A day in the life of a Kindleer
4:35 AM: Cat meows to get me up. I try to ignore it.
4:40 AM: Cat burrows under my hand and flips it up in the air like a dolphin would do. Cat walks on me, and starts sandpaper-licking my head. That’s loud! Dog comes over to help get me up before they all starve. Fortunately, I keep my Kindle under a tissue box so the cat can’t sit on it.
4:45 AM: The alarm goes off. I slide my Kindle* out from under the tissue box and head for the bathroom. I turn the Kindle on and read a little bit (we’ll leave out the details about where). That’s usually short articles, not too involving…right now, it’s Curious Folks Ask, which I got for free). I turn on the Whispernet so it can pick up my blogs while I feed the animals.
5:00 AM: I turn on my work laptop and check e-mail and such. I turn the Whispernet back off. I also watch the 24-hour news (yes, I don’t only read). I shower and get ready for work. I drape my Kindle over the towelbar, securing it in place with my m-edge platform cover (works very nicely for that). I read while I brush my teeth (that’s probably a novel or something more long form…right now, it’s I Remember Lemuria, which I got free from Sacred-Texts.com ). It takes me about fifteen minutes to do the whole teeth thing.
6:45 AM I’m all ready to go and get in the car. I plug my Kindle into my car’s sound system, using my Coby 745 FM transmitter. During my more than an hour drive, I get a lot of reading done. Recently, it’s been Autobiography of a Yogi (which I got for free) or The Classic Mystery Collection (over 100 books and stories for $2.99). As a change of pace, I may listen to some music I have on my Kindle, or an old time radio show (again, on my Kindle in the Audible folder). Usually, it’s a book, though. I really like not having the commercials.
8:00 AM: I’m at work and get my laptop going. It takes a couple of minutes to boot up…I might read while I’m waiting. If I need any special information for the day (like how to contact Security to get into the building), I have that on my Kindle…I put it on there in a text file.
8:02 AM to 12:15 PM: I have to stay alert and involved with the people with whom I’m working today. I do carry my Kindle around with me: I sometimes make notes on it for things I need to remember later.
12:15 PM: lunch-time. I have my Kindle set up in the Break Room, in the cover’s nice reading easel position. I get some long-form reading done, but also get to answer some questions about the Kindle. While I’m reading, I highlight a passage or two for my collection of quotations. I could tweet those, but I usually don’t. I don’t use the dictionary very much, but what’s a clevis? I use Wikipedia to learn a little more about the author. If my offspring’s flying in, I might check the flight status. If we’re going to a movie, I could check Fandango…but that’s mostly on the weekend.
1:00 PM: Back to the laptop. I check in on the forums and maybe send out a newsflash. I do those on my laptop…ironically, that works a lot better than on the Kindle itself. That might be different with the K3.
1:15 PM: Back to work officially. If the Kindle needs to be charged (that’s not very often), I’ll plug it into the USB port on the laptop to charge.
2:30 PM: Take a break. I might play some games, like Shuffled Row or Gomoku…or Every Word (I got it before it was withdrawn). I may read a bit, too, but I often get interrupted, so the games can be better.
2:45 PM: Back to work.
5:00 PM: Head back to the car for the drive back. I hook up the Kindle to the sound system again. I turn on the local drive time station first…I want to check the traffic (I have more than one choice going back). I hear about an interesting book when they talk to the author…I figure I’ll download a sample later. Traffic sounds okay…I switch back to a book. I like that so much better than hearing all the commercials on the talk radio!
6:30 PM: I greet all the animals. I put the Kindle down on the end table by the couch and out of the pet zone. I feed all the pets. During this time, my Significant Other comes home. I get a kiss, and we talk about our workdays. I set up the laptop: I mostly write at night. I check my personal e-mail, and, yes, my work e-mail again. We watch some TV: I can write while I do that, depending on the topic. I check the forums again, read a few blogs. I may do the latter on my Kindle…I’d downloaded them in the morning. Of course, I could have listened to them in the car, too, but longer form is better for the drive.
9:00 PM: If I don’t have to get up that early, it’s time to start for bed. I do shoot for eight hours of sleep a night…if I have to get up at 4:30 AM (which happens), I actually do try to get to sleep by 8:30 PM. I read my Kindle again while I’m brushing my teeth, and I read it in bed before I go to sleep. I start to drift off, so I hit the Home button, put the Kindle in sleep mode, and slide it under the tissue box. I turn off the light, settle into the position the other cat likes, and go to sleep.
Well, even though I’ve been blogging for over a year now, I never thought I’d write about brushing my teeth! I’d like to thank one of my readers, Denise, who suggested this post. I’d written a post about how an acquaintance of mine with a Kindle didn’t know about the latest (but not that recent) update. Denise suggested that a “day in the life” post might be a good way to show how experienced Kindleers use the devices in somewhat more sophisticated ways. This is a reasonable representation of a recent day for me…my commute isn’t always that long. I left out some of the personal stuff, obviously. Do you do something different with your Kindle? I can see somebody using it to check stocks (although maybe not buying them that way). I’m hoping I can use the forums better from my K3 than I’ve been able to do from the K2…although that might not be a good thing.
*The link is to the current model, a K3, although this day describes my use of the K2 (a recently retired model). My K3 is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.