Link

    And I’m wishing the same for you, azteclady!

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