whew. let me tell you, not checking email in the morning takes effort. so does resisting the urge to catch up on the top-tier section of my google reader. it's interesting how reflexive these actions had become for me -- really, a reflection on what an integral part of life online connectivity has become for my generation.
remember when there was no email? i don't, really. we had a prodigy account when i was growing up (i still remember our account ID/email address: VKSN20D!), and long before there were blogs, there were message boards that provided endless hours of entertainment. prior to twitter, there was AIM. and prior to that, i was too busy reading babysitter's club books and learning how to write in cursive to really care much about social networking.
so i guess what this means is that for my generation, there was really no conscious choice to become connected; it was just part of life! but the amazing thing to me is how different this is from every single generation that came before. how does having email and the internet impact the way we do our jobs, and the way we think? are there any negatives that come with such a drastic overhaul of how we communicate?
i don't have answers to these questions, but i'm glad this experiment is at least forcing me to consider them.
does anyone have any thoughts on how constant connectivity or other aspects of today's technology impact our lives? alternatively, does anyone older and wiser want to educate me about what it was like BEFORE email? i'd love to read your experiences (during my 2 allotted email checks during the day, of course).
as you might imagine, with no internet or TV, i've been reading a bit more. i've gotten the chance to delve into this book, and i'm finding it quite interesting.
as you can probably glean from the cover, ms. vanderkam seems to believe that i have more time than i think that i do. however, i am not yet convinced. in a quest to find out (and because she suggests this specifically in the very first chapter), i am going to keep track of exactly where my time is going for the next two weeks*.
looking back at yesterday's records, i am already surprised at several things:
✔ time i spent driving around: ~75 minutes
✔ time it took me to write my post: ~69 minutes
✔ time josh and i spent together at the dinner table: ~23 minutes
✔ time spent cooking and cleaning up: ~48 minutes
it's all actually pretty fascinating to me. i wonder why some people are so quick to carefully track expenses, while this sort of 'time audit' seems quite unusual? in the end, i'm not sure that i am going to agree with everything that ms. vanderkam writes about (don't worry, i'll expand on this another time), but i appreciate that so far the volume has made me think.
* she actually suggests one week, but i thought it would be interesting to compare my "media cleanse" week with a normal one.
workout: 40 minutes on the elliptical (i pushed weights off until today -- my lower body just was not in the mood.)
real simple favorite: this recipe for lamb meatballs won both of our hearts. i used golden raisins (since they were an ingredient in a previous dish) in place of the dried apricots in the meatballs and i think the flavor worked beautifully.
okay, their tablescape wins pretty easily this round. but i can vouch for the taste of our meal! if you enjoy lamb once in a while, make this dish. i promise you will not regret it.
board prep: oh my god, i think i am finally getting that the test is less than a week away! i am consciously choosing not to panic, though. if consistent-but-not-over-the-top studying is not enough to pass, then i guess i'll just learn my lesson. (i spent 50 minutes on studying yesterday, by the way. i think this is appropriate).