Our internet died last week. It was a tough few days for me. When you are a stay at home spouse, you get kind of attached to the internet. I mean, a normal day for me consists of a lot of internet usage: I shop and browse, read and write, coupon and cook, all while online. So, going 4 days without was a little difficult. Computers became pretty much useless. The TV showed nothing but what was in the DVD player. And using the phone was out of the question. I felt very isolated and disconnected.
The bright side, however, is that I was forced to entertain myself in other ways. For example, I actually decided I would read a book, something I have been struggling to do lately. I finally finished a book I started way back in April and even started reading a second book. I spent a good bit of time sitting down and playing my keyboard on multiple occasions (something that Keith thinks I never do), and practiced a couple of new songs quite well. I also decided to take time to watch some of the many DVDs I hauled with me from home. Hence began a miniseries marathon (I would tell you which miniseries I watched and how many, but then you might judge me for having so much unproductive time on my hands). I even pulled out one of my giant cookbooks to skim through because I needed a recipe and had nowhere else to find it.
Since the return of the internet on Saturday evening, I find that, so far at least, I haven't been as attached to it as I once was. I have to admit that it has been kind of refreshing to take a break from the constant stream of information and glare of the computer screen. Yes, it has been nice catching up on blogs and FB statuses, but I am content with just reading my book for the moment.