What I’m wondering

Now that school is back in session, I’m spending a little bit of time sitting in my car… in carpool, waiting for dance class, etc. And that time is usually spent catching up on reading.  Reading my current book of choice or reading one of the magazines I subscribe to.

I love magazines. I love the glossy, sleek pages. I love the streamlined design, the catchy fonts and colorful titles and the glorious photography.  The latent graphic designer in me is in heaven when I find a well laid-out magazine.

Some of my current favorites are Family Circle, Real Simple and Taste of Home.  They give me ideas for taking care of my family and usually provide some general entertainment when I’m stuck in car rider line. My guilty pleasure that I read when I travel is Vanity Fair. I like the fact that the articles are long (and interesting) and get me through long flights when I can’t read on my e-reader.

fam circle

But one of my pet peeves, since I have an e-reader, is that, should I want to read my magazine on my e-reader, I’d have to pay for a completely different subscription in addition to my paper magazine subscription.  Way back when I used to subscribe to the Martha Stewart family of magazines, I got access to the electronic magazine included in my paper subscription.  It was a great perk that spoiled me utterly.

I admit, I love, love, love reading a paper magazine. More so than the electronic version. I love sliding those glossy pages along each other as I peruse the pages and read the articles.  I love being able to read them in carpool line or at the pool without worry of wear and tear and water damage.  I love being able to tear out the one page with a recipe, or an article, that I want to share or save, without having to keep the whole darn thing when I’m finished.

What I don’t love is that they are big and bulky to carry around… which leads me to wishing I could read them on an e-reader.  I have tried. Lord knows, I’ve tried. For several magazines I tried electronic versions, thinking I would drop the paper completely and read them only on the e-reader.  But it just wasn’t the same.  It seems sterile.  And I don’t get the same “feel” as I’m flipping through the pages.  Some of them are hard to read because the font size is so small – or you have to use the “article view” which totally ruins the “read the words and look at the picture at the same time” vibe you get with a paper magazine.

But it is nice having six months of magazines on my e-reader to peruse or review a recipe at will.  And that is why I wish I had access to all my magazine subscriptions on my e-reader… AND my paper magazines, too.


I can’t have it all?

Apparently not.

While some magazines, like Martha Stewart, offer complimentary access to their electronic version of their magazines to subscribers, most I’ve found do not.  And this is really too bad.  The way I see it, I’ve already paid the premium for them to print and ship the magazine to me. (paper subscriptions are a lot more than e-versions)  I don’t think it costs them any more effort, hassle or money to provide me access to download the e-version to the same issue.

What do you think?

Are you an e-reader gal?  Or are you paper only?

Do you do like me and waffle between the two?

I guess, at some point, I’ll make the cut over to electronic-only.  But I am not sure when.  Even though I have an e-reader (multiple, actually) I still love holding a real BOOK in my hands.  Even though I use an electronic calendar, I still love writing things down in my PLANNER.  There is just something about the tactile sensation of these activities.

I’m in a quandary – and the publishers would make my life so much easier if they’d just let me have my cake and eat it too, so to speak.

What do you think?


Wondering on Wednesday ~ What makes you happy?

I was thinking about how happy I’ve been lately.  Granted, there’s been some stress in my life, but even with that, I just have this overall feeling of contentment.  Life is good.  I’m blessed with a job that I love and can do from home, a schedule that allows me to focus on my kids when I need to and juggle other responsibilities. I have a husband who loves me and supports me in all my crazy ideas and two not-so-little girls that I adore (and who like me most of the time, too).

On top of all that, there are the little things that make me happy. 

Here are a few little things that have made me happy lately:

  1. Werther’s Original Sugar Free Caramel Coffee candiesimage
    These are sooo good. You can’t tell they are sugar free and they give a great coffee and caramel flavor. Very rich tasting. I feel like I’m getting away with something when I eat one of these.
  2. My Droid image
    How did I ever survive without this thing?  Seriously. I take it EVERYWHERE
    (even the bathroom, but that is probably TMI, isn’t it?)
    It’s like having a laptop in your pocket. I can find out anything I want to know anytime, anywhere. Directions, updates from my friends on Facebook, emails from work, movie times, restaurants, etc.  I’m so addicted, the darn thing should probably have a name (like Beatrice Nook does)
  3. My Knitting
    After stepping away from the hot yarn for the summer, I’m so enjoying getting back into my knitting. I find such peace as I’m sitting at the dance studio waiting for the girls to finish up classes and knitting my little heart out. I guess I’m a kinesthetic person, because the physical act of knitting is like a balm to my soul. It just really calms me and focuses me. I have started knitting in the evenings for about 30 minutes before the bedtime rush. It has been really interesting to do that – I find I’m a lot more patient and calm for the monkeys’ bedtime when I do that.
  4. Beatrice Nook
    I love being able to read anything whenever/wherever I want. I also love the fact that I have the Nook software on my Droid so I can read even if I forget Beatrice (the horror!) and find myself with a few extra moments somewhere.
  5. (this one may sound crazy to you) Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Detergent
    image Maybe crazy sounding, but I am loving this stuff. It gets out all kinds of stains and it has the best scent! I don't even think I need a dryer sheet when I’m finished with the washing.  The clothes are fresh, clean, and soft when I’m folding them. Love it.

Wondering on Wednesday

So, today, I’m wondering…

What makes you happy?

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and tell me your five things that make you happy today.

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I’m Wondering on Wednesday: Twitterpated

I was sitting by the pool the other day, watching the girls swim and entertaining myself by reading Facebook and Twitter posts.  While I was reading the posts, I started to wonder…Wondering on Wednesday

I have a Twitter account (obviously)

I send “tweets” daily (most of the time).

I spend (probably too much) time reading tweets and following people.

But I have to admit one thing:

I don’t really get it all.

Being on Twitter, to me, is kinda like being a Mom. You talk,  you share things, you speak your innermost thoughts, but you never really know if anyone is actually listening or cares.

I see a lot of people putting tweets out there that are marketing-focused – read my blog post, check out this new product, etc. And then there are the tweets that are more train-of-thought type tweets. 

My question is this…

Does it really matter?

I’ve joined the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge over on The Secret is in the Sauce blog.  I’m having fun learning ways to improve my blog and blog posts.  As a part of that process, everyone is following each other on Twitter. 

With all of these extra folks to follow (think 500+ people here) I’m finding it hard to sift through all the noise to find the nuggets of goodness in there.  I’m finding I would rather just ignore Twitter than try to figure it out.

I’m torn between wanting to follow the herd and using Twitter to share with folks and just dropping the whole thing altogether. I mean, I have the blog, I have Facebook, I have email and my phone. Do I really need Twitter, too?

So, help me out here:

  • What do you think?
  • How do you use Twitter? (or do you use it at all?)
  • Do you like it?
  • What are your secrets?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.