Sunday, August 07, 2005
With the summer winding down, I made a long list of things to get done before the fall semester starts up. ...give the house a top-to-bottom cleaning, stock up on quick-to-fix meals, catch up on household finances, reorganize the home office... At the top of the list was to buy a MP3 player.
Well, I can check that item off the list. Originally, I planned to buy an iPod Shuffle. Then I heard about a deal through Audible.com where I could sign up for a monthly subscription and receive an MP3 player for free. I figured since I planned to sign up for Audible.com anyway, I might as well give the free player a try.
The player is not a name brand. It's a Nomad MuVo, which I think we can all agree is a really stupid name. But it is a cute little thing. It fits in the palm of my hand, and easily slips into a pocket. My first download was Anna Karenina. Always meant to get around to reading that one. So far, I'd discovered the MP3 player makes ironing less annoying. And it has already inspired more exercise walks in one weekend than I usually eke out of an entire week. I foresee the MP3 player accompanying me on expeditions in weeding, on the road when I need to travel for work, and to the mall when I finally must do some shopping.
(What, I don't like shopping? Yes, it is true. I consider shopping an odious chore, roughly equivalent to scrubbing out the build up of grime in the drain at the bottom of the sink.)
So what's next with the MP3 player? For now, I foresee sticking to some turn-of-the-last-century books for a while. I'd like to catch up a little in this area. I've never read a lot of Dickens, and I like the idea of listening to some H.G. Wells and Robert Lewis Stevenson, just for fun. We'll see where the Nomad takes me.