Saturday, January 2, 2010

Reading


One of the presents I received for Christmas is a Kindle. And the first book that I downloaded was the Big Book of AA (2nd. edition). I did this reflexively. It was the only book that came into my head when I thought about downloading. Coincidence? I don't think so.

The Kindle is awesome. I have now downloaded 13 books and each takes about 30 seconds to download. I have tried the text to voice and like the woman's voice the best. There are a lot of free books available which is great. I still like regular books the best, but since it is 2010, I am willing to expand my horizons.

We had thought about going out on the boat yesterday. But the chilly rain made staying in seem like a good idea. So we went to lunch, watched the movies "Hangover" and "Shrink", took a nap, read from the Kindle, and went for a ride to the beach.

The movies were entertaining. "Shrink" was the best which showed how hopelessness can be changed into hope. It was inspiring. "Hangover" made me glad that I didn't wake up with a tiger in the bathroom, an unexplained baby in the closet, and married to a stranger after the party before getting married.

Today is cold and windy. We just had a good breakfast and later will go to a meeting. I feel happy and content. So I'll close with this:

"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation--some fact of my life--unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake." pg. 449 Alcoholics Anonymous

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review of the Kindle. I just needed an excuse to go order one today!! The phrase "It is what it is" used to aggravate me no end but it is my mantra today. A shortcut to serenity.

    Namaste

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  2. Have a wonderful weekend Syd!

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  3. I imagine the Kindle takes some getting used to. Let us know if it gets "comfortable."

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  4. Maybe I will get a Kindle from Santa next year.
    I hear you can put blogs now on Kindle....


    Very Happy New Year to you and yours....

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  5. Sounds like a lovely day. Films, reading, naps. Happy New Year and I hope you didn't mind me mentioning you in my post. Just your words really do help and inspire.

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  6. Dropping in to wish you a belated Happy New Years, Syd! Hope your weekend is good, despite the weather.

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  7. I bought a card with that big book quote on it long before I realized where it came from.

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  8. I don't know if I'm hip enough for a Kindle.
    I did wake up in a bathroom once with a huge toolbox. It wasn't mine or anyone elses in the house.

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  9. I love reading books but the idea of an electronic book I dont know it doesnt appeal.
    Maybe I am a luddite.. I will probably end up with something soon though cos I just love reading.
    Feel good for 2010 had an hard day today and well its back to work on Monday so tonights the last stay up late night and I am just gonna go bed.
    Thanks for comments always feel good to know just one mind outthere still reads my thoughts

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  10. Hiya Syd,

    Just passing by to wish you a wonderful2010 nd to thak ou for reading and upporting Memoires thoughout 2009... it was greatly appreciated.

    All my thoughts, hopes and wishes for this New Year,Shane.

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  11. I saw a Kindle recently and what impressed me was how easy it was to READ, so clear and simple to navigate and versatile. But can you "underline" or make notes? I am constantly doing that in books. I love techie gadgets :)

    Sounds like a good day!

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  12. ::sigh::

    That does it. I'm getting a Kindle. I have wanted one for two years. It's time.

    Happy New Year, Syd.

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  13. Sounds like a lovely mellow day. May you have another one of those tomorrow.

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  14. I just started reading your blog and as a newbie (less than a year) to recovery through Al Anon, I find your wisdom and perspective soothing. My soul continues to seek serenity. It's hard. You help me. I am grateful for you and other recovery bloggers. Thank you. I will keep coming back :)

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  15. Nothing in the world or in my head is bothering me tonight, so I must be in acceptance. It's a good thing.

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  16. on the stroke of midnight it started drizzling. and yesterday was a day of solid rain... rain brings new life. i like the start to this year.

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  17. I love books too, love the feel of the pages, the type the binding, the covers... I love the idea of the process that goes in from tree to pulp to paper to author, thought, idea expressed to editor to print to ...

    It's a process that allows for so many to get it to the end.

    Libraries, bookstores...

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  18. Best wishes for you and your Kindle. My wife got a competing product which I seem to have inherited although I've found some books it is OK with, others (like textbooks or reference books) are not as useful.

    Blessings and aloha...

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  19. Thanks Syd. I needed that quote right now.

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  20. Fuuny, The Big Book was the first book I donwloaded on my Kindle also. Go AA !!!

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  21. I love the quote, Syd.

    I watched Hangover, too. I really liked it. It was pretty funny.

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  22. That's my favorite quote from the big book.

    I can't give up my paper books though!!

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