Sunday, June 27, 2010

First Light Rail ride

1st Light Rail ride for me & Dylan. Train vet Ava took pic.

Makings of a fashionista?

This morning I found this on Ava's bed.

She laid out her own clothes to wear today!

I asked if this was what she wanted today and she said, "Yes! A dress. A pink dress!" Of course. If her dad had laid it out, it would be jeans and a t-shirt. Yesterday she asked to wear one of my necklaces with her dress. A different pink one. I think we officially have a future fashionista on our hands.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Raised bed class

Used part of my lunch to attend a class on building raised beds. Now to scout clean, free wood.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

High chair time

Dylan's 6 months and lunging at any nearby food when we're holding him so it's high chair time. They grow up so fast.

Pre-Father's Day meal: baby applesauce

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Great book leads to e-book quandary

Normally, reading gives me immense pleasure. But thanks to the competing e-book formats on the market, I'm getting the exact opposite of pleasure (Pain? Agony? Glenn Beck?) trying to solve a reading-related quandry.

I read a review about this great book The Other Wes Moore : One Name, Two Fates. The synopsis from Barnes and Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a year of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

The story looks at how, despite the similar backgrounds, critical decision points and adult influences in each young man's life ultimately lead them to their wildly divergent current positions. As the mom of a Black son, I'm fascinated to read about these young men and how they and their families successfully and unsuccessfully navigate the difficult influences of modern urban living.

But the book isn't available in the e-book format I want for perusing on my phone (Mobipocket) at a good price. It's the same price as hardback! Or it's available in the proprietary e-book formats of Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook reader or an iPad/iPhone reader for $10-$12 less. But I don't have any of those devices! Aaargh: I feel like I'm back in the days of Betamax vs. VHS vs. Blu-Ray vs. DVD.

I think it's a book I'll want to keep in perpetuity and refer back to or loan out, so I may have to spring for the hardcopy and the e-book for ease of reading right now (while putting the baby to bed at night). I know: so 2002, but necessary I guess.
How do you prefer to read these days? E-book or real book?