Detox me

Have you ever felt like you needed to detox yourself of something, something that needed to be cleansed right out of your system or else it could potentially take five years off your life?

Doritos, Oprah, slushies, COPS, white rice, scrapbooking, birds, cooking shows, Top Model, sprinkles, Jay Leno, beef, rated-G movies, curling irons, feet, fiber, monosodium glutamate, Judge Joe Brown, deodorant, SlimFast, Harry Potter, running, nail polish, pickles, water parks, Cheaters, talk radio, unfiltered water, black cats, soap operas, Freddy Prinze Jr . . .

These are just a few of the things I’ve purposefully stricken from my life at one point or another. Some of them I continue to avoid. Others I decided were worth the five years.

Detoxification is good for the soul. It makes you feel like you are doing something with your life, even if it’s just you single-handedly trying to dismantle Oprah’s empire simply by remaining indifferent to her Book Club. But really who would want to do that? It’s Oprah for heaven’s sake.

So here’s a challenge for you all. Pick something you can put on the back burner for one week. If you don’t miss it after seven days and it doesn’t miss you, then you’ve just de-cluttered your life and are well on your way to not becoming a hoarder of inconsequential things.

Want to know what I picked? It’s just flat out crazy. I’m not going to access the internet for one whole week. No email, no Facebook, no twitter, no YouTube, no Hulu, no Google Reader, no blogging. The absurdity! I know! But I think it will be really good for me.

So now you may be thinking, well how is our darling redhead going to woo us with her words. In short, I’m not. For one whole week, sort of. It won’t be all that awful I suppose. I fully intend on coming back. I’m just going to enjoy my family for awhile. This could have something to do with that nightmare I had the other night wherein I dreamt Bosco was a teenager, covered in hair, and smelly. So I’m going to use most of my time breathing in all the fresh 3 year-old scent I can get up my nostrils. Not to mention the sweetness of baby Bubba.

In the meantime, since I have some new readers (hello!), and because I can’t stand to let my blog baby just sit idle, I thought starting Monday I’d re-post a few of my earlier ones to help you newbies get to know me better. I mean this blog is practically ancient now. What is it? 3 months? There’s tons of stuff collecting dust in the archives. It would be sinful not to share again. Plus I hate dust. So enjoy!

I’m interested to see if any of you take my challenge. I’m even more interested to see what you detoxed. Toodles for now my little poopsies.


Kristina P. said...

Man, good luck with that. If I did the no Internet thing, I would literally die of boredom at work.

The redhead said...

I'm a little scared. But I'm doing this more out of necessity than sheer will. I'm not even going to have access to the WWW so that should make this eazy breezy.

Sherri said...

Wow, this would be hard! I went 24 hours with no Internet access last week while on vacation and it was actually nice! I felt SO behind on my blog reading, FB, and emails but you know what? I didn't miss anything life changing.

Good luck!

Keri said...

I'm planning on going vegetarian, but not till I get to WV. I would just feel rude if I refused to eat what my mother-in-law wanted to feed me. Can I still be part of the detox group? I'll just pretend like I didn't read this entry yet.

The redhead said...

Sherri-I hope I don't miss anything important. But knowing me and how things go, I probably will.

Keri-Of course you can get a late start. Are you just going to do it for a week or is this a lifetime change? I'm vegan 1-2 days a week. :)

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

Good luck! What a great idea! :)

Keri said...

I am test driving vegetarianism for a month, but hoping it will be permanent. I haven't made any decisions yet about full on vegan (other than I'm pretty sure I can't go the rest of my life without ice cream).

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