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My iPod is one of my most cherished, and most used, possessions. I have the Apple 30 GB iPod Video AAC/MP3 Player White (5th Generation), which I bought 2 years ago (and for $200 less than the current price of $489.99 at Amazon???). I keep all the girls’ favorite music and books on it, as well as a few episodes of Dora the Explorer (remember it’s a video player too!). My iPod has come in handy entertaining one or both girls as I’ve walked around Greenlake with them in the Burley (they each get an ear phone to listen to music or a book) or waited with them at various airports on trips to Ireland and France (that’s when they get Dora).

I can also hook it up to speakers in the house which means no more searching for CDs that are actually in the car. Also, it is no longer necessary to make multiple copies of CDs, so that we can keep one in the car as well as in the house.

But mostly, I use my iPod to listen to books. Being a huge reader prior to the birth of my daughters (in 2002 and 2004), I find that the iPod is a sanity saver now that there is less time to sit and read. I can listen to books as I walk, do my grocery shopping, wash dishes, fold laundry, clean house or lie in bed in the dark with a little one snuggling up to me as she sleeps. My next step is to get around to hooking it up in the car!

Here is a list of books I listened to last year:

January 2007
Jennifer Chiaverini: The Sugar Camp Quilt
Jennifer Chiaverini: Circle of Quilters
March
Queen Noor: Leap of Faith
April
Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
Elie Wiesel: Night
June
Lawrence Wright: The Looming Tower

July

Barrack Obama: The Audacity of Hope
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
September
Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth
October
P.L. Travers: Mary Poppins
Laura Ingells Wilder: Little House in the Big Woods
Laura Ingells Wilder: Little House on the Prairie
Madeline Albright: Madam Secretary
November
Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

So far, this year I have listened to:

January 2008
Jennifer Chiaverini: The New Year’s Quilt
Zadie Smith: On Beauty

And because reading and list-making are also favorite things of mine, for a sense of completeness I’ll throw in the list of the books I listened to in 2006 (I bought my iPod in February 2006):

Dalai Lama and Victor Chan: The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Journeys and Conversations
Dalai Lama: The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
Daniel Goleman: Healing Emotions: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mindfulness, Emotions and Health
Daniel Goleman and the Dalai Lama: Destructive Emotions: How Can We Overcome Them? A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler: The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
Sharon Salzberg: Loving Kindness Meditation
Stephen Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Twice)
Jerome Groopman: The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness
 J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sourcer’s Stone
 J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
 J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
 J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
 J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
 J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
 Jennifer Chiaverini: The Quilter’s Homecoming

“I cannot live without books.” -Thomas Jefferson

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