Monday, May 19, 2014

Me vs. technology

^^ My princess and my pirate playing PBS kids. ^^
It is no secret that I am not technologically savvy.
If something starts malfunctioning, my first instinct is to throw it away rather than try to disassemble it or restart it in order to correct the problem.
I don't know how to add something called apps onto my phone.
And if my Kindle starts acting up, I just stop using it.
Anyway, computers are no exception.
I know how to open the internet.
I can also navigate some basic programs, such as Word, Indesign, and Photoshop.
I also spend a fair amount of time fiddling around on this blog and surfing design blogs.
Although truth be told, my passion for interiors has somewhat cooled due to my personal setbacks (although I do have a great, cost-effective project idea to build a home out of shipping containers. Sounds crazy? Oh it is. Crazy awesome. But that is for a different post.)
Annnnnyyyway, back to my issues with technology.
I feel like they are a great resource for information (duh), ideas, and entertainment.
But I have felt lately as if I am relying too heavily on the computer to provide a way to "check out" periodically during the day.
In other words, I freaking noodle around on the internet instead of doing things that actually matter, like showering, making eye contact with people, and allowing the sun to shine on my pasty, pasty skin.
Our computer is set up in the main living space of our home in the dining/living/kitchen area.
This is ideal when I want to supervise my kids' activities on the computer, or if I need to look up a recipe off Pinterest.
But it is counterproductive if I want to, say, read a book, study for that blasted GRE exam (don't worry, it is two weeks and then I will stop talking about it, unless I do poorly, then I will talk about how poorly I did), or engage with my children.
It isn't necessary to find out whether anyone I know has done anything in the 14 minutes since I last checked Facebook.
So my point is this: I am going to make a conscientious effort to steer clear of the computer during the daytime.
Except now. Clearly I am on the computer in the middle of the day in order to declare that I am going to try not to be on the computer in the middle of the day.
I think that after my kiddies are in bed and I have already watched my daily episode of 19 Kids and Counting (it is just so fascinating), would be great time to put up my posts here on this blog and check out a few favorites.
But I have been thinking a lot about how I can be a better parent; be more present and less agitated.
I find myself getting irritated by my children when I am interrupted on the computer, as if anything I am doing on here is that significant.
And I was thinking about how I feel any time they act annoyed with my requests.
So in conclusion, I am still eager to write my bloggy and look forward to my daily dose of Little Green Notebook, but now I will do it later instead of when my kids need my attention.
Why did I tell you this? I don't know.
The end.


  1. I will come watch 19 kids . . . with you. I, too, am fascinated! I need to be more present too.

  2. Little green notebook is my fave! I know what you mean. I'm going to try to not let the kiddies watch so much tv this summer.

  3. I made have made that goal a few times works for a while and then I get sucked in again. But maybe if I know you are doing it too...I can be stronger. :) We are stronger together, right?
    I am on the same page with the Duggar's...they are amazing.