Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tech-Free Power Hour

So we decided to start a tech-free hour every night. No phones, iPads, laptops, computer, iPods etc. Even an Etch-a-Sketch is pushing it. You'd think this would be easy; you'd think wrong.
Here is a list of all of the things I desperately needed to look up during last night's Tech-Free Power Hour:

  • How much is an Austin Zoo membership?
  • I need a good meatloaf recipe
  • When did Paul Harvey die?
  • I need to make sure Smash is recording
  • L.E. wants a green train for her birthday. I must find this now.
  • What can we make with Swiss Chard, mushrooms and tatsoi?
  • What is tatsoi?
  • I need to find giant googly eyes
  • When is my next Birchbox coming?
  • Am I still friends with so-and-so on Facebook?
  • Hamlet the Mini Pig Goes Down the Stairs
  • L.E. and I are imagining a trip to Paris. What is the name of a good restaurant there?
  • What are my Blogger stats?
  • Did anyone comment on my last post?
  • How do I get Play-Doh out of a rug?
  • How do I get Play-Doh out of my hair?
  • Is there a Post Office nearby?
  • I saw this thing on Pinterest and I need to find it right now
  • Are those jeans at the Gap on sale yet?
  • What's up on Twitter?
  • Who do I want to see at SXSW?
  • Has my health insurance kicked in yet?
  • I heard an email ping. Who was it from? What did it say? Is it a book agent?
  • I need to find that one photo of L.E. where she's naked and playing the ukelele
So there you have it...the pathetic things I really needed to know when I couldn't reach for my phone or lappy.
Do you try a tech-free hour at home at all? If yes, what crazy things did you need to know but couldn't find out till later?


  1. we did tech-free 24 once a week from 7 pm on friday until 7 pm on saturday for a good long while and my husband has been saying it's time to reinstate. it is a bit maddening at first but then totally liberating. maybe we will start a power hour every night!

    1. I don't know if I could handle 24 hours! How will I find out who did the voice for that one commercial two years ago that I need to know RIGHT NOW?
      If we do decide to go 24 hours, I'm going to ask you for tips.

  2. Holy moly, my teenaged daughters and pre-teen step-kids would kill us after torturing us with various shrill whines and cries if we tried this! Not to mention my own craziness without techie toys for minimal amounts of time. Girl, y'all are brave! I have nominated you for the Liebster award, better run to my blog and grab it before your next tech-free hour!

  3. Oh my. Hahah I can imagine that I would have something similar if I planned a tech free hour. I think just randomly doing it probably makes it easier. You aren't stuck knowing you aren't supposed to touch anything!

    New follower stopping by from the GFC blog hop! Can't wait to read more!


    1. You're right, Sarah! It's easier when you don't realize you don't need it.