Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Tale of the iPad

My husband got me an iPad for Christmas. We don't usually give each other big ticket gifts, but this year he wanted to WOW me.

See, a few months ago, on my birthday actually, he called me up to let me know he'd just bought a car. It was a piece of crap Jeep Wagoneer and it was puffing blue smoke. This was a problem for 5 reasons.
1. He already had a car, a very nice car actually.
2. He'd never fixed a car in his life.
3. It was my birthday
4It was barely a month after my c-section and there was a ton of work that needed to be done in the yard and I couldn't do it.
5. He didn't ask me first (probably because he knew I'd said no).

I was a little upset. He was very apologetic. We made a deal that it would be out of my garage before Christmas, whether it was fixed or not.

He worked on it most nights, pouring time and money into it. I wondered if the dump had a pick up service. Then, one week before Christmas, he fixed the blue smoke problem, put it up for sale, and sold it two days later for a pretty decent profit.

He used that profit to buy me an iPad for Christmas.

It was very sweet of him.

Since then I've been trying to figure out what to do with this iPad. It's a very useful little contraption, with apps to help with everything from calorie counting to tweeting. But I'm finding that we (and by we I mean my three-year-old and occasionally my husband or me) mostly use it to play dumb games.

Truth be told, I have the same love/hate relationship with the iPad that I have with most of the other pieces of technology in my house. It makes me miss simpler times... like last month.

But I'd still rather have the iPad than the Jeep.

Do you ever get overwhelmed by technology? Has your spouse ever bought a car without asking you? Do you play Angry Birds?

27 comments:

Christopher said...

I love my iPad. It has replaced my laptop. I even write my novel on it. I hook it up to my Bluetooth keyboard and away I go.

Brenda said...

There are some very cool books for kids available for the iPad. My husband has one for work and when he had to take it with him to NYC last week on a business trip, my little guy definitely was bummed that we wouldn't be reading the interactive (and infinitely cooler than Mom) version of How to Train Your Dragon.

I downloaded a book for myself when it first appeared, and, although it was great, I could live without it. I did get a Kindle for Christmas, though, and that's another story. The fact that it can fit in my purse -- and there's nothing else to really do on it than read -- are huge selling points.

Maybe that's the overwhelming part, actually. The iPad has all of this...functionality. And you feel like you should use it. But then it becomes another distraction. Either away from the things you legitimately should be doing or the things you want to be doing. I don't know. I didn't take to it either, although if you have a big enough purse, it's a great way to read a book.

Riv Re said...

Something useful on the iPad: You can add an e-reader app :)

MC Howe said...

Oh my God! What a great present. iPad is without question the greatest invention of the new millennium. Sure there are games. I've just spent an hour on Angry Birds, in fact. Riv Re mention e-readers. I have four (iBooks, Kindle, B&N, Borders) who knows how many more there are. You can watch videos, check the weather, learn to knit, listen to music, track the stars, browse the web, get stock quotes, etc, etc, etc...

Can't figure out what to do with it? I suggest a visit to the app store.

Diane said...

No electronic contraptions here..... I would be playing games too and don't need yet another thing to distract me.... :O)

Wen Baragrey said...

I quite like Angry Birds, love it, even. But it's Plants vs. Zombies that gets me. I'm totally addicted. I can't let myself near it or there goes my day. It's great if you're stuck in a hospital waiting room, but other than that, not so much!

That hubby of yours sure managed to score some points on the jeep thing :D I'd been wondering how that one turned out!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Technology. What can I say? Love. Hate. It has brought so many wonders into our lives, as well as time sucks and hair-pulling fits when it won't work. I wouldn't go back, but I'd love to have my own personal tech guy. :)

Joanne Fritz said...

Oh ha ha, Natalie. My husband once drove to the car dealer to get his oil changed and came home with a brand-new pickup truck! Without asking me! So I feel your pain.

But what a lovely thing your husband did by turning that old junker into cash for an iPad for you. How sweet of him!

I'd rather have a trip to someplace warm, but if you like the newest technology, that's great. I will probably eventually cave in and buy some form of e-reader (I hear ARCS will someday only be available as e-ARCS), but for now I'm sticking with my old-fashioned paperbacks. A small one fits nicely in my purse for doctor's waiting rooms, etc. And no need to charge it. I also carry index cards and a pen everywhere I go. I certainly don't need time-wasting games. I'm a slow enough writer as it is.

And I still want to know: if in the future books are all e-books, how will authors autograph them?

Jemi Fraser said...

Well that's a good way to redeem himself :)

I can't help you with what to do with it - I haven't even seen one yet. I do have one coworker who swears he'll never use a regular computer again - he loves it that much.

Stephanie Thornton said...

There are some great programs for the iPad. Drawing Pad is absolutely fantastic and I don't feel bad letting my four-year-old play it. It's basically a gigantic art box with no clean up required.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

What a guy!

We were reading Prince Caspian tonight, and I had to smile when I heard a line about feeling tied to the phone. If only!

Catherine Denton said...

Yes, no, yes. But I'll admit I wish I was a whiz at technology. Would make life easier. Ah well...

Jade said...

Angry Birds FTW!!! I haven't go an iPad (I have an iPhone) for the sole reason that I'm worried it will make my procrastination worse!

Medeia Sharif said...

I'd love to have an iPad.

I'm a techie, but what I don't like is that once I buy something, within a year or two it's already considered outdated.

Sara B. Larson said...

Glad he redeemed himself! ;)

Oh man, Angry Birds... I was so addicted when I first got my phone and started playing it. Luckily my need to kill pigs has dwindled. ;)

paulsifer42 said...

I intentionally stay one step behind the technological curve (my phone still doesn't even send pictures, because I long for simpler times. Best of luck on finding what to do with that iPad. :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Wow, that's awesome. What an upgrade from a crappy car to an iPad! How sweet of your hubby! I don't own one but would love to have one.

Paul Greci said...

I'm sort of a neo-luddite. I like my laptop, have barely scratched the surface of using a cell-phone in my life, and have never owned a microwave. That said, I'm pretty much addicted to having a highspeed internet connection and I'm guessing I'd enjoy having an ipad.

Emy Shin said...

I definitely do get overwhelmed by technology. There're too many things out there, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them.

VR Barkowski said...

I used to be a techie, had to have all the latest and greatest, but I've grown out of it. I've found technology tempts, but seldom delivers.

DL Hammons said...

I remember when you posted following his Jeep purchase. Not a happy camper! But nice job redeeming yourself hubby. I too have an iPad and I use it to read blogs, check e-mails, browse the internet, play games, critique other writers chapters, etc etc. The real value will come in when you travel with one though. Indispensable!!!!

Lisa Aldin said...

HAHAHA! My husband LOVES Angry Birds. He plays it all the time. I have tried playing it but I suck. I like technology...when it is working. But I think it's important to get outside every now and then!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Our whole family has been sucked into Angry Birds. THose smiling pigs make me crazy LOL! I have an iPad too but find that until Apple gets on the stick and puts a flash drive in, it's less useful for actual writing endeavors than it could be. Entertaining post:)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Angry Birds. lol. You're so funny.
No, my spouse has never bought a car without asking me. Probably because I don't have a spouse.
And yes, I wish for simpler times too. Hence why I write old-fashioned characters like Nathan. He would never use an iPad. Unless you could get him addicted to Angry Birds. ;)

Karen Akins said...

Hubbykins has an iPad through work, and I play on it a lot. It was FABULOUS for the 12 hour road trip we took over Christmas with a toddler. I don't know that I'll ever read books on it, though. I love the feel of paper too much.

My dad once bought a car without consulting my mom. When she saw what he'd done, she took the keys without speaking and drove off. After 20 minutes, I think he started to get a little nervous she wasn't coming back. :)

Terri Tiffany said...

No, hubby never bought a car without me cause I'm better at wheeling and dealing:)
I love technology but some of it I find big time eaters so I choose carefully.

Jean Ann Williams said...

IPad? I'm just now asking questions about Kindle. Isn't there an IPod? You can tell I am NOT a techie person. I don't need another distraction, for I am a slow re-writer.

I am wondering if I should get something so I can listen to books while I do outdoor chores. I lose some writing time in the summer, because I still read a bit for pleasure. If I had an e-reader, I'm thinking I'll have no time lost for writing. I guess you can tell writing and reading go hand in hand.