No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Since finishing finals on May 15, I’ve been living life disconnected.
Instead of dealing with dial-up, my family (like many in our area) has decided to live without an internet connection. This was fine when I was in middle school, inconvenient when I was in high school, and downright impossible as a college student.
Especially a college student pursuing a career in online journalism.
Luckily, my boyfriend is patient enough to check my email for me daily and let me spend an hour online each time I visit him. This allows me to stay somewhat up to date while living without the web.
Taking a break from the world wide web has had its positive points.
Spending so much time on the farm and with the family has been very introspective.
I’ve reminded myself how much I love small town life, reconnected with my high school girlfriends, and literally prayed that my favorite sow would be bred.
I remembered how great a home grilled New York strip tastes, how sweet the smell of a barbeque pit is, and that there’s nothing quite like a diet cherry coke from Harned’s.
I’ve spent far too much time with my youngest brother. I doubt there’s any other college student who knows the theme songs to Phineas and Ferb and Word World.
I watched my siblings succeed at their end of the year banquets: Aaron installed as chapter Vice President, Renee named Star Greenhand and Outstanding Freshman Leadership, and Anna graduate from 8th grade.
Beyond a few FFA press releases, I’ve used my laptop for little more than playing cards.
I’m not breaking my promised to blog more and write more, I’m just delaying it.
Give me a few weeks. Before you know it I’ll have plenty of FFA articles and be on the cutting edge of agriculture news again. Until then, I’ll be enjoying the simpler things in life.