The things we sacrifice… Bye-bye Facebook

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Contrary to the frigid cold temps we have been subjected to over the past couple of months, spring is almost upon us and I couldn’t be more excited!! But not  I’m ready… That’s right, I said it and no, I’m not losing it. That implies I had it to lose! ;)

I’m ready in the sense that I can’t wait to be able to step outside without the fear of my nostrils freezing up and having my lungs crystallize; ready to wear sandals and lighter pants or even – gasp – a sundress. I can’t wait for warmer weather and an absence of snow, to the point that I am seriously looking at plots of land in South Carolina as a potential for the near-ish future. However… The part that I am most excited about, I happen to also be the least ready for – my wonderous garden of ever-bearing abundance!! (Unofficially)

This will be the first year that we have a back yard large enough to plant what we want to grow and have enough to preserve for the next year and I’m already feeling a bit behind. I’ve never had a large garden, canned anything, or actually attempted to harvest more than the few plants we were able to cultivate in our precious little 4′ x 6′ raised bed we had at the apartment last year. This year I plan to can, freeze, and dehydrate everything I can. This way I know what we are eating and “natural flavors” will not be on the menu! It will also allow for us to reduce our costs over the year for things like diced tomatoes (which I use a TON of), salsas, relishes, pickles and so many other things that I haven’t even discovered yet. My Pinterest boards have been on FIRE!!!

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It all sounds great, right? Yes. Aside from the fact that I have constant distractions (Facebook) pulling my focus away from the current happenings in my household as well as planning a method to my green-thumbed madness. Recently I have become increasingly aware of how much time I spend looking at Facebook; other social media sites get some attention as well, but it is the book of face that has me constantly captivated. Scrolling, trolling, stalking but rarely posting anything.

What’s the point?!? Yes, I am able to keep up with my family and friends that I might otherwise never keep in touch because time doesn’t allow; I see the photos of my friends’ new babies or their posts of baby bumps and all I want to do is invite myself over to cuddle! Those are the things I love about social media. I have mostly very upbeat, positive people on my feed. However, the ones that occasional post things that just throw me off for my day (I know I shouldn’t let it get to me but sometimes I get caught off guard) have nearly pushed me beyond the point of no return lately. Not to mention that I am so much less productive looking at cat memes and somecards than I would be if expending my energy nearly anywhere else! The name of this blog doesn’t mention shiny objects for nothing, ok? I get off track easily and sometimes I derail so far that I completely forget that I was doing important stuff, like helping with homework or cooking dinner. Yeah. Thankfully our smoke alarms are in good working order.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post… Facebook and I are going on a “break” for awhile. At least for the month of March. I have not decided if I am going to deactivate it or just delete the app from my phone. After all, if there is someone who I really need to contact and have dropped my iPhone into the fires of Mordor and lost all of my contact information, I don’t want to bother with reactivating. In case you’re worried about withdrawal (which I am a little bit), I did a test run yesterday. It was a lazy Sunday for us since we were running from 5am Saturday until after 1am Sunday and I decided three things when I woke up Sunday morning. One, I wasn’t leaving the house; Two, I wasn’t going to get out of my pajamas, and three, I wasn’t going to look at Facebook. Unfortunately number three was decided AFTER scrolling listlessly through my newsfeed for 20 minutes waiting for the coffee to finish brewing. Once I realized how much time I had already wasted I knew I’d had enough. I put my phone away, closed the tab on the laptop and vowed not to go back.

It was much like when I stopped smoking cigarettes, to be honest. I kept finding myself reaching for my phone; putting in my code to unlock it and going for that blue button that would give me what I was craving. When I smoked, the car was the prime time to light up; for Facebook, it’s the bathroom. (How did we ever poop without cell phones?) Each time I was able to stop myself and do a bit of self-scolding to remind me that it wasn’t a need and went about the rest of my day. I spent the majority of my day reading a seed catalog and researching varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants to decide what I will plant, if I’ll start them from seed, and what to do with my harvest once it comes. Sound boring? Yeah, well so does spending the day on Facebook and social media isn’t putting food on the table, so nah-nah-nah-nah-boo-boo. (childish, yes… satisfying? oh yeah!)

So for the remainder of this month (starting on Wednesday) I’ll be free of the throngs of social media and fully immersed in planning my garden, spending time with my family, and working on honing my writing skills. Did I mention that I’m writing two books right now? The girls and I are collaborating on one, and I started another yesterday during my seed catalog down time! I was able to put out quite a bit yesterday and as soon as the girls go to be tonight I’ll go back to work! Who knows? Maybe I’ll be so satisfied by my productivity that I’ll extend my Facebook sabbatical through April… Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, shall we?

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