Monday, February 8, 2010

Life in the Fast Lane

Wow! I unplugged for a week and a half. Never thought I'd do that. But I realized I've become too much of a recluse. I used to be extremely social. Now, I just like to hole up at home all day. The Internet is like an IV attached to my arm, a chemical drip seeping into my blood and sustaining my existence. One day, I just woke up and yanked it from my vein. And it felt great.

Things I discovered while I was away from my computer:

1) If you want people to buy the sequel, don't properly end the first book

Stieg Larsson trapped me into buying The Girl Who Played with Fire because he abruptly shut down The Girl with the DragonTattoo leaving several things unresolved. I had no choice but to pick up the follow up book so I could see how the first story ended. He might as well have cut things off mid-sentence. (By the way, that sneaky bastard does it again in book 2, so it's pretty obvious what I'll be ordering in May)

2) Life is very full without Boggle.

Friends, family, snow, wine, books, and an occasional movie can keep a person adequately entertained without Facebook Scramble.

3) If you want to bet on a football game, just ask my son who is routing for and put your money on the other team.

Poor little guy. He was a Giants fan, but switched over to Jets for the play offs. When they lost, he picked the Vikings, a sure favorite. When they lost, he chose the record-setting Colts. When they lost, he lost it. How much can a four year old take?

Anyway, I am back online and will visit all your blogs soon! But I'm going to try to strike a better balance in my life. I need to venture out more. I need to live life in the fast lane.

23 comments:

Kristi Faith said...

Good for you! I'm glad you feel better and got more accomplished!

Sometimes unplugging is best.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Your poor little guy - that is so frustrating when they are young! Welcome back. It sounds like you were productive in your absence. That's always a good thing! :-)

Tess said...

I participate in 'unplug week' which is the 3rd week of every month.

It's a good thing. Glad to have you back, though :D

T. Anne said...

Boggle is the one game we don't have. Perhaps I should buy this, my family loves a good game! I love how you surmise to write a sequel, I'll have to remember that.

Heidi Willis said...

I did the unplug thing a bit this weekend (snowstorm and all will do that to a person), but now I feel even further behind!! And the snowstorm didn't exactly help the socializing thing.

Although I did make cookies for the guy who plowed our driveway.... and with six more inches expected tomorrow, I'm hoping to see him again soon. :)

Beth Coulton said...

Glad you're back, too, altho I admit to taking a bit of a hiatus myself....I'm guessing we need to get back to work!

Elana Johnson said...

Welcome back!! And funny about your son. :)

Tamika: said...

Glad to hear you had a productive unplugg week. The internet is like an IV- scary!

Hardygirl said...

Yes. That balance thing is a tricky little dance, and I too often succumb to the siren song of the internet way too often.

Good for you for having the discipline to unplug.

Now, welcome baaaaaack!!!!

sf

Solvang Sherrie said...

My son was rooting for the Colts, too. Oh well. I always pick the underdog :)

Here's to balance!

Gail said...

Yes, those pixals want to suck you in sometimes! We should all start a Writers' Unplugged support group.. "Hi my name's Gail and I've been unplugged for 2 days...."
Maybe not :-)
Gail
www.writefromthesoulvisualeyes.blogspot.com

Yat-Yee said...

Your poor son!

My last voluntary unplugged week was a good one too. I should try it again.

And...Dragon Tatoo: never got into it, so I won't be stuck in mid sentence!

Rebecca said...

I always thought parenting little kids WAS life in the fast lane. :-)

I like books that leave things open at the end, without leaving me desperately hanging. Like The Hunger Games!

Lisa and Laura said...

Welcome back!! We've missed you! Congrats on kicking the Scramble habit. No easy feat.

Shelli said...

yay you're back.

香水 said...

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.............................................

MG Higgins said...

Good for you for seeking balance. It's necessary.

Robin said...

I am so impressed you were able to unplug for a week. How exhilarating!!!

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Hi Corey - Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on the snow pics - it sounds like we are neighbors here in central NJ! :)

Congrats on your published picture book, that's great!

I totally understand about the need to unplug, especially with kids. I don't play FB games but I am on FB. Blogging also can be very consuming. Always good to take a breather! Hope you got out and are feeling refreshed.

Lindsey :)

Diana Paz said...

I've been unplugging a lot more often too. I'm glad to see you back, and we'll be here no matter how often you unplug. :)

Susan R. Mills said...

I know how you feel. I'm going through the same thing. I've taken a lot of time off from blogging lately and it's been good.

Kelly H-Y said...

Balance is a good thing!

cisco said...

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