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Could be worse

As the (work) week starts to wrap up and I procrastinate actioning the emails in my inbox, I sit here listening to some relaxing, meditative music via the you tube and think about how my week unfolded…

I’d love to say it was a box of fluffy ducks but it wasn’t. It was a pretty average week, if you forget about the “the day that shall not be named”. It was Tuesday (oh no, I said it!) and it was not a good day. I went to bed grumpy on Monday, for no good reason at all; had nothing to be grumpy about. I woke up grumpy on Tuesday morning and it slowly got worse as the day unfolded. Nothing bad happened. Nothing at all! I couldn’t put my finger on why I was a little dark cloud all day long. I expressed my grumpiness to my sister and to Scott who both took it upon themselves to do lovely things for me to try and cheer me up. 

After a phone call to my sister, I was looking forward to going over to her house for tea (enchiladas…arreeeba!) and picking up something really bad for us for pudding. I got home to a lovely letter from the Mr outlining all the reasons he loves to love me which was so sweet it made me cry. Not his intention, but effective none the less because, if you’re a lady, you’ll know that sometimes it’s just quite nice to have a good bawl. Which I did. I realised I’d had a stressful weekend trying to arrange a friend’s surprise 30th birthday within a time frame of less than 48 hours. It was exciting and as I’m fairly good at coordinating people in secret, it was pulled off (with help from others) and she was surprised. But the concentration on the task at hand meant my other good habits slipped by the wayside. Like drinking enough water, eating actual meals instead of grazing on things I’m mostly intolerant to and avoiding too much alcohol. I’d internalised the stress of it all and it must have started to surface on Monday night.

So after the letter and the cry and some meditation on my bedroom floor, I felt 85% better and thought “it could be worse”.

This was affirmed as I ventured towards my car, off to my sisters, and saw the following on the road…

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Not the greatest photo as it was taken with my phone and the light was disappearing into night time. A well timed car was passing as I took the shot so you get a better look at what appears to be a large, three scoops ice-cream crying it’s way down the side of the road.

I actually laughed out loud as I was taking the photo because as bad as my day had been, at least I hadn’t dropped my three scoop ice cream on the road, meters from the dairy I bought it from, as well. 

Dinner was delicious and I was gifted a pretty long stemmed, orange rose from my sister to add to the cheer. She also told me not to bring my grump to her house so I had to consciously decide not to be grumpy in order to be a good house guest instead of one you wish never turned up. 

The rest of the week has been largely uneventful and I’m thankful for that. It could be worse, I could be Miley Cyrus or live in Syria. 

Or I could be Rachael in Vancouver who seems to be in good spirits despite a series of unfortunate events: read here

I hope you all had/are having a good week and that despite any of the bad things that could have happened to you in the last few days, it could always be a lot worse. Happy Friday! xx

 

So, you decided to de-activate your Facebook account…

Good for you! I did too.

Yup, I did it. I turned it off. I de-activated. I erased myself from cyber space. Except for this blog. And my email. And Pinterest. And Trade Me. And many other social type networky sites. (Aren’t they all social websites now anyway?)

But mainly Facebook which is really the most time consuming, hour erasing, highest rate of BRRSI inducing sites of them all. That last one stands for “Bejeweled Related Repetitive Strain Injury”. If you don’t know what Bejeweled is, be thankful. I too, didn’t know once.

Deleting Bejeweled was the stepping stone towards de-activation of the site that shall not be named. First I was like “I spend too much time on this, I am unproductive at work, my husband gets a little mad when I play it at home and therefore, pay less attention to him. So I should just get rid of it”. I don’t think husband cared that much – afterall, he spends his time playing baseball on ye olde smartphone.

After Bejeweled was gone, I started deleting other apps! And before I knew it a discussion on a friends page had ensued, regarding how much of a time waster Facebook is and I thought “I’ll take a stand! I’ll delete Facebook from my life!”

It’s only been a couple of hours but I feel good. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. Or am I? AM I? I could just check TSTSNBN… Oh, wait. I can’t. I mustn’t.

They make it SO easy to get back on. You just log back in. Simple. Same username, same password. BOOM!

Things I will miss about the F book:

  1. Posting photos – because I’m really awesome at taking the same digitally mundane photos as the next person and everyone should see them. Oooh, those mountains. Oooh, that pout.
  2. Posting witty/funny/emotive/wordly/pointless status update. I actually will miss this. It was my thing (so unique)
  3. Sharing the Katy Perry video I just watched on YouTube – as a joke. Of course. pfft.
  4. Knowing what you are doing or not doing or going to do or have just done and with whom
  5. Playing Scrabble

Things I will not miss about F book:

  1. All of the above

I don’t know how long this will last. It’ll either be until I realise no one noticed I had gone so I’ll be forced to make a “come back” ultimately bringing me MORE attention than I got when I was on there. Or, until I start to feel the FOMO and it blankets me like a big dark cloud that has no friends and I can no longer add to my conversations “oh really, you didn’t know? I did, I saw it on Facebook”. Always such a reliable source. To be clear, I left because it was a massive time waster and I had wondered for a while if I could do it. It was not to see how many people would miss me or beg me to come back or build “Please bring Jenna back to Facebook with 10,000 likes” pages. I know they will.

Zac Efron doesn’t have Facebook and neither does my friend Melissa and also my mum. And they’re all ok. Well, two thirds of them are OK.

I’ll be OK too.

Probably.