Hope Springs Eternal

Tv Turn Off Week April 28, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — clutterlibrarian @ 4:53 pm

For me, TV Turn Off Week was a success. That said, I should also make it clear that my children watched about the same amount of TV they always do and I did as well. So, how, you may ask, was the TV Turn Off Week a success?

The week prior I spent a lot of time wondering why I wanted to do this. My daughters watch about an hour of tv a day- and honestly I am happy with that amount. I watch maybe an hour of tv in the evening, but there are several nights a week when I do not watch anything. So, why- I wondered, do I feel such a pull to participate. After some time, I realized what I wasn’t happy with was the amount of time I spend online. So, last week was all about me and my internet habits.

I checked my email briefly in the morning and then the computer was turned off for the day. I had two one-hour shifts that required me to be online during the week. Other than that, I was very good about limiting my time. I worked a lot outside- even when the weather was nasty- and it was great to re-connect with our bit of land. The girls and I kept busy and it all went pretty well (especially given that hubby was away all week).

Personally, it was nice to put away some online habits. To be honest, I didn’t miss it much. It feels weird to be sitting her now. So, on that note, back to the real world (which at the current moment is washing dishes and getting ready for visitors)!


happy late birthday to me April 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — clutterlibrarian @ 4:33 am

Oooo, look what I got for my birthday! Isn’t it pretty?! Well, I think so. I didn’t even know I wanted one until my hubby asked me what I wanted and I blurted out, “A Kitchen Aid mixer!”. (Hmmm, maybe I should have said a Mini Cooper Clubman or a trip to Hawaii…) Well, it is a bitchin’ good mixer. I have made pizza dough and cinnamon raisin bread- both turned out really well. The massive thing can really knead that dough! I’m thinking of making brownies tomorrow. Not from the box, which would be a life time first for me. 😛

Otherwise, I am not crafting worth poo. Not blogging much either, not that it matters. What am I doing? Hmmm, I weed the gardens a bit, I clean a bit, I exercise a bit- but most of the time I get snacks for the girls and read them books. I am playing Harry Potter way to often (I would mind less if I was Hermione but my three year old always wants me to be Aunt Marge- what is up with that?!).

Today, as I ignored my daughter’s cries of “Aunt Marge! Aunt Marge!” I sat looking upward. “What are you looking at?” she asked me.
“Look up. What do you see.”
“White flowers. Tree tops. Blue sky. White clouds.”
“That’s what I am looking at. Isn’t it wonderful?”


Spring walk in the garden April 7, 2008

Filed under: dogwood,flowers,Lucy,magnolia,my garden,spring,trillums,violets — clutterlibrarian @ 6:27 pm

TV Turn-off Week April 4, 2008

Filed under: addictions,freedom,tv — clutterlibrarian @ 1:56 pm

Tv Turn-Off Week is April 21-27th. We did this last year and it was a success. At the end of the week last year, my older daughter said, “That wasn’t bad. It was kind of fun.” I’m pretty nervous about it this year, mainly because my younger daughter is far, far less mailable than she was last year. I also wonder if I will be able to give up my computer habit. I will have to be on line a couple times that week for work related stuff, but will I be able to resist my daily virtual haunts? I’m pretty skeptical. 😦