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imageI did it.  I finally did it.  I pushed the Proceed to checkout button on my Amazon cart.

I had the new Amazon Kindle Fire in my cart.  You see, I put it in there when I first learned of that Amazon had announced that it would be released on November 15th.  I told you back in September that I drooled myself when I saw it.

I’ve been wanting an e-reader for quite some time now.  My Aunt has a Kindle e-reader and absolutely loves it.   A friend as a Nook Color and loves it.   I’ve had the chance to look at both, and while I really liked the Nook Color, I wanted a Kindle.  I do a lot of shopping on Amazon, and I am comfortable with their customer service.  On the imagerare occasions in which I have had a problem with a product, their no hassle return made me feel much better about shopping with them.  As I was saying, I put the Kindle Fire in my cart back on September 29th.  Hubs has told me several times to go ahead and buy it.  So, I put it in my cart. Funny thing is, I’ve actually pulled it out of my cart a few times, to place orders for other things that we NEEDED, and then I put it back in.

You see, I just have a hard time spending money on myself.  Spend it on my kids… no problem.  Spend it on my husband… sure bet.  Spend it on me… I hyperventilate.  I have an easier time giving money away than I do spending it on myself!  I don’t know why I am like that.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that for so many years, I never felt like I had money to spare on things I wanted, let alone to pay for the things I needed.

When I was nineteen and bought my house, there were plenty of weeks where my only meals were Ramen Noodles or the pizzas that I earned as part of my shift while working at Pizza Hut!  And when things were really tight, even the Ramen Noodles were iffy.  By the time I moved to Chicago, I had managed to rack up a sizeable amount of debt (mostly medical, but some of it just plain dumb choices) and was trying to pay it down.  Some of it even ended up being written off by the lender (or service provider), but I knew that Psalm 37:21 says, “The wicked borrows and does not pay back, but the righteous is gracious and gives.”  So, I paid back even that which was written off.  No way I wanted to be classified as wicked!

So, spending money on myself is not something I do often, or do well.  I’d sooner set fire to my own hair and scream “hey, hey, look at me.”  Of course, I don’t HAVE any hair, but you catch my drift, right?

So, with much agony, I finally did it.  I pushed that button.

And then I hyperventilated.  Seriously.

Honest to goodness, I even considered cancelling the order, because I just do not spend that kind of money on something that is really only beneficial to me.  An ice cream maker attachment, a device which benefits everyone in the house, is one thing.  But a personal e-reader is another.  But, I forced myself to walk away from the computer and let the transaction go through.

Honestly, though, I cannot wait to get it.  It is going to feel so good to have fresh reading material at my fingertips at all times!  Of course, with a 2yo and a 3yo, I also purchased the 2 year Square Trade Warranty for Kindle Fire.   I would just cry if one of them spilled milk on it and that was “all she wrote.”  With the warranty, I feel a little less nervous having an expensive electronic device around them.

I just know I am going to love it… but if I don’t, I can always return it.  LOL.

So, now I have to make my list of e-books that I want to read.  I’ve already added Moody’s Anecdotes And Illustrations Related in his Revival Work by the Great Evangelist, Les Misérables, War and Peace, and Silas Marner to my Kindle Books.  Silas Marner is probably one of my all time favorite fictional works.  The story is well written and so emotive!  I enjoyed Les Mis as a play, so I am hoping I will enjoy reading it as well.  I’ve never read War and Peace, but a friend recently mentioned it and said how much she loved it, so I thought I would give it a try.  And I enjoy reading just about anything by D.L. Moody, so there was no question on that one.  Plus, they were all FREE, which is my favorite kind of book!   I have a few others I want to read, but I want to read some more contemporary works as well.  So, tell me, what have you been reading lately, and do you recommend it?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I’ve got nothing on the book recommendations, but I say big huge props to you for doing something for you! You are worth it and deserve to be kind to yourself.

    I hope you enjoy the heck out of it!

  2. I am the same way. I find it hard to spend money on myself too. If Matt hadn’t given me the money and I didn’t already have gift cards, I never would have bought my Nikon. Glad you finally bit the bullet and hope you enjoy it!

  3. The Kindle Fire is on my list to get for my husband for Christmas. He reads all the time so I know he’ll love it. Unfortunately, I haven’t read leisurely in quite awhile.

  4. If you haven’t read the Steig Larson books, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest, and The Girl Who Played With Fire, you really need to read them. I loved all three.

  5. LOL I hyperventilate spending that kinda money on myself as well but I’d sure love to for one of those! They look really neat.

  6. I can’t wait to hear how you like it. Sounds like its going to be the perfect solution to saving storage on lots of books in a tight wrapped up little ereader ENJOY

  7. So much of a book recommendation depends on what you like to read- but there are so many free books I don’t think you will have a problem finding something you like! I just recently figured out you can use Kindle on a computer (d’oh me) and have read all kinds of freebies!
    I am the same way about spending money on myself… and you know thats another one of the reasons I think I do contests – I get things I certainly wouldnt buy for me, and am just tickled pink when they come 🙂 (you made me think about that one)
    You will have to keep us up to date how the Fire works and if it is easy to use!

    • Ellen- I just recently figured that out, as well. I am reading Imaginary Jesus (by Matt Mikalatos), which I got free on Amazon! It is LAUGH OUT LOUD funy!

  8. I can so relate! My mom was/is the same way… I think I take it after her. I have learned that it’s okay to treat myself from time to time (I still feel a little guilty when I do, though). lol.

    Congrats on your Kindle Fire!!!

  9. Yay you!!! Congrats on the Kindle. You will love (and you so deserve) it!!

  10. Yay for taking the plunge…please write a review when you get it, because I’m still debating!

  11. You deserve it hun! I’m sure you are going to love it.

  12. I just have to say that I have never heard of anyone paying back that which was written off. That shows so much about your integrity. I’m more than impressed! I hope you thoroughly enjoy that well-deserved e-reader!~

    • Apparently one of the collections agent hadn’t heard of it, either, because I had to explain multiple times what I wanted to do. She kept saying, “but, Ma’am, you are not required to pay this.” Finally I had to tell her, “Listen, I understand that I am not required by LAW to pay it, but I AM required by conscience to do so. I did not ASK you to write this debt off. I incurred it, and as a Christian feel the only right thing to do is pay it, which I will do, if only you will kindly tell me where to remit payments.” She did, and while it took me an additional eight months to pay the debt, I did pay it. And when it was paid off, she sent me the “paid in full” slip with a a hand written note, saying pretty much what you said, and that it pretty much changed her mind about “Christians in general.” If only for that hand written note, doing the right thing was well worth it to me. Of course, being able to look at myself in the mirror, and respect the person staring back at me is a big bonus, too. I realize that there are some circumstances where people simply are unable to pay their debts. Mine was NOT one of them, and I refused to take advantage of a system that was willing to forgive the debt.

  13. Good for you! Enjoy it 🙂

  14. WOO HOO!!! I’m jealous Virginia! Let me know how you like it please 🙂

  15. It’s either a mom thing or a woman thing, cause I can’t spend money on myself either! Congrats on the Kindle fire! If you haven’t read the Hunger Games yet, add those too!

  16. I’m like that too. I love spending money on others, but I hardly buy anything for myself.

  17. I’m hoping to get one next year.

  18. You deserve it, I am sure! I have been debating getting it. It seems like a really great upgrade to other book readers. 🙂 Hope you just love it!

  19. Sometimes I put things there so I can think before I act.

  20. I hope you LOVE it!!

  21. I am so happy for you! I always have a hard time spending money on myself so I can relate. I can not wait to hear what you think about it. I just read that Amazon is offer book lending to their Amazon Prime program. Don’t forget to check your local library too. I borrow kindle books all the time from ours.