Archive for December, 2010

…and Embrace Technology.

Monday, December 27th, 2010

While embracing technology may not seem like that big a deal – we live in the 21st century after all – it kind of is for me. Remember, I write every book long-hand and then transcribe it into my computer.  For the record, I prefer the term “old school” to “outdated.” Anyway, in spite of this quirk, I do recognize how important technology can be to a champagne life on a beer budget.

If you’ve been over to my news site at all in the last month, you’re aware of the fact that I love music. Music is a must in my champagne life. Downloads, youtube, pandora and rhapsody all make music possible for pennies. My cable package on the television even offers music channels. Whatever you want from classical to current, you can find somewhere for cheap if not for free. And we like free!

E-readers, MP3 players, even our cell phones give us the means to have whatever our pleasure is right in the palm of our hands. An entire library for the cost of a dozen books – and all tucked into a purse. All our favorite songs without any from the B-side wherever we have our computer or touchpad. Old movies and last week’s episode of the show we missed as close as our pockets and viewed on our schedule.

Now, because this blog is about making the moments special, not just mass consumption, I will also remind you that just because we can experience all this and more at a moment’s notice, doesn’t mean you can’t make it special. A few days ago, DH and I wanted to catch a miniseries that we’d missed. Instead of just flopping down on the couch at the end of a day, we made popcorn and lit candles. I changed into my favorite lounging pajamas (because surely by now you have favorite lounging pajamas, don’t you?). He poured himself a glass of brandy. We turned off our phones, snuggled up, and made an event of … watching a miniseries on Netflix. It was a delightful experience, as well as a pretty good miniseries. And it’s as easy as that to find champagne moments.

Enjoy ~

Pauline