In my writing group tonight I wrote about my life a year ago compared to today. Vast, VAST difference. Much improved thank-you-very-much. I wrote about travels, friends and my happiness. I also got materialistic and wrote about the items I’ve bought myself this year that have made my life so much better (and full of new ways to waste time and spend money!)
For example – last year I didn’t have wireless. I have a laptop and I basically treated it like a desktop. Why? I have no idea. Probably because I would have moved it to the living room, where my husband would have been watching something I didn’t want to watch (fighting championships, car racing or those damn nature shows where they lure you in with adorable animals – only to have them savagely eaten a few minutes later) and he would have complained about the typing noise. Now I have discovered the utter joy of sitting in front of the TV and the internet at the same time.
As a “Divorce Present” I got myself an iPhone. Luckily I went in on the day (and just an hour or so after) the 3GS was announced so I was able to pre-order a shiny new awesome fancy phone. And I love it so. much. Six months ago I would have said “I don’t need to check Facebook 20 times a day” or “it doesn’t matter that my nano doesn’t have a speaker” except now that I can check FB 20 times a day and play the iPod without headphones I can’t remember how I lived without it! I am now one of those annoying people constantly swiping their finger across their pretty, pretty iPhone and cooing softly at it.
My biggest, priciest purchase is my big ass HDTV. I intended to get a new TV down the road, but then I bought a new entertainment center at IKEA so that I could consolidate two pieces of furniture down to one. I didn’t realize until it was assembled (by a real Swede!!) that I needed a new TV now because entertainment centers aren’t deep enough for ye olde television sets anymore!
Of course all these things don’t just come as is. They always necessitate further outlays of cash. Like the HD channels from Comcast, and then the DVR package, and a battery pack/case for the phone, and this week I added texting to my already obscenely high Comcast bill.
But you know what? As I sit here on my couch – with my High Def glowing and my internet humming in front of me and my iPhone nestled next to me – I could not be happier.