I just won a Kindle Fire!!

I think this is what it will look like!

Hi, guys, no time to chit-chat because I have to work, but you wouldn’t believe it!  I just won a Kindle Fire!! (Like an iPad, for those of you, like me, who don’t know the technological ins and outs.)   How cool is that?

Just yesterday I decided, yep, it’s time to spend less time on-line.  Maybe cut back on a little blogging.  You know, one of my regular retreat times.

But, no, the Universe obviously has different plans!

Last week we bought new tires at Lambert’s Auto Store.  Brian and Mandy are our buddies; we’ve bonded over Ford Fiestas and Buick Centuries and that evil car our daughter owned back in her late high school years, which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent.

We bought two new front tires.  All-season radials, although don’t quote me, because I don’t pay attention to things like tires. Instead I paid attention to the Kindle Fire sitting on Mandy’s desk.

“Can you enter to win this?” I asked, breathless.  I’ve wanted one of these fancy technological wizards since viewing Michaela’s I-Pad in the coffee shop this summer.  I love how you use your thumbs and fingers to move things around.  Wanted to borrow the iPad at the school to give my fingers a whirl in the Internet, but thought that wouldn’t be kosher, so lusted from afar.

“Yes,” Mandy replied, “Put your name on the slip of paper.”

“I want to win,” I said, very seriously.  “Phone number too?”

“Yes,” she said patiently, “Put your phone number on it.”

I sat and stared longingly at the Kindle Fire from the comfy leather chairs, waiting for the new tires.

Wouldn’t it be sweet?  How many people in L’Anse bought new tires at the tire sale this week?  What are the chances of winning, do you think?  (Your chances of winning a raffle or giveaway in a small town are SO much better than any big city contests.  I mean, like, how many of us were there, really, buying new tires last week?)

My car with its gleaming new tires appeared in front of the shop.  I handed over our life savings and prepared to give them a blacktop whirl.

“Do you want a gift?” Mandy asked.  She displayed several flashlights, mugs, cup holders, free giveaway thingees.

I stared helplessly at her.

“I want the Kindle Fire,” I breathed hopefully.

She smiled and gave me some fancy flashlight, seat-belt cutter-compass-window-breaker.  It’s still sitting on our kitchen table as we decide what to do with it.

“I’ll call you if you win,” she promised.

I drove off and never, ever thought of it again until the middle of last night when an image of the Kindle Fire blazed brightly for maybe two seconds, but I didn’t pay much attention.

This morning the phone call came.

“You won the Kindle Fire,” Mandy said.

My heart is still beating faster than fast.  I am PUMPED!  This blogger is excited; can you tell?

Do any of you know how to use a Kindle Fire?  Because I haven’t a clue…

Hope you can blog on WordPress on it!

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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56 Responses to I just won a Kindle Fire!!

  1. AnnieR says:

    Congratulations! I tried to win one at a charity event a couple of weeks ago and, as usual, I was not successful. Maybe I need to visit small town tire stores!

  2. How totally cool! I LOVE mine. This is really, really awesome. Don’t you just love how these things happen? Congrats, my friend.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  3. Kerry Dwyer says:

    I don’t know if you will be able to blog on it Kathy. My mum has a regular kindle and she loves it. She carries the equivalent of the local library around in her handbag. There are literately thousands of free books out there for a kindle, just have a look on Amazon. All the classics are free as they are out of copy right.
    I am sure you will love it.

  4. Sorry, yes, there is now a WordPress app. I still blog on my laptop, but I like reading blogs on my kindle from bed at night. Just hard to leave super long comments. When I first got my Fire there was not a WP app, which was hugely disappointing, but it was just a matter of time.

  5. Brenda Hardie says:

    Congratulations Kathy!! How very exciting for you! I don’t have a clue as how to use it though…..I am not tech savvy at all. Enjoy your new adventure honey :)

  6. Elisa's Spot says:

    woo hooo what fun! i’ve never touched one and I couldn’t identify one by sight.

  7. lisaspiral says:

    Congratulations! It is easier to win at those small contests, but still….. Hope your new toy gives you more joy than headaches!

  8. Val says:

    Well done! I wouldn’t mind one, either… other half has entered a local competition to win a Kindle, but I suspect that it’s one of the first generation ones that doesn’t ‘do’ colour… !

  9. Stacy Lyn says:

    That’s awesome, Kathy! Good for you!

    I, on the other hand, have shunned digital books, though I understand that Kindle Fire is more than just digital books. Maybe one day….

    I won a Caribbean cruise once – about six months after Katrina. Boy, did I need that! <3

  10. Susan Derozier says:

    No idea how to work such things but it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person Kathy. Congrats on your win and I’m sure you will appreciate the new tires this winter!

  11. Kathy – CONGRATULATIONS! You’re going to love, Love, LOVE it!

    I gave my Kindle to our son (he’s a reading nut like his parents!) and put the Kindle app on my laptop.

  12. Dawn says:

    Love my Kindle – never seen the Fire up close. Have fun. :)

  13. Joanne says:

    WooHoo Kathy!!! You thought it, and it came to you…again! You’re getting good at manifesting. :)

  14. win says:

    I do kathy ok? Email me

  15. win says:

    Reblogged this on I WIN.

  16. My kids can help you! They’re preternatural and naturally imbued with techie know how. And there is a WordPress app.

  17. sybil says:

    Hot spit ! What a great win ! Congrats !

  18. Yay for you! Winning is wonderful, isn’t it?!! I don’t have any idea how they work, but I’ve been coveting those devices, too. I’ve set my sights on the Nook Color. I like the idea, mostly, of having magazines at hand, without all the clutter and recycling issues. Congratulations!

  19. Congrats and enjoy your new tech toy. So much for spending less time on the Internet. LOL Imagine, you could have a whole library at the touch of a finger.

  20. Carol says:

    I got a wireless keyboard for the iPad which may also work with the kindle. Mine is made by Logitech and I love it when I’m typing more than a few words.

  21. Too much fun – congrats — it’s your reward for inspiring so many of us! Speaking of less online time . . . it’s past time for me to switch over to the work computer! ~ Kat

  22. john says:

    Kathy, they are great! I love to read in bed, there is a feature that allows you to reverse the screen to white letters on a black background so the light is cut down. Without having paper pages to turn and just enough light to read in the dark, you can read all night and Barry will be none the wiser. I have a Microsoft Office clone so I can work on the fly. Jenny emails me a grocery list and off to the store I go. You will have a second great love in life ;-)

  23. Heather says:

    You won! You won! You won!
    I am just so excited that you won! I sometimes enter blogging giveaways for kitchen gadgets I’d love to have but not pay for, but also never expect to win. How cool. Perhaps you can spend less time on the computer in favor of time on the Kindle ;) My nephews have KFs that they love and seemed to adjust quickly to. I suspect you’ll be just fine and enjoy it as much or as little as you choose. Congrats :)

  24. debyemm says:

    I can’t help you with how to use one because I have an “old” Kindle. My youngest lusts after an iPad and has entered contests to try and win one. However, your experience does remind me of a Kayak we won, at the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Missouri Stream Team program. We are a first year team. As I registered for the door prizes, the fisheries biologist suggested I do something for “luck”. We had been thinking of getting a Kayak for our boys. As they were announcing the winners, I found myself ever drawn closer to the stage, my ticket numbers in hand, as the numbers were read . . . yep, you guessed it – we drove home with the Kayak attached to our Volvo’s roof rack. I think clarity of desire can definitely “manifest” quite quickly. Obviously, your desire was very strong. Congratulations !!

  25. Lori DiNardi says:

    I have a tablet (similar to Ipad), and I can do some minor things with the blog. Although there is probably a way to type out an entire blog, I wouldn’t attempt it. It’s very difficult to type on. However, I can check comments and stats. I can respond to comments too, but again, only briefly since typing is difficult. I downloaded the WordPress app which condenses it down for tablets/phones/kindle. Good luck and CONGRATULATIONS!

  26. CMSmith says:

    My mom has one. She reads her e-mail and checks Facebook on it (in addition to reading books). I’m pretty sure you will be able to blog on it, although if it is anything like the iPad, not nearly as easily as blogging on your computer.

  27. susan says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Oh mercy, you are leaving me behind :( I am in the dark ages when it comes to techie stuff and I watch hubs and my kids flip fingers and thumbs on their pieces of technostuff and I get dizzy. Give me BUTTONS. I like buttons. Nice reliable slow buttons.

    But do enjoy your prize! Prizes are wonderful. Just don’t be flippin that thing when I’m around, haha! I’m dizzy enough!
    Hugs
    SuZen

  28. Colleen says:

    Wonderful!!! I can’t be of help with any useful Kindle advice but can say that I just love my iPad. Really, really love it. : )

  29. Karma says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been eyeing Kindle Fires (Kindles Fire? Not sure what the proper plural would be, lol!) for quite a while now. Enjoy!!

  30. Kat says:

    Congrats, enjoy your new Fire!

  31. Congratulations and have fun figuring out the ins and outs of it. I’d be like you – stoked to win it but clueless as to how to make the best use of it! :)

  32. OM says:

    Funny, the word “lust” characterizes my relationship to tablets also. It’s a sensuous thing. I have lusted for several years now, awaiting the right circumstance to acquire the best one, said circumstances including a win, a gift, a purchase, or whatever would be similar!
    So, I rejoice with you, and I wish you all the joys of the learning curve and sweet using, and pay attention to those little “blazes,” eh?

  33. dearrosie says:

    Congratulations Kathy. Too lovely the way the universe came through for you. I don’t have one but I look forward to hearing what you can do with it.

  34. Dawn says:

    Have fun. Don’t have a clue…but have fun anyway!

  35. Wow, its nice to know some sweepstakes actually work but I’m happy you luck played out to your advantage this time and you won something that made you happy :)

  36. Christie Eagan says:

    Wow, the best thing I ever won at one of those small town (any town for that matter) drawings was a turkey one Thanksgiving from Worton’s IGA in Yale, many (we are not counting) years ago. I am not sure my mom didn’t actually win and she just told me I did to make me feel good. While I am sure it was mighty tasty I think you topped my turkey. Happy Kindling.

  37. Haha, that was such a great read! Congrats on winning the Kindle! Greg has one and really likes it (and I still looove my iPad,,,,using it right now actually :-) )

  38. Hey – congratulations!! My husband has a Kindle Fire, and he LOVES it! There are so many things that you can do with it (including watch movies through Amazon). You’re going to love it! Try Angry Birds, it’s addicting….. ;)

  39. Kerry Dwyer says:

    When you have it worked out let me know and I’ll send you my book to read.

  40. Barb says:

    I love my Kindle which is many years old so is not on “fire.” You will never again be without a book to read, even in a blinding snowstorm with ice on the roads so you can’t get to a library or book store. I used my Kindle to buy books in Eagle Harbor when I was there several years ago. My phone wouldn’t work there but the Kindle did. I wonder if it has the 7 Little Words word game app on it? I have just become addicted to that game on my iPad, unfortunately. Electronic books are wonderful, Kathy. I knew you were a lucky lady!

  41. That is so cool! Good for you, if I ever get one, perhaps you can teach me how to use it!! :)

  42. Awesome! I guess it can pay to enter contests sometimes!

  43. Munira says:

    Hahaha OMG!!! You won!!!!! *jumps up and down with joy*!!
    I still can’t believe it!

  44. Congrats! I am happy for you.

  45. Marianne says:

    Congratulations, Kathy! Good for you! :)

  46. Kathy says:

    Thanks to every single one of you for offering your Kindle Fire congratulations! I am learning more every day about how to use it. (I didn’t even have a clue, really, what a Kindle Fire was before putting my name in for that giveaway. I thought it had GPS on it! Technologically illiterate in some ways here…) Thanks again! You are all winners in my book.

  47. Reggie says:

    Oh My WORD! YOU WON!! I just KNEW you would! You are lucky lucky LUCKY! :-D

    P.S. I’m entirely clueless as to how it works and what you can do with it, other than read books, I mean… So I look forward to learning more from you, as you learn how it can change your world! Sooo thrilled for you.

  48. Robin says:

    Congratulations!! :)

  49. Kathy says:

    Thank you again, everyone! I am still having a blast. (Especially listening to musicals on Pandora…) Appreciate your congratulations.

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