Pretty sure we've all been there - hop online to check your email in the morning (real quick, I'll be done in 5 minutes!), where we see an email to a link - "CLICK HERE, IT"S SUPER AWESOME!", where we go to a website that gives us the option to share with our friends on Facebook - "My BFF is totally gonna love this!", where we share, end up on Facebook, see that so-and-so just had a baby -"Ooooooo, those cheeks!", notice a link to a contest on a famous blog, go to the blog, leave a comment, sign up for whatever newsletter is required, share the contest, end up back on Facebook, see photos from a friend's vacation...
...and 2 hours later, you've wasted your entire morning.
No matter how much intention I have to stay focused on this one task, it always seems futile.
Luckily, through the networking of Alt Summit, where I was shown a Facebook group dedicated to Seattle bloggers, the lovely Emily Peck of Peck Life asked, in better terms, who wants to unplug this summer?
No computer, no phone (although, I cheated on that one), no social media - just being there, in the moment, intentionally working and focusing on whats important. And getting back to what's IRL (in real life).
It's a brilliant, although somewhat difficult, challenge that I immediately signed up for.
Yesterday was my "unplug" day - where I intentionally turned off the FB notifications on my phone, left it on vibrate for when someone called, did not turn on my computer, and spent the most part of my day working on things around the house, and also really taking the time to appreciate the house. I cheated, by still using my phone to take photos. But I SWEAR I didn't use it for anything else!
Started my morning with the usual of dishes & coffee - maybe I added some Irish cream to the mix. And maybe I stared at the cactus Brian's mom got me for about half an hour. Maybe.
Headed outside to tend to the garden - my oh my are things growing like crazy! I LOVE IT!
Thought about mowing the lawn (and by lawn, I mean the small field of weeds in the backyard), but felt that was something better left to Brian. Cleaned out the fire bowl in the back - it was filled with rain and started smelling funky. Not good.
Found yet ANOTHER colony of ants near our house. Went inside and got my trusty arsenal of:
- peppermint soap - mixed with water, to kill the ones walking around already, and to set up a perimeter
- sugar + Borax mix - the homemade alternative to other ant bait you find in the stores - the ant takes it back to their colony, where eventually the queen ant will eat the poison, die, and the rest of the colony will die soon after
- corn meal - same idea as sugar + Borax, except that the ants end up exploding. The corn meal expands, and they don't have the proper enzymes to digest it!
This combo has worked on two different colonies living under our house, so I'm sticking to it!
Pulled a radish and some more bok choy from the garden - it's so refreshing to know that if I want veggies, I just have to walk to the back yard. The Meows found something outside that she so desperately wanted to hunt - eyes on the prize. Settled in on the bed between loads of laundry to read - A BOOK! A REAL BOOK!
Ended up falling asleep for a spell, where the cats I'm SURE sensed that I wasn't going to move for a while, and came in for the snuggles. Got up for some water, and our little love spot on the fridge always makes me smile. We make me sick.
Made some chocolate coconut milk ice cream, and added some toffee bits on that sucka. Soooo good. Checked the mail, and I got a bunch of free samples from Target (one good thing about getting lost on Facebook - finding sign ups for free stuff!!!)
The night ended with Brian and I on the couch, watching Star Trek - like usual. :)
Today is the first day of summer, and man is it a sunny one. Sucks that I'm going to go lay in bed moaning, hoping the Midol will kick in ASAP (or I will kick someones ass).
Head on over to Peck Life for more info on a summer of unplugging, and to see who else is joining in!
Do you dedicate time to just staying away from all the technology life has to offer, so you can enjoy all the beauty life has to offer?