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Quality Time

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I spent most of today off of the internet because the file restore download for my photos was taking forever and slowing everything down to an intolerable speed. It was quite a shock to the system. I usually spend a lot of time online, on twitter, reading blogs and news websites, getting my daily dose of online junk food from the gawker sites, not so much on facebook any more.

And today I did almost none of that. 2 of my 6 email accounts (I know) go to my phone, so I got the important stuff. I peeked in on twitter here and there and got on facebook once in the morning. You know what I didn’t feel today? Outrage. Anger. Annoyance. I didn’t roll my eyes once. (Not even at my husband!) I made turkey stock and fancy salad for dinner. I ran a ton of errands. I rolled yarn balls. It was awesome.

Clearly, I need to rethink my priorities. I need to rethink who I follow on twitter, what blogs I read and I need to back the hell away from twitter when twitstorms are happening. Or learn to control myself and just ignore it. While, social media is often used for good, there is often a cost. And right now part of the cost is my sanity. You might see less of me on twitter – maybe not, we’ll see. What I will be doing more of is the interacting part of social media, answering every @, every email and, what relates the most to here, answering every comment.

This crazy online world with the twitters and the blogs is what you make it. Sometimes I forget that it is opt in. No one is making me read blogs that are boring (not yours), tweets that cause my eyes to roll so hard they bounce in my skull (not yours again) and stupid facebook status updates (I heart the hide button).

That said, I have a new blog in the works. Woohoo! It is debuting next week. It is about food, not babies and is one hundred percent drama free. For now. People have opinions, but I would rather people rage against the mushrooms than wake up to a twitter stream slapping me in the face with pedophilia every two seconds. AND, I might have a giveaway or two or maybe three. I am feeling a little crazy.

Similac Recall Reactions

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Every once in a while, I am really disappointed in the people I follow on Twitter and Facebook. Similac had a formula recall. And some mom’s online seem to be laughing about it. The powdered formula is being recalled due to possible beetle contamination, in short, there could be bugs in it. Which is kind of gross. But then I started seeing some tweets that basically said  formula recall, surprise, surprise, or ha ha, there are no bugs in breast milk, 0r reason number 485 why I breastfeed, formula recalled. Again.

How is that helpful? Not all mom’s want to give their babies formula. I sure didn’t. But “booby trapped” or no, I was led down a path where supplementation was the only way that Spencer gained weight. And I chose Similac. That doesn’t make a difference, but my heart sure skipped a beat when I first heard about the recall.

And then the tweets started flying. I can see why lactivists have a reputation for hating formula feeders. Many of the tweets were snarky and rude. It just seems so unnecessary to add insult to injury. The moms who buy this product are probably worried and freaking out. No need to mock them. One or two people did tweet a few times about playing nice, but it didn’t seem to help. I get that bug contamination could be seen as funny and lends itself to easy jokes.  Tellingly, the people who simply presented the recall information without comment or judgement were the professionals; the CLCs, the employees of breastfeeding aligned companies simply sent out a tweet or status update with the information.

I’ve unliked a blog on Facebook already and am debating about what to do about a few of the people I follow on Twitter. The worst part of all this, the women who so offended me, most likely wouldn’t care or would take my opinion as persecuting them.  And the most common reaction would probably be along the lines of fine then, unfollow me.  Ok then, will do.

P.S. I wrote this post while nursing my 14 month old son.

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