September 30, 2014

Secret Life of Bloggers Blog Party: Post 28: My Fuzzy Brain

This month has been interesting.  I've done a lot of things out of my comfort zone in a short period of time which has been good but I've also had to change my work habits which turned out to be horrible. I was working from another home and alone most of the time so I found myself using technology more than ever to detrimental effect.       

I have found that my switch from listening to music on my computer to listening on my ipod touch has been bad for my focus as I get facebook notifications and email notifications. The time it takes me to check the notification takes a few seconds, but the time it takes to get my brain back on track is a lot longer. A study conducted by Michigan State reported that a 3 second distraction doubles work related errors and I believe it.

I've also been doing a lot of unnecessary multitasking, such as checking facebook, writing, listening to music and checking the news all at the same time. I find the new gadgets make multitasking like this effortless and quick. It seems like the less time I spend focusing on one task the more "fuzzy" and overwhelmed my mind feels. Science seems to back this up.

Now I'm strangely trying to undo all of the extremely handy features that my phone has and removing all of my saved passwords on the computer so checking thing is no longer a "3 second" jump. I've always been a fan of the "Slow tech" and "unplugging" movements and have been good about getting things done in the real world, but this last week I was glued to my devices and I feel horrible.

I encourage everyone to try and take a break from crazy  multitasking this week. There are a lot of beautiful things going on outdoors take the time to relax and enjoy them without checking your phone every two seconds.           


Very beautiful cloud formations. 


Sveva is a tanker that has been anchored in the Delaware. We're not sure what's going on with it but it rumor has it that the Coast Guard won't let it dock and won't let it leave.   

Probably the most beautiful sunrise I've ever witnessed.


The blue angels looking like a bunch of mosquitoes.  


Some people on the ship think it's fun to hide stuffed rats.


This is what I look like when on watch on Gazela from 2-4 am and I didn't go to sleep until 12.  


Went to a Civil War event  where I gave house tours and was still very sleepy from getting home from the Star Spangled Spectacular.


I'm kitty sitting and loving it.




It's that time of year again. 


It's mouse baby season.


Went to a very awesome honey gathering party at my friend's house where we got to see the process of collecting honey. 



I love old lenses and camera. I found these ones at a yard sale that I stopped by on a whim. You should have seen my happy dance, it was quite ridiculous. 


Sometimes my hair does weird things. 



I had a kitty that was anxious to help me paint. 


Small painting study sketch. 


My family visited Chanticleer Gardens , which is very close to where we live. We had never heard of it before but it is a very beautiful place and we had fun enjoying the gardens and the 1900s mansion and outbuildings. 


Went to a hawk watch with Andy. The birds of prey are migrating so it's a great time to look for them. 
If you do take this week to consciously practice the forgotten art of concentrating on one task, I'd love to hear about it!


  1. You took the most gorgeous cloud pictures! You were very busy this month and i'm sure you want to sleep for a week straight.

    1. Thanks. I really do. I can't wait to get the lenses converted and everything working though. :)

  2. You're right...those are beautiful clouds and a beautiful sunrise! The cat-sitting sounds fun (I love cats) and the honey-collecting sounds interesting.

    I would not have guessed that you were feeling tired in that 9-13-2014 picture. :)

  3. Thanks so much! I think I am still trying to repay the sleep debt I've racked up this month.


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