Spent the past week with an ear and throat infection. Not the best way to usher in spring. Got a phone call this morning from my friend Ms. M. inviting me to the East Valley Garden Club spring sale. It got me out of my house and in the mood to get something done.
At the sale I found a cucumber plant, strawberry plant, three small tomato plants, daisies and green onions. Oh and purple basil. On my way home, I stopped by the local nursey and purchased a geranium plant, blue salvia and sage. Of course this meant I needed to clean up the patio. Now I have a clean, swept patio with a nice place to sit and blog. Hermione is sitting at my feet and I am breathing for the first time all week.
Next Saturday, I will going to a meetup for gardening. It promises to talk about edible plants and the like. Found that I am a couple of weeks shy of getting lettuce started. This is at least a nice start to the patio garden. I had to start somewhere, right?
It’s been a rough week being sick but I hope the worse it over. I am still resting and have some fun stuff lined up in the next few weeks.
This past week I deactivated my Facebook page. Mostly due to person drama that I just didn’t want to participate in. The decision was quite easy actually. What will I miss? Party invites, sushi social? Yes, these are important things. They are the nice things I enjoy doing with my friends. I find that I am spending way less time on the computer and this could be a good thing. (except if I am watching too much TV!)
What I won’t miss are the snotty comments left by people who just don’t have any idea what I am going through in my life. And I am sorry, sometimes it is just damn hard to find something witty to say. I don’t really have any game plan on how long I am going to turn it off for…few days, couple of months. If I begin to feel isolated, then I will rethink my experiment.
So the question remains…is Facebook evil or just drawn that way?
Webster’s Online Dictionary defines a “retreat” as places of privacy or safety, a refuge. This weekend I chose to retreat to my humble little apartment, with my phone off, facebook off and just do whatever I felt needed to be done. No particular agenda.
Here is what I accomplished:
Found some online blogging support and education so I can work on getting this blog more traffic. I will be making Twitter my launching point on notifications of new posts. I am still on the fence about prodcasting it on Facebook.
for offline writing and content use
Signed up for Meditation for Beginners on DailyOM
Set DVR to record Shimmy & Namaste Yoga (for exercise)
Updated all debt records. Created repayment plan
Cooked Spaghetti with Fried Eggs
Watched Eat Pray Love Director’s Cut (the inspiration for this blog)
Found a Meetup for a monthly Meditation class
It has been a rather rejuvenating weekend. Relaxed and yet, very productive. I enjoyed my couple of days of solitude, I am ready to start my new week. I have some devotional things that I will be working on this Lenten season. With some new journies into meditation to explore too.
“Operation Self-Esteem–Day Fucking One.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
In more than one way, my plans for this weekend have changed. I let one of my biggest dreams go. The one thing I wanted the most, I said no to. And the decision has been rough but I believe it was for the best. I am taking a break this weekend to re-group, re-focus and re-adjust. I came across this song from Cher (love her) and found it be perfect for this particular journey. I keep thinking that I have this wonderful opportunity to re-write the next 40 years of my life…why the fuck am I just waiting around then?