Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring is in the air - kind of

It's sunny but chilly today so I have no idea when Spring will really start. But luckily it's not cold enough to not be going outside so I can still go to the gym (even though I so need to get back on the treadmill.)

Anyway, so there was an article today about not using social media for two weeks. I really don't know how this wouldn't be good for someone to do this from time to time. For me, social networking has become less and less appealing. I absolutely love being able to keep up with my family and friends but many of them aren't using Facebook as much anymore. They have lives that don't require their smartphones. When I want to talk with them we have email or FB messenger (which a lot of people don’t use either.)

As far as Twitter goes, I have met some really cool, smart, nice and interesting people. I've also run into people who want to sell books, argue, go on anti-religion rants or be all around non-social. That's what gets me fed up a lot of times with Twitter so I started a massive overhaul of my timeline. I unfollowed the chronic reTweeters or those who are not online to just connect with new people to share ideas.

So I've been trying to be online a little less. I know people cry at the idea but for me it feels better to limit my time with the phone. Sadly I have even used the PC for days so I need to make Thursday be my blogging day when I use the computer in a constructive way. (But I do still write my posts on ye-old iPhone 3G or my HTC Sensation.)

Aside from the on-again-off-again issue with the phone, I've still not done book reviews. I don't really know if they're worth doing (Lord knows book reviews are a dime a dozen.) I have five YA books to review so I may just finish up the mini reviews and get them out of the way. I'm on a classic novel now per my New Year's resolution (no, I haven't forgotten about that) when I wanted to read the popular YA, old books I enjoyed as a teen and classic books I still haven't gotten to yet. This means I'm finally taking time with Austen.

I should also mention the debacle last week with the Citizens Advice Bureau who had an “Immigration Clinic” to help people with paperwork for their work permits, visas and leave to remain status (like me for next year.) Of course I was never told that I needed an appointment so I was escorted into an interview room to a volunteer who didn’t know as much about the process, the Immigration Clinic or the rules for the paperwork than I did. Eventually she got an answer (just one, mind you) from two advisors who, of course, were too busy with appointments or walk-ins (as I was told that my situation wasn’t as important as the other people who came in) to speak to me face-to-face. I felt bad for being snappy at the volunteer but seriously, I needed a qualified immigrations advisor for that visit. But I’m sure they aren’t going to bend over backward for an immigrant anyway even though I can’t find work or take any benefits from anyone to begin with. But I digress…

We haven't gone on any little adventures other than around town lately so I have had any photo sets to add to Flickr. But we will be headed somewhere nearby over the Easter break. The Queen gives us Easter Friday through Easter Monday off!

This weekend, of course, is for The Hunger Games!

1 comment:

  1. This is not a good time to use Facebook or other social media sites. It's time to enjoy spring, it's colors and beautiful nature that is giving fresh breath.

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