A while back, I was asking your opinion about buying either an iPad or an 11 inch MacBook Air. It’s not that I was in any position to purchase either, but I was looking far ahead into the future. And dreaming.
The idea that I had in my head was that I wanted something small that I could carry in my purse so that I could accomplish more work and writing on the fly. I’m not one of those people that handles down time well, so when I’m stuck in a waiting room somewhere, rather than catching up on reading deep literature like People Magazine, for example, I’d rather be getting some things accomplished.
And besides, a game or 5 of Scrabble will only improve my writing skills. Theoretically speaking.
I so appreciated your input on this matter, and honestly, I was like a ping pong ball between the two choices. Sure the iPad was about half the price of the MacBook Air, but I would be doing a good deal of typing and if you’ve ever seen me texting you would see why I’m about 320 e-mails behind in my replies.
And so I started a tiny little savings plan, wherein I would squirrel away pennies from the sale of old curriculum, birthday money, and whathaveyou. And then I got to thinking. Thinking even BIGGER. And I realized that perhaps I had something of value to sell.
Here’s where things get really weird and you may be just slightly repulsed.
Okay. When my mother died, I inherited her jewelry box. Inside are some wonderful antique costume jewelry pieces that I dearly love. A number of years ago when I was going through the box, I discovered a small envelope. I dumped the contents out into my hand. There were assorted gold teeth and fillings. A few even had THE ORIGINAL TEETH ATTACHED.
Fiddledaddy who was standing near was all WHAT THE????
But really, it didn’t faze me because in the same drawer was a little box of my baby teeth that I also inherited when my mother died. Otherwise I may have gone on believing in the Tooth Fairy.
But I was curious, whose gold teeth were these? After I revived Fiddledaddy, I set about the task of playing Nancy Drew to solve the mystery. I went to my Aunt Audine, because she was the keeper of all family secrets for me. She seemed to think that they were my grandpa’s teeth which must have been extracted at the funeral home. And I didn’t have the presence of mind to ask her WHOSE IDEA WAS THAT?
I’m just guessing that it was a customary practice, because even though my Nanny was on the frugal side, I know for fact that she was too distraught at the time to think of it.
Although. It was her sister, my great Aunt Annie, who buried husband #2 next to husband #1 to save a little money because as she put it, “Well, the plot is already paid for.”
I’ll never really know.
But I have noticed that Fiddledaddy is a little more jumpy since he discovered this information about my gene pool.
I filed the gold teeth back away in the jewelry box and tried to forget them…
Until last week when I saw the price of gold. It just so happens that I have a good friend who is in the business of buying and selling gold. So I thought I’d take Pa’s teeth in to have a look-see, along with some other small gold pieces that I no longer wear. This friend of mine is kind of used to me, so he didn’t bat an eye when I revealed my wares.
People, Pa’s teeth plus a few assorted gold trinkets netted me the ability to purchase this.
A NEW PURSE!
But look what I can fit into my new purse.
A cute little case. Which contains:
A NEW IPAD! Now this doesn’t look like your ordinary iPad, because WHAT HO! I can type using all 10 digits. While I did not care for the blue tooth keyboard that I saw at the Apple Store because the keys were all soft and kind of stuck, Fiddledaddy found me a Logitech keyboard made to fit the iPad 2.
ALL MY PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED.
Well. At least my dilemma about the iPad and my ability to type at the speed of smell. And paying for the whole thing.
My joy knows no bounds.
Now I’m eyeing anything shiny in our home as possible collateral toward some new flooring. I’ve made a solemn vow to Fiddledaddy that I won’t try to hock my wedding ring or offspring.
So iPad users, what are your favorite must have apps?