brit_columbia (brit_columbia) wrote,

Birthday thoughts

Good morning to all the people who check this journal! (That exclamation mark is supposed to make me sound chipper) It's my birthday, and unfortunately, I've woken up with a headache. So far I have resisted taking painkillers, but it's getting worse, so I guess I should. The reason I have been resisting the painkillers is that the only one that works on me is acetaminophen with codeine, and I know that stuff is really bad for my liver, especially when I consider all the other rotten things I regularly do to my liver. Also, what with it being my birthday and all, my liver will be required to process some alcohol later when I have my birthday pizza. Yum, can't wait! I must get rid of this headache so I can properly enjoy the cheesy deliciousness that awaits.

My husband asked me what I want for my birthday. I had to stop and think about that because usually the things I want are things that can't be bought with money. And if I want something that can be bought, I usually go and buy it myself. My husband and I are not very traditional when it comes to giving each other gifts. I believe I mentioned in an earlier post that neither of us is romantic at all. His money is my money and my money is his money, so it doesn't really matter to either of us who buys what.

Anyway, I told him he could buy me a tablet computer if he wanted (my latest fascination), but not for a while because I need to do more research about which one would best meet my not very complex needs. I've just spent the last hour researching tablet options on the Internet and all I have managed to do is thoroughly confuse myself.

Apparently Android tablets are not user friendly and don't have a downloadable client (whatever that is) to make them friendlier. I find the iPad too large and unwieldy, even though it's probably the best one out there in terms of ease of use, which is important to me. Weight is also important to me. The lightest one I've found is the Blackberry Playbook. All of them except the Blackberry Playbook require expensive data plans. But without a data plan, I'd have to rely on WiFi, which would mean I couldn't use it for much at home. And most of my experiences with public WiFi have been frustrating, anyway.

What I want a tablet for is checking and sending email, browsing the Internet, drawing, taking notes (I would like them to be searchable and convertible from my handwriting to some nice typeface, if possible), sending and receiving business documents, reading comics/manga and ebooks, and watching the occasional movie. I want the tablet to not be a pain to haul around or hold with one hand, so it needs to be small and light. That's why I keep coming back to the Blackberry. But I'm not sure how I would transfer files to it since I don't have a Blackberry phone and there would be no data plan.

Does anyone have any thoughts to share re tablet computers? No one in my RL has one at the moment, at least not that I'm aware of.

Finally, I'd like to thank Neengy for the birthday fluff. I loved it! Believe it or not, I didn't know what a puzzle ring was, so I had to look it up. I found a whole bunch of gorgeous ones. I've always liked flat rings. Hmm, possible gift alternative for my husband to buy me...

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