I joined Google+ this weekend, and so far, it feels like a cleaner version of Facebook with instant access to my gmail and the ability to start throwing people into appropriate groups (Facebook didn't create that feature until I'd already hit the 5,000-friend limit, so it's not practical for me to go through them all now).
There's still a lot I haven't tried on the site, but it seems promising enough. Of course, the site doesn't have nearly as many people on it as Facebook...yet. I'm definitely interested to see how it does over the next year, and I can't wait to figure out more of the tools.
Coming of age
My son Ben turned 10 on Sunday. I don't mind that I'm turning 33 in about a week, but my oldest son reaching double digits makes me feel old. This is nothing new. Ever since I became a parent, I've realized that I no longer mark my own age as much as the ages of my kids--all five of them!
On the way up to Ohio, it also occurred to me that Ben is now within striking distance of being taller than Tammy and is only a few years from equalling my height (if he follows my growth pattern, that is)--not to mention he's only six years from learning how to drive. Where does the time go?
|10-year-old Ben with his new Nook.
e-Readers Hit Close to Home
Beyond that, Ben received a Nook as one of his birthday gifts. In fact, it was the main gift he wanted and talked about before his birthday. His mother and nana bought it for him. Their main reasoning for a Nook over the Kindle? The Preble County library system allows visitors to check out digital books--only for the Nook.
Ben likes to read, and he represents a generation of young readers who have no problem with moving from printed books to a digital platform. Anyway, I think it's interesting to see how the e-reader revolution is hitting close to home with my double digit son.
His first books to download? Three titles from the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. He's into creepy stuff.
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Things related to this blog post:
- Ben 10 (Ben turned 10!)
- Nook (e-reader Ben received for his birthday)
- Kindle (e-reader he did not receive)
- The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, by R.L. Stine (Ben's favorite Goosebumps book)
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