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Toward the end of July, I decided to take a hiatus from all social media. This meant no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, my blog, and even Snapchat. I took this leave of absence for many reasons, mostly pertaining to my life, but also to go back to how it truly felt like not to be absorbed in the digital world.

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Upon stepping out of the digital realm, I began to understand how “in it” I had become.  There was the “I should Instagram this” or “I should tweet about that” that came to mind several times.  My thumbs were lacking the love, which they received while flipping through photos or tweets.  I felt lost for the first week and a half, but began to feel peace towards the end of the month.

The world outside of the social network universe is real and is away from all the drama that can be put into 142 words or less. Or captured in a photo that one gets some sort of “digital high” from the amount of likes they receive. I found that being away from such vices makes a person truly realize what it means to have good communication skills beyond what typed words can produce.  The social network universe can sometimes produce a fake image of someone unlike the real world, where you get the whole package.

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I truly believe that when a person takes an #unplugged venture into the real world, they also begin to focus on what is most important to them.  Everywhere I go, I see the zombified faces of “downers” (people who constantly have faces in their smartphones).  If people step away from the social media, they’re able to look forward and see the future and what it may hold for them.  I began to understand this as I took my glued face away from my phone and I wasn’t afraid to see what was in front of me.  I had conversations with random people or said hi to them rather than endless numbification of what could be seen on my phone.

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As time was made less on my phone, I was able to make time for DIY projects such as my polka dot shorts and use of my JFK stamp, which will be used in future projects.  It was also spent on finishing my summer reading list, having great times with friends and family, focusing on running my marathon, and most of all – peace of mind.  I highly recommend this type of hiatus for others, as they will see for themselves what it means to have time away from the chains of their digital life to one that has absolute freedom of mind.

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Classically Yours,

ZRH

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Pie Night Itinerary:

  • It happens on Wednesdays at all Village Inn’s across the nation
  • Free pie can be had when you buy an item to go along with your pie such as coffee.
  • Certain pies are free, typically they’re fruit pies. You can also roll “feature,” which is a different pie every month.
  • My friends and family always have a good time – the more people who join in, the better the experience.

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I cherish pie from the filling to the crust it is one of my favorite desserts. The beginnings of Pie Night emerged when my friend Charlie talked about going, and has since grown into something bigger. My family and friends have gotten into the experience of the free pie frenzy.

I also love Pie Night like Sunday Night Dinner and Hipster Tuesday, in that it is a night I get to spend it with others.  My friends and family all gather around one table and the wild ruckus begins.  We swap stories, talk about music, movies, and the happenings of the week.

If you have read some of my previous posts, you know I enjoy the idea of traditions and how we create tighter relationships with them.  Pie Night, like the other routines I have, has made me come closer to my friends and family and to continue to have a bond with them that will never be forgotten.

Classically yours,

ZRH

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My mom started the idea of Sunday Night Dinner about three years ago in order to bring our friends and family all together.  This day is perfect for the get together – all of us are off during the evening and are able to participate.  During the beginning of the week, we decide on what the dinner menu will be. Everyone brings a given side dish, desert, utensils, etc. to contribute.

This week, we had sliders with French fries – this is one of the group’s favorite dishes to make and enjoy. Every week varies, but each choice is always solid.

 Sunday is my favorite day of the week because I am able to share good conversations and eat great homemade food with others.  I feel like this is an important thing for my loved ones and me. We can meet one night a week to enjoy each other’s company and talk about what we have to look forward to the upcoming week.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

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  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Faithful
  • Fashionable
  • Fiery

Classically Yours,

ZRH

Summer

  • To hang out with friends and family as much as possible
  • Keep my run schedule consistent in preparation for my marathon in November
  • Actually complete my summer reading list
  • Go to at least one or two more concerts
  • Eat Pineapple Whip at least once
  • See more movies at the theatre
  • Enjoy the summer weather
  • Keep my looks fresh and cool to battle the summer heat
  • Make fresh lemonade
  • Buy swim trunks in preparation for learning how to swim
  • Keeping creative

Classically yours,

ZRH

Metal Gear Solid

 

Growing up, the family pastime was hanging around the TV and playing tons of video games. They ranged from the latest ‘Madden’ to the newest ‘Zelda.’  We played the all and had every console imaginable.  It was our way of relaxing and spending time with each other.

As I have grown I haven’t “gamed” in a matter of years now.  I began to see video games and the life that comes with one being a “gamer,” as boring and not something I wanted to continue to partake in.  There is neither nothing wrong with being a gamer, nor is it necessarily a childish thing – I just seemed to grow out of it and became interested in other things.

I would say my favorite game of all time would be ‘Metal Gear Solid.’ The games main focus is around the character of Snake and his adventure against a group of terrorists who have nuclear weapons. It was one of the first games of its time to popularize the use of stealth attack.  Snake, for the most part, is unarmed and has to use a stealth style of fighting to kill off the enemies.

I would sit and play this game for hours and race against my friends to see who was able to beat it faster.  The goal was to defeat the game in a certain amount of time to obtain a stealth suit, in which the enemies wouldn’t be able to see you.  It was one of the greatest rewards I can remember achieving in a game.

There were many games that I loved, but “Metal Gear Solid’ was the game that I have the fondest memory of playing and will be forever my favorite game.

Classically Yours,

ZRH