Friday, April 4, 2014

Thoughts On A Friday

So my entries have been scarce within the last two months, mainly because of lack of access to the Internet.  A lot of interesting things have happened since February that I have been wanting to share.

Last day of snow....before it melted

At the beginning of February, we had snow.  Our neighbors made snowmen and rode their ATVs around the neighborhood.  Honestly, it sounded like a lot of fun.   I was able to snap a picture before all the snow started to melt.   It was beautiful and it was so peaceful and quiet outside, but after awhile we were getting tired of being stuck indoors.

That Friday evening after most of the snow cleared out, we had an earthquake.  It’s rare that South Carolina gets an earthquake, although we are on an active fault.  The earthquake happened in another town, but other places, including the Upstate region felt the shake.  It was strange for me because I have never experienced an earthquake.  I was in bed watching TV, and suddenly I hear a rumble and the windows shake and it lasted a few seconds, but think nothing of it until I saw the news.  The weather man was pointing at the map and I saw “earthquake” spelled out across the screen.  And for the next few days, it was all people were talking about.  When I was growing up, I thought earthquakes only happened in California.  Well, I was proven wrong.  To be honest, I don’t have a clue what to do if a really strong earthquake happened.   Some say you should get under a table.  I have heard of people running outside.  I don’t think going outside is a smart idea.  I better find out for myself.

I am now a proud owner of a tablet.  It was a gift from a friend.  And it is pretty awesome!  I have been wanting a tablet for some time now.  After the holiday season, I started pricing them on Amazon and other stores.  I had my eyes set on the Nook tablet from Barnes N Noble.  One day my friend showed her tablet.  I was asking her how to download books on it and retrieve files.  I know, I know, for some this is as easy as-I don’t know, tying your shoes.  The very next day, we were eating lunch and suddenly my friend pulls a bag from under the table.  Next, she tells me that she has a present for me.  I was stunned.  I wondered what it could be.  I thought maybe someone bought me another magnifier because they thought the pocket one I carry is too small or some other object entirely.   I anxiously opened the bag, and pull out the box.  I should have been paying closer attention to the box, but I knew that it wasn’t a magnifier.  Then, I opened the box, and before me was a flat shiny object called a tablet.  I turned it on and looked up in disbelief.  To cut a long story short, I didn’t have to buy a tablet now.

Reading books on the tablet is pretty awesome.  I downloaded the Amazon Kindle app, Nook app, and Moon+Reader app.  I have been testing each one out to see which one is the best fit for me.  I like a little variety.  If I want to purchase books from Amazon, I can do so. If I want to purchase books from B&N, I can do that too.

I really needed to invest in an e-reader because I am running out of space to store books and I am tired of my brother grumbling every time he spots a new book under my desk or when the UPS truck pulls in front the house.  I discovered that the California Diaries series by Ann M. Martin is available on Amazon Kindle.   What????  I have been looking for this series in bookstores for years.  I bought the first two books when I was in 8th and 9th grade.  Apparently the plug was pulled on the series, and bookstores stopped carrying them.  Maybe one day, I can Google and find out why?  I am sure that Wikipedia has something on this, but is it accurate?  When I was in college, it was unacceptable to cite Wikipedia as a reputable source.  At any rate, I am working on my Goodreads To Read List, I already see a bunch of books I want to load my tablet with.  I really need to use self control here.  I can't spend all my money on books.

I only planned five, but this is a bonus.  This winter has been the coldest winter in a long time here in SC. After being under blankets and inside all winter, it was nice to finally get out last weekend and enjoy the sunshine.  I was invited on a hiking trip at Table Rock State Park  in Pickens, South Carolina.  I have never been hiking before and never imagined that I would be huffing and puffing my way up a trail.  I don’t know what I was expecting.  It wasn’t smooth sailing that's for sure.  I had to climb over rocks, tree roots, and more.  Other experienced hikers went all the way to the top to see the sunset.  I wish that I could have seen it, but I was too tired to make it all the way, plus I wanted to be off the trail by dark.  Actually, you have to be off the trail by a certain time.  If not, you the rangers will escort you down and you may even get charged a fine-depending on how much time you go over.  I felt so unprepared when I arrived.  Various people in the group had backpacks filled with snacks, water, and flashlights.  I did have sense enough to bring water and a jacket because the temperatures dropped dramatically when the sun went down.  I had a good time, spent time with friends, and tried something new.  It just goes to show, don’t knock something until you try it, and you never know what you can when you actually get off your butt and try.

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