I've crossed over to the dark side. I'm now a Kobo eReader.

It's 6 am and I'm on my third cup of coffee.  Not that it's needed for any reason, but chilly, dark, silent mornings go so well with fresh, hot coffee.

Was it a year (or two?) ago when we first had a discussion about eReaders on coffee talk?  About how my husband  wanted to get me one, but I was holding out.  I knew the benefits, I knew I would end up loving it, but I was not ready to cheat on my beloved 'real' books.

I love books.  I love the feel of one in my hand.  I love the turning of the pages, the smell, the comfort of it in my hands.  I love the history that library books reveal about their past borrowers.  The coffee mark, the pencil underline, the turned down dog ears of the pages where they marked their place.  I love the feel of the book resting on my thighs as I lay in bed and read before falling asleep.

But I also know the benefits of a slim lined eReader, the ability to have a library of books at my fingertips, the weightlessness of packing for vacations when I'm not fitting 3 large novels in my suitcase for the week ahead.

And this is the year I finally was brought into the realm of people with eReaders.  Although not completely ready to give up my beloved books, I am now the owner of a Kobo eReader Touch and it was, indeed, love at first sight. I didn't even need time to acclimate to it.  Considering my local library wants me to pay $50 a year for a library card, I feel little to no guilt for coming over to the dark side.

I've tried for about 35 minutes to get this mornings' coffee talking post written but my brain is so full of  'must do' 'don't forget' 'write this down' 'check on this' 'pay this' 'must remember to''s that I'm afraid my thoughts are wandering.  Good morning to each of you....  I'm off to organize my thoughts.

UPDATE: This post is from 2012. I switched to a Samsung Galaxy Tablet about a year or two after this post and currently is still the brand I use in 2017.


Starbucks offers this weekend only....

I've been so busy with the relocation, moving, and all the problems that have plagued us since arriving that I've not had the time to post some of the Christmas holiday COFFEE offers that are surrounding us!  This morning I'm on the tail end of some great Starbucks offers and wanted to pass them along.

To get the special offers you text MERRY to 697289 to have offers sent to your phone. (Message and data rates may apply)

December 10:
Tazo® Tea Sampler or Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew Gift Pack Sampler $12.95 (regular price $16.95-19.95) 12/10/2011 only. Quantities limited.
December 11:
Holiday Boxed Mugs $6.95 (regular price $9.95) 12/11/2011 only. Quantities limited.
December 12:
Free brewed coffee during the month of January 2012 When you purchase and use this 16 oz tumbler. $19.95 (over $70 value) 12/12/2011. Quantities limited. Restrictions apply. See tumbler hangtag/insert for details.
Text MERRY to 697289 to have offers sent to your phone.


Mmmm Starbucks Sumantra Blend for Keurig this morning.....

A few weeks ago I saw they were coming out with K-cups for the Keurig by Starbucks.  Although I'm not a fan of Starbucks coffee in their coffeeshop (they always, always taste burnt to me, no matter the blend I order), I do like their coffee that I grind at home. 

When it finally hit the stores it was about 2 dollars higher than all the other coffee brands and choices, and it comes with fewer k-cups in the package so I avoided it.  This weekend I stumbled upon a $1.50 coupon off so I purchased it to try it.  And?  And it's pretty darn good.  Thumbs up.  Don't plan on buying it regularly until they come down off their high horse and lower the price to be comparable to everyone elses, or at least put just as many k-cups  in the package... but when they do, it's a product I would buy.

I have to bring my daughter to school right now so I'll be back in about an hour for 'coffee talk'!