12.12.2008

One Winner and a Few Thoughts

and the winner is...

Tracy of Prickly Pear Bloom! Seems rather appropriate that she receive a pear.

I still have a few pears left in the shop if anyone is interested.

My friend Amy wrote a beautiful post yesterday with me in mind; I was so very flattered and touched. The post is titled Industry and accompanied by a beautiful photograph of an old sewing machine from the Muir House. Her photograph and the word "industry" inspired me to take a few pictures of the industry Aidan and I were engaged in yesterday afternoon.

industry
industry

I started thinking about the connection between industry and technology - not just on a large scale, but right within the confines of our home. In so many ways technology has contributed to my personal industry - I see something someone has made and am inspired to create, or I make something and am motivated to document it with my camera and post it on the web. The blogosphere is like an endless, non stop Show and Tell.

Yet in other ways, technology inhibits my industry, and more importantly, my children's industry. When Aidan gets home from school he wants nothing more than to commandeer the laptop and play games on Cartoon Network. I let this happen more often than I'd like; I know he needs down time, yet I'd much rather him unwind with a tub of Legos or a basket of blocks. So yesterday afternoon, just minutes before the above picture was taken, I literally dragged him away from the computer kicking and screaming. I did the same thing to myself this morning when I was tempted to keep clicking from one blog to another.

Here's the thing, my plate is rather full of projects right now, and I'm guessing yours is too. There is a deadline looming over our heads and many gifts to make and wrap. My brain is bulging with ideas, my memory card is full of projects to share, and every flat surface in a ten foot radius of my work area is covered with material. Sound familiar?

So I've made a decision to give technology a bit of a rest and focus on industry. I doubt I will completely disappear, but my presence will be sparse for the next two weeks. Perhaps if I finish the projects in my queue I can give industry a rest too and just focus on being. Watch the flames lick the firewood, sip a cup of coffee, hang out in the kid's fort, listen to my husband's stories at the end of the day, snuggle down in bed and watch another episode of Mad Men - all without having my mind on something I need or want to do, or a needle of some sort in my hand.

At least that's what I'm thinking today.

18 comments:

  1. Oh to find that rest in my life as well.
    The end is in sight for the homemade gifts chez nous, but I still am feeling a little overwhelmed...

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  2. Molly, enjoy the repreive.

    You will be missed, but I'll see you in a few weeks. Be well, friend, and Happy Holidays to you and to yours. Blessings of the season.

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  3. Enjoy the break! The technology is always buzzing 24/7 and it's good to step away from it from time to time (of course, I say I'm going to do it and I don't. Ugh!).

    Happy holidays!

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  4. A very sound, balanced and nice post indeed! Many wishes for the stormy weekend and the rest of the hustly bustly season - all your industry, rest, family, coziness, warmth, community, giving and inspired creative fervor in just the right balance and blend. I really enjoyed your post.

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  5. the break feels so nice. enjoy. i think i may join. gonna sleep on it and see what tomorrow brings :)

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  6. I was just thinking this same thing recently. That I need more of the filling up that comes with doing.

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  7. I can relate. The blogosphere both inspires me and inhibits me. I often think about "to blog or not to blog". Maybe a break is my future too.

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  8. good for you! technology in out homes is both a bane and blessing. Have a nice little break!

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  9. I know what you mean. Technology has been such a positive thing for me -- allowing me to do what I do from home, while being with my kids. The big drawback is that they see me in front of a screen more often than I would like, and naturally my son craves some screen time of his own. I limit him, so I'm trying to limit myself... most of my work gets done after bedtime.
    Enjoy your holidays, and enjoy you home. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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  10. Yes Yes Yes on all your points. MollyCoddle said it well between "Little House On The Prairie" and Technology with her smart phone. Hands down a bucket of legos or a fort wins with me. The connection of the show and tell and blogs keeps us grounded in what we do. Really enjoy your industry analogizes and of course that the shirt and the yarn colors match in the photos. Enjoy your time both industrious and just present. Thank you for your wonderful blog.

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  11. Good for you....I'm sure when we hear from you again you'll have all sorts of wonderful things to post

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  12. I am overwhelmed as well. I get it! I hope you get much done! And I hope you have a good time doing it!

    Happy Holidays! ~Karen

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  13. Yes, it is hard to drag ourselves from the computer. evil computer of which we love so much ;) But I do feel what you are saying - I need to get stuff done, too. Some stuff on the computer unfortunately!

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  14. Thanks, Molly!

    Yes, that does sound familiar. Every surface covered in material. I hope your break is fruitful, and rejuvenating!

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  15. I've dropped a good deal of my "technology" time in the last two months. Limited now to lunch breaks only. So nice not to turn on the computer at home for a while....

    Happy holidays to you!

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  17. Sparse? Let me tell you about sparse! Can we please not speak of deadlines? HA!

    WOOHOO TRACY!!!

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