Imagine my surprise and delight when I checked my tracking status Thursday morning and found that it was Out for Delivery! I checked throughout the day, but that was still the status when I left work for the day. As I was pulling up to the house, I saw the cute little box with the Amazon smile sitting on my front porch.
As for wrapping it and saving for christmas - out the door. I get to enjoy it NOW, and C is perfectly fine with that. After all, I had to make certain that everything is okay and it's registered and all that. :)
Here is my Kindle, all snugged up in its little holder (the one that comes with it standard). Now I've read all of the opinions about this holder and was prepared to dislike it, but I don't. It's actually a better quality than I expected, and my Kindle snapped into it and doesn't feel like it's going to fall out like a lot of people have mentioned. This may be just a fluke, or maybe they have improved them just a bit, I don't know, but unless it loosens up over time, I think I'll be fine with it.
It comes in this neat white box that opens like a book. I read through the getting started guide that comes up as soon as you turn it on, and tried out everything. It didn't take long before I got to the registering your Kindle and shopping online part. I hit a slight snag here, because even though I had 2-4 bars of connectivity, I kept getting an error that I couldn't connect to the network. I kept trying for about 45 minutes, and finally gave in and called customer service. As I sat on hold, I continued to try to connect. Wouldn't you know, when my call finally got picked up, the Kindle connected and registered and downloaded my 3 books I had ordered the night before (extremely fast), so I told the CSR (a little sheepishly) that my problem was resolved and I didn't need their help after all. I suppose I should have just been a teensy bit more patient. :)
I browsed the store from the Kindle a bit, but I couldn't decide what else to buy next, so I just got a couple of books' sample first chapters (for free). There are so many things I want to read, but I'm going to try to be judicious and buy only what I plan to read next. Of course, I've been making a list that seems like a mile long.
To save battery life I turned off the wireless then and I started reading my first book, one which I haven't read before (I purchased 2 other books which will be re-reads because I enjoyed them so much), To Ride Pegasus by Anne McCaffrey. It works just like they described - the Kindle disappears and you are in the story, just the way a paper book disappears when you are reading it. I think that was one of my biggest concerns when I initially read about the Kindle nearly a year ago. I know that reading on a computer screen or a PDA just isn't fun, at least for me. I do it because I have to. When I found out why that is (the backlighting of the screen causes eyestrain), and that the Kindle is not backlit, I was more encouraged.
When I decided to purchase, I was excited. As it got closer, I got more excited. Now that I've actually used it, I'm thrilled! It is easier to read in bed (yes, I tried it last night - fortunately C sleeps with his eyes closed so the light from my lamp doesn't bother him). It is lighter than even most paperback books. It remembers where I left off, even if I go out of the book and into another book or online shopping.
Someone on the Kindle discussion board on Amazon's site described it as her "precious" like Gollum. I've got to admit, that description fits mine pretty well right now. :)
And one final picture that has nothing to do with a Kindle - an update on Autumn Leaves, upper right square finished: