This is a FRIDAY post for me. Friday afternoon. My mood is definitely light but maybe it’s because I’m getting ready to head out of town and I plan to be (mostly) unplugged. So I’ve written this post in advance and I’ll let it publish on Sunday morning and hope you’ll share your stream of consciousness with me.
Here’s my 5 minute brain dump…
Remember when the word “unplugged” first came into vogue? Yeah, me either. But I’m think it must have been around the time VH1 created that show where famous musicians “unplugged” their guitars and performed acoustic versions of their songs. That was so groundbreaking! Remember when you heard Eric Clapton sing an acoustic version of Layla?
Or maybe not. Because maybe you’re so young you don’t know who Eric Clapton is and when you hear the name Layla you think of my dog.
But I’m doing my version of unplugged this weekend. And it’s a very modified version. Basically, I’m going camping. Okay, okay, fine. I’m going “glamping” in a climate control mini-cabin. And maybe said cabin has electricity and TV. But still. My version of unplugged is this: I’m not bringing my computer.
You don’t understand. My laptop is my lifeline. It’s my portable office. It’s how everything in my professional life gets done: photos, video, writing, email, etc. And I’m leaving it behind for this camping trip and I feel pretty happy about it.
Truth be told: I’m bringing my phone. Come on, you didn’t really think I’d leave that behind, did you? THAT is truly my lifeline. I mean, what if I got lost in the woods? It has GPS and everything to bring me home. Or I could just call someone and tell them I’m lost.
I need to do video and pictures and tweet. But I’ll still be unplugged. Because my phone doesn’t really get plugged in. You get the idea.
I trust you are having/had a phenomenal time, however plugged or unplugged you may be. I have never been one of those “complete all or nothing” sorts of people anyway. All that self-righteousness can become so annoying pretty darned fast. I have to confess, my daughters were on a cruise in Alaska this week and the lack of contact was probably much more difficult for me than it was for them! I kept wanting them to plug in, plug in, plug in!! Great to be here on another Sunday!
I’m so glad to hear someone else isn’t all or nothing. Why does the Whole 30 have to be 30? I’m thinking of doing the Whole 5. That’s an accomplishment, right? I did enjoy being unplugged and I don’t think anyone missed me!
Actually the phone does get plugged in… to charge. Without the plug you couldn’t use it.
So I did a day of being unplugged a couple of moths ago. And I mean completely unplugged. It was so strange and so awesome at the same time. I kept reaching for my phone to take pictures and it wasn’t there. I really listened to my kids when they talked. I really enjoyed where we were and what we did. And then I wrote a blog post all about it. I still have not published it because I am not sure what my point in the post is supposed to be. Taking a day to be unplugged and then using social media to promote that I was unplugged is kind of twisted…
I think it’s just a good reminder to get unplugged once in a while. And how else would you get that message out to those that are plugged in unless you posted it online!