safety first

We had our monthly birthday celebration at the office last week. It involved queso, margaritas and music. And also champagne. At the end of the party, there was a half bottle of champagne that had no home. Couldn’t let it go to waste–renew, reuse, recycle–so I took it home with me. I’m all about safety (of my upholstery), so I strapped that baby into the passenger seat before making the drive. I’m glad I wasn’t pulled over by the over-zealous cops in our neighborhood. I wasn’t drinking and driving (I was drinking, THEN driving), but this certainly qualifies as an open container.

James and I are leaving for our almost-annual pilgrimage to N. California soon. In addition to the travel binder we always take on trips, some new technology is coming along. My parents gave me a fancy iPad for my birthday last month, and it was already in the queue to take the place of my much heavier laptop (which I mostly use for checking email and writing trip notes when there’s a break in the action).

We’re lightening the load on this trip. Physically and metaphorically. And I realized yesterday that an app on my iPad (Evernote) could actually be the collection point for many of the things I typically print out and put in the binder. I’ve been spending time this weekend creating google maps and saving webpages with tips about trails we’re going to hike. It’s a thing of beauty. Nerd happiness.


4 responses to “co-pilot”

  1. I am positively a-tremble with the thought that I could power our drive to New Hampshire with an Evernote folder instead of my usual vinyl project sleeve full of color-coded print-outs & maps. I may prevail upon you for an Evernote tutorial … I tried to use it a couple of years ago but didn’t get into a groove and never quite made work right.

    • I’m so happy you understand my joy. Still finding my way around Evernote. For the real deal, you need to buy the full version (I haven’t made that commitment yet, but I have a feeling I will before the day is over) so you can access everything offline – imperative for a cross-country drive. As is for this trip, I’m taking a binder that’s roughly half the size it normally would be, with some things in Evernote and others still on paper. Perhaps the next trip will be binder-free. Baby steps.

      • Just did the upgrade. You can sign up for a year ($45) or pay monthly ($5), so I did the latter. Now I can access my entire folder on the plane and when we’re between wifi signals. If I decide I don’t need the offline access after the trip, I’ll just go back to the free version. Exciting!

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