Thursday, August 9, 2012

iPad, youPad, he-she-it Pads

by Julie

Around me, people are constantly iPadding. One of our daughters recently downloaded an app and we all watched the cat try to catch virtual fish. My brother-in-law discovered a helpful app that's teaching us how to score our hands as we attempt to play bridge. Participants at the workshop I recently attended used iPads like mini-laptops -- taking notes, checking email, updating Facebook. A couple of new friends there walked me through the device's basics.

You know what? I'm SOLD!

My husband and I are planning a driving trip in the coming months and I was not looking forward to lugging my laptop around with us. My phone (not an iPhone) is decent for checking email but it's just too small to use for anything more than bare bones replies. Whenever I'm away from home -- even if it's just for a couple days -- I'm swamped with emails, FB updates, and other tasks when I return. Takes me a full day, and often longer, to get caught up so that I can write.

With the iPad's option of being tied into the 3G network, I'll be able to stay connected even when there are no Wi-fi hotspots. That means I can do my work while he's driving, which is usually downtime anyway. And guess what? It will fit in my purse!! I'm excited beyond belief.

Yeah, it sounds as though I can't get away from work even while I'm supposed to be on vacation, but the truth is, I enjoy being connected. And I really do get overwhelmed when I finally return home.

iPad here I come!!

iPad will be my new tool -- one I enthusiastically embrace. What tools -- technological and otherwise -- are you nuts about? (And if you have any iPad hints... feel free to share below)


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PS - Don't forget that our own Heather has a new book out this week!

Darcy Merriweather is Salem, Massachusetts’ newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. While Darcy isn’t able to grant wishes for herself, she does possess a certain knack for solving problems—including the occasional murder…
     When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother’s disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for the task. After all, the motto of her Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service As You Wish is “No Job Impossible.” But beneath the piles of old newspapers and knickknacks Darcy discovers something much more disturbing—Patrice Keaton’s body.
     Darcy’s determined to give Elodie peace of mind by investigating her mother’s disappearance and death. Patrice was last seen over a year ago after a fight with her Charmcrafter boyfriend. Was her murder a crime of passion? Or were Patrice’s troubles caused by the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet? Now Darcy has to not only find a killer, she has to find the Anicula— before the power of ultimate wish fulfillment falls into the wrong hands…