Oh Shit! I left my phone at work!
How I survived 16 hours device free!
I had a hellish busy Monday, I have a huge event starting in one week; today was spent putting out fires and coming up with solutions. But I got through it!!
Safely back home, I reached in my purse to get my phone and it wasn’t there!! A moment of panic rushes through my body; I empty my purse, wow! I have a lot of stuff in here, but no phone!
Hoping it fell out of my purse during the drive home, I rush to my car. I actually went twice, the first time I looked on the seat and floor. The second time, I go back because it may have slide under the seat? Nope, it’s not there.
I debate driving back to work, I am now sure I left it on my desk at work. It’s rush hour and I am more than a little embarrassed that I am really considering driving back to work to get it. Not having my phone is, for reals, causing me to hover on the brink of a full blown panic attack.
After a few deep breaths, I decide that this will be good for me, you know, to unplug for a few hours; and really how hard could it be to spend one evening sans cell phone? Challenge accepted!!
I do log onto Facebook on my computer to let my brother known that I don’t have my phone and he needs to text my mom to tell her that if she texts me and I don’t text her back that I am not dead in a ditch. I log off and decide, no computer or iPad until the morning.
I am going to cook myself a nice dinner, I just need to run to the grocery store to pick up a few things. While I am waiting in line to pay, I automatically dig into my purse to get my phone. I may have a 3 or 4 minutes of wait time until it’s my turn. Oh yeah, I don’t have my phone; what am I supposed to do while waiting?? Just stand here? Ugh, I get through it and make it back home, but I am annoyed. I could be going through withdrawals? Man this is getting serious!
I am eating dinner in front of the TV, I am not a freaking saint, I am not going to give up TV too! That would make no sense.
What an exciting game! The Bruins and Blues are tie, 2,2 at the end of the second period. I reach for my phone to text my friend, we often text while watching. Darn it!! I will have to watch it alone without sharing my witty comments…boring!
The Blues were ahead 3 to 2, but just scored another goal on an empty net with 1.29 left to play. I am rooting for the Bruins so this is no fun.
I go outside to feed the wild tiny bunnies, they are desert cotton tails. I sometimes give the mini carrots. I know, I know, I am not supposed to feed wild animals…whatever. I leave a few carrots on the grass then peek out around the corner to see if they will come and eat them. Yes, my life is this exciting!
OMG, there are 4 of them eating my carrots!!! But am I able to take their picture? Noooo, frig; there goes an Instagram moment that I will never get back!
Below is a fairly accurate portrait of me and the bunnies.
So many channels, but nothing interesting to watch!! I am going to take a hot bath and use all my fancy oils and creams that I keep buying, but never use. Oh yeah, that will be nice and relaxing!
Done! I smell nice, but now what do I do? Maybe I should re-organize my pantry? Sure, I’ve been meaning to do that for weeks.
I find a pack of strawberry pop tarts in the back corner of my pantry, score! I don’t remember buying them, it was probably when my nephew visited last April? I pop one in the toaster while I proceed to take everything out of my pantry.
Now my kitchen is a mess and I am not in the mood for this shit; what the hell was I thinking? I shove everything back in; it does look a little better than it did…I guess? Oh and then I burn my lip on the strawberry filling of my pop tart, and guess what? Pop tarts aren’t even that good.
I was up and at work super early this morning, I think it’s late enough to go to bed?
Mmm, guess what I normally do while in bed? I surf the net on my phone; I mostly Pinterest and Netflix. I even write most of my blog posts on my phone at night in bed. But not tonight, tonight I have a notebook and am journaling this old school.
Man my penmanship sucks and my thumb is cramping up, I am not used to writing anymore. I hope I can read my notes in the morning when I am back online?
I am awake again! I have to turn on my TV to see what time it is; it’s 1:27am BTW. I toss and turn for what seems like hours. I turn the light on and grab my notebook to journal this. The TV is back on, it’s only 1:53am.
I eventually fall back asleep, but I wake up a few more times. I have no idea what time it is?? I am not going to turn the TV back on. I didn’t realize that one of my fun things to do during the night is looking at the time on my phone and calculating how many hours I have left to sleep before I have to get up. It’s still dark, so I fall back asleep.
Shit!! I am going to be late!
I always, always wake up a few minutes before my alarm, so I thought my internal clock would get me up at my regular time, but noooooo!
Ok, I was able to make up some time, so I am still one of the first in the office. As I log on my computer, I realize that another habit of mine is to check emails before I get out of bed. I like knowing what I will be walking into when I get to the office.
There is my cell phone, right on my desk where I left it the night before. I am so happy to see it! Maybe a little too happy? Have I become one of those people? I sort of have and I bet most of you are too!
Did I enjoy my device free night? Not really? I missed Netflix and Pinterest and Instagram… But it was an interesting exercise. I didn’t realize how many times during the day that I reach for my phone out of habit, that was eye opening.
I think I am going to suggest a device free dinner with my friends the next time we go out. But when I am home alone, I want to be able to Netflix on my ipad, while I text and Pinterest, lol. Baby steps I guess?
Do you think you could go a full evening without your phone? How about a full day?