I must say, whilst internet downtime is probably a good thing, it is pain trying to catch up with everything in life that revolves around it. So, in catching up, other than my 365, I'm calling quits and starting afresh. I'm pretty sure I've missed nothing essential to my well-being.
That said, I am awash with new insight into how the internet plays such a large role in the lives of people today. What do we do without google, without wiki and without the simple inspiration that the internet provides? Not so much. There was an article on the BBC recently about how memory today is changing to reflect that fact that we do not need to store information, simply because we know how to access it immediately across a variety of web platforms. That is fascinating. We are actually changing our brain patterns because the internet is there to act as a huge, joint, storage facility for us. This really is the future huh!
So, what have I been up to since being internet free? Not as much as I would have liked, being primarily involved in working, working and well, more working. Then nothing more than eating and sleeping when I get in!
The quilt top is STILL not finished. I am in a ten round battle with my sewing machine. It's finally stopped eating thread so much, but now is refusing to make even length stitches, or just completely skipping them. I've tried everything the manual suggests with no luck. It's irritating as all I have to do to complete the top is sew seven long strips together and ta da, it will be finished!
I did successfully read a large quantity of books, and am continuing to trek through Owen Meany (and really, it is a trek), whilst at the same time reading some more light-hearted material.
I have watched many films (no tv, and no internet remember), purchasing £3 DVDs from the supermarkets to enjoy. Such films include Invictus, RED, and Pan's Labyrinth. On a huge Morgan Freeman kick at the moment.
Pip and I have also been working through Pirates of the Caribbean Lego.
Finally, I am also learning to play the Ukulele. It's a cute, cheap purple one and I can play 5 cords. It's horrendously un-tuned as I tried to do it from a CD playing notes. But still, it's fun and something new to me as I have never picked up a string instrument before!
Here is me with it:
Right, I'm off to make a cup of tea and sit with a good book for a while. I only wish I had a garden in which to enjoy the moment of sunshine we are having today!