There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Secrets revealed

Several facts about rosemary...some of these are not secrets.

Numero uno: Steve spoils me...I am a spoiled brat. There are moments every day when I wonder why he loves me. He did know right from the start that I was moody, whiny, crabby and plain old bitchy. He saw and found something in me I can't seem to see or find...anyway, he loves me and that is all that matters.

Due: Steve often buys me large gifts.....large as in costing more than we can really afford. Example: Louie. Second example: My anniversary ring. When he does this big purchasing the deal is: The gift is for the year, every single event we might celebrate; birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's day etc. Louie covered Christmas '07 and all of 2008. The anniversary ring covered 3 years. Steve bought it for our 10th anniversary but the ring had 12 stones. So it covered anniversaries 10, 11 and 12. Steve allows me to choose these gifts and a lot of the time I buy/order them myself. I ordered this secret myself after Steve kissed me and said "Honey, why don't you order the secret?" This arrangement works out well for both of us.

Three: For my entire life...yes, all 64 1/2 years of it......I have loved books and music. My mother gave me the opportunity to nurture that love....I spent more hours in the Library growing up than I did at home much to my mother's pleasure. I continued to use the Library until that time when I was working like a fiend, raising three kids, didn't have time to go to the Library......and had enough money to buy books. I am a book purchaser elitist. I traditionally only buy hardback fiction books...oh, of course I have bought paperbacks and non-fiction but only if I managed to miss buying a hardback and it was no longer available in that format. Book stores stay open late...and of course there is now online shopping, my BFF.

And that brings me to my secret....a secret that is not without drama of course. The first secret arrived last week. The secret was opened, plugged in to charge and I was beyond excited to use this secret. By now you should all know what the secret is....after reading the previous paragraph.......but I will keep up the illusion of telling my secret.

So, after unplugging the secret to make a long story short because I can go on and on the damn thing didn't seem to want to work. I immediately emailed my friend and support family here.

Emails flew over the Internet, questions were asked and the situation became more puzzling. I finally emailed the supplier directly after my friends came to a conclusion and sure enough the secret had experienced a stroke and had left sided paralysis. This was all my fault. I caused the stroke by choosing free shipping that involved 10 scans and handling. The secret is tender, young and new....not use to scans, big hands and getting thrown into a, all my fault.

Two guys later, Carlos and Steven, the decision was made to return the secret and a new one would be sent overnight. This was last Thursday but delivery overnight in Sandpoint meant Monday not Friday. Well, fooled me because the secret2 arrived right on time Friday.

This time I only opened the secret. I did charge it but did not turn it on. I printed out the manual from my computer and started studying as if I had a final on Monday and was cramming. The secret was packed up in its cute black box with letters all over it and accompanied me to the Library Board meeting Monday night. The secret....which by now was appropriately named Candy.....was turned on, all of its features were available for use, was registered and ready for me to enjoy.

The following are understatements:
1. I am so excited about Candy I can hardly contain myself.
2. Candy is worth twice the purchase price.
3. My secret friends were beyond supportive and helpful and didn't complain once about how annoying I was.
4. Steve is the best husband a woman could have, loves me for sure and wants me to be happy and at the moment I am that.

Here is the secret: Tada, drum roll and clang those cymbals:

May I present Candy, my Kindle2!!!!!

This is the most amazing device I have ever had.....surpasses my laptop and even my hand held can opener. It can do tons of stuff beyond having the capability of electronically providing books. It is sold by, is the second generation of Kindle and I love her. My friend Madeline gave me tons of information and her husband Jimmy actually works on the Kindle project...see....told you they were invaluable! I "bought" two books but am saving that reading pleasure until I finish reading the manual which is the most fascinating non-fiction I have ever read!!!!

Does this mean I no longer want a new handbag? Uh, no. Did I forget to mention in paragraph 2 that I am also selfish, want what I want and am determined to get it? So, the handbag will eventually arrive, perhaps a tote to carry Candy as well and that will count for all of 2010....but, I'm flexible.....I wouldn't turn down a handbag in 2009.


sageweb said...

Very cool! I have no idea what those things do other than you can read books on them. But it is a very coool loking gadget and your honey is a sweety.

Mom said...

What a wonderful gift from a wonderful man to a wonderful woman. Tell us how you like after reading a book or two.

jp said...

Steve is a keeper. So is Candy, I assume, even though like Sage I don't know anything about them.

And now you can't say I haven't stopped by to visit. Pft.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I knew you had been coveting one of those. Initially, I thought it might be an iPod, then the "book" factor dawned on me! :-) Enjoy!

jan said...

That one big gift for the year is a great guess, no hinting, no mind reading, no hurt feelings.

I've been toying with the idea of a Kindle, you are quite a salesman.

kenju said...

THAT is the best gift ever. If I had that, full of books, I'd never need another purse!! LOL

Steve is the best, and I am very happy for you! This probably means we'll see less of you here. :-(

Jennie said...

Wow! That's exciting! My secret is though that I really know nothing about those kindle thingys. Tell us about it as you learn, I'd be interested. That does need a perfect carrying bag though. Tell Steve.

Sling said...

Steve just knows a good thing when he has it. ;)
I agree with Jan,you make a good pitch for owning a Kindle.
Is it easy to read all those tiny letters?

rosemary said...

Ok...Candy....can: download books, files, blogs, music, can "read" stuff to me if I want her to although her voice is annoying, I can bookmark a page, look up a word because she has a complete dictionary, shop at Amazon for reading material like books, newspapers and periodicals and I can adjust the text from little to huge with two clicks. It is an amazing device. The downside for me....and only those of you that live in the woods like me....there is no Whispernet service out here...but I can drive a short way and clickty click there is the connection!!!

Cazzie!!! said...

Awesome stuff!!

Miss Healthypants said...

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!!!! *smiles*

Congrats on your new little friend! *grin* You'll have to let us know if you still really love it a few weeks from now, after the "magic" wears off. :)

Middle Child said...

Now what is a kindle???? I will have to go and look it looks too good for me not to know... enjoy.

Shammickite said...

Can it wash dishes?
Specially those casseroles with burnt on sauce....?

madretz said...

Ha! Love that analogy of the first candy having a stroke and left-side paralysis! I'm so glad that your new Candy is behaving like she should be. And I agree that she'd be fetching in a new bag, too. Can you imagine being able to hold 1500 books in your one bag?

more cowbell said...

Yay! You've wanted one for so long, that's terrific, Rosemary! Steve kicks ass.

Also, reading your first paragraph, put me in mind of some Indigo Girls that I've always thought were such a good description of love beyond the surface. Yes, this is more corny that usual for the Cowbell, but hey, I have my moments:

And I don't know
How you show
Such gentle disregard
For the ugly in me
That I see
That for so long
I took so hard.

And I truly believe
That you see the best in me
I'm in love
We all love
And that thought
Sets me free

Free in you
Got no worries on my mind
I know what to do
That's to treat you right
And love you kind
Thank you ever on my mind.
Love is just like breathing
When it's true
And I'm free in you
Yes I'm free in you

It's not as good without the music, but that first bit says so much about what love should be. Sometimes you're pretty hard on yourself - if you could see what Steve sees, you'd buy a Kindle for you too!

Now, back to regularly scheduled sarcastic snark.