4. DO make it a point to regularly expose yourself to cool new experiences.
9. DO master the game – so that you know how and where and when to break the rules. DO be brilliantly and strategically disruptive.
Strobel, who shares her thoughts on keeping life simple on the blog rowdykittens.com, is one of a growing number of people who have committed themselves to dealing with the time-suck of the digital world by taking what we might call a Tech Sabbath, a regular day each week in which they turn off computers, TVs and cellphones and spend time doing the things we all did for fun before the Internet emerged.
Each Sunday, Strobel and her husband avoid computers and spend the day doing simple offline things: reading books, taking walks, visiting new neighborhoods, engaging in outdoor activities. She allows herself to work if an idea strikes, but she does it using pen and paper.
“Whenever I do it,” she declares, “I always feel recharged.”
- Sunset chasing Northwest of the city limits with Jim
- Natalie’s graduation party, hipster-fringe fashion, & more thrifting with Amanda: yellow & white sundress, white skinny jeans, black braided belt, brown crossbody tiny purse = $8.67
- Coffee date catching up with Debralyn, Rusia, Jasmine, & Molly
- Visiting at the nursing home, Olive Garden dinner with grandma, & visiting Aunt J’s house.
- Lazy, rainy, summer morning: Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, & Apple Grilled Cheese with a fried egg and Chocolate-Hazelnut Tea for breakfast, with a side of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- Running into Thomas’s grandma, my favorite lady, at the movies; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and dinner at Aladdin’s with Molly, Carrie, Bri, & Natalie
- Twin Date & Toledo exploring:
- Catching up with one of my high school heroes
- The best ginger tea in Toledo with Bri at Yoko, sunset watching on a chilly summer night, popcorn & m&m’s and documentary watching with Bri & Natalie
- Late night best friend phone calling with Amanda
- Cold front cooking: Mint Chocolate Cupcakes with SoCo frosting; Sweet potato soup with cauliflower, carrots, and celery.
- Staying in, doing laundry & dancing in my underwear to Lady A.
- No Rain for the Lady A concert
- Dancing with a stranger
- Sunrise watching
n. the amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm, listening to waves of rain pattering against the roof like an argument upstairs, whose muffled words are unintelligible but whose crackling release of built-up tension you understand perfectly.
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate…
MOM: Wow! Why'd you get a bloomer shorts? I used to wear that in high school.
- Last counseling session with Mike, family arriving on campus, Departmental Receptions, Filipino trip to Chuchay’s restaurant.
- Moving out & coming home
- Filipinas throw me a mini-grad party/dinner
- Major Thrifting successes with my sister: Weird-festive dress for Danica’s wedding, gold-strappy heels, J.Crew yellow-polka dot skirt, black shorts, white shorts, Detroit Tigers t-shirt, and Coach leather wristlet at Plato’s Closet; Black & white oxford kitten heels, skinny brown belt, & men’s denim button down at the Goodwill =$67.91. Summer staple pieces purchased. No more shopping until Minneapolis
- Whiskey date with Jimbo
- Unpacking, re-packing, de-cluttering
- Fruit market & good eating :)
- Skype date with Christina
- Coffee date with Bri at Plate 21
- Family connections & a house full of Filipina women
- twin hangout
- catching up with girlfriends
- Celtics win, please!
- wine + stargazing
“did it hurt when you fell from heaven” is the most insulting counterproductive pickup line of all time because you know who the only other person to ever fall from heaven was
L U C I F E R T H E P R I N C E O F D A R K N E S S
Poor grammar is like poor plating. (I may have watched Iron Chef recently…stay with me for a minute.)
Poor plating: You might have some good flavors and foods on the plate, but I have to dig through the food to find the good stuff. It doesn’t look good, and I’m not going to want to eat something that looks like trash. I’d rather walk down the street to the fast food chain where I know my food will at least look presentable.
Poor grammar: You may have some good ideas, but I can’t get to them without a lot of work. I get tired of trying to read your words in order to get to the root of what you’re trying to say. Your fragments and mixed up diction stop me from being a good reader. I’d rather turn on the TV where the content is clearly delivered.