Thoughts For Coffeetime

It’s coffee time and it’s the weekend. My thoughts today are rather all over the place today. I’m glad it’s the weekend and time to relax a bit. Hubs and the boy will be heading off to the British Car show tomorrow leaving me home alone for either projects or relaxation. I have yet to decide.

Work is going much better and I’m starting to actually feel useful around the offices I’m placed in. Hurrah! At last! Sometimes the task lists are daunting and I have no idea what to do with some of them, but for the most part, with some detective work, I can do something. As a float nurse, that’s what it’s all about. Getting through what we can and muddling through the rest of you can.

Homework, for the most part, is going well with the boy. In saying this, we still have today to get through since we didn’t do Friday’s homework yet. Bummer on my part. I wasn’t feeling it yesterday. I suppose mom needed a little break.

Have you ever noticed how God works in those little mysterious ways? Lately, I’ve been talking to an old friend who has made me feel connected to so many good things in life. I so enjoy our conversations each day. It is something that has brought great joy to my life.

So, what’s new in your world this week? How has your week been? Join me for coffee and let’s make a connection!

Being Connected

Image result for when your mobile phone not workingWhile I love technology for the most part, there is part of me that also loathes it when it decides to take a flying leap into the dark abyss and ceases to function.  This happened this weekend.  My cell phone decided to act strangely while I was using it on Saturday.  I was looking at the screen and trying to do something when, Voila! the darn screen sort of flashed black and went dim.  I could hear the sounds and all, but the screen remained black.  Not good for someone who was getting phone calls and text messages.  Ugh!  What now!

I tried to turn it off, but my phone has a touch screen which requires me to be able to see it to turn it off.  No luck.  I took out the battery.  I let it rest for a bit and tried again.  It came on for a moment before going black again.  I tried again several times, but no success.  I called my provider after starting an insurance form to get a replacement phone.  I’m so glad I did.  I was able to take the phone in to the store!  Unfortunately, I have lost a bunch of pictures stored on that phone, but otherwise, my world is still somewhat intact and my connection to the outside world via mobile phone remains secured. It only took about an hour.  Thank God for the technician who was able to fix my other phone which needed to be wiped clean, as it had issues too. My black screen phone is most definitely a deceased phone.

How did we become such a society that relies on our electronic devices so much?  My greatest concern was being connected.  It was being able to text and talk on the phone, as this phone is my primary phone.  It was also about reaching my calendar.  All my appointments are on there.  My work schedule is on there.  My manager at work texts me on there.  Never before have I been that attached to a phone, but here I am, completely tethered to my phone.  You’d swear I was 17 years old!

I’m not one who can’t put my phone down, but I’ll admit, I have it in my hands most of the time.  I have that very bad habit.  I play my word games on it.  I love Words With Friends, WordOx, Word Search, AlphaBetty, as well as several puzzle games, but I also like to feel connected to everyone.  I love feeling connected to WordPress.  I want to check my stats and write posts as they enter into my head instead of later, or at least jot my ideas down if I’m not in a situation where I can write about them.

Have mobile phones and technology helped or hindered our memories?  That’s what I’m thinking about as I write this.  Is it great to be able to connect so easily, but I was raised in a generation that didn’t have anything like this.  Now, I see my children drawn to their phones as if their very lives depended on them.  What the heck is wrong with these kids?  They can’t even talk to  you and keep their eyes on you instead of their phone.

Life was so much simpler without technology. We talked to each other more.  I’m making the effort to get back to that in my life and it has been so wonderful.  I love my family so much more than ever.  Without having a screen to look into, I see the lives of my loved ones.  I see faces with expressions looking back at me.  Real conversations do happen.  Don’t lose yourself in technology.  It just will do what my phone did.  It will break down and give you the dreaded black screen of death one day without any remorse.  It has no feelings.  It is just an electronic.  The faces of your family though, will love you and appreciate the time spent with them.  They will chat with you, cry with you and most of all, they will laugh with you.  They have life in them and won’t give up on you when you most need them.

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Blathering Away

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I am in a mood to write this morning.  I know what you’re thinking.  Oh, no, not her blathering away yet again, but yes, it’s moi, blathering away yet again.  I’m Irish!  I was born this way.  I like to talk but I really like to write.  At least this way, my point is never interrupted except by myself. I’d love if you’d leave me some comments about what you’re thinking about when you’ve read this post as well.  I love reading comments.  They tell me several things. First, they tell me that I’m not just writing to hear myself think.  Second, they tell me if you’ve actually enjoyed what you’ve read. Third, they tell me that people actually are out there in cyberspace and I’ve actually created some really cool connections this way all over the world.

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Making connections with people is wonderful.  We are human and as human beings, we need connection.  Even introverts need to have human contact despite what some people might think.  They just don’t crave the “in your face” kind of attention that some extroverts do.  I’m the kind of person that likes personal connections with people.  I like to know who they are, what makes them tick, where they are from, what are similarities there are between us as well as differences.  It’s the similarities that we crave.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I could hypothesize that people make friends due to certain similar interests.  The more interests one has, the wider their social circle is.  Makes sense, doesn’t it? If a person is an extreme introvert who never leaves the house, they aren’t going to have much connection with people outside except now, with the aid of computers and other technology, they can connect.  It’s nice.  For me, personally, I have many friends and acquaintances in real life and I’m creating more acquaintances  through blogging.  I never would have imagined this 30 years ago. I enjoy so much meeting people this way all over the world!

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I really hope that this short little snippet of random blathering gives you something to think about. Just think about those friendships you have and how you have achieved those friendships. Treasure your family and friends.  My mom always told me to show me the man’s friends and I’ll tell you who the man is.  This means that you can see what the man is all about by looking at his friends.  Mom always had the best advice. Write to me and tell me your thoughts.  As I say, I love to read your comments.  It helps us connect and makes this life of ours more personal.  Isn’t that why we do what we do?  I know it’s one of the reasons I do what I do everyday.  Have a lovely and blessed day today!