First, I began running with the iPod. I'd resisted the idea for a long time, enjoying the alone time with my brain and muscle. But podcasts make exercise a time for entertainment or education, and who can resist such effective multi-tasking?
I understand why many people sneer at the use of gadgets wherever we may be, calling them a mark of insecurity and discomfort at being alone. I guess it's a blessing that my friends are too busy for non-stop texting. This way I'll never get out of the habitual comforts that solitude affords--such as going out and taking pictures. (The top shot was taken at the St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights, and the bottom is a macro practice shot I snapped while taking down our holiday decorations earlier this week.)