Do not ask me why I felt I had to pop out of bed this morning at 5 AM… It just shouldn’t happen; however, I have thoroughly enjoyed my blissful morning of quiet solitude. A fresh pot of coffee and piping hot cinnamon rolls straight from the oven, some blog reading, and a little chat with the girls in my blogging buddy group. All this while getting two loads of laundry finished!
These cinnamon rolls are from one of my favorite stores, Trader Joe’s, and they are DELICIOUS! If you don’t have the time nor inclination to bake your own, Trader Joe’s Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls are a fabulous alternative.
I feel like I can tackle anything today, as though I will get a lot accomplished. And the Lord knows, I have a lot on my plate right now. I am still trying to get some sort of support out of Christopher. It is unbelievable how much work (and even money) it costs to get this all handled. Grrr… Back to more pleasant thoughts…
Do you think you still spend the same amount of time connecting in the face-to-face world now that socializing is so easy online?
I started think of all the ways in which I connect with people, and realized that over the years, the forms of connection are in a continual state of flux. As you grow-up and go to school you are in a seemingly constant face-to-face connection (sometimes to your chagrin), Then you move onto the hormonal stage of connection where face-to-face turns lip-to-lip. And along come children… and your entire form of connection changes again.
When children come into the picture, life connections turn more inward bound–toward your family and home. Life becomes so busy. You have to really make an effort to step outside and have “friend time”. Then the children go off to school, and you go off to Starbucks with the moms after drop-off for a cup o’ joe and a return to face-to-face connections. More up close connecting takes charge of your schedule as you take the kiddies to swimming lessons, little league baseball, soccer, or ballet. And then they hit high school, where your connections are put on the chopping block, but you manage to hang on to some tidbits.
So now, you separate from your husband (well at least I did), and begin divorce proceedings, and your connections change again. You find yourself looking for new friends, taking up karaoke perhaps…*grin*. Karaoke is a great stress reliever, and some place to meet new and interesting people (sometimes too interesting, LOL). I am a people person, I like being around people, whether it’s out on the town, or hanging at home. I think human connection can’t be beat.
However, connecting with people online gives you the versatility to meet people from all around the world. You get to learn about their country, their culture, their lives–sometimes it’s not so different from your very own. In fact, it was an online friend of mine from England that persuaded me to finally give karaoke a shot. I love to sing, and he loved to sing karaoke. So it was through talking with him that I finally got up the nerve to seek out a place to sing karaoke…and came back with Luke as a wonderful friend, and now the best boyfriend ever.
My preference in connections is a healthy mix of both face-to-face and online. For me, I would say that mix would run about 2/3 face-to-face and 1/3 online. This morning, it’s been sitting here with my blogging buddies, drinking coffee, and nibbling on yummy cinnamon rolls. I love all of my friends either in person or on social media.