Next we decided to grab lunch and catch up. I might have slightly bent the rules by utilizing an ATM to check my balance before dining, but I thought that it was a step below checking it online.
We decided to eat at Panera. While it has delicious food, it is also is one of the few restaurants that does not have televisions. We dined there and hung out for a few hours while catching up. I asked Lauren to please leave her phone alone during the meal, in part because I had nothing to distract myself with.
After getting home from Panera I wasted so much water taking a shower until the hot water ran out. I had found a need to avoid technology by occupying myself in other ways, no matter how mundane. It was easy to avoid television at my house because we don't have cable, but my Lauren and Christine are glued to phones all the time. It was a weird sensation to be half listened to through the constant stream of social media. It made me realize that multitasking is actually pretty annoying.
Around 11:00pm we got a ride from a designated driver to a block party around the cottages. I could not get over being around 150 people so connected and lacking in real life interactions. Everywhere people we taking photos and videos the record this awesome night instead of enjoying it. It felt freeing to be out without technology because I was really with all the people I cared about and was able to better experience the night.
My head hit my pillow around 4:00am and slept solidly until 12:00pm on Sunday. The technology hiatus was over and after checking my phone I realized how little I had missed. Mostly I had texts regarding what I was doing Saturday and also Snapchats from random events. As I reviewed the same photos and post I see weekend after weekend I realized what a silly cycle this social media seems to be. Then I Instagrammed a cute photo of me and Lauren from the previous evening