My Three Favorite Christmas Gifts (so far)
I received a lot of really nice gifts this year. There was the usual assortment of mom gifts – a chicken-shaped cutting board and my favorite lotions and scrubs. There were the practical gifts – a bread box – because if a certain lab puppy steals another loaf of bread off the counter my head might pop off and a Spot Bot, another pet-influenced gift.
But I have to admit – there are 3 gifts that have quickly become my favorites. I have used them multiple times per day since Christmas. So, without further ado, my 3 favorite Christmas gifts are:
I was one of the cell phone holdouts. I didn’t get one until I was pregnant, commuting 60 miles into work each day and had already broken down once on the highway. Then I only got one for “emergencies”.
I also held out as long as I could before getting a smart phone. The good ‘ol slide, text phone was good enough for me. Until I saw Spouse’s phone and what it could do.
Now, my phone is very important to me. I text a lot. I listen to music. I have apps to check my blog stats, check my editing workload and an app to help keep track of finances. I check Facebook, personal and business pages. I also read on my phone a lot. The Nook app allows me to grab five minutes of reading whenever and wherever I can. Ironically, I talk very little on my phone.
Things started to get frustrating a few months ago when my phone stopped holding a charge for the entire day. My phone is only a year old and given my propensity for holding out against new technology, it might be several years before I get a new one.
Spouse found the perfect solution: Mophie. The Mophie Juice Pak Case is a cell phone case that is actually a second battery. When my cell phone battery runs dry, I switch on Mophie and I am good to go for at least another day.
The Boogie Board
No, I am not about to take up a new sport at the beach. Nor will the boys be riding this board down the stairs into their little sister breaking her leg (that’s another story).
No, this Boogie Board is otherwise known as electronic paper. It is a fantastically simple idea. It’s a pressure-sensitive, LCD board you can write temporary messages on and then erase them with a click of a button. It’s kind of like a modern-day Etch-a-sketch for adults.
You see, I’m a note taker. It helps me think and it helps me over come my MIADD. My desk is normally littered with little sticky notes containing various memos to myself. But I hardly ever keep them for more than a day because it is the act of writing it down that is important to me.
The Boogie Board is the ideal solution for me. I have been using it for work, but I have also used it to quickly copy down a new recipe I wanted to try. It is lightweight and very thin and works well to entertain kids during long waits.
I also got another surprise – the kids love to leave me secret messages on it (grammatical errors and all)!
My mother bought me a Roomba for Christmas! My very own drone that will clean my house while I do other important things, like write a blog. Since the kids didn’t turn out to be the slaves I thought they would be, I”ve been needing some extra help around the house.
I was skeptical at first that this little thing wouldn’t be powerful enough to tackle our house, or that the tiny bin for collecting the dirt would be overwhelmed by the copious debris on our floors. But Roomba doesn’t disappoint. She drives herself around in our house leaving a clean trail and goes back to her base when her bin is full.
And anything in our house that will put itself away gets bonus points with me.
So those are my 3 favorite gifts. But wait – the title says “so far”! With all of these wonderful things, could I even ask for more?
I do actually have one more gift coming. Spouse has been toiling away making me a very special present. In fact today he spent most of the day hammering, sawing and
swearing sweating. He is building me something to house things that I said I would never have (due to childhood trauma).
I can’t wait to show you a picture when it is finished!