Sunday Salon: Of Audiobooks, Childhoods, E-Readers, and Baseball Games

June 12, 2011

This week, I took part in the 2nd annual Audiobook Week hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books. I had a fantastic time – especially since this year, I had quite a few audiobooks already completed that I still needed to review! I’m glad that I participated again this year – and hope to do so again, many times over! Congratulations to Jen for pulling off yet another fantastic event.

If you missed it, here’s a quick look at what I posted as part of this event:

Also this week, I finally interviewed myself as part of my Reading Roots series! Get yourself over there and take a look if you missed it – I really told a lot more about myself and my reading history than I ever have before here on the blog.

My new KoboTouch in its pretty purple case.

1st generation Kobo on the left; KoboTouch on the right.

On Friday, I went out and bought myself a new Kobo Touch. I’m gifting my older Kobo to my father for a combination Father’s Day/birthday gift next week (his birthday is in mid-July), which I think he’ll appreciate since he’s been primarily using my mother’s Kobo ever since he started reading a while back. The new Kobo is so schmexy! It’s smaller, lighter, and muchmuchmuch faster than my old one – a definite plus for me, since it’ll be my primary mode of reading once I move to the UAE. Take a look:

Lookit how cute and small it is!

Yesterday, I had a day-long date with a friend to spend some time together, since that’s been rather lacking lately. We met just after lunch near the SkyDome (I refuse to call it the Rogers Centre!) and quickly grabbed some tickets from a scalper. The place was swarming outside – I guess because we were playing Boston? Seems there was quite a bit of a rivalry going on. Anyways, we still got inside quite a bit before the game started, so we got to watch the grounds crew take their sweet old time setting up:

Notice how empty the stands were pre-game.

By the time the first inning had ended, the place was PACKED. Seriously. Way more full than I’ve seen the SkyDome in recent memory for a Jays game:

Why yes, yes we were up in the nosebleeds. Why do you ask?

As for the actual baseball game … well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing we were going for the atmosphere and the time together, and not for a quality game. We left the game an inning early (unheard of in my world!), and the score was 16-4. Yes, you read that correctly. And by the time we left, the Jays had used 6 different pitchers!!! Also something I’d never really seen before.

So after abandoning the game, we headed up on the subway to grab dinner at Mandarin, and then opted to see a movie afterwards since there was a theatre right there. I had pointed out on our way into the restaurant that Water for Elephants was playing, and that I hadn’t managed to find someone to see it with me. Turns out that she was interested in seeing it, too, so we did! (And no, I didn’t like it as much as the book – obviously – but in general, I actually thought it was fairly well done.) After that, we split up and headed home in different directions. But it was a great day!

Oh yes, and this is the message that I found inside my fortune cookie after dinner:

3 Comments

  • Lisalovesbooks June 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I love your new Kobo!! It looks like it’s about the same size as the new Nook at Barnes & Nobles 😀 I love your idea of recycling and gifting your older reader to your dad!! I am also doing that for my father-in-law with my Nook (which is new), but I went for the Color Nook and love it 😀 Although…I did just buy some regular books for my FIL, too….go figure!

  • Melody June 13, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I just bought the new Nook this weekend…looks similar to the new Kobo (happy weekend to both of us!) and it has been great fun to read on. I upgraded from a Kindle2, mostly because I wanted to be able to read books from sources other than Amazon. I’m hoping my kiddos will put my Kindle to use. 🙂

  • Amy June 13, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Congrats on the new Kobo, looks very pretty 🙂 I’m still a Kindle girl myself though, not converted yet 😉 Also, that is a pretty great fortune. heh

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