Saturday, April 28, 2012

Earth Day Re-Discovery

A few days before Earth Day, I had thought about what I would celebrate. I've tried to do the usual; take transit, walk where I can, using less water - that kind of thing.

This time, I made the effort of using as little electricity as possible. And that meant....no computer for the day.

I thought this would be a no brainer. I use the computer at work everyday so hey, for one day, I'll take a break. ACK!!

I had to keep myself busy, or my fingers would be typing www.facebook.com real quick. So I did a lot of reading (which was great; I'm almost caught up on my TBR pile!), cleaned my apartment (and threw out/recycled a lot of stuff), and took a nap (which was heavenly!)

But I had also wanted to get some writing done. So out came the pen and lined paper - and you know what? I miss writing long-hand. I used to do this a long time ago, and I still have some old stories kicking about, with scratch marks and little notes in the margins.

I'm going to continue doing this; once a week for a start. Just sit down with pen and paper and slowly build a story in one of my school notebooks. Maybe I need a break from the computer; this should help.



Tina Donahue said...

I didn't realize how addicted I am to the computer until mine broke down last year. No email - gasp!! Thought I was gonna die.

With the very weird weather we're suddenly having - especially those monstrous tornadoes - we'd better take care of this planet.

jean hart stewart said...

Interesting idea, but not for me. I can't read my own handwriting! I'll stay away from plastic today. Carry my own shopping bag...etc.

Charlene Roberts said...

Tina, I completely agree with you. I use the computer at work because I have to, and I've noticed that I turn on my own computer less and less these days.

I can only hope that Earth Day and Earth Hour make bigger strides in the coming years, or we may not have an Earth left. :/

Charlene Roberts said...

Jean, it's rare that I write a lot in my handwriting; usually for notes and such. But my handwriting is pretty good (until I get tired that is, then watch out! lol)

I admit leaving the computer off for the day may have been a bit extreme, but it made me realize how dependent I am on it. So rediscovering things that I had put aside all these years was a blessing - and fun, too!