Howdy! Welcome to my little blog. I am mom to an animal crazy, lizard chasing 7 year old girl and wife to a Maple Leaf, Blue Jay loving Canadian. I served 10 years in the public school system and now teach preschool 3 days a week. I love to read and hate the phone. You will find a little bit of everything on here. I'm cool like that.
I decided to interview myself to give you the scoop on my week without tv and limited computer time.
So how did it go? It went well. I did not watch any tv from Monday to Sunday and was only on the computer for 10 to 15 minutes a day.
How did it change your week? I was way more productive than I normally am. I made muffins, playdoh and more muffins. I cleaned out some files and organized all our craft supplies. We spent a lot of time outside playing and working in the yard. I read a great book (more on that later) and caught up on my bible reading (I was a little behind). I also got to bed earlier.
What did you miss? I really missed Dancing With the Stars (and no I can't believe I am admitting that to you). By the end of the week I was getting tired of being so productive and just wanted to zone out in front of the tube. I also missed communicating with a couple of friends/family that I email back and forth with a few times a week.
Any cheating? I did listen to American Idol on the radio. :)
What were you trying to prove by doing this challenge? Over the past few years it has just become a habit for me to plop down on the sofa after we get Abby to bed. I either watch tv or mess around on the laptop or do both at the same time. I really wanted to take a week and force myself to do other things.
So will you continue this unplugged lifestyle? No! But I do plan to make some changes. I really enjoy both the tv and the computer but they are huge distractions for me. I found myself less stressed this week and more present with Abby and Adam. I really feel like I was a better wife and mom this week and that is worth missing has-been actors try to become ball room dancers any day.
Abby and I spent the day at the Greenway. The highlights of the day were riding a horse named Tiger and participating in the "Cow Pie" throwing contest. My daughter refuses to finger paint and will not play with homemade play dough if it is too oily but she was one of the first in line to throw cow poop.
So my unplugged week starts tomorrow. I will allow myself a few minutes (less than 10) on the computer each day since so many of our activities are arranged through email. Wish me luck and pray for good weather. :)
Unplug that is. Well, I was hoping that my little corner of the Internet (this blog) was an inspiration to the masses that are following. After my post on giving up tv and computer for a week, I just knew I was going to have readers joining me left and right. That did not happen. If this were a sitcom, this would have been where you would hear the crickets chirping. When I have brought it up in person with various friends, I notice that they get this glazed over look and then quickly change the subject. I have even had some negative feedback, from people who share my last name no less.
It's okay. I will swim upstream in this increasingly technological world. I will twitter with the birds instead of my followers. My Facebook status will be UNPLUGGED.
During Abby's spring break last week we took a trip to The Lazy 5 Ranch. If you like animals this is the place for you. The highlight of the day would be riding a horse drawn wagon and getting to feed lots of different animals.
Could you go without TV for one week? What about the computer? April 20th through 26th is National Turn Off Week. I am thinking hard about participating in this challenge. I have always enjoyed watching tv but my main time waster would probably be the computer. I read a few (50) blogs, play Scrabble on Facebook and try to keep up with email. Could I give all that up for a week??? Can Abby survive a week without Olivia, Little Bear or Handy Manny?? I can only imagine what Adam will say when I suggest we unplug. :)
I have visions of crafts being completed, books being read, board games being played. I will probably get to bed earlier. My blood pressure will get back to a more normal rate when I am not ticked off about my consistently bad scrabble stats. This could only be good right??? I mean it is not like we will really be roughing it. We will still have hot water. We will still be driving around in a car that is really too big for 3 people. Heck, I will even stock up on chocolate and coffee to help get us through the toughest moments.
Did you know that Canola Oil is: Canada + Oil ? I read on another blog today that it is just a play on words. I guess I never really thought about it. I just assumed it was some sort of corn oil. Evidently "Canadians bred canola from the rapeseed plant in the early 1970s..." Who knew? Now you do!