Skip to main content

Foot, meet mouth

Remember when, back in June, I said I despised text messaging? (If you don't, go back and read my ranting.)

Yeah, I think I need to retract a few statements.

In January, my husband and I officially joined the texting universe. (Cue shocking background music here.)

We were up for a new contract (and new phones), and Kyle had been wanting to add texts for a while. I have to admit, I was longing to try to it out. I don't know why I cracked, but I did.

Thankfully, the nice man at the store said we could do the unlimited plan for a while and then take it back later if needed.

So we tried it.

And we were hooked.

I don't know if it's just our lifestyle, or our crazy work schedules, or our addictive personalities, but I haven't been able to go a day without texting something to someone. It doesn't help that many friends and family members are on the same band wagon. Heck, I can even text my editor when I need to!

It's just so quick. And easy.

Plus, there are a lot of occasions that really don't warrant an actual phone call.

Lately though, I have been trying to cut back. I've been trying to stop sending so many status updates (hello, mobile Facebook and Twitter), and I've been trying to have real conversations with my friends.

It's been working, and I feel a little better. I can't say I'll ever cut out texting out altogether, but for now, I am least trying not to let my life be ruled by a slide-out keyboard.

Thank goodness we didn't spring for the iPhones. I don't know if I could handle apps too.

Do you have a texting addiction? Is your cell phone running your life? Leave a comment and let me know I'm not alone. Or if you have my number, text it to me. Oh wait...

Edited to add: I should clarify that texting and driving is something I have not fallen prey to. With yesterday's mock accident for high school students, I was reminded of why the phone is dangerous in a car. I hope you all see the dangers as well.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mental Health: Think Before You Blame

Two words are getting tossed around like confetti right now, and I’d like to stop the “celebration.”

Mental health 
Two words I’ve used plenty of times. I’ve been quite open and honest about my mental health in recent years. After overcoming a lot of self-doubt, stigma and fear, and I finally sought treatment. First, for anxiety. Then for postpartum depression (and still anxiety).

I’ve been open about my mental health because I want to help erase the stigma of asking for help. Of just admitting you need help. I want people to know that it’s perfectly normal, and perfectly OK, if you’re not OK. Everyone has their struggles. To be imperfect is to be human. And we’re all in this together. I want to open doors of acceptance and help people understand they are not alone.

But lately, the conversations around mental health seem to be shutting doors and only adding to the stigma. “Mental health” is what a lot of people are blaming for violence. Online, people are saying our nation’s terribl…

It's Time to Do SOMETHING

Listen, I'm going to get political for a minute. If you don't like it, now's your time to run. Actually, now's your time to buck up and read this because you can't keep running from our country's problems just because you don't like conflict.

This week, after watching the horrific news of yet another mass shooting in our country, I was FED UP. I was no longer shocked by the news, I was just appalled - I couldn't believe we had let this happen again. Yes, WE. You and me. We did this.

Because by standing back and doing nothing about gun violence in America, we definitely aren't solving the problem. By ignoring the tough conversations with our family, friends and government officials, we are contributing to the deaths of more and more innocent people.

Personally, I'm DONE.

I don't know what the answer is, but I do know I'm tired of watching the news and thinking I can't do anything about it. I have a voice. And I am choosing to use it …

Paying for Pixie Dust: 7 Ways You Can Save Money if You Plan Ahead for Disney World

Here’s the thing: Disney World is NOT cheap. I will say that up front. There’s a reason my family can’t afford to go every single year (even though I want to!), and it’s not just the fact that we live a long, long way from Florida. 
There seems to be this misconception that you can find secret Disney “deals.” Not really. Disney does offer discount packages throughout the year, but the discounts just aren’t as good as they used to be. The U.S. economy is good and park attendance is up - they don’t need to entice travelers with deals!
If you’re interested in snagging a package, you need to understand that prices vary by what time of year you’re going to visit. For example, if you’re going at Christmas, you’re going to pay more than if you go in the middle of September. Even with a discount! If you still want to book a package, here’s a handy page of historical discounts and when they’ve been offered. Remember, Disney can change its promotions every year! But it’s a good reference poi…