THE bottle


Before I go into the story behind this post, I want to mention I am going to Paris tomorrow. Yes! That’s right. Paris. I am SUPER excited. This is my first real trip outside of the United States (aside from British Columbia) so I am also a little nervous. I am going to try to blog about my trip daily. So stay tuned for fun Paris dispatches from yours truly!

OK. THE bottle. During my little brother’s reception speeches my oldest brother walked up to the front with a champagne bottle and a story. The bottle, the story goes, was saved from my Grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. My uncle, who is living in the old Schneberger homestead, found it a few years ago and decided to bring it to Patrick’s wedding. He couldn’t stick around for the Grand Bottle Opening but I was able to get some classy black and white photos of the event.

Ben and Pet open the bottle!

Lacie, Pat, and Ben after opening THE bottle

Lacie, Pat, and Ben stand still long enough for me to take a photo with my antique camera (it took lots of patience on their part).

THE bottle

THE bottle, all empty.

Media Fast: Day 7


My media fast has been mind-blowingly enlightening. As I mentioned the other day, after a couple of days I felt 100 percent better. No depression. More focus. My brain feels sharper. I think eliminating everything is a very important part of this exercise. By doing this I have realized what I miss and what I don’t miss. I have also been able to see what I am addicted to since I don’t have anything distracting me from my reactions to things.

I miss reading for entertainment. However, it has been good to take a break from it this week because I have been able to get the reading that I need to do for work done. I am taking a management class and I tend to choose other things to read, given the chance. This exercise has really caused me to focus on the reading for my class.

I miss listening to music. However, I have really enjoyed running without music and Runkeeper. I may not go back to running with music. I like the freedom of being gadget-free.

I don’t miss television at all. I never really watched it anyway.

I have mixed feelings about the internet and social media. On the one hand, I miss interacting with my friends. But I really don’t miss, at all, the clutter that these sites push. I don’t miss the inane news stories. I don’t miss the memes.

I have also noticed the way these social media sites make me feel, and the way not logging on everyday makes me feel. There is this pull to check. I noticed something bothersome yesterday. I deleted the Facebook app from my phone but kept the Facebook Messenger app. I used it yesterday to send a message to my brother. When I was on the “compose” screen a list of my FB friends was there and next to their names it told me when they were last active on Facebook. Why do I need to know this? And there is something about this knowledge that triggered this addictive need to “check Facebook.” I have developed this habit of needing to know what my friends are doing. It is unhealthy and weird, frankly. The FB developers have tapped into a social, voyeuristic instinct that humans have. I have never liked it. I don’t need to know that my friend has liked her other friend’s picture (a stranger that I have never met) from their trip to the Bahamas. I feel like this is an invasion of the privacy of both my friend and their friend. And I have never been able to figure out a way to turn this off. It is just pushed to me when I log on, whether I want this information or not.

So, needless to say, I think I am going to extend my social media fast. I will log in this week for a moment to upload photos from my brother’s wedding and to check in. I may also check in from Paris (probably not though. I want to experience Paris with no distractions). But otherwise, I think an extended Facebook/Twitter/social media break is in order.