Archive | July, 2010

Silent Sunday

26 Jul

Yesterday, I did something I had been thinking about doing for a while: observing a silent Sunday – no radio, no TV, no phone, no computer. (I did use my phone to call my mom however – but I think that’s an acceptable exception.)

I first noticed a difference when driving to church. My instinct was to mute out the silence by turning on the radio in the car. But I decided not to. I actually enjoy driving in silence.

Then I noticed when I got home from church and made lunch. Normally, I would turn the TV on for just a bit while eating lunch. But I enjoyed my meal instead.

Then after running errands, I again felt the urge to plop in front of the TV and just veg for a while. I instead read my book about marathon running and took an hour-long nap.

After my nap, it was time for a run. When I got back from that, I did some strength training and it was SO tempting to turn the TV on to distract me from the tedious task of situps, pushups, and squats. But I didn’t. I forged through distractionless and when I was done, I took a shower, made dinner, called my mom and then went to bed, where I read my book for another hour.

While I don’t know if I feel more peaceful without all the noise and distraction, I do know that I accomplished a heck of a lot more yesterday! TV has a way of sucking you and stealing your time. Just the fact that I thought about turning the TV on so many times throughout the day shows me that I watch TV way too much.

So I’m going to start a habit of this – one day a week of no technology (unless it’s talking on the phone to family and friends). Sunday seems like a great day for this, unless I’m driving home from a work trip – then music in the car is a NECESSITY and I’ll have to make it Silent Monday, although the alliteration makes Sunday more fun.

What will Travis have to say about this? I’m going to kindly ask (and nudge) that he does it with me for at least a couple of weeks. If at that point, he just can’t stand it, he can do whatever he wants as long as I don’t hear it or get sucked into it.

I really hope that I do end up more peaceful as a result of this – and that maybe I’ll end up with Silent Weeks (as least as far as the radio and TV are concerned.) 😉

Good to be home

19 Jul

I just got back yesterday from being gone on a work trip for 10 days. We were in Middle-of-Nowhere, Utah, the whole time. I actually kind of enjoyed being out in the country but I was – am – SO ready to be home.

The thing I’m looking forward to the most about being home is being able to spend time with the Lord again. I know I could do it somewhat while I’m on the road but since I share a hotel room, I don’t get any alone time. And toward the end of the week (Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun), I am so busy and exhausted that I go to bed right when I get back and get up with just enough time to leave when we need to (even then I usually only get 3-5 hours of sleep). It’s intense, to say the least.

So today, I am taking the day off. I am blogging, Facebooking, and getting in the Word this morning with my first cup of coffee in 10 days!! (I am so picky about my coffee that I hardly ever drink it on the road – although I did have 2 lattes while we were gone.) Then, at 10:30, I’m getting a full body massage to work out the knots starting to form in my upper back from lifting so much heavy equipment. After that, I’ll take a shower and eat lunch with Travis. Then, this afternoon, I’m starting my first day of volunteering in the office at my church. That’s from 2-5 pm, after which I’ll come home, make supper, call my mom and 2 of my brothers, and hopefully still have time to paint my toenails. It’s a busy day but a fun one!

Tomorrow, it’s back to the grind BUT this is my last timing event of the 2010 triathlon season – meaning I’ll be traveling for work. I’m taking volunteer coordination back on but it shouldn’t be too bad, since the bulk of my job over the past 2 months will no longer be the bulk of my job (I’ll still be timing our own races).

It’s funny – even though I won’t be traveling for work the last weekend of July and the last 2 weekends of August, we’re planning on going to Yellowstone, Boulder (which is pretty close relatively), and into the mountains to camp. But it’s going to be the FUN kind of road trip!! Can’t wait!