Hey, all. Sorry for the silence. I've been at my dear friend Mej's house since Wednesday and she doesn't have internet. Not only that, but she didn't have any neighbors with unsecured networks that I could sponge bandwidth off of. It was a complete world wide web desert. That's why there was no Choice Goods Wednesday.
I actually called my hubby and asked him to log on and write a little post explaining the situation, but he was super busy with work. (He was in Atlanta on business, which is why I was visiting Mej, and had exactly enough time to eat, sleep and work. Poor guy.)
The low down: It was really nice to be free from technology for awhile. No cable, no internet, no blogging, no YouTube, no PlayStation. No pressure to respond to emails or comment on blogs. We mainly kept nine kids fed and happy, crocheted and talked. It was fun, albeit frustrating at times. We both would have things that we wanted to show each other, but they were online and we couldn't access them. Also, I wanted to get a phone number for a restaurant and couldn't look it up online. It's amazing how much I rely on the internet now. For business information (hours and prices), for entertainment, for communication, for creative ideas and instructions, and so much more.
So even though I was in a desert, the desert was a really beautiful place that I would love to visit again, although I wouldn't want to live there.
It felt a lot like when I stopped watching television. It's surprising how much you can accomplish and what creative ambitions you can follow when your time isn't being sucked up by that blinking screen. I don't put my interaction with the internet on par with tv, since I use it in a completely different fashion. I will admit, though, I do sometimes just get on and veg out, letting my mouse click wherever my mood leads it.
Soooo, I guess that's it.
(This post started as an explanation, but turned into more of an essay we could call, "The Internet and Tricia: Pros and Cons of Interactive Technology.", although we won't.)