I took a disconnect…

Well, well, well…

Practically in the middle of February’s National Blog Posting Month, I took a little disconnect. I turned off the Blog. I turned off the RSS Feeds. I turned off the Twitter. I turned off the Facebook.

I turned off the noise.

I turned off the chatter.

I turned off the intertoobs.

Okay. I took the occasional click through the email. My mama might have wanted my recipe for Cheesy Baked Spaghetti. It could happen.

I love NaBloPoMo. I raced through November posting every day. Every. Day. Them’s the rules, baby! I skipped December and January. December is all family and friends, festive feasting, and January is all my body is a toxic dump… run, baby, run!

But February is just 28 short days of let’s get winter over with. Might as well blog them all. But I learned something about myself in February.

I don’t like blogging every day. I like my weekends blog-free. Free from blogging. Without blog.

So I stopped.

Stepped back.

Walked away.

Disconnected.

All you heard was a dial tone.

This is what I did.

I got my hair whacked.

I got my passport renewal photo taken. We’ll talk about that another day, when I can talk about it without risk of an aneurysm.

I spent a fortune on these Parrot Tulips, because I don’t think I’ll be seeing them anytime soon here in my neck of Canadaland.

I read. I read fiction and non-fiction. I read magazines and cereal boxes. I read some urban fantasy, an action-suspense-paranormal combo. I read an erotic romance, some cowboy category, and a couple of comfort reads. I read some stuff on writing and social media, and even started a book on being wrong. I figured that was right up my alley. It’s called Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz.

I cooked. I made French Lentil Soup, which I found here at Small Notebook. Run right over and get this recipe. I’ll wait. I might even wait for you to make it. It is that good. It’s in my keeper file. I cooked beans from scratch. I made cornbread and banana bread and oatmeal and pecan cookies. I can’t remember everything I made in the last two weeks, but I cooked.

I thought a lot about the Slow Food movement, and connecting with a local farmer for seasonal produce. I might have been thinking about that a lot when I was shocking myself silly at the grocery store instead of twitterin’ with my twitterverse. Have you seen those prices?

I bought these Converse All Stars, because they begged me to.

I watched movies. I watched some old black & white classics and stuff Mr. G honey wouldn’t be interested in in a million years, like Whip It. I had a whole new imaginary life after watching that movie. I watched Pride & Prejudice for the umpteenth time. The Keira Knightley version. Two words — Matthew Macfadyen.

I drank a little wine. I did a little cardio.

Not at the same time.

It’s not that I don’t do these things now. I just did more of them and less of other stuff. Without noise. Without chatter.

I’m glad I did.

Now, I’m glad I’m back.

I took a little disconnect.

Ever done that?

Elen

7 thoughts on “I took a disconnect…

  1. I really missed you while you were disconnected, but I do so very much understand the need.
    I love your parrot tulips. They remind me of a poppy print I bought a couple of weeks ago – cheerful!
    Matthew McFadyen is the reason I started watching MI5. He is the reason I will watch Pillars of the Earth, and while it might be hearsay to suggest this, but I prefer his Mr. Darcy to Colin Firth for his heartfelt and genuine,”I-I love you.” And the duster he wore to stride across the field.
    Welcome back, my friend

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    • Aw. Thank you, ma’am. Yes, I’ve been watching Pillars of the Earth. It was a slow start for me, but it has improved. It’s interesting you should mention that. I do prefer Matthew McFadyen’s Mr. Darcy for the same reasons you do!

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  2. Whoa, all day I’ve been thinking about giving myself a little disconnect… crazy timing.

    The last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading, drawing, world building, gaming, and feeling really guilty about neglecting my poor blogs. I just find that I really hate writing if all I’m doing is adding to the noise… which goes against every “good blogging” protip I’ve heard (you know, things like “copy what everyone else is doing but put a slight twist on it”). Bleh.

    Not to say that consistency is bad — I just think that if I’m going to consistently say nothing, I’d rather not invest the time in writing blog posts to say it 😉

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    • Hey, Matt! Well, I can certainly recommend the disconnect. I hear what you are saying. I look at blogging as writing in the short form. And like the larger projects, sometimes it’s a joy, sometimes it’s a discipline, sometimes I’m just staring at a blank page. I do find that the more I write, the more I write, and the more I want to write. But sometimes you just have to… 🙂

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  3. Welcome back! And thanks for the lentil soup recipe. Looks very yummy. I will try it very soon. Oh–and thanks for posting about the Roots yoga pants a while back. I finally got some and they are wonderful. Will be getting some more since I basically live in yoga pants.

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