Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Grab and Go

My Monday posts have something to do with writing. Friday's are Top Ten lists. Wednesday is a grab bag.

Today when I reached my hand in, I pulled out . . .

Pistachios
Did you know they're related to cashews, mangoes, and poison ivy?

E-Readers
Does anyone have an e-reader?
If so, what kind?
What do you like best about it?
What do you wish it would do that it doesn't?

and

Location, Location, Location
City, small town, or country?
Mountains or beach?
What's your favorite?
For living and for vacationing.

Separate from the grab bag, last Friday Lydia Kang at The Word Is My Oyster created a brand new award.

In Lydia's own words:
"Check it out. I made a new award for you guys. So if you desire something truly unique and are willing to suffer the certain headache you'll get from staring at it too long, then I present to you—"

So . . . what Lydia said. Except the headache part - LOL.

It's free to all of you as well if you missed it at her blog. And if you did miss it, shame on you :) Get over to Lydia's and check out her great blog - especially Medical Mondays.

29 comments:

Joanne said...

Pistachios - All I know about them is that I like them!

EReader - Don't have one, but plan on buying one. I'll probably choose Amazon's Kindle because it seems to have the largest library of ebooks to choose from.

Location - To live in ... Small town, with close proximity to several major cities. Vacation ... the beach, always and ever.

Mason Canyon said...

Never knew pistachios were related to poison ivy.

No E-Reader for me. My best friend has a Kindle and an IPad and loves both.

Location - I love living in the country and for vacation love visiting Texas.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

KarenG said...

I'd like an ereader but it won't replace books. It would supplement them. I'd like both a Kindle and an ipad, and an iphone while we're at it.

Linda Kage said...

Congrats on the award. YAY. Lydia is so creative to make up a new one.

And I had NO idea pistachios were related to all three of those things. How fasinating. I wonder if someone allergic to Poison Ivy is allergic to pistachios too. Boy, if you were allergic to poison Ivy AND nuts, you'd really want to stay away.

No ereader for me. But I'd like to try a Kindle. Actually, I'd like to try any of them.

Location: Country Living, Beach and Mountain visiting.

Lydia Kang said...

I have a kindle on my mac. so far so good!
Well, you know the answer to location now. Omaha!

Thanks for the shout out. And that award is only giving me a little headache today, ha ha ha!

Terry Odell said...

I have an e-Bookwise, which is a dinosaur, but it has the back light, a feature I don't think I could live without, as I'm a late at night in bed reader. Trouble is, there aren't that many books formatted for it anymore. Yesterday I discovered there's a new Nook that has color (which I don't care about) but that apparently requires an LED back lit screen. I pre-ordered one, sight unseen. It's more $$ than I wanted to spend, but I love being able to carry one reader instead of a stack of books.

Location: living in a very very small town now and liking it. Vacation--just about anywhere; favorite would be a cruise.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

VR Barkowski said...

I learn so much visiting the Tiki Hut! Had no idea pistachios were related to poison ivy. No e-reader yet, been procrastinating. And i love to travel so all those locations appeal. For living, it's the ocean. I prefer rocky coast to beach, but I'll take either. And I'm a city girl, the more museums the better.

Love Lydia's award!

Holly Ruggiero said...

The pistachio, poison icy thing is fascinating. I have a kindle reader and I love it. Living and vacationing anywhere – everywhere. I love it all.

Laura Eno said...

Congrats on Lydia's award!
I didn't know about pistachios and poison ivy!
Kindle! I LOVE my Kindle. I can change the font size, shop and download books instantly, carry hundreds of titles with me, the pages don't fall out of the book, my thumbs don't hurt from holding the book open, I can read one-handed or while on a treadmill...is that enough? :)

Favorite place to live would be on a cruise ship. Talk about having my cake and eating it too! To live in my own apt but wake up somewhere different each day!

Carol Kilgore said...

Joanne - I love pistachios, too. And we think alike about the best places to live and vacation. I'm still undecided on an ereader.

Mason - I don't have an ereader yet, either. Yea for Texas!

Karen - I want an ereader, but I don't know which one. I sort of think they haven't made the one I want yet.

Linda - I wondered the same thing about pistachios and poison ivy. Lydia is creative and a doctor. Maybe we should ask her!

Lydia - Whew! Thanks for the Kindle info.

Terry - I read about the new Nook. I'd like an ereader that also lets me access the internet, do email, AND write. I don't know if that will ever happen unless I download Kindle to a laptop.

Carol Kilgore said...

VR - I love having you visit! I think my perfect location would be on a hill overlooking an ocean, in a small town no more than a half hour drive to a major city. And a condo in the heart of that city. Yeah. [I can dream :)]

Holly - I really like most places. However, I've visited and lived in some that I'd just as soon never see again for one reason or another. I'm glad to know you like your Kindle. I've never heard anyone say they were disappointed.

Laura - Are you sure you like your Kindle - LOL! Thanks. I never thought about living aboard a cruise ship, but options are good. I like options :)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

What an eclectic post! Well done. I'm still unsure about ereaders. On the one hand, it's by far the easiest way to cart hundreds if not thousands of books around. On the other hand, I know I would be utterly paranoid about dropping it.

Haley Sue said...

Wow fun fact about the pistachios!! Ha I love learning something quirky like that.

I don't have an e-reader but my brother had the Nook and loves it :)

City for me currently...I am a city girl but I actually prefer small towns I think. Maybe a small mountain town (that isn't over-glamorized) when I'm older.

Mountains for me-I'm a Colorado girl!!! Can't wait for ski season!
Although the beach is gorgeous to visit on vacation.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the award.
I have an iPad. It's far more than just an eReader - I liken it to an iPhone/iTouch on steroids. You can listen to music, watch movies, store photos, play games, write your book - you name it! And there's an ap for both Kindle and Nook so you can read their books as well as those from the iBookstore. It's worth the extra investment!

Aubrie said...

I have an ereader. I don't use it at home, but I do use it on long trips when I can only pack so many books. I recommend it if you're going to be away from home for a long time.

The Words Crafter said...

I don't think I'm allergic to poison ivy-I used to play in it as a child.

I live in a small city and would love to vacation in a large one. Mountains in the fall and winter. And the summer. Beach in the fall, winter and early summer.

I don't have an ereader. I would love to have one if it would hook up with wireless routers without needing a password!

Carol Kilgore said...

Elspeth - I don't think I'd worry about dropping it, but I might worry about leaving it someplace.

Haley Sue - I love the energy of cities, and the friendliness of small towns. I've never really lived in the country, although I felt as if I did the first time I lived in a small town. I grew up by water, so beaches do it for me more than mountains, but I like them, too.

Alex - I'm going to email you, because I have questions about the IPad I think you can answer.

Aubrie - I don't have a lot of book storage space, so I think it would be nice to have more available on a reader.

Words Crafter - I don't know if I'm allergic to poison ivy or not. I know my mother was and my nephew is.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

How can something so yummy like pistachios be related to poison ivy!

I don’t have an eReader. Haven't wanted one...yet.

I now live where I like to vacation - a year round warm sunny place near beaches.

Lola Sharp said...

No, I did not know of these relatives of the yummy pistachio. Thank you for enlightening me. :) I like your grab bag.

No e-reader for me. Ever.

BEACH is my happy place. But I like mountains and lakes too. I like cities and countryside. If I had my way and hit the big game, I'd have houses and condos all over the world in various locations. I'd visit to suit my mood.

I'm craving pistachios now...off to hunt the pantry!

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats on the award.

As for your questions, I just got my Kindle on Monday and I just love it. I think I'll do a post about it on Sunday.

CD

Carol Kilgore said...

Jane - Now you don't want to leave to go on vacation!

Lola - I'm running out of book space. So with a reader, I don't have to worry where to keep the books I like. I usually donate others to the library, so I would no longer be able to do so with a reader. My jury is still out, but I'm becoming interested. I like your dream for 'when it happens'. Me, too.

Clarissa - I'll look forward to reading it.

Hart Johnson said...

I adore pistacios--they are my favorite nut. Cracks me up they are related to mangos (arguably my favorite fruit)--but poison ivy? Seriously? Though i don't think that bothers me... not everyone is allergic and I've been exposed, but never bothered.

I love mountains AND ocean--when I lived in Portland and had access to both, I would have told you ocean won, but living in Michigan where I have neither, it is the mountains I miss.

Ann Best said...

I bought the Nook, mainly because I could go into our local Barnes & Noble and see it in person. If I had known there would now be one with color...Oh well. I like it okay, though I still prefer print books.

Love pistachios. Related to poison ivy? Wow. The things one learns by blogging...!!!)

My daughter was touched by everyone's comments on her Halloween drawings. Thanks for yours. I really like the witch, too!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yes, I DID know that little tidbit about pistachios and cashews but I had to find out the hard way.

ereader: I have the SONY ereader and an IPad. But I haven't used the IPad for books yet. However, if I had to do it over again, I think I'd get the Nook.

I'm a small town, beach person. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Hart - I've always liked mountains and ocean, although I grew up at the coast away from mountains. While I still like mountains, the ocean is always what I miss.

Ann - I almost said the cat with emerald eyes, but the witch had humor and more personality. Don't you wish they'd let us know things about future incarnations of products - LOL.

Jennifer - Ooh, I'm taking it you knew you were allergic to one but not the other. I have a drug allergy and didn't know I couldn't take a product related to it ... until I did.

Arlee Bird said...

I'd like to live in the country part of a small town near a larger city that is close to the mountains.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Carol Kilgore said...

LOL, Arlee. You get the creative writing award for this one :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Yum. Love pistachios. And mangos. But poison ivy? Not so much.

Don't have an e-reader gadget yet, but I downloaded the free Kindle app for my PC and am trying that out. I have it on both my desktop and my laptop. If I decide I like reading that way (and I already know I like the book prices), I may get an e-reader for Christmas.

I used to live in Florida, but now I'm in Colorado and loving the weather better here. But I enjoy a vacation by the ocean. I love the sounds.

Carol Kilgore said...

Ooh, maybe I should try out the Kindle that way.

I love mountains, but they don't move or crash against the shore ... unless it's bad news for them. I enjoy visiting them, but the ocean holds my heart.