I often read posts about bloggers who have gone through a power outage or a computer death (like me) and decided during the time they didn't have access to the Internet that it was actually a good thing. A blessing in disguise. And they decide that even though they now have an Internet connection again, they are no longer going to use it. Except for that one last post where they tell the world that they have rediscovered their family and have been set free. Oh, and buh bye.
I AM NOT ONE OF THEM.
I spend a LOT of time with my family doing family like stuff, but there's only so much time I can spend playing games and doing crafts and watching Gabi do the exact same flip off the couch a hundred times (she's in the WATCH ME! WATCH ME! phase right now) before my brain starts to freak out on me.
And she can only take so much of my OCDness before flipping out on my crazy ways. Like, I know not letting her hold the glue is probably stunting her growth in some way, but I just can't handle the insanely sticky mess she creates! And she just can't handle me not letting her be a Big Girl and doing it herself! And ARGHH!
So there's always a point in the day when we go our separate ways for some independent play. And the computer is usually where I escape to.
It's also my reward for dealing with things like Gabi pretending to be a dying armadillo and thrashing about on the ground at my feet while I'm trying to have a phone conversation with my pharmacist. If she can do things like that, then I can spend a few minutes zoning out on the Internet while checking on the latest Olympic stats. Tit for tat, kiddo.
Now I must say, getting in some extra reading time the last few days has been nice, but I LOVE my Internet. I can do almost anything on it. I actually do almost everything on it. The last three days without it have made me realize just how much I rely on it! No maps, no recipes, no bill paying. NO EMAIL!
I NEED IT BACK! I need to know that the Internet is there and available, even if I only need to hop on for a quick minute or two.
I think Gilberto's plan was to wait a few weeks before buying a new computer. Sorry, mister, we are going out to buy a new one TONIGHT. I've been able to stay somewhat connected at work, but I don't think I'll be able to go a whole weekend without an electronic fix.