So I had this idea that one day a week we should use no technology–no computer, no internet, no television. Steve is always wanting us to take off a day a week and gallivant around together, so he agreed to the ban if I’d go out with him for the day. We’re thinking Mondays will be good for this–after his biggest work day–but this week Monday was already too full. So we settled on yesterday.
It was fun. Our first challenge was as we were going to a hospital where a friend from church was having open heart surgery. It was Mercy Fairfield Hospital in a northern suburb of Cincinnati–one we’d never visited. (Of course we thought we’d been to every possible hospital!) As we entered Fairfield, we agreed that we had no idea where the hospital was. But I kept seeing official signs to “Jungle Jim’s,” so I thought surely a hospital sign would show up soon. And it did.
We made the turn, but drove so long I thought perhaps we’d turned too soon. Then there it was–a huge hospital with various entrances. We found Jeff’s wife and daughters easily and spent some time with them. Later we found out that his quadruple bypass surgery had gone well. Quite a relief!
Then of course we can’t go to Fairfield without going to Jungle Jim’s. It’s a fantastic place with seemingly every international food you can imagine. In the Brazilian aisle, I even found the mix to make the delicious cheese bread that we loved in Natal. I also bought a pommelo that we loved to eat in Thailand, so the stop was a hit with both of us.
En route to the hospital, we had seen a carwash, so we took advantage of that to get rid of the crud on my car. Then we stopped at a GFS to stock up on the wonderful Market Day broccoli florets that we love.
Finally we headed for Ikea, the first suggestion on Steve’s list. I knew a shortcut existed, but without the GPS or phone, I wasn’t sure which street it was. As we passed each large intersection, I called out the name of the street, including Mulhouser. As it turned out, Ikea was on Mulhouser–but probably we were just as fast to go I-275.
We missed our turn into Mulhouser and, fortunately, at the next intersection found a First Watch for lunch. It’s one of my favorite breakfast or lunch places, and we both had delicious lunches. I even had enough of my Cherry Chicken Quinoa Bowl left for lunch today. It is a pile of fabulous goodness topped with sliced almonds, fresh herbs, and drizzled with balsamic dressing. Yum! I’ve got to try this at home. I won’t go into the number of calories, but I did divide it into two lunches!
We wandered Ikea, top to bottom, and as we left, I paraphrased I Timothy 6:7: “For we brought nothing into this store [world], and [it is certain] we can carry nothing out.” Not many people can leave Ikea empty-handed.
Then we went to Tri-County Mall for the first time in years. A mall was second on Steve’s list, and it worked out beautifully. We found a Dillard’s that was all closeouts and I bought dresses and blouses worth over $800 retail for $130. Woo-hoo! Then I used up the rest of an Auntie Anne’s gift card and we shared a pretzel and Diet Coke as we sat by a lovely waterfall and read.
Finally, sans technology, we were heading for home. We were going to eat dinner at Seasons 52, one of our favorites, but between the crowd and the piles of snow, no parking places were available. We agreed that we weren’t very hungry, since we’d eaten late, so we’d just go on home.
But we decided to stop by Kelsey’s and see how she and the children were doing with Stephen out of town. And wonder of wonders! She was just finishing up dinner and asked us to stay. So we welcomed the chance to visit with her and the children and have her delicious food as well.
Finally we were home. No television or computer or internet used all day. We put together some shelving we’d had for awhile, and getting that done made us feel quite productive. Some reading and clearing up from my desk after our devotional time finished off the no-technology day.
When we were at the hospital, Jenna said, “Oh! So you’re doing No-Tech Tuesday?” I’d never heard of it and admitted as much. Seems as though we were on the cutting edge and didn’t know it. Guess that doesn’t count, then.
At least it was a good day with lots of conversation–just what couples need now and then, even if they’ve been married as long as we have.