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If I had the time, the energy, a rhyming dictionary, and a firm grasp of iambic pentameter, I would write a sonnet to my Kindle.

That said, every time I slip the nimble little e-reader out of its case and curl up with it in bed, I feel…well…it’s like I’m cheating on my books. I look up at the shelves and I see them, gathering dust, no new additions for months and I sense…judgement. Through the broken spines and dog-eared pages I hear the voices of my fellow bibliophiles, like Becca, who, upon hearing I had purchased said Kindle refused to IM with me for at least 20 minutes. (Incidentally, she recently confessed that *gasp* now she wishes she had one too.)

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There are a few things I require for calm and happy travel:

A pashmina-style wrap: Ideal for a) a blanket substitute, b) a pillow substitute, c) a mouth and nose guard if the person sitting next to me is either sick or smelly (trust me, this is how I survive on my daily train commutes, too).

Gum and trail mix: Because those $5 snack packs they sell on planes are unpredictable and not terribly satisfying.

A good book: Requirements for which are…a) portability (no hard-covers if possible) b) it’s engaging enough to occupy three to five hours of otherwise empty flight time now that many airplanes don’t show free films or TV shows anymore (whattup with that, airlines? That’s just being mean to your passengers) and c) not too emotionally draining (I prefer not to openly sob in public – an example of this kind of book is What is the What by Dave Eggers. That is a special Susan alone time book).

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Me to classmate: I am so excited! HP 7 comes out next week!!! (Yes, there is need here for multiple exclamation points here.)

Classmate: What’s that, some kind of new smart phone?

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I have fallen in love with many women over the course of my lifetime.

(Did you hear that thud? That was my mom falling off her chair while reading the beginning of this post. Sorry mom.)

These women are always exceptional. They travel the world, they go on adventures, they are beloved by all who know them, they overcome adversity and break down gender barriers. It is imperative that these women are, in some way or another, extraordinary. They are fictional characters, after all. I mean really, who wants to read about the girl who got up, went to work, came home from work, and procrastinated on her grad school busywork by writing a blog post instead?

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