Last November, I wrote about the night our power went out and I scurried around like a madwoman trying to find a working flashlight. As I mentioned then, the evening was a smashing success, and I decided we'd try to have a weekly no-electricity night.
We had one more happy no-power evening, and then the project went to the wayside. I got distracted, the winter holidays came barreling at us, and the next thing I knew I was looking back on that post months later wondering whatever happened to that grand ambition.
Then this spring, Heather at Beauty that Moves wrote about her family's decision to keep a weekly Unplugged Sunday, a day when they turn off the TV and computers and focus on cooking, creating, being outside, and being together. I started to feel motivated and planned to try it again. In May, Heather informed her readers that she and her husband were starting a new website devoted to Unplugged Sundays, promoting the idea and sharing stories and suggestions for those interested in unplugging.
So here we are on the eve of summer, and it turns out I'm now a writer for Unplugged Sundays! I'm so, so very excited about this project. Heather and her husband, Adam, have gathered a diverse group of contributors. We share many similar goals, in terms of simplicity, creativity, and experiencing nature. In other ways, however, we're all living very different lives and I think we'll have a really nice mixture of ideas to share. I'll be playing the role of the expat single mom (every group needs one ;).
Because they're fun like that, Heather and Adam have decided to debut the site on Summer Solstice, so you'll be able to start reading about Unplugged Sundays on Tuesday, June 21st (just five days away!) My first post will go up in the beginning of July, and then I'll post every so often after that, and I'll always announce my posts here.
This means, of course, that I'm now being held accountable and am fully committed to Unplugged Sundays. I'm putting the finishing touches on our summer weekly rhythm, with Sundays reserved for this exciting purpose. Later, I'll share how we'll be interpreting this tradition in our family.
If you're interested, join along! And if you're already doing this, I'd love to hear about it.