I’ve previously mentioned my secret love for self-help books and, more specifically, Danny Gregory’s Creative License. In the book, he suggests going on an “electron fast”- forgoing television, internet, and other devices which require to stare at a screen for hours on end. I decided to give it a try this week and restricted my internet and television usage at home (it’s really hard to avoid electronic screens at work when you work for a television station). So that’s why I’ve been scarce.
If you’re like me and are shamefully prone to frittering away precious hours in front of flickering boxes without even realizing you’re doing it (I’m talking about those times when you sign on for one second to check your account balance and end up watching a never-ending maze of youtube videos featuring cute Korean children singing Beatles songs), then I highly recommend you give it a try. Try a day of no TV or internet. Try leaving your phone at home. Try turning your computer off each time you use it so spending time on it is an actual decision. I’m no internet hater, but it sure does feel good to get away once in awhile. In fact, I’m not going to call it an electron fast. It was more like an electron vacation.
While I was away from the internet, we actually managed to get quite a bit done. We finally got our kitchen floors refinished and for those of you who’ve been to our house in the last 6 months, you know how awesome it is that our floor is no longer covered in gross black linoleum glue. Fortified by the shiny new floor’s pure beauty, we created a little coffee bar with our bright yellow table and some shelves we made, built a pantry in an odd little nook created by a plastered-over flue with plain old wood planks that we sanded and oiled and hung on an office rail system, and hung pegboard on the wall to house all of our pots and pans. I’m a freak for kitchens and have fallen in love all over again.