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Taking a byte out of life

Fair warning: This weekend, I’m going unplugged.

No computer, no TV, no BlackBerry. For the whole weekend, I’m going to be technology free and concentrate instead on enjoying the crisp fall weather, cooking up a terrific meal or two, spending time with my family, taking a long walk at the beach and working in my yard. No Tweets, Facebook updates, text messages, no checking my blog stats.

I need to cut through the tech fatigue, soothe the neck and shoulder muscles sore from hunching over a laptop or craning to read the PC monitor in the den. I need to give my thumb a rest from the BlackBerry track ball. I won’t be plugging in to the car charger or checking the number of bars on my phone.

Well, I’ll need the computer — but only briefly — to create next week’s Jazzercise set. Just for a few minutes, to purchase a couple of new songs and double-check the choreography. Plus, the latest DVD with our new set of songs should be here by then and I’ll want to see all the new moves. But then I’ll turn it off and head outside.

And I might need the BlackBerry — but just a little bit — to check my email when I’m out, or text Catherine when she’s out with friends. Just to make sure she’s OK. But then I’ll set it aside.

Well, maybe I’d better check it a few times, you know, just in case there’s an important message that needs my attention. I can manage that on the car ride to my parents’ and then settle in for a good car chat with Basil and Catherine.

Oh! I really can’t forget Facebook. I might miss an important birthday or status update or really cute picture of someone’s kids if I go the whole weekend without checking. But I can do that in just a few minutes, really, while I’m waiting in the salon with Catherine.

And there are some shows on the DVR getting ready to be deleted. I really wanted to see them. Maybe I’ll just watch one or two — you know, so I don’t miss them altogether. And “Amazing Race” is heating up. It’s a good way to wind down a Sunday. It’s just one more show, not even an hour if I fast-forward through the ads.

Other than that, I’ll be unplugged. Some weekend real soon.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


2 thoughts on “Taking a byte out of life

  1. We just got home from an unplugged week. It was fabulous. And I can honestly say I didn’t miss the technology much. Bill wanted to buy internet time but, at $.40 a minute, I thought there were better ways to spend our money. I did bring my laptop to upload my pictures each night. Bill brought his laptop AND iPad — one for photos, one for games. To me, that’s like bringing a book of puzzles.

    Without the need to check for email and FB updates, I was totally relaxed. I did bring some hand sewing, and got an amazing amount done, sitting on the aft deck in the sun watching the porpoises play. Bill saw a whale, but I missed him. Next trip.

    We did discover that if you want free wi-fi, follow the crew! They all have laptops, and if they can go ashore, they head for the wi-fi spots each city has thoughtfully set up near the piers. Since cell phone coverage at sea is expensive or non-existent, this is how they stay in touch with family and friends around the world.

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | October 3, 2011, 11:15 am

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