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It’s hard to turn away from the horror happening in Japan and I feel guilty preparing for a phenomenal trip to Walt Disney World. I’ll continue to keep my eye on what’s happening and try to raise as much awareness and money as possible, but the very real trip is happening on Wednesday so I have to get ready.  One thing I needed to make time for was filling my iPod with audiobooks – it’s the only way to make a cross-country flight bearable.

I am taking my lovely purple iPod Nano (5th generation I think, they change so dang fast). I won it about a year ago and I don’t use it often, but I love it on the plane.  Our flight is 7 hrs or so with an additional 4 hr layover.  We leave 10:30pm our time and arrive in Florida about 10am.  I’m hoping to sleep on the plane, but that may not be possible.  At least I’ll have something to keep me occupied if I can’t sleep.

Here’s what I’ll be listening to:

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Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran

Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find an outlet in Ahmadinejad’s strident pronouncements. And then the unexpected happens: Azadeh falls in love with a young Iranian man and decides to get married and start a family in Tehran. Suddenly, she finds herself navigating an altogether different side of Iranian life. As women are arrested for “immodest dress” and the authorities unleash a campaign of intimidation against journalists, Azadeh is forced to make the hard decision that her family’s future lies outside Iran. Powerful and poignant, Honeymoon in Tehran is the harrowing story of a young woman’s tenuous life in a country she thought she could change.

Achieve Your Ideal Weight…Auto-matically (While-U-Drive!)

Any world-class athlete will tell you that the mind is the most important part of any sport. The mind is also the most important part of weight control. Out thoughts influence our eating habits, our cravings, our metabolism, and our attitude toward exercise. You will enjoy using this tape over and over as it helps you win the mental game of weight control.

Deep Relaxation (Love Tapes)

Bob is internationally recognized as a long-time leader in the field of human potential development. He founded Effective Learning Systems, Inc. in 1972, and has personally taught over fifty thousand people techniques for relaxation, memory, stress management.

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Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being

Dr. Weil has raised dispensing health advice to an art form. Instead of making his audience feel inadequate or guilty about bad habits, he seems to subconsciously convince readers to do better merely by presenting health facts in a non-threatening way. Healthy Aging is his most scientifically technical book yet (you’ll learn all about enzymes like telomerase and cell division and the chemistry behind phytonutrients like indole-3-carbinol, and the connection between cancer and other degenerative diseases like diabetes) yet by far his most fascinating.

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The Self-hypnosis Diet: Use the Power of Your Mind to Reach Your Perfect Weight

What’s missing from the hundreds of diets on the market to help us achieve healthier bodies? “The most important element,” teaches Dr. Steven Gurgevich, “is not in the body—but in your mind.” As a key member of Dr. Andrew Weil’s physician’s training program, Dr. Gurgevich has brought hypnosis to the forefront of modern medicine. With The Self-Hypnosis Diet, he shows that anyone can use medical hypnosis to achieve long-term success in shifting our appetites to healthier foods and reaching our desired weight. With 3 CDs of instruction for using hypnosis to reduce your appetite, increase your metabolism, remove emotional barriers, and more—plus an “emergency” session to instantly deal with cravings.

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Headache Relief (Guided Self-Healing Practices)

An estimated 45 million Americans suffer from headaches, accounting for some 8 million office visits per year and a 13 billion dollar cost to employers. Through the use of guided imagery, Dr. Martin Rossman has helped thousands over the past three decades find safe, effective relief from headaches without drugs or other costly treatment. On Headache Relief, listener join Dr. Rossman to learn proven guided imagery exercises that work with both simple tension headaches and severe migraines. Three guided sessions on CD cover body-mind relaxation, pain relief, plus a dialogue with the “inner healer”–a key to understanding how thoughts, feelings, and actions impact health.

I also needed to do maintenance on my HP mini netbook and am writing this post on it to see if I’m willing to go without the laptop and take just the netbook. It’s definitely not as powerful and doesn’t have all the programs my laptop does, but it’s also 1/4 of the size and weight and less worrisome if it gets lost or stolen.  It’s also less of a headache if it gets a virus, which happened to it on my last trip to Vegas.  FYI, be wary of named-alike wireless hotel connections.

My hope is that if I don’t take my laptop, I’ll work less. But I’m wondering if that’s realistic and I’ll end up trying to work on this netbook.  It’s fine for surfing the web, watching videos, and the like, but real work?

I’ll let you know how they are and wish my luck on Wednesday night. Oh, and the laptop?  It’s going.  This was an excruciating post on the netbook.  What a disappointment.