Tuesday, October 15, 2013

off







So my computer is not happy and is going off to the fixer-upperer's.

It's a bit funny how stressy the thought of being without her has gotten me considering how stressful her behaviour has been lately. Naughty Miss Mary Mac.

It's made me think back to a time before we had Indi, probably about 14 years ago, when my farmer boy told me he was buying us a computer for our home. For real, I challenged him, what on earth for? In my head a computer was just another one of those boy toys, like the frisbee and the stunt kites and the mountain bike. What on earth would we possibly do with one at home??

Hilarious, I know.

And I'm probably the most computer addicted in this entire house. In fact I recently added the house rule that anybody who has written a book is allowed to look at their computer at dinner time. Makes sense, no?

So here we are 14 years later and the last laugh is at me. No computer for five or six days. Hopefully, all going to plan.

If you want to contact me text me, facebook me, tweet me, instagram comment me, or you could even old school call me. I might even answer.

If I get completely desperate and computerless, I might try to remember my passwords and usernames and hack into the big Imac on the other side of the table. I could possibly return emails from there, if I can work out how.

Or I could use this time to detox and get out there amongst it.

I'm not sure how long I'll last without.
Could you do it?
Have you done it?
How long's the longest you can go without checking your facebook/emails/ravelry/pinterest/blog reader/photo editor.......?

I might see you spoon.

I might not.

Ciao

xx

28 comments:

  1. I'm feeling anxious for you, goodluck ;)

    cheers Kate

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  2. Wishing you LUCK! I know how hard this is! I know you can make it though :)

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  3. I am completely addicted! I should do a detox but instead I made my kids go 5 weeks without any technology ! I do not lead by example ;)

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  4. A thoroughly modern condition Kate, one I think most of us find confronting, but I predict you'll enjoy the enforced break - it all gets such a hold on us, hey.

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  5. :-) I can manage about one week, but only when I'm away from home. Not sure how long I could last in my usual environment.

    Good luck. I hope you'll enjoy the break and find many other enjoyable things to do instead

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  6. I try to have computer-free Saturday every week. It's absolutely amazing how much better I feel when I do it and also how much I can get done!

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  7. Oh it's a good thing to do and I DO NOT DO IT!!! Except when we went camping... kind of.... I still Instagrammed! I can't wait to hear all about your techie break! x

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  8. I couldn't do it for more than a few days, less if I was at home with just me and a two and four year old for 12 hours a day which is my life at the moment. I love that I can stay connected with family and friends in far flung places and that it connects me with others while I'm still establishing myself in a new town where I have only a few friends. Plus the blogosphere is such a great place to wile away a few hours (all too easily!) I'm lucky in that I'm married to the Mr Fix-it so when I do have techy troubles he fixes them on the spot for me.

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  9. I just read "The winter of our disconnect" by Susan Mausart...about a mum in WA with three teenagers who banned all technology from her house for six months.....she writes about her observations of what happened....kind of made me want to try it...we are thinking of going tech free for our travels...hmmmm

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  10. Good luck Kate...your vegetable garden looks beautiful!

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  11. I was recently without my computer for two weeks, her hard drive died, it was stressful and unsettling, but also quite freeing. I found I had more time to do things, although I was Very happy to get her back!

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  12. I keep saying that I would like us to have "computer free Sundays". I really think it would help us to relax and unwind for the day. The problem is, that is the day that we do most of our cooking for the week, and that normally involves looking on-line for some recipes (despite the mountain of cookbooks that we have) and then we get distracted with other on-line things....

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  13. when I can hold for 30, 60... 90 minutes.. I'm really proud of myself ! ;)

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  14. Oh, I think that a No Screens At Dinner rule is appropriate for all households. Even though you wrote a book, your family is an ongoing story!

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  15. When we moved house we had no internet for 3 weeks and I felt so weird without my computer. The great thing was that Isabelle and I took many walks, tidied up the accumulating things in the house and it was so refreshing. I should say though that by the time the computer came back I was obsessed with it for a few days catching up on everything! I hope your Mrs. Mac comes back good as new Kate. I love your vegie gardens too, makes me want one again.

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  16. You can do it!! Treat it as time out.......take more time to smell the roses.......enjoy the disconnectedness......and see you on the other side!!

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  17. I still remember the first time I was without my computer (and this was before iPhone days)... the feeling of utter disquiet and not knowing what to do with myself (haha). Now it doesn't really matter. Problem was though that with each time it's happened, it's harder to get back into being a good commenter and blog reader. I have to set aside time for that now - not to limit myself but to make myself do it ;) I hope it all goes smoothly for you Kate :) Kx

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  19. Belated happy bday jazzy! From a very rainy England. Went a couple of wks without everything this yr in France, as my phone wasn't working..... I didn't miss it at all! I try to just check a couple of times a day, otherwise I find it can take over. Computer free day such a great idea! Xxxx

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  23. We have "screen free" days in our house - and it does encourage us to connect in a non-digital way yes. However I'm such a fan of all the creativity that is possible with technology these days I couldn't imagine my world without the old laptop (& I-phone... and I-pod) We do though have a strict rule of "no-phones and no headphones in company".. which we regularly break when we share silly you-tube vidoes, cool pinterest ideas and awesome music... sigh... ♥♥♥

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  24. I can go a pretty long time without internet or turning on my computer at home. If the desktop is turned off, I have to remind myself to check my email every few days - someone *might* have sent me something important. I think the longest I've been without internet at home was two or three weeks right after I moved a few years ago, but even though could check my email at work then, I was ready to have my own internet again after a while.

    Lately I don't know if I could go without Ravelry, though! I have been so happy to be able to check my stash at the yarn store, or my project queue at the library, and I have started making all of my project notes there because I cannot lose them. :-)

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  25. Don't think I could manage without my blog fix every day ....! Or emails from two good friends. Facebook can defintiely live without and mostly do. Love your vege photos!

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  26. Wow, everything looks so green and lush! Beautiful! I'm on the Bellarine Peninsula, my garden is quite green but because of these winds, everything is growing sideways e.g. poor Sweet Peas :-)

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  27. I check facebook about once a day. Really happy I not more addicted to it!
    I so wish I could do without my computer and TV, if only! As it is, I use it far to much, but I am on sick leave so it's sorta okay. That's what I keep telling myself anyway;)

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