Today is my tenth wedding anniversary. How the hell did THAT happen? (Not that I'm complaining, mind you!)
It's sort of funny, because my engagement ring is a sapphire, and NLLDH and I always had this kind of joke/promise that for our tenth wedding anniversary, he would get me a sapphire-and-diamond eternity band (or anniversary band, or whatever you call them). Because that seemed SO far away, and surely we would be well-established in our careers/lives by then, right?
And of course, since that time we've lived in five different cities between us, both acquired new graduate degrees (or are in the process of doing so, in my case), and both moved (or are moving) into different careers. So we're not quite where we thought we'd at this times in our lives, but who cares? We like where we are and what we're doing, at least most of the time, and that's what matters.
(And in case it wasn't clear, I could care less about getting a new ring. It's just a funny thing to realize the thing we joked about because it seemed so far away has come to pass. Besides, I still owe NLLDH a watch; he always thought it was a ripoff that women get engagement rings and men don't have the equivalent [because he wanted that symbol of being engaged, not because of the cost or anything], so I said I would get him a watch. Someday. And it hasn't happened yet, because when NLLDH talks about wanting a watch, he means a REALLY nice one, and we haven't had the money for it yet. I mean, basically all these things are winning-the-lottery kinds of items, and that hasn't happened yet either.)
Anyway, we didn't do much to celebrate today (we have vague plans for going to Vegas for a weekend later in the summer): chocolate cake for breakfast, brunch out, and a visit to the mall to indulge our technology lust. We're both overdue for new cell phones (me because mine sucks for actually having conversations, NLLDH because his is four or five years old, which is like one hundred in cell phone years), and while we're waiting to see what Apple announces on Monday, if they don't have anything especially new to offer, or it's not going to show up for months, NLLDH really wants to get a Droid Incredible from Verizon. Or at least, he thinks he does, so we went to the mall to see what the Droid is like.
And it is pretty spiffy. But I'm such an Apple girl, it kind of breaks my heart to think of getting anything other than an iPhone. (Plus, I have an iPod Touch, so am really used to that interface.) So I'm really hoping that Apple announces something really cool that will be available sometime this summer, something that can lure NLLDH away from the Droid. I mean, we don't at all have to have the same phone, but it's likely a lot more economical to have two lines with the same carrier than two different lines with two different carriers, and the iPhone's only on AT&T, while the Incredible is only on Verizon. So that makes things a little complicated.
What is not at all complicated is that I got to pick up and play with an iPad at the Apple store, and, hello, WANT. That thing is fricking awesome. Sure, maybe it's more about consumption more than creation. But I do a HELL of a lot of consumption (web, e-mail, books), and would be thrilled to do so on the iPad. It is like a massive iPod Touch, but it's better. I love my Touch, use it all the time, and there was something just so satisfyingly tactile about using this lovely glossy tablet that responds instantly to your touch. I actually thought the virtual keyboard was great, almost effortless to use - I really could type away without errors, just as easily as on my laptop.
The other ADORABLE thing was the guy at the other end of the table, who had his toddler with him. His TODDLER was manipulating the iPad quite happily, swiping and zooming and so on. The dad said, "When he sees a real computer, he tries to do this, now" (where "this" means "manipulate with a touch"). It was pretty awesome.
We decided that an ideal setup for home (assuming we were both working, and therefore had computers at work, rather than going to school, because right now I need my laptop for school) would be to get a 27" iMac to have on a desk for real work, and then for each of us to have an iPad we could sit and play with on the couch while we watch TV, which is what we do with our laptops now.
So there are a few more things to go on the "when we win the lottery" list. Maybe for the twentieth anniversary.