Monday, March 1, 2010

Life Unplugged

I've received a lot of good feedback about our e-free week. I've had several people tell me that they want to try it, I've been asked throughout the week how it was going, and I managed to do the most important thing: I reconnected with Curious George.

Let me quickly give you a little background into what the day-to-day is like in our house. I work three 12-hour shifts a week. Two of these are at night, and one is from 11 am to 11 pm. This works pretty well for us, because Curious George generally works from 4 am to 1 pm. So, generally speaking, I spend a lot of time at home alone during the day. This is traditionally my peak internet usage time. However, I would usually leave it open in the background, just in case.

Anyway, this week I can't believe how much I accomplished. I pieced and sewed (completely, from start to tied and finished) 2 baby quilts. I had a great time learning how to make fabric flowers and experimenting with different fabrics pairings. And I started working on my soon-to-be china hutch. My phone rang a lot more than I was used to, because people couldn't just shoot me an email or facebook message. It was nice to actually hear some voices. I also did some serious reading.

As for my marriage: we actually talked. It was more than just he occasional "Mmm-hmmm" or "Sure." We spent some time together doing things we both enjoy. I spent a lot less time being angry, annoyed, or bugged by little things. Our house stayed cleaner, we both got more sleep, and we enjoyed some quality time with friends and family.

We also set down some new ground rules for the internet:
1. When I'm home alone my time online is limited to 2 hours. (I know, that seems like a lot, but I'm taking baby steps)
2. When we're home together the internet is turned off unless we're looking at something together.
3. Any purchases I want to make, I have to see if I can buy it in the store first.

And now a few highlights from the past week:
1. I was featured on Mormon Mommy Blogs. You can check it out here.
2. Our tax return came. Hooray!
3. We decided to stay put in our apartment for awhile. We'd love to buy a place, but I think we're in a good place for now.
4. A (wretched) dinner at Chili's (but the company was great) and some fabulous bowling at Sue Rich. I actually beat Curious George by 20 points.
5. A phone call (and a very sweet letter) from Hawaii letting us know that Elder Hatch would be safe from the tsunami.

All in all, a great week. How was yours?


Lena said...

Glad to have you back. I am glad you enjoyed your e-free time. I am on the computer so much at work, that I usually don't want much to do with it at home.

jill said...

way to be annicka!!

Andrew said...

Maybe I should take an e-free week. I don't know how well that would work though still being in school. I hope I get to see you guys tomorrow at the wedding!


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