I dislike working on laptops. The keyboard is too cramped for my traditionally trained typing skills and they are a pain to lug on trips with airport security the way it is today. So when my old laptop showed signs of keeling over, I decided to replace it with an AlphaSmart. The plan was to purchase the AlphaSmart Neo right after the first of the year and put it to good use while on the road promoting book #2, The Curse of the Holy Pail.
Ten days ago over dinner with my gentleman friend:
Him: For your birthday and Christmas present (they are 4 days apart) you have a choice between jewelry or an AlphaSmart. Which would you prefer?
Me: I'd like them both.
Him (laughing): You can't have both. Make a decision.
Me: The girl in me wants the jewelry; the writer in me wants the AlphaSmart.
Him: You have until the end of dinner tonight to decide. (He was leaving town for the holidays and wanted to get his shopping done.)
Me: Hmmmm (while twitching my nose).
After dinner …
Him: Have you made up your mind about your gift?
Me: Yes, I'd like the AlphaSmart.
Him: Any particular reason why you chose that?
Me: If I have an AlphaSmart I can write faster, probably sell more books, then buy my own jewelry.
Him (laughing very hard): You are never dull.
I just received word from AlphaSmart that my new Neo is shipping Monday.
Thank you Santa, Baby.