Friday, September 27, 2013

unplugging

My brain is cloudy and I am jumping from task to task. I can't go more than a few minutes without grabbing my phone or refreshing my gmail window and seeing what's going on. I feel overwhelmed if I leave twitter alone for more than a few hours because I know it will take me at least an hour to catch up and read everything that I've "missed."

... I need to unplug.

I love love love blogging, but I find myself TOO into it. With more blog friends comes more time spent reading twitter and checking out Instagram. I am infinitely glad that I made the decision to keep blogging and facebook separate because it's one less site to check (facebook makes me bonkers... another post for another day). When Andrew and I are driving together, instead of staring out the window in moments of calm and silence, I get on my phone and use it as twitter time. And I think that contributes to the cloudy feeling. Instead of being in my own head, as I call it, I am filled with what's happening with other people. That could be anything from liking a cute cat photo to wondering why my hair never looks as good as anyone else's. (Aside - I was legit wondering this morning what used to fill my thoughts pre-blogging. Obviously I thought things, but I had no concrete answer.)

So I'm not making apologies for what I am going to do - I firmly believe that we are all entitled as humans and bloggers to have whatever schedule we want - but rather I am going to proclaim this as the weekend I unplug. Step away from the phone and the internet. Let the 30 starred emails pile up - they aren't going anywhere. And it's kind of a bummer because I am going out for a fun dinner tomorrow night but guess what? I will probably have more fun if I don't invite you guys on date night with me! (However, there will be photos taken because my husband is more hooked on that aspect than I am). And I think I will be better next week because of it. I can look around real life for inspiration. I can read blog posts without having seen the pics on twitter before and having already tweeted you my "good" comment (does this happen to anyone else?). It's different and I'm looking forward to it. And it will give me something to blog about on Monday.

Anyway, if you are still reading, thanks. This post is rambly and fueled by a cinnamon dolce latte and a very good representation of how I speak in real life. Also, I wanted to add that unplugging isn't happening during the finale of a certain show on Sunday night. I wouldn't miss tweeting about that for anything.

Snuggling with this kitty and not caring that the photo is grainy is high on my to-do list this weekend!

20 comments:

  1. That sounds like a well deserved unplugged break. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Sometimes you just need a major break!! Hope you get some much needed time to yourself!! Have a great weekend!!

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  3. 100% agree and even though I could text you this, yes let's make IRL plans and not bring the devices for Sunday afternoon?

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  4. unplug, unplug, unplug! i feel the same way! i am really trying to not be on my phone when brad and i are in the car together, because then we don't talk the entire time. he is checking his phone at stop lights and i am over here instaing my life away.... we need to be more unpluged! also you should check out louis c k's interview he did not too long about where he talks about why he doesn't want his kids to have a phone. it really hit home for me!

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  5. Unplug! It will do wonders and you will feel so refreshed.

    Have a lovely, relaxing weekend lady!

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  6. Yes, it can all get to be too much at times and I try to keep the weekends free from blog things though I instagram a lot on the weekends. Oops.

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  7. I really, really agree with you! Maybe if everyone agrees to unplug on the same weekend it won't feel like there's a lot to catch up on :) And I can see why you and others are foregoing FB for Twitter. Twitter makes FB seem like time is just crawling! And you don't even see everything that has been put out there!

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  8. I pretty much could have written this post. I get twitchy when I have several hours of Twitter or Facebook to catch up on, and we've already talked about unanswered emails!

    I can't remember the last time I rode in the car and just sat there. I'm always on my phone too, checking Twitter, email, etc.

    I need an unplug weekend too!

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  9. YES to unplugging! It is so easy to get bogged down (and surprisingly hard to stop)! I hope you have a very nice (and quiet!) weekend!!

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  10. I understand these feelings. This is why I quit Instagram and Pinterest. They were just two more things to check/update. I take breaks from Twitter for a day or two, and I only update my Facebook status about once a week (though I reserve Facebook mostly for people who don't know I blog).

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  11. Enjoy the time away! I'm happy for you :-)

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  12. I have found that I have to stop with the internet an hour or so before bed or I just don't sleep.

    I also am not on at all when Tyson is off, it's easier to be off the internet when he is off of work to entertain me. :)

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  13. Get it girl! I've been unplugging a lot these past few weeks and I like it! :) life before blogging, twitter, Instagram ahhhh all of them! I think about that a lot lately!

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  14. Totally with you. I try to do this every weekend - well until Sunday night! It's a nice break. Your mind and body will appreciate it!!

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  15. I need to do this! After that conference I have not even been able to sleep! I think I'll join you in this unplugging thing.

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  16. Sometimes I don't check twitter for a few days. It's nice to be unplugged! Enjoy your weekend!

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  17. Woah , I am totally with you . I was unplugged forcly as I was having an electricity breakdown but it calmed me like seriously .

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  18. I need to do the same thing. I'm guilty of using quiet time as twitter or IG time too. Instead of enjoying having nothing to do, I want to make sure I don't miss out on any major news!

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  19. Good for you for unplugging! I hope it feels/felt great! I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to post about the Sunshine Award. The week or so before vacation was a hurried blur! I did keep up with your blog while I was away, though! :) I left the other posts pile up in my unread pile, but I wanted to keep up with you! Congratulations on scoring the staycation you wanted!

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  20. I hope you enjoyed your unplugged weekend! I definitely need to do that more often. I'm pretty good about not reading Facebook (I HATE IT), but Instagram is my crack. I am alll over that. Thanks for the reminder that I need to enjoy real life too :)

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