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A Wonderful (Computer-Free) Week

March 29, 2010

My computer’s back! Aiiiiiiieeeeeeee!
(Please excuse me while I take a quick Happy Dance break!)

I’ve been without my computer for about a week now…and it’s embarrassing to admit what excruciating torture it was over the first few days! I have been able to steal a few moments here or there on my parents’ and my in-law’s computers, for quick e-mail checks and Facebook browsing. My blog has been untouched, my blog reader virtually ignored (so much reading to catch up on!) and despite — or, more honestly, because of — my lack of computer access, I’ve had an amazingly wonderful week.

 

We’ve gone on countless walks around our neighborhood.
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We enjoyed our first mini-hike of the year.
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We broke out the bubble solution and sidewalk chalk.
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We destroyed the kitchen baked Daddy a birthday cake.
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We explored a new local playground.

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I started a new journal that I’ll be keeping for Shane — something I’d been meaning to get around to starting since he was a newborn!

 

I rediscovered my Gratitude Journal, and began making an effort to recognize all that I have to be grateful for in my life.

 

I dusted off my old journal, and began some good “old-fashioned” pen-and-paper journaling. I love blogging — love the community that evolves around blogs, the feedback, support, and friendship something I never expected when I first began blogging, and something that I cherish today. But there’s something so immensely satisfying, on such a deep level, about curling up with your thoughts and a blank book. I hadn’t realized just how much I missed putting my heart on paper until this past week…which gives me something unexpected to add to today’s gratitude journal entry: I’m grateful for being forced to go without my computer for over a week. Who knew?!

 

For those of you who blog, do you also keep physical journals?
How do you juggle finding the time to write in the journal as well as continue to update your blog?
What do you keep in mind when you’re deciding what writing you’ll posted online and what is for your eyes only?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2010 3:01 am

    It sounds like you had a wonderful week. Hooray for hikes and being out of doors! 🙂

    P.S. That playground looks amazing.

  2. March 30, 2010 9:45 am

    Glad you’re back! Seems like you’ve had a great time away, though. That playground looks kind of awesome.

    As for your questions, I don’t keep a paper journal. I’m not very fond of my handwriting. Typing is easier, and quicker, for me anyway.

  3. March 30, 2010 8:15 pm

    That playground looks awesome!!

    Glad to have you back, and that you had a good week :).

  4. March 31, 2010 8:38 am

    Sounds like you had a great time without the computer! Love the photos and the idea of getting back into journaling. I’m trying to do the same thing. Blogging is a companion to my journal, but I’ll admit it’s taken over a bit more lately and I’ve had to remind myself to also put it in my journal and to back up my blog so I can print some of it out to save for later!

  5. March 31, 2010 10:48 pm

    So glad you had a wonderful week! I’m rather lost without the support of my bloggy friends – it’s so cathartic to leave my feelings on the screen and have someone say, “oh that’s happened to me too… don’t worry, you’ll survive” 🙂

    I LOVE that picture of Shane with his nose in the flour! How stinkin’ adorable is that?! And that playground looks mucho fun!

    (You’re right, Jewelz deserves a commenter award… I just need to find her address to send something! 🙂

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