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I’m a tech-nerd through and through. I love gadgets and gizmos. So it’s no surprise that I own a Kindle and absolutely adore it *pets*. I do have “actual” books and I love them, but e-books are my reading preference for a bunch of reasons that are not limited to the ease of use and practicality of e-copies versus paper. I understand that bookstores are shutting down and I don’t want paper books to go obsolete, but with kids always around and little time to spare, I am embracing this new revolution of reading medium.

However, there are some downsides to an electronic device being your primary reading vessel. Especially if you’re a klutz, like me. Bathtub reading, a very relaxing, enjoyable experience, may not be so relaxing or enjoyable if you drop your Kindle into your bath water. I myself, have never taken the chance. I don’t take the chance because every time I’m in the kitchen and my hubby is around, I can fool him by screaming and holding up my ketchup drenched finger for him to see. He falls for it every time because it’s quite plausible that while chopping a carrot, I’d chop something else off.  I don’t dispute this — I’m no delicate flower and on occasion I make little itty bitty boo boos. Like cutting off the tip of my toe off with the lawnmower. Who hasn’t done that? Right? Right!

I’ve learned my lesson.

Moral of the story?

Don’t cut the lawn. And don’t take the Kindle into the bathtub. You’ll get electrocuted and probably burn down the house.

So it’s with great effort that every night around bath time, my husband has to bribe me with treats and a bedtime story to get me to put the Kindle down and take a shower.

Well last night, he left me. He went to bed and there was no one around to bribe me to bathe myself. What’s a girl to do? Either go to bed stinky or trudge down to the basement shower (can’t chance waking the kids upstairs) and do a quick rinse down. Well I wasn’t up for either so I decided I was gonna take a nice long, leisurely shower. With my Kindle.

Which is when I had my lightbulb moment. Behold:

This is so simple, I don’t need to outline the steps, do I? Okay, fine, you twisted my arm, I’ll keep talking.

Step 1: Get an extra large freezer bag, straw and your Kindle.

Step 2: Place Kindle in bag.

Step 3: Hand seal the bag except for a little opening at the end where you can put your straw in.

Step 4: Place straw in bag and draw the air out. Okay fine, I really wanna say — suck it! You really don’t want to skip this part ’cause if you do, the air between the Kindle and the bag will make it hard to read when it’s covered in droplets of water.

Step 5: Ta-da! A vacuum seal without a vacuum. You rock!

Step 6: Go take a shower with your Bathtub Kindle!

Now I’d like to see you read your paperback in the shower!

DISCLAIMER: I accept no responsiblity for any damage you, your home, your bath scrubby or your Kindle endure by using my method to make your regular Kindle a Bathtub Kindle. 

Seriously people, use your noggin! Don’t submerse the thing, don’t take it into a hottub or God forbid, sauna, with you — the heat probably isn’t good for it whether it’s in a bag or not. It’s just ziplock, not a space suit!

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13 comments

  1. January 31, 2012 at 7:11 am Margaret Y.

    I always put my Nook into a ziplock bag when I take my kids to the neighborhood swimming pool. Sure, I’m reading far from the water, but the kids always want to stand next to me and drip. Can’t be too careful.

    • February 1, 2012 at 9:29 am Syd

      Kids always drip all over you at the swimming pool! Great tip, Margaret 😉

  2. January 31, 2012 at 9:09 am CdnMrs

    You’re so brave and smart! Fantastic idea.

    • February 1, 2012 at 9:30 am Syd

      LOL! I am brave! But I was shitting bricks taking a shower with it. I thought if this doesn’t work, I’ll never hear the end of it from my hubby!

  3. January 31, 2012 at 9:44 am wildchild1954

    Only you Syd, only you!! But I love this idea since I happen to love reading in the bathtub. And like you, I’m one of those whose husband won’t sharpen my kitchen knives due to the small (OK high probability) that I’ll chop something besides the vegetable I’m supposed to be chopping. Says I’m the only person he’s ever know who can accidentally step on a knife handle and put the point an inch deep on the same foot. Still don’t know how I managed that one! But I’ll be trying this little idea out for sure tonight when I take my bath.

    • February 1, 2012 at 9:31 am Syd

      OUCH! Keep your feet away from sharp object, like I do mine 😉

      Hope you enjoyed your bath 🙂

  4. January 31, 2012 at 9:55 am engarde

    Awesome!

    • February 1, 2012 at 9:31 am Syd

      Isn’t it??!!! *sigh* Thank you Johnson & Johnson!

  5. February 1, 2012 at 1:15 am N

    Too cute!

    • February 1, 2012 at 9:32 am Syd

      Stop laughing at me 😉

      • February 6, 2012 at 1:30 am Love

        I think you’re quite the innovator!

  6. February 5, 2012 at 10:56 am ss

    Trade in the kindle for a kobo!!

    • February 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm Syd

      Why would I do that? The kobo has way too many bugs and the selection of books is limited.

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