Monday, August 2, 2010

Unplugged

I had one of those lost in time weekends. 

It was quite refreshing, actually. I didn't plan it either; it just happened.  I stepped away from my laptop, didn't write a single paragraph, turned off my phone, took my parents out to lunch, read a book, watched a fairly intriguing movie Saturday night, read the entire Sunday newspaper, and took a nap (say what??) Sunday afternoon. Even better, it rained for much of the weekend.  I know it's crazy but I love gloomy rainy days. We get so few of them in the desert.  The weekend was hazy lazy and didn't have the usual frenzied feel where it was over before it even had a chance to start.  I hated that it had to end.

It's amazing how much more enjoyable a day becomes when you unplug. And so easy, really.  Makes me realize I should do it more often.  Whenever I'm too plugged in, I feel like Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek when he became one of the BORG, all those black scary wires connected to every part of his body.  Resistance is futile! I can hear him bellowing in my head whenever I'm facebooking, tweeting, emailing, reading news online, and then trying to make a dent in writing my next novel.  There is such a thing as too much multi-tasking, especially when it comes to the e-variety.

Do you ever unplug completely? Is it even possible to do anymore? Or are we quietly becoming like the BORG?

20 comments:

Lia Bal said...

Yes, unplugging is great; I’ve done it a few times. I’m glad to hear you had a wonderful weekend. Miss the rain? Come back to Chicago, we are having an unseasonably rainy summer. My weekend was pretty good too. Saturday, my husband took me to the mall and had me pick out my birthday gift (my B-Day will be Wednesday) and then we went to a baseball game. Sunday we went flee marketing and then we went to my favorite restaurant, Olive Garden, for dinner. I hope everyone else had a good weekend too.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Lia!

I do miss the rain--but not the snow! It only rains here a handful of days each year, so when it rains people go a little nuts about it. You sound like you had a nice weekend, and what a thoughtful husband. Love those kind of stories!

Talli Roland said...

I feel like I'm becoming a Borg! I think you're right - life becomes much more relaxing when we unplug. I'm going to try to do more of that!

Liz Fichera said...

Talli, you and me both! I need to unplug more often.

Sherri said...

I wish that rain had made it up here...thought it might for about 2 hours but alas, no.

I haven't unplugged completely since moving to Vegas. I think it's because I have so few outlets here...which is rather sad when I think about it.

Liz Fichera said...

Sherri,

It was a nice slow, long rain. No monsoon winds. We needed it! Hope you get some soon!

Talina Perkins said...

I'm glad to hear you had such a relaxing weekend, Liz. In Mexico we have the rainy season, which we are in the middle of, so rain works on a time clock for the moment. Each evening at five you can see the clouds roll in from the north. It's a sight to see for sure.

I need to try your unplugging idea and relax as you did, more often. I can't remember the last time I did. You're right, too much stress and multitasking is hard to handle. My weekend was made up of cleaning and working which entailed a lot of computer time. It seems to never end at times. *sigh*

Georgina Dollface said...

It's the last day of my long weekend and obviously, since I am blog hopping, I'm not quite unplugged. I swore I would never be one of those people who had to check her e-mail/voice-mail/texts/blogs/twits obsessively, but it's hard not to sometimes. Good for you for spending some time with family and unwinding this weekend. - G

Liz Fichera said...

Talina, your weather reminds me of northern Arizona, where it rains every afternoon around 2pm like clockwork during the monsoon season. But northern AZ is way more mountainous than Phoenix.

I hope you do get to unplug, if only for a little while. It makes a huge difference, at least it did for me. I started today much more refreshed than usual.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Georgina! I know what you mean about the frantic e-cycle. It's almost like it breeds! Look forward to visiting your blog soon. Loved your post today! :-)

Nicki Elson said...

I was involuntarily unplugged yesterday! For, like, 8 hours straight. But I didn't explode, and I think I just might agree with you---I need to do it more often. The e-verse will still be there when I return to it.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Nicki,

I'm with you! I think I may have to make a habit of de-plugging. Maybe once a month? At least?

Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer Lane said...

Hi Liz,
What a great idea, to go unplugged for a weekend. I'd really like to try it, but I fear having withdrawal shakes. Geez, sounds like I'm quite addicted!

Liz Fichera said...

Jen, the shakes went away after a couple of hours and then I felt like I was on some kind of spa vacation! :-) Except without the expensive massages.

Francine said...

Hi,

A break is as good as a rest providing the break is not filled with angst and desire to know what is going on in cyberland!

Luckliy the dog forces me to break with cyberspace and writing quite frequently throughout each day: the fields constant calling to his wild spirit, and I guess his needs have schooled me to accept freedom from restraint as did all the dogs I had before him. Dogs are mentors in how to let go and run and run, and enjoy the great return!

best
F

ps word verification: truing

Marianne Arkins said...

I can't unplug ... it gives me the shakes. We lost power for three days last year, and I thought I'd lose my mind.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Francine,

Nice to meet you! I would so love to have a dog! Unfortunately I am allergic to dogs and cats. It would be such to be able to take a dog running with me each day. Running--whether on the treadmill or in the desert--is the only time I can get my mind to go a little blank. That's probably why I look forward to it each day, although my love of chocolate-covered espresso beans (or anything!) doesn't help either.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Marianne,

As I said earlier in the thread, it did take me a few hours before the shakes subsided but, eventually, it felt very freeing! I'm seriously going to try to do it at least one weekend a month.

Maria Zannini said...

Ref: Or are we quietly becoming like the BORG?

Oh, I hope not.

I do unplug every once in a while--but usually it's forced. Once I get used to the idea, I kind of regret having to turn on the computer again.

I am too connected. :)

Liz Fichera said...

Me too, Maria! All the more reason, at least for me, is to step away. My goal is once a month. I'll let you know next month if I'm successful! ;-)