Old Fashioned GirlThursday, July 26, 2012
I have been holding off on buying a Kindle (or any kind of e-reader) for months. I understand the appeal - takes up less space, download books instantly - but holding a book, smelling it, feeling the pages, is just part of the experience of reading that I love. Same goes for magazines and newspapers. I could subscribe to my favourite magazines on my iPod or read the news online, but it's just not as much fun if you can't cut out articles, sniff perfume ads or get newsprint all over your fingers. You can curl up in bed on a stormy evening with an electronic device instead of a book, but for me it's just not the same. I can't imagine reading The Night Before Christmas with Eli on an e-reader.
In some cases, I looove the new-fangled versions of things. Online banking, buying movie tickets, ordering clothes, Google Maps - all lifesavers. Other times, I like doing stuff the old-fashioned way.
I don't like Keurigs. I understand why people like them...in theory. Hundreds of yummy flavoured coffees that are ready to drink instantly. What's not to like? I'm by no means a coffee snob or purist. I will drink Maxwell House out of the giant can if that's what's available. But a Keurig is essentially just hot water poured through a plastic cup. It doesn't really brew. We had one at a previous workplace and I didn't like it at all. The coffee never seemed HOT and there was no happy little caffeine buzz. We have a Cuisinart coffee maker and it takes a few minutes for the pot to brew, but it's worth the wait.
I don't like electronic calendars. Google Calendar, iCal...don't like 'em. Don't trust 'em. Seeing my calendar with back-to-back meetings for a week in advance gives me the willies and it wouldn't matter if it were an emailed meeting request to go shopping with Kate Middleton, I HATE clicking "accept". I will always have a day planner and I will always write my appointments in it, same as I will forever and ever write my daily to-do lists in blue ink and cross things off with red.
I have a love-hate relationship with online recipes. When I cook or bake something I've usually found it here or here or here or through a random Google search that generates a gazillion recipes that all look amazing. I lug my dying laptop into the kitchen, set it up on the counter, and get to work. As a result, my computer is a shitshow. There's batter splatters all over the monitor and between the keys. I'm pretty sure cookie dough and cake batter has fallen into my keyboard and baked in there. Cookbooks and handwritten recipes are the way to go and I'm trying to amass a collection of tried-and-true favourite recipes on my trusty little 4x6" cards.
E-invitations give me the willies a little. Remember when you were small and your friends would give you invitations to their birthday parties? Or you'd receive an invitation to a wedding shower or a housewarming party? That never happens anymore thanks to Evite and Facebook Events. Which, again, I get it. It's convenient, it's free, it's the easiest way to get in touch with people (sadly) and it makes it effortless for even the slackerest of slackers to RSVP. I kind of miss getting formal invitations to things and sending them out as well. This leads me to birthday wishes in general. Getting 200 Facebook "happy birthday" wall posts from people you don't hear from 364 days of the year isn't as nice as getting just one birthday card, phone call, or face-to-face wish from a friend.
What about you - any old-fashioned things you can't bear to part with?