Monday, February 17, 2014

Perks of Having a Dumb Phone

I just closed out one of the more fulfilling, restful weekends I've had in a very long time. And I'm fully convinced that you guys are responsible for launching me into the awesomeness that it was.

Your comments on my last post still have me feeling all cuddly and loved. So for real. You gave me goose bumps all the live-long day. You cracked me up and made me feel weepy and newborn on the inside. In this weird cyber-world where everyone is always looking for the next big thing, trying to connect with the Person du Jour, trying to climb up and out and over, I just want you to know for sure that you are my home. I don't need anyone else in the stratosphere. You're just *it*.

Further completing this magical weekend of bliss is the fact that I didn't touch the computer for nearly 48 hours. It wasn't really intentional, I just stepped away for a bit and then sort of spaced it. I didn't need it, didn't want it. (And then there's the simple fact that after so long, the act of returning is a bit daunting.)

It was so good to take a time-out and just full-on putter. Weekends are often good for this sort of thing, but I'm usually checking my email a few times, reading blogs or blog comments, looking up a recipe, catching up, catching up, realizing it's impossible to ever catch up. So this time, I didn't even try.

For all the times I poke fun at my Dumb Phone, this never could have happened with a smarter one. There are absolutely situations where being better-connected might make my world a bit more seamless, a little easier to navigate. But I just really dig being able to sink down into my life, now and then, without that added distraction.

Also, it's cheaper, which means you can order salsa and chips from the place in town a couple times a month, buy a magazine or two, and splurge on goat cheese. All of which are so much higher on the priority list than being reachable at all times by all the people.

I know I'm in the minority here. Cory recently ended his 3-month stint without a Smart Phone and it very nearly killed him. I guess I just want to add my voice to the crowd on this one. You don't have to hop that ship. There's plenty of room here in my little lifeboat. :)

A few glimpses of my weekend:

Favorite new combo: Jail stripes + Pinstripes

We went on such a super-rad V-day date. Since we didn't buy gifts this year, we splurged and hired a sitter and went to our favorite restaurant in town, not even a mile down the street. As good fortune would have it, the special was Brussels Sprout Pizza!!!!

Then we went to the coffee shop and sat in peace, talking about important things. I had Peach Cobbler Coffee Cake and dog-eared the liver out of one of my favorite mags. We were home by 8, at which time we put on our fat pants and watched this movie, which sounds like one of those crude, frat boy flicks, but totally wasn't. It was a thoughtful little indie movie, starring Nick Miller in a beard, and the other-worldly-gorgeous Olivia Wilde.

Incidentally, this was my Valentine to Cory (one of the funniest scenes of the season and a perfect encapsulation of what makes this show so watchable):

Reading: There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene
(Can't stop. Won't stop.)

Listening: Ellie Holcomb's new release, As Sure as the Sun
(Ellie was one of my travel-mates to Ethiopia and her new album is all the Summer-day a girl could ask for. Also, Silas is obsessed with it. He likes the lady singers.)

Eating: Haphazard chicken tortilla soup

* I threw 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the slow cooker along with 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes, 2 cans of corn, 2 cups chicken broth, 1 chopped onion & 3 cloves chopped garlic (softened up a bit in a skillet, first), 1 large can of peeled & diced green chilies, 2 tsp chili powder, 3 tsp cumin, salt, and pepper. I cooked it on low for 3-4 hours, then shredded the chicken. The next day, I added 2 more cups of broth and brought it all to a boil then simmered it for a good while, adding the juice of a lime and tweaking the spices. (Full disclosure: the soup was missing a little something, so I threw in half a packet of that dry Hidden Valley ranch dip. It helped!)
We topped it with diced avocado, cheese, sour cream, and crumbled tortilla chips. DELISH!


Avery Grace (aka Avis, aka Averson)
(I sort of want to eat her teeth. Is that weird?)

Keeping company with:

Watching: Which Way Home
(I'm having trouble shaking this documentary. I may have more to say about it sometime soon.)

We also went to see the Lego movie, our first-ever family movie date! (what???!)
In true Martin family style, we got the time wrong, missing the first 5 minutes and sitting IN THE FRONT ROW. But the flick is proving to be infinitely-quotable among the shorter stack.

I also went to church (the two cutie grandmas behind me invited me to come back a pew and sit with them - swoony!), made dessert, took two naps, ate a gallon of salsa, and went to bed early. Twice.


What was your highlight?