Thirty Before 30 Update: Number 29 Done!

30 Before 30 List
The Final Thirty Before 30 List

29. Unplug for a week: Mark it off the list, folks. Done and done. It was hard. Ends up I troll Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. when I am bored. And, I wonder why I don’t read or craft more. Sheesh!

I cheated. (Some will read that statement and say, “duh.” I’ll tell you some other time how to cheat at the game of Battleship.) I used my email more than I thought, mostly passing a quick message or two with one of my sisters. I did have to get onto Facebook for work reasons and while I was able to not scroll down on my feed, I did read my messages. (I was concerned they’d have urgent news.) Yesterday, I got onto Pinterest to update my “2012 Books Read” board.

Here’s what I learned:

1. Social media can get you down if you’re on it too much. My friends and family have amazing, fun lives filled with love and happiness. They (and I) put their best foot forward on social media and show the good, good stuff (and I’d have it no other way). But, sometimes it makes you a little blue if you’re already a little down. It’s important to remember: best foot forward, that bad foot hasn’t figured out social media yet and still likes sending snail mail.

2. I started to slow down and appreciate life. I often found myself thinking, “Ooooh! I should put this on Facebook!” and because I couldn’t, I took a picture of it and enjoyed it for what it was truly worth, no “likes” needed.

3. I figured out how to download ebooks onto my iPhone. Thank you, The Public Library of Cincinnati! I swear, I will always pay my overdue fines and will happily pay taxes and support funding for this fine establishment so I can continue to enjoy “free” reading! You know my bored problem? I think ebooks could be a cure. Each “page” is only a paragraph or two making it easy to steal a moment or two of reading. Also, I pretty much felt like a speed reader since I got to turn the “page” so often. Go me!

Here are some pics from my week that you won’t see on Facebook or Instagram:

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I baked Chocolate Krinkles for the family.

 

These stickers went onto the home-canned goods we gifted and some Christmas cards.
These stickers went onto the home-canned goods we gifted and some Christmas cards.

 

Christmas morning. My in-laws gave me a waffle maker. These are buckwheat blueberry waffles. I made the second batch this morning. (It was a double batch so we can have waffles throughout the week.)
Christmas morning breakfast. My in-laws gave me a waffle maker. These are blueberry buckwheat waffles. I made the second batch this morning. (It was a double batch so we can have waffles throughout the week.)

 

Tiny knitted gnome magnets. Need I say more?
Tiny knitted gnome magnets. Need I say more?

 

C, T and 2 dino krazy straws. We have a thing for initials and dinos in my house.
C, T and 2 dino krazy straws. We have a thing for initials and dinos in my house.

 

And then this happened: homemade cranberry liqueur with club soda. Delicious!
And then this happened: homemade cranberry liqueur with club soda. Delicious!

 

Burt's Bees. Even the boxes are good.
Burt’s Bees. Even the boxes are good.

 

Some years later, it's finally framed. English major for life!
Some years later, it’s finally framed. English major for life!

 

Snow! Snow! Snow! Key to driving safely in the snow: 1. Leave early. 2. Don't freak out. 3. Leave late. 4. Turn your car into Rudolph (optional).
Snow! Snow! Snow! Key to driving safely in the snow: 1. Leave early. 2. Don’t freak out. 3. Leave late. 4. Turn your car into Rudolph (optional).

 

Speaking of Rudolph: my sister made this jawesome diorama of my Rudolph car. The antlers are off of my car now, but I just may call my Vibe "Rudy" year-round.
Speaking of Rudolph: my sister made this jawesome diorama of my Rudolph car. The antlers are off my car now, but I just may call my Vibe “Rudy” year-round.

 

First fire of the season.
First fire of the season.

 

Corey the Cat! finally figured out how good it feels to snooze on a human's lap. (Those are my legs under that plaid fleece blanket.)
Corey the Cat! finally figured out how good it feels to snooze on a human’s lap. (Those are my legs under that plaid fleece blanket.)

 

That’s it, folks. It was a pleasant social media-free week. I’m officially back, but I may only be checking Facebook/Twitter/Instagram–gasp!–once a day. I’ll catch you here or there.

Happy new year!

 

Thirty Before 30 Update: Number 29

30 Before 30 List
The Final Thirty Before 30 List

29. Unplug for a week: I’m a Facebook junkie. And, why shouldn’t I be? With 5 siblings scattered across the country and friends from Palmer, Fairbanks, Atlanta and Cincinnati, I like using Facebook as way to keep up with all of them. It’s quicker and easier than writing regular emails.

But, it doesn’t stop with Facebook. I also enjoy checking Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. So, I’m shutting down for the week: from December 24th to December 31st.

No Facebook. No Twitter. No Instagram. No Pinterest. No personal email. No reading/writing of blogs. No random Internet surfing.

Of course, as with all things, there are some caveats:

1. I will be using my phone for phone-things: calls and texting (people need to be able to get in touch). I’ll also use it as a camera as it’s the easiest camera I own to use.

2. I will check my email via my phone to weed out commercial messages (you wouldn’t believe how many store/website emails I receive in order to stay up-to-date with trends. (I really don’t feel like opening an inbox with a million messages once I’m back online.) Also, if I receive a bill via email, I will pay it via Internet–we do live in the future, folks.

3. I’m probably going to be online for work–it is kind of the business I’m in. And, I’ll probably have to log into Facebook for work-related reasons. It’s just the biz. I’ll just stay focused.

4. If there’s urgent information relayed through Facebook messages (one of my family’s favorite ways to tell everyone some news at the same time), I will break my hiatus. Of course, someone has to tell me, probably via text or phone, to check Facebook.

I think that’s it. I’ll see y’all back on January 1, 2013 and let you know how things went! I’m hoping to return refreshed and revived.