Ugly Truth #4 – I Get Too Much Screen Time

4k-wallpaper-apple-devices-blur-1268477.jpgOk, this one really hits me hard.  Not just because I know it applies to me.  But, because it applies to most of us.

I was almost late to work the other day.  Want to know why?  Because I was ready early and sat down on the couch to watch parrot videos.  Yup, parrot videos.  Do I have a parrot?  No.  Do I have a special interest in parrots?  Not really.  But, the internet is junk food for your brain!

Here’s a general breakdown of my “normal” day:

I get up, go out to smoke and either cruise Facebook or read my Kindle.

I go to work. . . where I look at my phone in between staring at a computer screen.  This lasts 8-10 hours depending on the time of year.

I come home.  The tv is usually on if The Hubby is home first.  In between making dinner, eating it and falling asleep I watch tv, look at my phone, work on my laptop and read my Kindle.

So, if you say you don’t get that much screen time, think again.  Do you use a computer frequently at work?  Do you check Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat on a regular basis?  Do you read using a Kindle?


People, our bodies need time away from the screen!  It messes up our sleep schedule.  It rewires our brain.  But, most of all, it takes away quality time we could be spending on something else!

For instance, we go out to dinner on a fairly regular basis with some dear friends.  I try to make it a point to either not bring my phone or leave it in the truck.  What I’ve noticed is The Hubby and the friends check their phone (and sometimes even spend a minute or more on it) constantly while we are together.  Does that make them bad people?  No!  They are still the most wonderful people I know.  But, it reminds me every time that we feel we have to know everything that is going on in the entire world at all times.

One of the things that I know cause issues with my Bipolar is too much news.  Not the news in general, but the bad news.  People getting shot, sudden deaths, missing children . . . and politics.  So, I try to avoid the news as much as possible.  It’s pretty tough when you have a husband who is a weather junkie.  But, I try to tune it out as much as possible.  Recently that has taken me down the path of trying to read more positive personal posts about my friends on Facebook as opposed to the “news” articles about the negative things.  If I’m going to let my brain get eaten by social media, let it be done by the good things in life.

So, my goal for myself for the next week (Rome wasn’t built in a day) is to only check social media feeds twice a day.  And to limit that to less than 10 minutes each time.  I’ll work on the Kindle thing later.  Baby steps you guys!

Peace, Love & Less Blue Light!

Hoosier Barn Chick


Hey! What Happened To My Weekend?


I spent my weekend cleaning The Barn.  Seriously.  And, it’s just to the point where it’s semi ok.

But, tomorrow starts a whole new week.  You see, most of us start dreading the coming week on Sunday night.  But, I’ve decided to look at it as a fresh start.  We’ll see how long that lasts!

Peace, Love & New Beginnings

Hoosier Barn Chick

On The Night Stand – October 2018

It’s time to revisit this.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been reading like a crazy woman all along.  But, I’m back to sharing what I’m reading.

I’ve started reading Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano.


And by reading I mean listening to it on  Yes, I do actually READ books on my Kindle.  But, the day job and its commute give me plenty of time in the car so I listen to a lot of books.

The feel-good #1 bestselling French novel about a woman whose mission to cure her “routine-itis” leads her to lasting joy and true fulfillment, for fans of The Alchemist and Hector and the Search for Happiness.

At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy.

When Claude, a French Sean Connery look-alike and routinologist, offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. Camille’s journey is full of surprising escapades, creative capers, and deep meaning, as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time…

Sort of fits into my goals theme this month.  Maybe it will inspire me to be more specific with my goals . . . or set more meaningful ones.

We shall see.  A big shout out to Julie for suggesting this book.  I hope you don’t mind me throwing you in here!  I just believe in giving credit where it’s due.

Peace, Love & Routinology!

Hoosier Barn Chick


I Peed Outside Today


Ok, if you know me, that shouldn’t really surprise you.  I pee outside a lot.  What with all of the outdoor activities we do and sometimes just for plain convenience, I pee outside . . . a lot.

However, today was a little different.  I didn’t have too much of a choice.  I swept and mopped the hallway that goes into the other sections of The Barn.  I did the whole hallway at once.  Not long after that, I realized why I don’t normally do it all at once.  Both bathrooms were blocked by a wet floor.  Sigh.

There was no way I was tracking across my wet floor.  I’ve been working hard to get things swept and mopped.  I knew someone would walk across it eventually.  But, it wasn’t going to be me.  Nope.  Not happening.

So . . . I went outside and peed in the front yard.  It’s a good thing we live on the edge of nowhere and you can’t see The Barn from the road!

Now I’m sitting here confused as to what to do next.  The wet floor is blocking off most of the house.  The living room is full of 10 dining room chairs because I pulled them out to sweep and mop half of the breakfast nook.  Once it’s dry, I’ll do the other half.  Then, I’ll wipe down all 10 chairs and put everything back.

Now what?  Maybe I’ll sit down for a few minutes, cool off and cut some yarn for the fringe I need to make to finish a project?

Peace, Love & Controlled Chaos

Hoosier Barn Chick

I Just Stuck An Entire Pumpkin In My Mouth!

Nobody loves peanut butter more than I do.

Seriously, I freaking LOVE peanut butter.  My preference is Peter Pan Honey Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter.  It’s the crack form of peanut butter!

And, since I’m not a girl who says no to chocolate (except white chocolate because it isn’t chocolate) I love me some Reese’s Cups.  I love the Big Cups even more.  I swear the peanut butter to chocolate ratio is higher.

You know what I love more than a Reese’s Cup?  The special shapes for holidays.  They taste better to me for some reason.


So, yeah . . . I just shoved an entire pumpkin in my mouth!

Love, Peace & Peanut Butter

Hoosier Barn Chick