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Technology Free Weekend Worked!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sorry I wasn’t around this weekend. I’ve been having “issue” (as those of you who read my blogs know). I was burnt and stress but I don’t have time or money for a vacation.

As luck would have it, my dad called Friday afternoon and wanted to take the boy child for the weekend. He even offered to make dinner for us on Saturday. His wife and her daughters were going to be gone all weekend. He wanted to spend Saturday with us and Sunday with his grandson. So as of 5pm Friday, I went “technology free” (ore or less). No computer. No cell phone. Except for one movie with dad on Saturday, no TV. I unplugged as much as I could.

Saturday was spent talking with dad and hubby. Cooking really bad for me foods that I haven’t had since my mom died. See dad’s wife doesn’t like many of my mom’s recipes so we never make them. But with her gone, it was sloppy tuna casserole and creamed peas with fresh oil popped popcorn done in the fireplace for desert (she won’t let us runt the fireplace as “it stinks”). We even made s’mores! We watched the Three Stooges movie and just were a family again for the day.

Sunday, hubby works so it was just me and the girls. I got a ton of house work done but I also just took time to snuggle with my girls in wozzy clothes. Never turned on the TV or music, we just listed to the tinkle of dog tags and the wind on the windows. (Our house is over 100 years old, there are PLENTY of noises to listen to.) I lived on oatmeal and bear mush (yes more comfort foods).

Now I know I put on weight this weekend, the jeans are a bit snugger than they should be this am. But I FEEL better. I rarely take down time. Heck I haven’t taken a real vacation in 18 years, and that one was only because my mom more or less forced me to go on vacation with her and dad when the boy child was born. Normally, I’m good with just a few hours here or there. But this felt right and good.

My head is cleared. My mindset is better. I feel like I can get back on track with my running. I feel like exercising again. Sunday night I portioned out a week’s worth of food. I actually wanted to. Taking the weekend off took all of the “have to’s” out of the equation and let me decide on what I really wanted. I’m recommitted to me. I’m recommitted to my family. And I got to spend some time with the new me – she’s pretty cool.

I did do a bit of shopping on Saturday – got my outfit to run in on March 9th. You have to wait for pictures but it’s gonna be FUN!

EDIT: Bear Mush -

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WARRIORGIRL121 3/12/2013 1:51PM

    Wow! I can't take my eyes off the box! Bear mush! Whooda' thunk it? emoticon

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CBGBG5 2/25/2013 6:29AM

    mmm love bear mush and tech-free days :)

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SOULFISH80 2/20/2013 10:27PM

    So great when we take care of ourselves. Bear Mush!!!!! Fun!

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 2/20/2013 6:30PM

    Why no vacations? I'm glad I make my husband take one. He never would when his coworker got so banged up and went 3 years (only 1/6 of your record) without and I convinced to go on a cruise with me and he loved it so much he is going again this year! He even took time off when he was sick for a change! People need to relax as much as they need to do the haftas in life! If money is the issue, do like you did this time and just take a vacation away from technology and your to-do list! You deserve a break today! Hmm, not liking the step mom more and more! Glad you had a connected family weekend!

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MERRY_XMAS 2/20/2013 12:37PM

    Every 2 weeks I turn off my cell phone for 2 days or so. It really helps me relax. Everybody who are close to me, have the number of my home, so they know how to find me.
Sounds you really needed a break!
Well done for relaxing!


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    OK, I'm going to be following your example and take a break from the technology. Your stay-cation sounds wonderful and it looks like you got your batteries re-charged. So glad to hear that you're back!

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CELESTE_B 2/19/2013 8:34PM

    Sounds like a GREAT idea...and your not alone...

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 2/19/2013 10:48AM

    I've heard of it before but it was referring to something else, lol

Glad you had some time to yourself to recharge those batteries

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GMO_JEN 2/18/2013 10:48PM

    That sounds like a much needed break, and that can be so important. And, you sound recharged and ready for this week :)

I have also never heard of bear mush-looks like cream of wheat kind of thing? Still sounds very comforting

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/18/2013 10:41PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better and that you had a nice weekend unplugged with your dad! Even better that you didn't have to deal with your wicked step mother. lol

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OHANAMAMA 2/18/2013 9:48PM

    I have never heard of bear mush... cool!
So glad you took a weekend down time mental vacation. What a good example you are to me! :)

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/18/2013 7:45PM

    Unplugging every now and then is a good thing. Unfortunately, I don't take my own advice until our internet goes down.
I know I am way too tethered to technology gadgets.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/18/2013 6:54PM

    Sounds like the kind of holiday that's worth a repeat. Don't wait too long Kitty! You deserve a weekend like that from time to time.

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CIPHER1971 2/18/2013 3:50PM

    Sounds great emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 2/18/2013 3:04PM

    Sometimes you just need a techno break. emoticon

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BESCATS 2/18/2013 2:05PM

    So glad you got away from things for awhile. A day without being plugged in can be great for all us. It was nice you spent some time with your Dad, and he could have some of the foods and things he likes, but can't have now. emoticon

Welcome back, and if I can help in anyway, send me an email. I'll do what I can. emoticon

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AURORAMILLET 2/18/2013 2:03PM

    How interesting. I am glad that you had time to clear your head!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 2/18/2013 12:18PM

    Sounds like exactly what you needed :) Glad you had a good weekend!

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JUSTME29 2/18/2013 12:08PM

    Sounds great. We are on a mini getaway right now actually. I'm waiting for the shower and then will be offline til tomorrow. It feels great to get a break. Glad you are feeling recharged.

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JUMPINJULIE 2/18/2013 10:59AM

    Sounds like a great time and fun. I'm glad you feel better. Everybody needs to take down time. So i'm glad you got to meet the new you. Have a great week.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/18/2013 10:59AM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Glad you had that time to decompress. It really does help. Bear Mush . . . have to look for that. Love the steel cut oats. Right now, anything warm will do!


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1EMMA2011 2/18/2013 10:31AM

    Wonderful news!!! So happy for you, it's great your Dad is so neat. emoticon


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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/18/2013 10:10AM

    AWESOME!!!! So good for you:)
Hope you have a wonderful week!

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GARDENCHRIS 2/18/2013 9:48AM

    good for you!! BUT I must ask what in the world is BEAR MUSH????

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TAMELA_B 2/18/2013 9:45AM

    emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/18/2013 9:44AM

    emoticon Sometimes we need a little down time. I am bad at that myself, but I know it can be good!

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LANA2520 2/18/2013 9:39AM

    you sound like you had a good week end

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TWEETYKC00 2/18/2013 9:36AM

    sounds like a great weekend. you should have more time like that in life, minus the really bad for you foods all the time. lol.

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LIVINGFREE19 2/18/2013 9:21AM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better!


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CASEYSAUER 2/18/2013 9:10AM

    Welcome back! You sound well rested and ready to ROCK! Let's go!

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BOILHAM 2/18/2013 8:50AM

    Sounds like a wonderful mini vacation. You know this kind of spoiling behavior is not only good for you, but it is even suggested as a normal type of maintenance on living a healthier lifestyle. If we can trust ourselves to get right back on program, this kind of vacation is good for uts. Something to do with not feeling deprived all the time I am sure.
If you had watched the "real" 3 Stooges from the 30s and 40s that would have been some real mind spoiling fun. :)
Good for you!

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