Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Social Experiment: Smartphones and People

Happy Wednesday Friends! I hope your week is off to a great start and you are ready to finish the rest of the week.  Last week, my friend shared this article on her Facebook about the affects smartphones have on our relationships and I found it very interesting.  

Did you know that using your phone around someone else can make you seem less trustworthy? Think about that - how many times do you go out to dinner or coffee with a friend and you have your phone sitting on the table? You may not be using your phone, or even interacting with your phone, but just the mere presence of your phone can actually cause a level of distrust from the other person toward yourself.  

I know that for myself, it really frustrates me when I am talking to someone and they are looking at their phone.  It makes me feel like I am not important enough to listen to for the two or three minutes I need their attention.  

So, I thought it might be interesting to participate in a little social experiment of my own. I am going to call this experiment Operation No Smartphone.  For the rest of the month of February, whenever I am in the presence of another peer, I am going to put my phone{s} away.  Obviously, there will be extenuating circumstances where having my phone will be a necessity, but for the most part, I believe it should not cause me too much angst to put it away.

Question of the Day: Do you think you could put your smartphone away in front of other people?

I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Currently: February 2016

Happy Tuesday Friends! I hope your week has been going well so far and you are looking forward to some fun plans this weekend! I ended up moving this series up to the first Thursday of the month because I am now doing Friday Favorites on Friday.  I came across this idea on Becca Dorr's Blog - you should check her out!

ANTICIPATING Possibly buying a house in the next few months.  We spent some time over the weekend driving through some neighborhoods and looking at the possibility of buying a home in a few different areas.

CLEANING I feel like we are constantly doing laundry right now and I'm a bit over it.

DREADING My physical next month.  I hate every part of my physical so I am not looking forward to doing that.

DRINKING Starbucks.  I picked up one of their $2.00 cups and have been enjoying getting 10% off of every drink.  Hello Zebra Mocha!

FEELING Exhausted.  The last few weeks have been so crazy busy and I am not sure when we will have a relaxing weekend again.  

LISTENING The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  I told Justin to save one of our Audible credits so I could listen to this book and he ended up finishing the book before I did! 

PLAYING Episode.  It's kind of a lame story game where you pick the characters response to things. I started by playing the Mean Girls version and got hooked.  

READING Invisible by Jennifer Rothschild.  I am still reading this book from last month. Unfortunately my bookmark came out too! I will have to figure out what happened to it!

RECOVERING from a lack of sleep.  As I mentioned before, I am exhausted. I hope Justin lets me sleep in on Valentine's Day.

TRYING to get my miles in for the Lazyman Triathlon.  So far I am doing good but life is crazy busy at the moment.  I am determined to finish everything though!


WAITING to hear back from our mortgage guy for our pre-approval! I cannot wait to start the process of looking for and buying a new home.

WALKING 19 more miles! The goal for the month is 26.2 and I've done 7 so far.  My goal is to do another 8 this week so I only have 11 to go over a 2 week period.

WEARING Slippers all.the.time.  I've been loving wearing them while I'm at home.  They make me happy.  

Question of the Day: What do you have going on "currently"?

I'd love to hear from you!


Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekend Highs & Lows #19

Hello everyone!I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with fun and exciting adventures  If you want more information about the party, please check out this post.


This weekend was spent surrounded by family and friends - exactly the way I love my weekends to be.  Friday night I went out with my girlfriends to celebrate Vicki's birthday.  We started at Vicki's house then went dancing at a local bar.  Such a fun night!

Sunday morning we headed out to celebrate my nephew's birthday with bowling! I haven't bowled in over six months so I was excited to head out to the bowling alley.  

We spent Sunday afternoon watching the Super Bowl and catching up on some household chores.