And while I do like it, I have to admit I don't love it. Yes, it is beyond easy and convenient to travel with. The weight of it in comparison to my humongous copy of Elle is ridiculously light. It's easy to read and can store something crazy like a thousand books. But the things to love about it all relate to convenience.
The things I love about reading a book have nothing to do with convenience. I love the smell of the paper, the way it feels to hold it in my hand, seeing the progress I make as I turn the pages. There are no page numbers in a Kindle, only percentages of progress. I love going to the library or bookstore and browsing through books. (Kindle cover via Knitty Bitties)
I also love to be nosy and look around at what people are reading when I am traveling or on vacation, or just sitting on the beach. I have read several books that I love based purely on the sheer number of people I saw reading the book. That is getting less and less relevant. On my flight over, 4/6 people sitting in my immediate area on board were reading Kindle's. I guess I could strike up a conversation with those people and ask what they're reading, but while many would probably politely indulge me as a curious lover of books, others would surely see it as an invasion of privacy and telll me to mind my own business? I don't need to open myself up to that type of hostility in the name of books.
The other nice thing about reading a book? It never runs out of battery power. My Kindle is dying and I forgot my charger (I remembered both of my cell phone chargers and my laptop charger, I can't possibly travel with yet another charger). I was so looking forward to finishing up 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp on the flight home. I finally got back into it after taking a 3 week break, and Chapters 7-9 rocked me to the core. Chapter 8 had me so unglued I had to get up and go to the bathroom for a breather. Now I will have to find other things to do to fill my time on the 6 hour flight home tonight.
So while my technological geek husband would love it if I loved my Kindle, I still just like it. I will continue to carry it around, but I will be making a trip to the library soon just to get my hand wrapped around a real, good old fashioned book.
In other non-related news, I filled up some time last night walking around my hotel and taking pictures of the outrageously consistent themed decor of blue. Want to have a look? I apologize for the bad cell phone pics...these pics below are of the lobby area. While I love a consistent color palette, this is a little over the top for me. Between the pleather seating areas, the feathered lamp shades and the pulsing techno music playing 24/7, I feel like I'm in a middle aged hipster's dream.These huge apothecary jars were very pretty. The intentional, very precise mixing of the chairs at each table almost seemed forced though. What do you think?
Each room comes with an iPad. I keep sliding around on that darn swivel chair though.
I will leave you with this picture. This toilet paper holder configuration has got to be the worst case of functional design I have seen in a while. I have to twist every time I need the paper, and then it doesn't unroll properly, so the paper comes off 1 sheet at a time. I keep taking it off that little holder and putting it on the floor, and housekeeping keeps putting it back. A minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things though ;)