New Travel Companions

I am getting ready to spend a lot of time on the road.  I needed (read: wanted) a couple of new travel companions along for the ride:

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I took the plunge and bought a Kindle after seeing the one my sister had bought.  So much easier than lugging heavy books on the plane.  So worth the investment.  I just bought the basic model that has Wi-Fi for $139.  I paid a little extra for the bling and cover.  I bought two books so far for my Kindle, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, and Saving Rachel (A Donovan Creed Crime Novel) by John Locke.  That should keep me busy for awhile while spending time in airports and on planes.  I really miss reading novels, and am hoping these books are really good.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes highly recommended by my Mom, so I'm sure it's good.  One really cool feature of the Kindle, is that you can position the cursor on a word, and the definition pops up.  I've already used that feature a couple of times, for example to look up the word calcareous, adj. containing calcium carbonate; chalky,  LOVE that feature.

The other new travel companion was really a much needed upgrade:

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A new laptop, that can handle the multitude of photos I take while traveling with lightening speed.  It has been great so far.  (You can see my iphone charging on the side, and it's an original 3G, and the battery life doesn't last very long, so that will need to be addressed sooner or later.)  I'm keeping my iphone with AT&T for now, because that phone will work in Ireland when I head out for that trip later this month, meaning I don't have to buy a satellite phone (which you have to do with other carriers). 

And on a totally unrelated note, I made this White Chicken Chili for dinner last night:

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It was just a bit too spicy for me, but otherwise good, and I like that the recipe didn't call for any added salt.  Next time, I'll not add as many jalapenos and chiles.  

It's raining cats and dogs today here in Maryland, safe travels to everyone.

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