All this week, we’re reviewing our progress towards our five New Year’s Resolutions. Yesterday, we discussed our progress towards living healthier. Today, we’re going to take a look at our second resolution, to disconnect and reconnect.
Resolution #2: Disconnect and Reconnect
This resolution was all about turning off the technology that rules our lives and spending more time together, unplugged. We’ve been doing a much better job of turning off the TV and spending our evenings together. There are a few shows that we like to watch (How I Met Your Mother, The Firm, and Pan Am), but we DVR them and watch them on rainy days. Instead of watching TV, we take Indy to the dog park (she loved standing in the water buckets when she was little), work on the house or yard, or read a book.
As good as we’re doing limiting out TV time, we’re doing terrible at turning off our cell phones. Because I’m on call with my job 24/7, I can’t turn mine off. I have my work calls forwarded to my personal phone, so even when I’m not at work, I’ve got work with me. Kevin isn’t on call like me, but because his only phone is a company Blackberry, he always has work with him, too (and it’s not just our phones… our laptops are never out of reach). And because we both have smartphones (I have an iPhone), we find ourselves playing games or on the internet way too often. We really need to work on leaving the phones at home and making our time our time.
We also resolved to singlehandedly save the US Postal Service by sending notes and cards to our families and friends in stead of emails and ecards. So far, we’ve failed miserably on this front. Other than sending out invites for my friend Danni’s bridal shower, I haven’t set foot in our local post office. I’ve got reminders set up on my Google calendar now to help remind me to get things sent out, so hopefully I’ll remember to start sending things out.
We have been entertaining more. We threw a Super Bowl party (and fit thirty people into the Little House… it was standing room only) and have hosted some of Kevin’s fraternity brothers for dinner. We love opening our home to others, so this is one resolution that has been easy to keep.
How do you disconnect? What would you do if your job didn’t allow you to ever power all the way down (even in the middle of the night?