Looks like Flat Peen took a trip to Minnesota!
The theme of my next book is all about disconnecting from the internet and I have been trying to practice what I write.
Holy crap. It's so much harder than I thought. So. Freaking. Hard.
Friday night, the kiddo went to bed and my husband and I decided to cuddle up and watch a movie. This is the norm for us most weekends. We chose the movie, Mr. Brooks. and were about a minute into it when I noticed, as usual, we were both on our phones. I paused the movie and said, "Lets get rid of our phones and actually watch this movie." My hubby agreed, I grabbed the phones and stuck them in the kitchen.
As we watched, I was like hmm... this movie is vaguely familiar. There were some parts I remembered, some I didn't remember at all. It turns out, I had seen the movie before but because of my internet distraction, I had missed a lot of it.
This time around, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Afterwards, I realized I have not sat and watched a movie or even a TV show without phone in hand in a very long time.
And what the fuck? Because I am not that popular that I need to be on my phone at all times. I am quite sure that my Yahtzee with Friends buddies will understand if I go MIA for a few hours.
Saturday night, the phones went away again and we watched another movie. It was great. Last night, sans phone, we watched the finale of Game Of Thrones and I wasn't completely lost. I WASN'T COMPLETELY LOST!!! I don't think that's ever happened before.
Of course, my hand did reach for my phone multiple times throughout this little trial run weekend. It was an impulse I could not control. It's also funny how often questions turn up during a movie that my husband and I will jump right on our phones to look up. My husband is big on looking up net worth and ages and I am big on looking up what else they've been in and spouses/partners etc. But we don't need to know those things. At least not mid-movie.
It turned out to be very good weekend. I enjoyed my disconnected time with my husband very much. With the exception of the big argument we had while pruning the big tree in our front yard. (It does need to be cut into smaller pieces or the town will not pick it up!!! Asshole!)
Ah, sweet romance. Anyway...
While I continue to do this book related "research", I admit that I'm not completely disconnecting. But... I am rediscovering life without constant connection.
I like it. It's doable. And I plan on doing it more often.
Check out Flat Peen's trip to Canada.