Friday, December 3, 2010

Going Unplugged

I recently wrote about being in a rut and how it was bringing me down.  Well I decided that spending most of my free time tethered to a laptop, blackberry, or television set isn't doing me any good.  Sometimes it makes me just feel so lethargic, kind of like a mindless, restless zombie.  So Andy and I had a discussion about how we spend our time together...usually tethered to a TV, followed by a laptop, then a smart phone.   No way to spend quality time, so we decided to go unplugged.

That means for one day a week there is no e-mail, blogging, message board, sports, texting etc. and it's been wonderful!  So wonderful that we went 3 days unplugged and a few days semi-unplugged.  We talked, played gin, battled at Mario Kart on Wii (which is kind of unplugged but not really).  It was fun.  It was reconnecting.  We had time to be together.  Time for ourselves.  Time for me to read and meditate and do all the things I don't have time to do because I'm watching America's Next Top Model or Mike and Molley.  My DVR runneth over, but I'm ok with that because TV is not the center of my universe.

We've even gone to putting on the Toddler Tunes channel on cable for Isabella, which is all music and no annoying character *cough* Kai Lan *cough*.  She loves it.  She dances and claps and sings.  It's been good for me as a person, good for my marriage, and good for my child.  Try going unplugged just one day and see how nice it is.  I won't lie, it feels almost awkward at first, but you find your groove.
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12 comments:

Jenny said...

Ryan & recently started turning off our computers/phones/tablets at 8pm so we can actually interact with each other before bed.

The boys go to bed around 7 & we aren't on our gadgets until they go to bed...so we get an hour to get it all in :)

misssrobin said...

I try to do this. Sometimes I'm better at it than others. It's always a good thing when I do, so why is it so hard to make myself do it?

What a different world we live in than the one I grew up with. I was in fifth grade before there was a computer in our classroom -- and we had one of the first. TV was still a battle, but there wasn't much else. What did people do back then?

Jess said...

Going unplugged sounds so great. Maybe I should try that for one day a week...I may even blog about it. :-) It would free me up to do so many other things that I don't have time for...like reading...or better yet, enjoying quiet time...Love it! Thanks for posting.

Ciera said...

You have inspired me! I need to go unplugged for a day and see what it's like to not always have a laptop in front of me! Now if I could only convince hubbs to do the same.

Melissa said...

This is a good idea..it's crazy how much time I spend on a computer!

Mrs.F said...

I'm glad you were able to do that! I don't know that Hubbs would make it without his blackberry or laptop. I would LOVE to go unplugged sometime in the near future... we need some time to "reconnect" without the babe too.

Lil'Misa said...

Wow, that is great! I think it is a wonderful idea.

We try to be "unplugged" once a week. It is amazing how much more fun you can have as a family instead of being zombies.

HeartBabyHome said...

My kids get kicked off the computer every other hour via parental controls. They hated it at first (esp when I didn't let them just switch to TV) but now they actually play imaginative games together!
Sometimes I skip the show of the night...and it does give me more time....but sometimes I just wanna veg....or connect on the net.
I'm not addicted, right?...right??

Ginger said...

This sounds amazing. We are ALL so totally plugged in, I'd love to start having one day a week where we're not. Being we all work or go to school during the week, perhaps we'll designate a weekend day, so we can fully enjoy it :)

What an inspiration!

heather@actingbalanced.com said...

We go unplugged on Sunday afternoons and do family stuff - it's great! thanks for hooking up with Acting Balanced's Thirsty for Comments

Sarah said...

this is great! I just posted a few days ago that I was taking a few weeks off from Facebook. I deactivated my account and promised myself I wouldn't go back until after Christmas. It's been a week and so far, so good. I am also being more aware of how much time I spent on the computer and also how much time the kiddos spend with it, the TV, Ipods, etc. It's good to be aware of it so you can try to keep balance!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Thanks! for sharing

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