Wendishness is hosting Fun Monday this week! Her challenge:
This week it’s all about gadgets! I would like to know what gadgets you can’t live without and those you could get rid of. It doesn’t matter what part of your life or house they dwell in, whether it’s the kitchen, your desk, shed or any other place but what works well for you and what doesn’t?
I've never thought of myself as a gadgety kind of person, but this challenge got me thinking....
I was a hold out. I swore I would never own a cell phone. Who wants to be gettable 24 hours a day? I need my quiet time. I need time I know will not be disturbed.
Then I got a cell phone and discovered that I couldn't live without it.
I have a kid - one who is getting old enough to be home alone for short periods of time. He has the dogs and locks on the door and strict instructions to never answer the door when home alone. But he still gets scared sometimes and we both feel better knowing he can call me when he needs to.
I also use that phone to talk to my mom almost every day. I call her and we chat on my way to work. I can keep track of how she's doing, but really, on occasion, we have some very deep and personal conversations during that half-hour drive. We talked about what it felt like when I left home. Things that happened when she was growing up. Her frustrations. Her hopes. Sometimes, I think that if it weren't for the cell phone, we'd have never had these particular conversations. Hard to have face to face, but nearly impossible from home (kid, dogs, always something or someone wanting attention - especially when I'm on the phone) or at work when I should... well, be working.
I call to let the family know when I've left work and find out if here is anything I need to pick up on the way home.
It's invaluable on trips. I can call my regular numbers at no extra charge - even if I'm somewhere else. I can get directions if I'm lost. And the safety factor of having a cell phone handy is immeasurable.
I don't need my phone to be a computer or a camera (though apparently you can't buy one without the camera these days), but I do need it to be a phone. The phone I have fits my needs and I dread the day I need to turn it in or buy another one.
There are other gadgets I have that I love: Microwave oven, toaster oven, crock pot. This computer. My blood glucose monitor.
Gadgets I could live without? I don't have many of those (because I live without them), but the major one that comes to mind? My TV. I rarely watch TV anymore. I record one show, and various movies on occasion. I watch the weather channel - but that's about it. I could probably get by with my computer and a TV with a DVD hooked up to it so I could rent movies if I wanted to - but I spend most of my time doing other things. Reading. Cleaning. Painting. Walking. Cooking. Almost anything but watching TV (except on the rare day when I don't feel well - then I lie on the couch and watch TV because it's easy and requires little effort from me).
Go visit Wendishness and see what other participants can and can't live without.