Monday, January 6, 2014

1988


I'm about to date myself….
1988
The year I left high school and started college -
with no beeper, no cell phone, no iPad, or iPod touch, or mp3 player, or laptop.
It was a big deal that I went with an ELECTRIC TYPEWRITER.
There was no texting, Facebook, instagram, snap chat, vine or twitter to entice your social senses.
Yep.
There was no email.  Al Gore hadn't even invented the internet yet :)
You found out about new music from actually listening to the radio or if you were really cool, you went to the local record stores known for carrying bootleg albums and underground bands.
When you were out when someone called you, they had to leave a message on an ANSWERING MACHINE.
You were a high roller if you had cable TV and call waiting.
When you took an exam, it was with a pencil and paper and you actually had to WAIT for your grades to be mailed to you through the postal system.
Instant gratification or knowledge was not at your fingertips.
You had to go to the library and look things up - in the card catalog, the phish, or the set of encyclopedias.
Don't get me wrong, I am truly thankful for the conveniences that modern technology provides.  Just the other day I received the most precious gift in an email.  It was a video taken of Munni when she was about 3.5 years old.
But, I have also struggled with the impulsivity of it as well.  I find myself at times with my head buried in my phone instead of gazing into Munni's eyes.  My time and place has gotten off kilter.  I need to reign it in and put myself in check.
My days with Munni as an only child are ticking away and I don't want to miss out on any of those precious moments.
So, I am imposing a technological detox on myself and I'm going to keep it old school for the month of January.
I'm taking a break from Facebook.  No instagramming.  No Twitter.  I'm keeping texts to my elite circle of family and my 3 closest friends.   I am only going to check my email at night, after Munni has gone to bed.  I'm scaling way back in hopes to get myself realigned with the life that is right in front of me.  I want to be present.  In the words of my sister, I'm "Disconnecting to connect."
This is also coming at a time where there should be some pretty big steps in Sweet R's adoption process.  I know that many people are praying for her and the process so if there is a huge breakthrough, then I will do a short post.  I can't put into words how valuable all of your prayers have been for her and me and I don't want you to be out of the loop.
I received these two amazing books for Christmas:

My mom gave me this and I'm super excited to make some of these recipes with Munni!



Our wonderful neighbors gave this to us and can't wait to get started on these! I'm an artistic/creative person by nature and Munni is definitely showing her creative and artistic abilities.



I am really looking forward to this "detox program" and hope to have a renewed perspective by the end of it.
I hope you all are doing a great job at tackling any New Year's resolutions you have made!