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Refrigerator picture and Kindle Fire

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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.
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    Congrats on winning the kindle fire. I love my kindle (not the fire). I am obsessed with putting free books on it.. so I have close to 200. I would just look on amazon for your cover.
    Also.. thanks for your comment on MY blog! emoticon
    2232 days ago
    "(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.) "



    And congrats on getting the Kindle Fire! You can simply order a case online @, you guessed it, Just do a search using the model Kindle you have, read the reviews, and yr good to go!
    2234 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2012 1:24:04 AM
  • GUNNSGIRL91303
    How awesome to win such great prizes! My sister has a kindle fire and I visited her last week. She encouraged me to play with it but I was afraid I would get hooked and I cannot afford one. I love my kindle 2 but a fire would be emoticon ! I hope you have as much fun with it as my sis does! Good luck finding a cover. There are some nice options at
    2234 days ago
    Congrats, I know that you will love that Kindle.
    2235 days ago
    That is awesome. I have a kindle - not a fire just a normal old school kindle and love it. Check with your library, the one here has kindle books. I read a lot so being able to check out library books from my couch has saved me a lot of money.
    2235 days ago
  • SKATER787
    OMG, the Egg White people are still around and writing cookbook? Congrats on your win!
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    2236 days ago
  • TANYA602
    How fun! I love reading The Spark on my iPad so I can highlight passages. Check out for a cool cloth that does wonders keeping your screen clean (and glasses and sunglasses!). I am on chapter 2 and have been trying to visit the team page and earn my points there. Still need to make my visualization. Heck, anything helps at this point. Oh "SQUEEE" away!

    2236 days ago
  • WEEZER66
    Congrats on the win and have fun with your toy,. My daughter received a Kindle Fire for Christmas and loves it, they are however not dogproof and I do recommend the 2 year replacement warranty. We had to use it two weeks after Christmas when the young dog chewed it!!!
    2236 days ago
    Wow! Congrats to you.. I'm thinking of a Kindle Fire in my future one of these days. Very cool to get one for free.. Spark on!
    2236 days ago
    Congrats on the new Fire---so exciting!!!
    2236 days ago
    I recently (ok, yesterday) got my daughter's Kindle Fire. She got an I-Pod for an early graduation present and has no need for the Kindle. I would love to have full use of it - but I'm not really technologically savvy. There is someone in my Sunday School class that has a Kindle - I may call her to show me the ropes. My daughter is downs syndrome and has a bit of tunnel vision. She will easily throw away perfectly good things because she got something newer. I'll use it to my benefit. I want to download knitting patterns - heard it can be done but I don't know how. We got a case from Amazon which is pretty nice. You may want to check them out.
    2236 days ago
    Amazon is probably your best best for Kindle covers. The cheapest I've seen is $20 (which still seems high to me) and that was for the earlier version of the Kindle.

    Also, Office Depot sells thin, transparent, screen guards that I highly recommend. Not cheap, another $15 gone, but you get 4 of them.

    Have fun! I finally got to read a lot of great books written before 1920 for free (and learned a lot about the French Revolution in the process).

    2236 days ago
    Something you wrote struck me: "There is no sneaking a bite and my body not knowing." In the past, I have tried to shove my sneakiness under the rug as if my body didn't know! Wow!

    I have both a Kindle and an iPad - love them both, very geeky. My favorite protector has been ZAGG products. Congrats and have fun.

    2237 days ago
  • MICHELLE_391
    Congratulations on the WIN and your new geek toy! The Spark is a really good read and I hope you enjoy it! I never did get the cookbook though. I tend to use the SparkRecipe site for my meals. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think about it so that I can decide if I want a copy for myself

    2237 days ago
    Congrats! What fun!
    2237 days ago
    Congrats on winning! I have a hard time believing people winning things.
    100 rpm reading rate? That's fast... I am a slow reader because I get distracted easily, unless I have to read something quickly. Even then I will just scan through it leaving out minor details. Have fun with the new books, and have a wonderful May.
    2237 days ago
    I have the same gut reaction to "diet" foods, and would much rather just stick to my healthy foods in good proportion.

    So glad you got your kindle.

    Etsy has some really cute hand made cases if you are into that style.

    2237 days ago
    emoticon On your win!!! Hope you are having a great week!! emoticon
    2237 days ago
    Just a comment on your new Kinde Fire. I have a rooCase on my iPad and love it. I bought one for my daughter's Fire. They're my favorite cases. A must have in my opinion is also a Zagg screen protector. Enjoy your new Kindle. Congratulations!
    2237 days ago
    Congratulations on your win.
    Have fun ordering new books and things.
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    2237 days ago
  • HEAT7918
    Congrats! I have a Nook Color and love it. :)

    You should be able to buy a cover through Amazon - that might be your best bet.

    And I'm intrigued to hear more about your food "issues"... I also am not an egg-white person either (give me the yolks!) and prefer to do mostly portion control plus some extra fruits & veggies than what I used to eat.
    2237 days ago
  • KARL1266
    Congrats on the win! I have not had the luck on that front yet, but it's nice to see people actually win these things. Let me know how you like the Kindle...I've been thinking of getting one myself.

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    2237 days ago
    kept looking for the pics but didnt find them. but congrats on your prize(s). emoticon hope you enjoy your kindle, im still wondering if I should get one
    2237 days ago
    Congrats and I can tell that your uber excited about it. I plan to get the latest version once I start working. I just need to start reading more. What great books to start with and I look forward to reading about what your "digesting"
    2237 days ago
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    I am so glad you won, you deserved it
    2237 days ago
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    2237 days ago
    congrats! I had the gen. 2 kindle and just got the kindle touch...I love the touch! I didn't get the fire because I only use it for reading and I can't handle the glare. But when its free whos complaining?!
    2237 days ago
  • -SONIA-
    It's so funny that I got points for skimming that Daily Spark the day it came out, without even realizing it was your fridge. And then one of your friends commented on your page about it -- and I went back -- and yup, she was right! As you know! LOL

    Yay for free stuff!! WooHoo!!
    2237 days ago
    Woo Hoo on your Kindle. I LOVE mine. I'm addicted to free books. I have over 500 on it..agh. emoticon

    Have fun reading the Spark. I found reading the book very helpful.
    2237 days ago
    Congrats! I'm trying to decide on a Kindle Fire or should I just get an iPad...hmmmm....
    2237 days ago
  • SUE_2U
    Congratulations to you! That is awesome!
    Oh where are the photos? That is going to be fun!
    2237 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/2/2012 5:24:49 PM
  • NEWMOM20121
    2237 days ago
  • BMAN419
    awesome blog
    2237 days ago
    Congrats on your Fire. How exciting!! I just have the regular Kindle and wish I had the light the Fire does. I'd be interested in that Vegan book. I'm just now delving into that stuff.

    That's cool your fridge was featured. Enjoy your new toys! emoticon
    2237 days ago
    Congrats! Nice win :)
    2237 days ago
    Yay! What a wonderful gift! You deserve it. I hope you enjoy it.

    One of my jobs is to acquire technology and teach people how to use it and then I get to do maintenance on it.

    Have fun!
    2237 days ago
  • _JODI404
    Congrats JenniGeek, winning those items is pretty darn awesome!!!

    I know you will love the Fire!! emoticon emoticon
    2237 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    Congrats on the Fire... I got one recently and it's pretty cool (and there are a lot of freebie books, too)
    2237 days ago
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