New Year, New Tricks

You know the old saying about old dogs and new tricks, right? Well, the new year has found this old… fashioned gal :) needing to learn a new trick or two.

Not only did my husband get me a Kindle for Christmas, but we bought our first-ever brand new car over the holidays (photos below for your viewing pleasure :)). It was time for an update, and we decided to splurge on brand new in honor of our 35th wedding anniversary last month.

Getting new things is always fun, but in today’s world a new purchase many times means some sort of new technology to master as well. And for us old… fashioned folks :), that can mean quite the learning curve along with a measure of frustration. So even though I’m technologically challenged, I’m determined to do my best to learn the new tricks needed to stay at least half-way current with today’s world — and our recent purchases :)

I’ve already learned how to download books (the free ones!) to my Kindle and now I need to learn the ins and outs of navigating all its features so I can make the most of it. I’m also busy getting acquainted with our new car but still need to figure out how to input phone numbers for its hands-free Bluetooth technology. Oh my, Calgon, take me away! :)

Did any new gadgets come your way this Christmas that have you needing to learn some new tricks? Or do you have a goal this year of acquiring a new skill? If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or frustrated at the prospect of it all, remember to call on our Heavenly Father for help. Remember, He specializes in new things!

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

*Flickr photo above by Mike Licht,, Creative Commons License; our photos below of our 2011 Nissan Altima.


  1. It looks sharp!

    I’m glad you’re figuring out the Kindle – I don’t think it will be too hard.

    I think I’ll do something new this year – I’ll report back later!

  2. Love the new car! Very modern. :)

  3. Good for you on both counts! Hubby gave me a “big girl” iPod like 8 months ago, and I have’t touched it. He took the liberty of loading music for me, so I guess I’ll have to turn it on and learn to navigate it.

  4. Thanks, gals! Kristin, now you’ve got me curious about the new thing you’re going to start this year! Fill me in soon :)

    And Kirsten, good luck with the iPod. That’s something else I know nothing about :)

  5. I love your new car and am so proud of your journey into new territory with technology. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll learn. Enjoy the gadgets.

    I’m learning our new Blu-ray thingymabob machine. It isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Cheryl,
    Congrats on the new car and the Kindle. Enjoy them both!!

    I love new technology and actually teach women how to better use the technology in their lives. I don’t have a digital reader yet, though, so I can’t offer any pointers.

    Good luck. Just remember how great it’ll be when you figure out the Kindle. And think how strong your brain cells are getting!

  7. Wow, Chery! A brand new car AND a new Kindle? Yay!

    We got our 21 yr old son a Nook for Christmas and he loves it. But for now, I will stick with my old-fashioned books.

    My hubby and I MIGHT be getting new iPhones. He definitely is, but I’m just a maybe.

  8. Love the car!

    My husband has a Kindle, and we’ve both enjoyed reading from it. I hope you enjoy yours!

  9. Thanks, ladies, for the congrats and all the techie encouragement — I need all of that I can get! :)

  10. No new gadgets at this point… my brain can’t handle it! Love the car. We’re Nissan people over here. Enjoy it!


  11. What a great car! And welcome to the kindle age. I don’t have one, but the folks I know who do absolutely love them.


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