Ready. Set. Unplug.

Posted On: 07.31.12

So. If I can give up alcohol for one year (5.5 months to go!), I can most certainly give up Internet for one month, right?

I think so. And it seems that the majority of you think I should give it a try, this unplugging thing.

I guess we will see how it goes, because starting tomorrow, August 1, I will be unplugging in a big way. No writing this blog, no reading other blogs, no Facebook update consumption or creation, no Tweeting. Only some light email-checking here and there to make sure I don’t miss an important Kindergarten announcement or alienate someone I love.

My gut is that this will be hard. At first. That I will twitch a bit from my self-imposed inability to come here and muse on life and love, that I will have urges to scroll through your updates and tweets and fashion my own, that I will reach for my iPhone in moments of silence or exacerbation.

But. My hope is that with a bit of practice, I will settle in. To a more liquid life with my little creatures. To lazy mornings full of big coffee cups and big cuddles, to days full of sunshine and smiles and family. To whatever it is that happens (or doesn’t happen) when we actually allow ourselves to stop, think, and be.

Okay, I’m not going to lie… I had a bit of a pre-cyber-cleanse panic yesterday and signed up to participate in Susannah Conway’s amazing August Break one-photo-per-day blogging carnival. I figured pre-loading a month’s worth of photos wouldn’t be cheating, right? But then, circa 9:40pm last night, as I was horizontal on the sectional, cloaked in a dreamy post-Pinkberry haze, watching Olympic swimming with my main man, I decided – and I think rightly, too – that said participation in said community blogging effort would be fun of course, but would also go against the spirit of the pure, total, unblemished unpluggedness I now seek (and, let’s be honest, fear).


Not a word, you say? Alas. We shall add it to the ADR Fictionary.

I hope you all have a wonderful, story-filled month. *See* you in September!
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Fresh ADR Bits (Finally!): Sneak a peek at my sidebar for a fresh list of ADR Bits. I have taken a good bit of time and energy combing the ether for wonderful words on life, love, and writing and I found some gems. (As always, feel free to email me with some future bit suggestions!)



16 Comments for: "Ready. Set. Unplug."
  1. Meg

    Enjoy your month of unplugging! I can tell you right now that I wouldn’t be able to stand it. Beyond having to be on the Internet for eight-plus hours a day at work, I fidget terribly when I don’t have access to my iPhone. I commend you! And will look forward to seeing you again in September! (One of my favorite months… yay!) 🙂

  2. Good luck with your month of being unplugged! I am toying with doing the same for our 2-week vacation (starting Friday). Guess you’ll never know, though, since you’ll still have weeks of being unplugged once I get back. =) Happy days are ahead for you – I just know it!

  3. Remember, just because you can “muse about life and love” online doesn’t mean you can’t do it at all. Perhaps you will do said musing over coffee with friends, or sitting with your mom at that big kitchen table that you’ve so often written about, or while finger painting with your big girls.

    You will still muse. It is part of your fabric!

    • PS – I am also taking an August break. Mine is mostly so that I can get totally lost in the Olympics (or, “the Limpnicks” as IEP says). But I will enjoy unplugging a bit as well.

  4. I read once that when National Geographic scientists and such go to a remote location it takes about a week to get over the itchiness of not having the constant technology. Then it becomes incredibly peaceful. Enjoy your time off!

  5. Amy

    Is it weird to say that I’ll miss you here?
    Ah, who cares about weird.
    I will miss you here.

  6. I love it. I have really backed off this summer in general and have found it quite refreshing. I look forward to hearing how it goes!

  7. AG

    Enjoy- you will be missed! But this year seems to be flying so hopefully September will be here before your faithful readers know it 🙂

  8. Tessa S.

    I wish you all the best in this venture, Aidan. Just let everything slowly slow down and be happy with more of just being and less of continually doing. You will love it, I am sure. And you will have wonderful insights for us all to share come September. I will wait patiently until then.

  9. Monica

    Enjoy your break Aidan! God bless you and your beautiful family. See you in September Godwilling. 🙂

  10. I’m going to miss you!!! Is that too stalkerish? Enjoy your break. I really like the idea.

  11. Karin

    I will miss you. I’ve been absent for a number of weeks from reading here so played catch-up from where I left off and was sad when the final one I read was this. Just don’t take a month off then give blogging up for good! Meanwhile, I hope you thoroughly enjoy the break.

  12. Giving up the Internet is harder than giving up coffee. I know, I gave up the Internet for Lent. I actually had a hard time going back to it. Its amazing how much time we waste on this stuff.

  13. Not going to lie…I am very much looking forward to you plugging back in and coming back to ILI. 🙂 Hope you are recharging and enjoying your summer!


  14. Its September 1st and your fans are looking you. When does the new semester begin?

  15. Ha! I just returned from my own digital hiatus to find you taking one of your own. Here’s hoping you’re enjoying yours as much as I enjoyed mine! xo

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