Friday, February 19, 2010

Baby it's cold outside

I've been going through another one of those periods where I'm writing often, but nothing is turning into a coherent post. So let's forget words and enjoy some goofy pictures of how we amused ourselves during the time we were snowed in.








Friday, February 5, 2010

Mom, are you sitting down?

...because you aren't going to believe this. I'm now a part of a cooking blog, and I did my first post today (I'll be posting on Fridays). I'm blogging with some amazing cooks, so be sure to check them out. We're at http://recipeswithfriends.blogspot.com/. I'm really excited to learn new tips and recipes.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Unplugged

About a month ago, our computer crashed, and we spent several days unplugged. I've been thinking about the ways I spent my time differently without the computer, and it has got me wondering if I'm using it well.
Without my computer, I went on a domestic rampage. My bathrooms were immaculate. My dishes were always done. I tried making homemade teething biscuits (anyone have a good recipe? The one I tried never got hard). I bought 10 pounds of chicken thighs, trimmed their fat, and made freezer meals out of them. It made me realize just how much I can get done with the time I spend on the computer.
That said, I wasn't necessarily more efficient. It made me realize how dependent I am on computers to organize my life. Doing a grocery list was too complicated because I normally use a printout based on store layout to select my items. I didn't have access to the database to see which requirements my cub scouts needed to work on, and I didn't even have access to the bear handbook because I don't have a hard copy. I didn't have google calendar to prompt me to send out my book group reminder email. Family history: didn't even attempt it. How did people keep everything straight before computers?
The thing I missed most was the introspective time I get with writing/blogging. And yes, I know people were writing before the printing press, but I rarely write in linear form, and I frequently cut, paste, and reword. Writing is my way of taking a step away from the constant motion of life to find the meaning in what I'm doing, but it was a little freaky to realize that the computer shaped how I did that.
So how does your computer shape your life? What would you miss most in a life without computers?