I should have a lot of time on my hands. I am, after all, mostly retired. I do not go to an office, report to anyone but the occasional editor for freelance writing.
In the not too distant past I worked a full time job, taught part-time and maintained two homes on opposite coasts. That was my life.
But today? I should have a lot of time on my hands. Time to play games like Candy Crush on Facebook. Time to fiddle with apps like Words with Friends. Time to tweet constantly. To post on Instagram and Pinterest.
I look at friends who seem to do all this and wonder, where do they find the time? Because I have no time for apps. At all.
My days are full. The typical day involves lots of sitting in front of a screen writing. My daily blog post goes up and I share it on a few social media sites. I respond to reader comments.
I cook one big meal a day for me and hubby, which entails menu planning and grocery shopping. We try to get to the gym and walk Riley. We watch our favorite television shows either together or separately, and maybe go to a movie.
I talk to a girlfriend who’s sick and sometimes I spend a day and/or a night with her.
Me, heading off to party with friend.
At least once a week I have an outing in real time with a friend I know in real life. We do not “message” each other. We actually sit down in one another’s company and share a meal, talk, see a play, go to a movie. I’m in San Francisco at least twice a month doing things with friends.
I read at least one –if not two or three– books a week. And travel plans must be discussed and made.
Busy with the business of “real” life (as opposed to online life) — the busy-ness– I simply do not have time for “apps.”
And to be honest–I don’t want to be the person who stands around staring at the tiny screen in my hand. That person I see walking down the street not watching where she is going. The person who ignores the people she’s at dinner with in favor of taking photos of her plate and posting them on Instagram. Or who can’t participate in a conversation without snapping a photo and posting it. That woman who doesn’t have time to pick up a book because she is playing Farmville.
So, if you’re someone who digs apps, I’d like to know more about that. How do you find the time? What do you like about them?
Because really, I am clueless.