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Charlotte Rains Dixon  

5 Things on Friday: Feeling Frazzled Edition

Paris-parigi-eiffelturm-1577018-lWhy I'm Frazzled: BECAUSE I'M LEAVING FOR EUROPE ON TUESDAY. That's why.

What I'm Reading: Same thing I was reading last week, The Surrender Experiment, by Michael Singer.  I'm about 10 pages from the end, and was going to finish it at lunchtime but then the phone rang and I got distracted.  But, for your curiousity pleasure, here is a list of books I've downloaded to take with me:

The Last Time I Was Me, by Cathy Lamb

My Very Best Friend, by Cathy Lamb

(She's a Portland author and when I learned from a friend at church that she had stayed up until 4 in the morning reading Lamb's most recent book, I decided to check her out.)

Splinters of Light, by Rachael Herron (love her!

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (love me a good science fiction read every so often and this one is loooong–great to take on a long flight)

There's no way I'll get all of those read, especially because last year on the way home from Paris I discovered that watching movies back to back makes the time pass really quickly, and when I'm traveling I don't read as much.  But I like to be prepared.  Because, what if the Iceland volcano blows and we're stuck in Europe? (We should be so lucky.) I will need books to read.

What I Have Left to Do Before I Leave: Host one family dinner, engage in a board of directors bonding outing, attend one birthday party, finish reading one manuscript, exchange one cardigan, write two newsletters, get my hair cut, and pack.  That's not so bad, is it?  Is it?

What I Love This Week: My new phone.  The Samsung Galaxy S4 Note.  It has a stylus!  A freaking stylus!  I went to the AT&T store on Saturday and ordered it.  (Wasn't in stock, small store.) Had great service there.  Went to a different AT&T store on Wednesday where they could do a data transfer and had, um, shall we way, interesting service.  As in, all the worker people telling me, "You're switching from an Iphone to a Galaxy? Girl! You're going to be back in here telling us you want your Iphone back."  Also telling me I have way too many contacts (Is 323 really that many? I didn't think so, either.) And so on.  Hear me now: I WILL NOT BE IN THERE TO SWITCH BACK. Because I'm stubborn that way.  And because I love my new phone.

What Will Happen to This Blog While I'm Gone: Read my post Monday to find out.

Happy weekend! What are you doing this weekend?  Something fun?

Photo by al lannin.

0 thoughts on “5 Things on Friday: Feeling Frazzled Edition

  1. Dyoung

    I am a bit intrigued as to why the iPhone and Mac computer switch overs. I’ve had iPhone for years now. I’d be completely lost if I went to Samsung. My son is all about his droid. I don’t understand why people even entertain something other than Mac products.
    But what I also want to know is why the cardigan exchange? Color? Size? Damaged? I’m curious that way:)
    I can’t believe the Europe trip is here. Each year it’s my goal to be with you all on that trip. Perhaps next year….

  2. Charlotte Dixon

    I just got tired/bored with the Iphone.  All my kids and spouses had various models of Galaxies so I thought I'd give it a try.  Plus, there's that stylus (which I actually have barely used).  In so many ways I like it better–I have Word on it, and I can access my files through the Cloud so I could actually write on it.  And its big enough to read on in a pinch.  As for the Mac/PC switch, when it came time to buy a new computer I didn't want to spend over $1,000 when I could get a quality laptop for much cheaper.  And I just don't see that the Mac was worth it–for me, anyway.  I do mostly word processing and internet and save a lot of photos, so I don't need a lot of bells and whistles.  I have a Mac from 2009 and I've always hated spaces.  Just doesn't work for me.  Plus, I think I have the only Mac lemon ever made. Seriously.  My daughter was looking at it one day and couldn't believe how half the buttons didn't work on it (this was when it was only a couple years old).  But, the moral of the story, is to each his own.

    And yes, come with us next year!

  3. Dyoung

    YES- to each his own! There’s always gotta be an oddball in the group;)

    Next year….hopefully I’ll be working on book 2 by then:)

  4. Charlotte Dixon

    You will!  You can work on it in Europe!

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