Unplugged

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Ever feel like technology is taking over your life? It’s not really a secret that people spend more time on their electronic devices than they ever have before. I personally am very active on my phone and my laptop…probably too active at times. True confession: hubs has mentioned countless times how much I’m on my various electronic devices. Yikes.

I feel a little funny talking about this through my blog, since a blog by nature is a “plugged-in” thing. But oh well – it’s for the greater good! I’ll take one for the team {wink, wink}.

This year, I’ve made it one of my resolutions to spend less time on my devices. I’ll be honest though, I’m still not great at it a lot of the time, especially when hubs isn’t around. Most of my friends probably know this already…often times I’m one of the first people to like things on Facebook or Instagram, and I pretty much always respond to texts and e-mails the second I get them, even if it could wait.

Half the time I’m honestly not even sure why I’m so active online. Part of it is my mild OCD – I loathe having little notification icons on my phone. It drives me insane! Another little part of me feel like people have come to expect it, which I know seems silly. But I think a big reason is just because I’m bored. I’ve found myself scrolling through Facebook stories/statuses that I’ve already read, even thinking of how bored I am. And yet I keep scrolling. It sounds pretty outrageous when you say it out loud, and I’ve been trying to catch myself when I do this.

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When hubs and I first moved into our new house {going on three weeks now – WOO!}, we didn’t have internet for almost two weeks. Long story short, our previous internet provider didn’t service our new neighborhood, so we had to decide which new provider we wanted to go with.

O. M. G. How was I supposed to live without internet? I didn’t freak out or anything, but I was honestly pretty irritated that we weren’t going to have internet for awhile. But you know what? It ended up being one of the best things that could happen to me.

We had some pretty nice weather that coincided with The Feipel Internet Blackout of 2015, which helped draw me outside and away from my phone {which still had 4G, and therefore internet}. I found myself wanting to spend more and more time outside, whether it was playing with the pup or eating or just relaxing and talking to hubs. And when I was inside, I had all the windows wide open to let the fresh air in.

Something must have happened in my head – maybe all that fresh air cleared the technology-induced cobwebs from my brain – because something had kickstarted my efforts to unplug more. Pup and I have gone on a nice long walk every evening that the weather has allowed us to. Hubs and I have eaten outside several times already. Even when the weather isn’t nice, I feel more inclined to get things done around the house rather than just sit on Facebook.

I know it’ll still be hard at times to consciously unplug, but I think I’ve laid a pretty solid foundation for myself. I would encourage anyone who’s addicted to their technology to unplug every once in awhile. It does your brain and your body a lot of good {and you get a lot more done}!

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Toto, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…

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Guess who can officially say she’s a homeowner? This girl! {And who can say she now has internet in said new house? This girl again!} I apologize for the brief hiatus…home buying is hard work! Plus, as it turns out, our previous internet provider doesn’t cover our new neighborhood, so we had to find a new internet provider, which took a little while. No internet, no blogging. BUT, operations are back up and running at the NEW casa de Feipel and we couldn’t be happier.

Not going to lie, when we first started our home search, I only wanted to look in Kansas. It’s not that I have anything against Missouri or people who live there. I actually really like Missouri…a lot of my favorite things are in Missouri {the Plaza, the Chiefs, tons of good food} and I have a lot of family that lives in Missouri. But I was born and raised in Kansas, so for whatever reason, I wanted to stick to living in Kansas. Silly, right?

Luckily the hubs talked some sense into me and we started looking at houses across the state line. Within a matter of about two weeks, we had fallen in love with our new house. Funny how that works. I’m still not really used to saying, I live in Missouri, but with time I know I’ll get used to it.

Another reason I wanted to only look in Kansas is because I’m familiar with most of the cities we were looking at. Whether it was Olathe, Shawnee, Overland Park, or whatever, I’m familiar with most of those areas. Stick me out in Lee’s Summit and I have NO CLUE where anything is, other than the places in the immediate vicinity of my office building. At first I didn’t really like the idea of that, but then I looked at it as a new adventure. I love experiencing new things, especially with the hubs, so why should living in a new part of town be any different? It’s all unfamiliar anyway until you get used to it.

I have to say, from the little bit of exploring I’ve already done, I can tell I’m going to like it out here. There are a ton of lakes out here, which I had no idea existed. In fact, our house is so close to a lake that I’ve been taking Casey there to walk around the shore on these beautiful days we’ve been having. She loves being so close to the water {and staring at the ducks}. Our neighborhood is really active – people are always running, cycling, walking, you name it. There’s also a huge wildlife reserve not far from us, which I also had no idea existed. You can walk the trails, fish, hunt, and bike. Pretty cool, huh?

As if I wasn’t excited enough to explore our new city, we just got the local magazine in the mail yesterday and it talks about TONS of events and classes that are coming up this spring and summer. I’m talking music festivals, outdoor movies, nighttime 5Ks, dance lessons, music classes…seriously, TONS of stuff. I put a few things on my calendar already.

All in all, hubs and I are extremely happy with our new neighborhood, and we love our new house. It already feels like home! The buying process may have been stressful, but I’m happy to report that it was all worth it. Now if we could just get everything unpacked so we can start exploring more of the community!

One last thing…I have to give a quick shout out to all of our family and friends who helped us move. From helping us physically move things, to putting furniture together, to making sure we stayed fed and hydrated, y’all were truly lifesavers and we’re so grateful! We love ya!

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