365 Days of Random

Random musings about nothing at all

Weekend Off

I took this past weekend off from writing because my BF and I were going out of town for a few days and the only ‘technology’ I really wanted around me was my Kindle so I could read my book and relax. This time missing 3 days wasn’t an accidental thing it was an explicit choice. And it was very much worth it. It’s been a very long time since I actually truly took a weekend off from technology. I loved it.

Friday night after work we met up with our friends and made the 2+ hour drive up to Deep Creek MD where the four of us had rented a house for the weekend. We arrived about 10:o0 pm and once we’d gotten settle promptly cracked open a few adult beverages and climbed into the hot tub to start off our weekend. It was wonderful. The weather was amazing, the company was fabulous. We went hiking, we grilled, we introduced my BF to the joys of S’Mores around the campfire, we played cards, read our books, enjoyed the peace and quiet and even watched a couple of movies while it was raining Sunday night. All in all it was a great time.

But the thing that I enjoyed the most I think was actually unplugging for a few days. I did take my phone with me but I left it up in our bedroom for the entire weekend. I checked it at night before going to bed but only to clear messages, I didn’t respond to anything until we got home last night. It was a great feeling to be not constantly tied to a device and feeling like I needed to be in constant ‘connection’ with everyone I know. It was more than enough for me to just spend the weekend enjoying the company of the three people I was physically spending time with. People don’t do that enough these days. We are constantly checking our phones or our computers to make sure we haven’t missed out on something important or even just something entertaining.

I struggle with the idea of constant connection. I think that in a lot of ways it’s great to be able to so easily reach out to people and to know what’s going on. But the constant stimulation doesn’t always leave time to think about and process things that you are experiencing. Rather than stepping back and absorbing things we’re just constantly flooding ourselves with inputs. It’s exhausting a lot of the time. It’s really really important to make a conscious effort every now and again to detach. To have the only connections you experience be the real life HUMAN connections that come from face to face conversation and interaction. It’s great that we CAN be in constant communication… but by no mean does that mean that we NEED to be in constant communication. Sometimes I think that if we spent more time talking to people about the FEW things that we’ve learned or discovered each day we’d actually discover that at the end of the day we’ve gathered more KNOWLEDGE and understanding than when all we do is be bombarded by constant information. Some times it’s just too much to process.

So, that’s why I fully completely unplugged this weekend and totally enjoyed my time with my BF and my friends. It was great and so much more relaxing than I’d expected. I think I will make a more conscious effort to disengage from technology more often.

September 6, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment, Random, Technology & Gadgets | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zombie Tag

This was seriously the most fun I’ve had in I don’t know how long.

What is Zombie Tag you ask…. well… about a month ago I got a notice from the “Nerd Nite” email list about this event called “Survive Alexandria”. It literally is a game of tag with some people being humans, some zombies and some zombie hunters. You run around Alexandria either chasing or being chased by zombies. So of course I thought this sounded like a very cool idea for a different kind of night out with some friends. It also helped that the $25 registration fee (which wasn’t that much to begin with all things considered) was going to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and that they were collecting donations through out the event for BBBS as well. Great cause, great fun – I’m in (with some friends of course).

So last night around 6:30ish my BF and two of my awesomest girlfriends – LA and AB – hit up the sign in tables at Oronoco Park Alexandria. The “race” was through Alexandria to Eisenhower Metro station. There were six ‘zones’ with multiple ‘checkpoints’ within them. Although, since this is after all the Zombie Apocalypse not all check points were actually manned. The objective (for humans) was to get a stamp at one check point in every zone as you make your way towards the end… oh, and to avoid getting your brains eaten by zombies along the way. The objective for zombies is to catch as many humans as you can and collect their brains. The objective for zombie hunters is to shoot as many zombies as they can and rescue the brains the zombie has collected. Of course since they are zombies and you can’t really kill them… once shot they only have to sit there for one minute and then they can start chasing those naive humans once again. If you’re human and tagged by a zombie you (of course) become a zombie and start chasing those naive humans.

When we got there the four of us started together as humans. We vowed that we’d try to stay together and that at the very least in pairs so that noone was left to fend for themselves. We were successful in that to the first check point. We were chased a few times on our way but made it safely through zone one. In zone two we were chased down this one street and my friend AB broke right down and alley… and we never saw her again. My BF, LA and I continued on to the check point in Zone 2. On our way to find the checkpoints in Zone three we were cornered by trickster zombies who sent out a decoy that flushed the group of humans into a zombie infested alley….  my BF got away but sadly LA and I went over to the dead side. About 10 mins later (after being chased for that full 10 mins) we happened upon my exhausted BF and killed him too. LOL. We then made our way towards the end of the race to capture humans as they tried to cross the finish line. There we met back up with the missing and presumed zombie AB…. Turns out she’d sacrificed herself for the rest of us to get away….. or, she picked wrong and got her butt killed early – you decide 😀

Throughout the entire evening we were laughing and running and chasing people and laughing some more. It was crazy fun. This was the first time that I’d even heard of an event like this but apparently they do it every year. You can bet we’ll be back in the game next year…. with a better plan to actually “Survive Alexandria”.

August 21, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment, Random | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment