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I am running away from home this weekend in the company of 25 or so assorted other women — some I know, some just waiting to become friends. We will be hidden away at the Koinania Christian Camp in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains of California. The biggest challenge for me (besides not taking every scrapbooking project I own) will be the total absence of Internet and cell phone service all weekend. There is a land line in the office in case of emergency, which should be all we need, but I am pretty thoroughly tethered to my electronic media. I know the break will be good for me…if nothing else but to make me appreciate my phone and computer on a daily basis!

I’m taking my Cricut Expressions2 along, hoping to spend some time getting to know my way around it in the company of women who use theirs on a daily basis. I have been rather afraid of it, I guess “timid” would be a better word, having only taken it out of its box two or three times in the four years since I bought it. But every time I see the cards and scrapbook pages created from our Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges, I get all excited about learning how to use mine. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

My friend Jen posted on her Facebook page that she is looking forward to spending the weekend her sweatpants. I’ve been so engrossed in choosing my projects that I haven’t even thought about clothes, although my Clothing Fairy boxes included a lovely pair of yoga pants that will end up in my backpack now that she reminded me. What a lovely thought — choosing clothes just for comfort’s sake!

I will miss my family and my electronics this weekend, but will enjoy reconnecting with myself.

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