Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New toys for a new year

Santa brought us lots of new toys this Christmas, and now that we’re home from vacation we’re finally getting around to setting them up.


Marci’s new orange I-pod Nano

While Tom and Nicolas were at their Robotics meeting tonight, Bryce and I set up my new Nano with the music from my old Shuffle and some from their Touch(es).  I opted to get the Nano rather than the I-Touch since I’ll probably upgrade to a smart phone when I’m due for a new phone towards the end of this year, and I’ll have internet on it, as well as any Apps that I need.  This is a fun little gadget – not just a music player, but also a radio, and a pedometer, and a clock . . . pretty cool!

Tom got a couple of cool new gadgets, too.


Weather radio for the RV . . . and for home!


Code scanner for the truck

With these two tools, we’ll be safe from severe weather wherever we go and Tom will be able to diagnose any powertrain issues that come up on the truck.

The last cool tool was a surprise when it arrived yesterday.  All during Christmas, Bryce was talking about the Tassimo coffee maker.  It’s a single-cup coffee maker, similar to the Keurig.  Well, yesterday Nicolas and I were standing in the kitchen when the UPS man drove up the driveway.  I hadn’t ordered anything, so we were wondering what he could be bringing us.  To our surprise, he brought us a big box labeled “TASSIMO”.  I thought maybe Bryce had ordered something online without telling me Baring teeth smile, but it turned out to be a gift from Gevalia (the coffee company).  We had signed up for the Gevalia coffee club a year or so ago, in order to get a free coffeemaker, and then ordered just one additional shipment.  Apparently, that qualified us as “loyal customers” and we received this gift as a thank-you.


Our new Tassimo coffeemaker, with complimentary coffee!

Bryce has been dying to check it out, so as soon as we were finished with my Nano, we made ourselves some coffee!  It was pretty good, so I guess we now have 2 coffeemakers to take in the RV with us!

Now there’s only one more gadget to get set up . . .


Marci’s Nook . . . a present from the kids!


  1. I like the new toys. How is the Nook working out?


  2. Ohhh I just LOVE gadgets!

    I use my Iphone with internet more than I ever expected to. I just ignore Steve's grumblings about the higher bill for data services.

    Other favorites are the weather radio, the aircard and router for laptops, and then the GPS dongle with Streets and Trips for on the laptop--- bigger screen and easier to change routes or find things as we go down the road.

    I have a tiny cheapo MP3 player and some small external speakers I can take outside and set on the picnic table--- for soft background music when we are camping.

    We sure love our toys!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  3. Wow, y'all must have been REALLY good in 2010! I got a Nano like yours and love it! Think I'll check on that weather radio...looks like something we might need.


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