So many things going on. I initially was thinking to stuff them all in this blog, but it would be WAY too much. So first about my new toy! (My brother has labeled me JenniGeek now.)
Back in mid-April my SparkFriends noticed that I had submitted a photo of my refrigerator in the SparkPeople contest and was one of four that were featured. In that picture, only the middle shelf of the fridge and the top right of the freezer (including door) were my food. The fridge shelf below mine is often stocked with rather healthy food as well. (I'm always amused when he has similar veggies to my shelf.) The shelf above goes through odd mixes - sometimes just chilled water and a few restaurant leftovers, but he is family of the landlord/landlady, so I think he actually eats with them most of the time.
It was pretty fun taking the picture and seeing what is most visible in front. I didn't really, as I said, have any consideration about showing what was in there. Food isn't a good / bad, guilty / not guilty thing to me.
(In that same view, I keep my nutrition and fitness trackers displayed at all times. I don't do that for accountability. In my opinion, my body holds me far more accountable for what I eat at all times. There is no sneaking a bite and my body not knowing. I do it because why not? Some days I eat way over, some days I eat junk food, and other days I eat incredibly healthy - and I can show that eating what I please but in proper portions the majority of the time works for me.)
Connected to the Refrigerator feature in the DailySpark, I'd been notified a little before that my picture had been chosen and would be featured. I would be receiving a Kindle Fire as well as copies of The Spark, The Spark Cookbook, and the vegan eating cookbook. I didn't say anything at the time (though I know some asked or mentioned it) because I have this perhaps odd tendency to wait until I have something in my possession before considering it really mine.
It arrived on Monday at work to my happy "SQUEE!" and promptly was plugged in to charge. When I got home that night I set about figuring it out a little - part of which was finding out that yes, I had made an Amazon account even if I never used it, and registering it. (Hee, until I did that, it was actually registered to the SparkPeople employee who ordered it. Threw me for a loop when I got it connected to WiFi and received a welcome letter to Stepfanie.)
A bit of poking around and soon I had those three books downloaded and had bought another book I've been thinking about getting a copy of for years, since I took the seminar (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People).
I've read through the beginning of The Spark Cookbook and reached the recipes. Let's just say I'm putting that off until I can work through my negative reaction to feeling force-fed egg whites. I love the whole Diet Food Taste Test idea, BUT I never went for "diet" food in the first place. So the food isn't going to be competing against that - and in comparison to "normal" food, that makes these recipes "diet" food in my little gut reaction. (I am NOT claiming my reaction is rational. I know I have some messed up food issues. They just, thankfully, don't connect to portions or emotions and overeating.)
Hence my May goal to read the first chapter of The Spark. I'd read the intro a while back as a free download and reread it as the first thing I read on the Fire other than the manual.
Now, with my reading speed (100 wpm), I could finish the book in a couple days. I'm trying very hard not to do so. I want to let myself ponder and chew on ideas long enough to get the full flavor of them. I haven't done more than enter the codes. Even though I know there's a team, I need to keep from getting even more dispersed than I already am keeping up with blogs and Teams. But I'm definitely likely to talk about things in the future.
I do need to find and buy a case / cover for it. Even my own finger smudges on it make me antsy. The one office supply store I dropped by Monday didn't have any that would fit - they had ones for iPads and a few for others that were varying sizes, but none for the Fire. Barnes & Noble nearby only carries the Nook and accessories. For now I have it in this thin plastic that it shipped in but that's difficult to avoid reflections from in the sun. So I'm poking around to order a case or find out where I can go to get one (and if there's a similar protective sheet for the touch screen as my phone.)
JenniGeek in full effect!
** EDIT: For those who didn't see the refrigerator blog, here is the link.