A Love/Hate Realtionship with Technology + A Movie: The Circle

Sometimes I love technology. Sometimes I want to throw my phone out the window. Sometimes technology seemingly controls my life. Sometimes I let it.

Recently I’ve taken note of the amount of time that spend on my phone. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google, day-dreaming about cool things in America, etc. Anything and everything can immediately zap up way too much time. From 5 minutes to an hour and half. It’s a slippery slope. A few weeks ago I was off social media for 4 days. Honestly, I didn’t really miss it. One time I sat down and immediately opened Facebook without even a thought. It has become second nature and that’s just now how I want to live. Walking around with my phone glued to my hand and sucked into social media.

My husband knows me too well. Days when I’m more emotional, missing “home” (ie. American life and my beloved family), complaining about my hair or clothes, getting wanderlust for every high mountaintop and far off lake…he immediately knows the problem. I spent too much time on social media seeing all the “gram worthy” things that everyone across the globe has been doing. Days when I put my phone across the room and don’t pick it up even five seconds I’m much more content with the wonderful life I have.

Last night my husband and I watched the Netflix produced movie, The Circle. I knew nothing about the movie other than the cover…..Tom Hanks and Emma Watson….with Tom Hanks I thought it must be literally the best movie out there because he’s a boss. Watching the movie I went through so many emotions; sadness, happiness, disgust, rage, hope, disgust again, and more. As the movie ended all I wanted to do was burn both of our electronics. Getting so caught up in the politics of life and electronics is exhausting. Currently a much simpler approach is the most appealing. That being said, there is no way I would even think for a moment about giving up my smart phone that allows me to communicate via text and video and voice calls to my friends and family on the other side of the world as well as those in my life here in Uganda.

Technology being so much ease to life, but I certainly don’t want to get caught up in the all consuming fire that it also is. What’s the balance? How do I do this?

I’m going to try to live life more balanced. Currently, I’m not entirely sure what this looks like, but I’m certain it involves more living and less living through other people’s lives. More real life.

Also, these last few weeks have been CRAZY busy. Here’s a quick pic from the graduation on Sunday of the annual intern class that my husband and I lead. More details to come.

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Just a little Sparkle + Yet another way to wear your classic white button up.

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Of course Ham (one of my two pups) snuck his tail in this shot.

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Also….due to an eye infection and my current low supply of contact lenses until I visit the States in November, I’ve resorted to wearing my glasses again. Bringing back memories of my 7 year old ridiculous mess.

I can’t help but be a little jealous of the overload of social media postings about floating the river, wake-boarding, lake swimming, parades, and 4th of July festivities. Not to mention barbecues that seem to be endless and the beautiful firework displays (tomorrow). Don’t get me wrong…I basically live in endless summer. Uganda’s climate it basically perfect (if you subtract about 70% of the 89% humidity). Sun all year round with intermittent rainy seasons, and the occasional temperature under 65 degrees fahrenheit. But….basic weather is something like 75-85 degrees fahrenheit with sun and cloud breaks. Really…I can’t complain.

Still when I see American summer my heart hurts a little. Mostly due to all the memories I have growing up in the PNW hiking, swimming, running through sprinklers, consuming endless amounts of otter pops, driving with the windows down and music blasting in true summer fashion. Ahh…here I am living in the land of no otter pops but with sun to fill all your hearts desires (except today on my day off when swimming was on the agenda…of course today is overcast).

Now to the goods. Ever since I picked up this white button up top a few weeks ago….I can’t get over how perfect it is. The detailed crochet collar and details beg me to wear it every time I look in my closet. I picked up this sequined spaghetti strap midi dress at the Monday market the same day I snagged this perfect white top from my previous post. It has the same 30 cent price tag. Who can resist clothes for less than a dollar??? Not to mention these dark maroon/purple shoes care of my mother-in-law on my last visit to the states (thanks Mom!).

The endless possibilities of a basic white shirt are endless. This being the first one I’ve owned in at least the last 10 years. It dawned on me the other day that I graduated high school 10 years ago. Officially making me in my late 20’s. Sigh. But things are looking good this side of life (though I never really imaged myself at this age, in my mind I skipped from 20 straight to OLD). Back to the shirt, I used to stay as far away from white clothing as possible, especially in the last few years since living in Uganda where the red dirt/dust that gets everywhere. But I’ve now come to the conclusion there’s nothing a little bleach can’t fix.

My husband thinks he’s hilarious. In most cases he is. He loves/hates being my photographer.

In the next few weeks I’ll be experimenting with other outfit choices. What’s your favorite way to wear your basics?