Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Living a "real" life.

It's been almost 2 months since I have been on here.

My reason?

No computer to use.

My poor little computer caught a nasty virus that plagued the entire system and threatened to remove EVERYTHING I had on it. It's sad, but in a weird way I realized how much time I spend on my computer and just how much I actually depend on it for everything.

While I have a computer at work I could use, I don't have time to blog on there PLUS this site is technically blocked along with any other social-networking sites. For the time being, I am using my son's laptop.

In the past 2 months, Little A played basketball and then the season ended. I have no photos to post on that one....sorry, but the pics are on my broken computer

He started baseball and I had to hand deliver his registration form. I couldn't register online (my preferred way of signing him up for things.)

I had friends trying to get ahold of me on facebook. Their messages are sent to my email, and thus, I could not respond to them.

We went to Boston for a week and a half, and I had a difficult time trying to purchase tickets, a hotel and a car without a computer. Try booking all that while on hold for SEVERAL minutes only to speak to someone in India--NOT FUN.

I visited a few friends that I hadn't seen in a while. I usually map out their address ahead of time so I know where I'm going. I had to resort to the ol' pen and paper routine and get the word-by-word directions from them. And then I prayed that I would not get lost.

Oh, excuse me dear readers....did I mention that my cell phone broke during this time? Forgive me for leaving that tid-bit of information out. But yes, not only did I not have a way of getting in contact with people on the computer, but I also could not call them unless my cell phone was plugged into the wall. So guess what? Wherever my cell phone and I were; so was my bulky wall plug.

I became so reliant on speed dial, voice activation dial and my phone address book, that I didn't really know anyone's phone number. I went back to the ol' pen and paper thing again and wrote everyone's information down from my phone when it would randomly decide to turn on for a few seconds. Just enough time for me to open my address book and snag a few numbers.

I was this close to communicating by pigeon with everyone.

I'm not going to lie, but having zero technology around me sucked. It really did. I felt like I was missing out on things. It was frustrating.

After this Quaker kick, things weren't so bad after all. All my time that I exerted on the internet or on the cell phone resulted in me living a "real" life. Instead of talking to friends on my phone, I was meeting up with them and going out and doing things.

And all those friends I have on facebook? Maybe a few of my real close friends actually contacted me. The rest, didn't really care or hadn't noticed that I was "missing" from the social networking world.

My 2 month hiatus from all of this was eye-opening for me. Without a computer or a cell phone, I felt helpless. Resorting to a phone book to look up businesses, or having to hand deliver documents was completely inconvenient to me.

On the other hand, not having the convenience of a computer or a cell phone, really allowed me to become better friends with some people and meet new ones along the way because I was in constant one-to-one contact with everyone.

Not having these things also allowed me to focus on my family more. Instead of blogging at night, I was outside having a campfire with my family. Instead of commenting on someone's wedding photo on facebook, I was meeting up with my friends for lunch.

Not to say that I didn't do any of this before, but having modern conveniences taken away from you like that puts things into a new perspective.

A good perspective.
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