Today is the day after I challenged myself to be without a computer and the internet for a whole day… I failed miserably. It went fairly well in the morning until my plans to go enjoy the outdoors was rained on by mother nature. Now what to do with a 4yr old on a rainy and windy day with no computer, no internet, no tv? We get back to basics: board games, books, and what rainy day would be complete without a cup of hot tea?
Ok that fun lasted for a couple of hours and keep my mind off the work I needed to do online until my phone rang for the first time. This is what I see when I answered the call:
I felt like I was being tempted by a dark chocolate bar. Perhaps the next time I do this challenge, “no phone” would be added to the list. I’m glad to say I didn’t give in (yet that is). And it paid off cause after another hour or so passed, the rain passed and we saw this beautiful rainbow over our backyard:
Thanks Mr. Sunshine.. now off to the backyard to work on the garden:
So far so good… kept busy in the garden for 4 hours cleaning off the tan bark and prepping the soil.
After dinner, as the day settles, I am reminded by all the things I needed to do online and a map that I needed to get for the next morning. I also remembered an email that I was suppose to respond to. Now I wouldn’t have jumped on the computer to send that email but I have a pet peeve of doing something or being somewhere if I’ve already committed to it. It’s rare that I will break my word if I’ve given a definitely “yes, I will do it or yes, I’ll be there.” That’s my story and I’m sticking to it
The thing is once I was online, it was hard to not check on anything else. I guess that’s how the internet “wastes” our time. In hind sight though, being offline for a day really back logged me. I had so much to catch up on today that it felt like it was not worth it to go without for an entire day. It is possible to live without the internet, but I would prefer to live with it. It saves me time to not have to go into the bank. I can pull up a map within seconds and don’t have to carry around a paper map that I can hardly navigate. It connects me with people I would have never met if I didn’t facebook. I can send the grandparents a picture and video of their grandkids. Oh and all the online learning programs and activities for the kids… I heart the internet. It’s convenient therefore freeing up more time for me to be doing other things. (now you know the tricky part is to pry yourself away when you’re done doing what you’re doing online so you can go do other things.)
On a side note…
Everyday this week while stopped at a red light, I’ve had nose picking sightings by the driver to my right. It wasn’t your sniff sniff rub the nose cause it itched. It was more like digging for gold. Today was the golden day though. While at a red light, I see in my periphery vision a digger. As I turned to look, he flicked his booger out the window. I am filled with gratitude that my car has AC and my window was not rolled down. Eeewwwww! What are you trying to tell me dear Universe? I am keeping my eyes fixed on the red light the next time I stop for the rest of this week!