…and a lot of other stuff, too!

Pod People

ipod in leather case

Ok, so the most amazing and wonderful thing happened to me last Saturday. Actually, the story is a bit longer than that.

Back in March, I was finally fitted with my new motorized wheelchair. My last one had been my main mode of transport for the last 9 years, so the new one took some getting used to. Specifically, it has this fun little thing on the side which I can only describe as the wheelchair equivalent of a glove compartment, very handy for carrying things such as the cell phone and van keys. Not so great, it turns out, for MP3 players.

I had been the owner of a Creative Jukebox Zen Xtra, the big one with the mondo 60GB hard drive. I love music and literally own hundreds of CD’s, and this early model large hard drive device had been my constant companion for the last three years or so. And no, I’m not exaggerating… I have big ol’ speakers to plug into it at home, really cool speakers on and under my desk at work, and a car adapter, so really, my music is absolutely everywhere with me.

On my first day home alone with my new chair, I clipped the doorway with the glove compartment thingy, which renders my total width almost two inches wider than I had been used to for 9 years. My MP3 player bounced out, and crashed to the floor, and broke. I mean really, how was this possible? I’d dropped it lots of times before, even on the concrete pool deck at the swim club, with no ill effect.

To say I was heartbroken was putting it mildly. For the last several weeks I had been making do with an SD card in my PDA (yep, I’m a gadget geek!), but even with the 2GB card, it just wasn’t the same! I wanted all of my music at my fingertips, and I missed it terribly.

Well, last week, my very good friend Steve (he has to be a good friend to take me to the Sheep and Wool Festival, right?) came into the house carrying a gift bag. This is such a rare thing to happen that at first I actually assumed that his sister Cindy had sent a little something from Illinois! Oh boy. Was I ever surprised when I opened the gifts and found a brand new 80GB iPod Video! I was beyond flabergasted and completely overjoyed. Yes, the gift was extravagant to the point that I truly did not know what to say. But, more than that, m friend truly understood what my MP3 player had meant to me and how much it had played a role in my day-to-day life. My friend Steve is someone who would be there for me, no matter what. He has given so much of himself over the years, and is a true support to me and my family. So yes, I am overwhelmed. He really “got it.” And now, I am happily re-loading my music library and my practically every waking moment is once again filled with music.

So Where’s the Knitting Connection?

Closeup of podcast listings on iPodI’ve discovered Podcasts! Wow, they’re fun. There are quite a few knitting podcasts listed on iTunes. Right now, my favorite is Cast On, by Brenda Dayne. I also really love Let’s Knit2gether, which is a really cool video podcast. And the best part about podcasts? They’re totally FREE! Where have these BEEN all my life? As you can see in the photo, I can get my daily nerdy news fix, fulfill my travel fantasies, and catch a few laughs and other stuff, too. I think I am addicted to these podcasts, and I currently have more than 80 different episodes of various ones to view and listen to. They’ll keep me busy, for sure. Haha.

Thank you so much, Steve!!

From the Newsstand…

Today I stopped by Barnes and Noble and picked up three new knitting magazines: Interweave Knits, Creative Knitting, and Knit Today, which I had actually not seen before but was intrigued. It was bundled with a booklet that had a bunch of patterns for bags in it, so I figured it was worth a look. Haven’t checked it out yet, but when I do, I’ll let you know.

And I am actully considering subscribing to Interweave Knits, because I’m curious to see how Eunny Jang is going to do as their new editor. To be honest, I had never even heard of her before the discussion about her kicked up after the Interweave Knits announcement. The Old Guard wondering what a hip young thing of 24 can do with the magazine. Lots of others saying that she is a brilliant writer and knitter. I have since discovered the latter to be true myself, but as a writer and editor by profession, I cannot imagine having that amount of responsibility on my shoulders at such a young age. Heck, I couldn’t imagine it now. But I am rooting for her and I want her to do well. So, I am anxious to see her debut issue when it comes out in the fall.

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