got an email from a friend about digital detox week and i must say it was tempting. if there is anyone addicted to the internet, it is me.
so i sat down to write (on paper) the blog explaining why i NEEDED to step away from the screen and live my OTHER life...and the AMOUNT of other life i do whilst being completely addicted to the internet is pretty stunning.
the way i have been able to improve my life and the life of four other people i love so much (and others i love a little less but quite importantly) whilst still STIMULATING my mind and soul on this machine is really beautiful...
it is also a year since we got to ohio, give or take a few weeks, so i can use this as THAT blog too....
and i will of course! be reprinting LAST years earth day blog, to see how well i have done (you won't believe it haha) but this can be an extention of THE EARTH DAY blog too!
The internet is my last vice- besides sugar and insanity. I have spent most of my waking hours this past year online. I am not ashamed, or i would not confess that.
In that year i have also mothered my children quite well, organized my house quite well, sent out birthday cards to lots of people, started a garden, renovated most of the house- kind of, and a whole host of other activities such as:
quit smoking cigarettes
started a gym membership
entertained grandparents and other family in my home
threw birthday parties for my children and get-togethers for my family
pulled off every holiday - esp. xmas- without a hitch (most of xmas i bought from the computer)
set up house in a new state
planted tulips that grew
paid off our car
paid the bills for the first time as a grown up- and pretty darn well too
was the most devoted wife i coulda been *wink*
I also washed every stitch of clothing that got washed in this house
cooked most of the meals (and healthy ones!)
packed bastian's (vegetarian and i would say 90% organic) lunch everyday
cleaned at least 2/3 of the dishes (by hand) that got cleaned
all of the bathroom cleaning
all of the bedroom cleaning (jonathan did the floors once- kinda)
all scrubbing of floors and washing of windows
most of the vaccuming
all the dusting
the spring cleaning - twice
the fall cleaning
all changing and washing of bedclothes
raked (a lot!)
scraped car windows
cleaned up a tree branch from my yard after a hurricane
set up a garden and dreamed four more
given money to charity almost weekly or more
given all our castoffs to a charity that takes them to appalachia and to the reservation (i WANNA go on the truck sometime soooooooooo bad)
have been more eco and socially concious than ever before
i boycotted china for a month (you try it! see how EASY it is...not)
i learned more about the world around me from this machine than i did in a hundred...nay a thousand...or a million lifetimes of going to school ever taught me
i elected the president of the united states
i realized how little and much that mattered
i loved my children
put them to bed (three hundred + times EACH)
cleaned up their vomit
read green eggs and ham and the little engine that could -over a hundred times EACH....NO exaggeration
read aloud books 1-6 of harry potter & five little house books
made chore charts and rule charts and a naughty corner and TRIED to enforce them
created a BEAUTIFUL lovely TOY CORNER and kept it maintained
was the tooth fairy
was the easter bunny (twice)
was midsummer fairies
changed so many diapers that if you paid me a dime a piece you would resent having offered to pay
I walked in the woods
wished in a well
reaquainted myself wiht the sky over Ohio & the constellations of my girlhood
i shooed away raccoons
fed squirrels all winter
picked lilacs on my birthday
watched the seasons pass in Ohio again and felt them again in my bones and reignited my marrow after all those long dry years in the western wilderness
i read some books
i wrote some poems
i organized my pictures
made some goals...wrote them in a book
wrote down recipes
copied all sorts of holidays and festivals into a calendar
wrote in baby books
got the digital camera pictures archived onto cd rom
did several collage projects
wrote in the book i am writing for bella
I learned to sew by hand
and on a machine
learned to embroider
to cast yarn onto knitting needles
started buying fabric and saving buttons
learned to cook beans
made cookies from scratch
I stocked my cupboards with cleaning supplies (a lifelong dream)
and toilet paper
i have a hell of a food pantry made AND a deep freezer just awaiting abundance
i have everything store-able stored in pretty boxes in one room
made an INGENIOUS laundry routine/place that has saved COUNTLESS man hours fussing with clothing (inquire within)
did the most magical, cool thing i have ever done in housewifery and made the Christmas CLoset ;)
I watched sebastian thrive
was swollen with pride when he made student of the week, then the month, then the honor roll, when he read more in 18 weeks than most kids read in the year prior
watched as he ran for student council- and won!
saw him get up the nerve, which had previously not happened yet, to join the boyscouts and really enjoy it
as he rocks out with guitar hero
and is the most beautiful big brother i have ever seen (besides fred...it's always a tie!)
as he slaughters me with jokes and puns and witty (and astute) observations about the world around us
as he became vegetarian and is losing weight and gaining tallness (he is nearly as tall as i am already)
as he misses his dad and moves through that with grace adn maturity well beyond even my own
as he buried a classmate and made a best friend.
I have seen the fred turn from a toddler tornado to a little boy and how interested he is in the the world and how EAGER to EXPERIENCE everything
He is my most sensitive child, and i mean that in every way and so it is interesting to mother him with that in mind.
I have watched bellaluna grow from a baby to a crawler and a crawler to standing on her own two feet and toddling and running....
playing with her brothers, watching the world go by herself, and being just a bundle of pink and golden beauty with a hilarious and serious "mean face"...
jonathan and i are closer than ever, i am even somewhat COMFORTABLE (gasp) in our marriage. i HOPE he is and i sometimes make it far enough out of my own brain to check in with him and see if he is too....;)
life is BEAUTIFUL here at casa de moonstone....computer and all...
if it was a problem, i would tell you. you would be the first to know.
but it isn't and it is a good thing....
the end for now...