at a loss

My husband was at a complete loss a few days ago when his iPhone mysteriously stopped working. He was rendered completely useless because he felt he had no way to communicate with his employees, he couldn’t instantly respond to clients, he had no phone numbers, no access to his email… his entire life had come to a standstill. I sat back in the living room and watched as he paced back and forth and cursed liked a sailor, and I realized how so many people have become completely dependent on technology that if it fails they don’t know how to function without it. I on the other hand remember quite clearly the days of pre-mobile phones and pre-internet, and luckily for me I was able to help my husband navigate his life.

Everyone laughs at me because I still keep an updated organizer with phone numbers, addresses, birthdays and important information like credit cards, blood type, etc. After my husband’s little meltdown I felt vindicated that even though I have a smartphone, a laptop and I blog, I still have the ability to keep living without any technology. I revel in sending handwritten letters to my friends and family. I actually have a land-line at home with no caller id or voicemail and more often than not, I enjoy running errands and leaving my mobile phone at home. Life keeps on going and we don’t have to constantly be connected in order to enjoy it. We don’t have to be “available” to everyone every second of the day.

That being said, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and do yourself a favor… leave your mobile phone behind this weekend and just enjoy being with those around you or turn it off and go for walk. I promise you will survive!

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I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

So, begins my favorite time of year. The weather is cooler, the days get shorter, the leaves begin to change and the moon lingers a little longer. I also start the wonderful task of planning fall birthdays. The excitement in the air of celebrations, friends, laughter and memories are just days away. Time for family gatherings, hosting cocktail parties and long walks. This is simply the best time of year!

This morning I woke up and it was still pitch black outside, everyone was sleeping except for me and my lab. So I sat with the cold crisp air at my face, sipping on a hot cup of tea, enjoying the silence before the hurried bustle of the kids and rush to get to work. These are the moments I cherish the most. When I can truly be alone and enjoy the solitude that is always there, but very rarely do I get to spend time with it.

Today’s Favorites:

  • cold mornings
  • cuddling with my dog
  • NPR Morning Edition
  • cinnamon buns
  • children laughing
  • waiting for the school bus
  • morning kisses
  • Maverick and his rocket spaceship
  • being totally at peace
  • gratitude