Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Device Free Sunday

Well, my computer appears to have some sort of connectivity problem, so I'm still at work.  Dedicated, huh?  I wanted to write about this before I completely forgot the experience, although I have 51 more Sundays this year.

After spending most of my days in front of said computer screen, I don't like to be a slave to it at home.  I rarely check e-mails (much to the detriment of long-distance friendships) and what little I do is accomplished via my ipad while waiting on Big Bang Theory reruns.  Alas - it's a glamorous life, but someone's gotta do it!

This school year has been particularly challenging in that I am NEVER alone.  I have students waiting on me when I arrive in the morning around 7:00 and from that point on, I am never alone.  Before the Christmas Holidays I counted all of my restroom trips for one week.  I was NEVER alone in the bathroom.  (This was a faculty restroom...not for public or student use.)  I ate with students staring at me and I began to feel like Sheldon, wondering who was breathing on my food.  By the time I get home, I'm exhausted.  Over stimulated.  Chaotic coma.  I decided to break free.

Sunday is to be a day of rest.  God designed it thus so in the Bible, but I've been known to add my own interpretative twist to "and on the seventh day He rested..."  Well, these days, rest involves nothing with buttons or pretty touch screens.  I thought by going wireless it would give my mind a chance to unwind and simply be. 

We slept a bit late Sunday morning, so after tea and a shower, it was off to church.  No devices needed.  After church it was lunch, dishes, and a few random chores.  So far, so good.  About 2:00 I began to itch.  I roamed from room to room making a mental list of things I just HAD to google THAT minute.  I NEEDED to know.  I ended up writing them down and haven't looked up a single one as of yet.

I read for a while.  Well, I read until I finished two unfinished books.  Then what?  It was only 3 and we didn't have to be anywhere until 5.  I dug out my stationary and wrote two old-fashioned letters - stamps and all.  It was quite rewarding, but at 4:00, I was back to square one.  I had to find another paper book to read because the Kindle was off-limits.  I couldn't look up the weather, so it was finding it interactively on my satellite...the horrors!

I finally made it through the night, although my husband pointed out how "short" and grouchy I'd been all day...and he was right.  My mind-calming activity was more stimulating than I'd thought.  But, practice will make perfect.  I hope to have a few projects lined up for this coming Sunday afternoon.  Preferrably a nap to go with that good book - and maybe even a Suduko puzzle - on paper!  I'm committed....or maybe I just need to be committed.  Stay tuned to find out!