Thursday, March 31, 2011

9. Spring

Since I have been nurturing gratitude for things in my head lately, without putting them down on paper, or rather, through the Blogosphere/Twitterworld, today is the day I make two gratifying posts :P

And now that spring's upon us, I am feeling extra grateful.

This is the first year that I have realized one sign of spring is that you can hear birds chirping outside. It might be cold, and the weather might still be in limbo, snowing one day, and shining warm and bright the next, but the birds start chirping, and you know winter's almost over, and spring is 'bursting' forth. It's great to sit in your room, or walk outside, and hear birds chirping, it really is. Not only that, I have started noticing that I have renewed energy in revving up my physical activity, be it jogging, taking a long stroll, going to the Y, etc. March is almost like New Year's Resolutions reaffirmed - if all your resolutions started dwindling in February under the dreariness of grey clouds and the cold of winter - spring is when you feel rejuvenated, again. In my case, I have started making salads, enjoying the fresh crispiness of spinach without having to worry about being too cold, and thereby needing something more substantial, like a warm entree.

So, thank you spring, and may you last long, before smouldering summer comes along...

8. Smartphones

Today I am nurturing my gratitude for smartphones.

I got myself an Android phone (thank you nursing for the ability to afford one :) a couple of weeks ago, and my mobile world has completely changed since. Whereas before I had 'just a phone' that was able to text, make phone calls, play games, had an alarm clock, and calendar, now I have a phone that can do all that, but better. Consider this: I no longer have to text all my words, as my phone Happy (yes, I love my new phone that much!) can figure out the word most of the time; I can play games similar to Nintendo handheld games; my new phone alarm clock has a more soothing ring tone to it; my calendar is synced with Google; AND - I have an e-reader on my phone, which means I no longer have to add bulk to my purse/bag/luggage with paperbacks; I get to see the local weather forecast wherever, whenever; and I have a flashlight app, which means I no longer have to carry a flashlight on my backpacking travels. Not to mention my solo outings have just improved exponentially, as when I am at a restaurant on my own, I no longer have to spend awkward moments before the meal arrives figuring out how to pass the time, and ditto for waiting in line before watching a movie that no one else wants to watch with you, lol. And think about those endless waits at the airport! Smartphone, wifi, a charger, and you're all set! Oh, two more things: a) If I don't have a camera, and want to capture a beautiful moment or sight, no problem! Happy does that. b) I've often heard a good song on a commercial, or at the mall, and wished to download it, and now I can, with my glorious Soundhound app.

So, to sum up: Once you go smartphone, you can never go back, lol.