I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with Rusty, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (three with Rusty) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with your cup of tea and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

the blog!

If I had to choose:

Something Different | Unplugging

I’m going to do something different. Something that might scare people and something that others will think is not a big deal: unplugging. What is “unplugging?” It means not being on my computer, cell phone, iPad, tablet, or watching TV. See?? Sounds scary, especially for those people (I’m guilty of it) who constantly rely on these pieces of technology to entertain them.

We’re so blinded by how often we use every piece of technology and how often we “check” all realms of social media that to actually turn off our phones or put them in another room might sound ludicrous. A lot of times I’ll ask Paul, “What did people do before Facebook??” There are so many updates of what someone had for dinner, photos of their “outfit of the day”, and those lovely, lovely “selfies” – I’m not saying I’m innocent (anyone who has seen my Instagram knows I’m all about photos of Rusty), but after awhile it gets really old and to be honest, I actually feel stupid after I’m on social media for too long. It’s been one of those weeks where my days roll together and about 30 minutes ago I thought, “Holey moley, it’s Friday and I haven’t blogged yet!” I’ve noticed that I’ve been spending way too much time on social media. And I can tell it’s affecting me. After too much technology I begin to feel lifeless, dull, and just unmotivated. Paul just sent me an email this morning with a link to explaining how sitting all day on the job is bad for you (he just cares too much about me :)) and how movement is necessary (not just exercising for an hour – actual movement). So I’m deciding today that when I’m done with work (I’m working on ending the day at 4pm and not letting it spill into the evening) my cell phone goes in the bedroom (so if someone does call I can answer but I will not use it to check social media), my computer is turned off, and instead of having the TV on constantly, perhaps Paul and I can find something else to do. We just bought a puzzle and already have the edges done, maybe we’ll work on that. Or play chess. We love chess. Or just going to Target to walk around is always a nice change of pace for us (I know, we’re real crazy people!!) and gets us out of the house. Or I’ll play the piano. Or read. Something other than use technology.

PS. The photo is from our honeymoon in Jamaica where there was very limited technology. And it was bliss. Plus, I posted it because I love that photo (thanks, Dana!!). :)

  1. mom

    January 17th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    It’s the “Look at me” generation. People are hooked!

  2. Nikki

    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I agree completely, Ma!

  3. Ashley Brooks

    January 17th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Well aren’t you sweet! Glad I’m not the only one who feels like crap after I get sucked into social media for too long. I don’t know how people can go without it affecting them!

  4. Nikki

    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one, either. :)

  5. mom

    January 17th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Ohhhh don’t print that, strictly off the record!!

  6. Dad

    January 19th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
    Lao Tzu

    In other words, More is Less and Less is More!

  7. Nikki

    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Nice quote, Dad. :)