We both got new glasses yesterday. Cost a small fortune, because Mary and I are both in progressive lenses, but it was worth it. My new glasses are almost exactly the same as the ones I have currently, except they have a silver frame rather than a black one. My new frames are also the kind you can twist and bend and they snap back into shape. Mary got plastic frames that look really nice on her. I think it was worth it. It’s not a lot of money when you consider I went nine years in these glasses…
Did you know that, as you get older, your distance vision improves while your reading vision gets worse? Both of us needed a stronger reading prescription and a not-quite-as-strong distance prescription.
I had the doctor check me for macular degeneration. Both my grandfather and godmother had it, and I think my father-in-law did as well. The doctor said there was no evidence that I was getting it, and to wear sunglasses when I went out and take vitamins for my eyes. Which I’m already doing. He did say that I have the beginnings of a cataract, but that’s normal.
If you click on the Wikipedia symbol above, you might be prompted for a donation. Wikipedia is having an end-of-year fundraiser. If you use it as much as I do, you know how valuable a resource it is. Please, be generous, if you can.
Santa’s bringing me a Kindle Fire for Christmas! It’s supposed to arrive tomorrow. When it gets here, I can start loading the books I plan to read to it. And there are quite a few. Mary and I have over 3000 books that we’ve accumulated since getting our Kindles a few years ago. Mary has added the bulk of them, most of which are romance titles that I haven’t much interest in. You would think it would be an easy task of going through the list, finding the books I want to have, and loading from there, right?
Well, not really. As I mentioned on Sunday, there’s no real easy way to get a full list of the books by going to Amazon’s website and printing off a list or downloading it to a spreadsheet. After a week of Google searches, I found an answer: Syncing the Kindle desktop app with your account creates an XML file with all the pertinent information. You need to massage it a little bit (validate that it’s a valid XML file at a site like this one until the file is clean, then figure out a way to get it into a spreadsheet), but once that’s done, you have what you need.
In all, it’s been a good couple of days.
How have you been doing?