...there was a woman who decided to take a blogging break. Telling the cyber world of her reasons for disappearing for a day or two, she focused on her children and only sent a few emails.
Then the internet connection broke.
She tried to fix it.
For three days.
Having no access to the internet, she had no way of communicating with her husband who happened to be in London at the time. She had no way to respond to messages from friends and family, and she had no idea if people were wondering if she cared (because this woman cares way too much what people think of her). She used a sister, a friend or two, and was able to communicate with her husband to let him know the internet was down. She tried to troubleshoot, re-start computers, re-start connections, call the internet people --to no avail. She found out it was a fairly regional thing, and many people were having internet and phone problems. Giving up and realizing she would just have to live without internet, she discovered something she hadn't realized (although it was pretty obvious from the get-go):
She was addicted to the internet.
Wandering aimlessly through the house, she didn't know what to do with herself! A blogging break, sure! But no internet at all? Oh, the torture!
So, she settled on reading books (Tamrobot! I finished Brisingr! I would email you about it, but well, you know...). She cleaned the house. She played games with her kids. She read them books. And then she found out that her husband was going to be gone two days longer than planned. Two more days without hubby while he is frolicking about in England?! The woman was not happy.
This is why she is now in Idaho with the parents. Not wanting one more day without internet, she drove 3 hours North, much to her children's delight! Visiting the grandparents has taken the woman's mind off of the internet problems (and addictions), and the kids are having a ball. Tonight they will pick up their father from the airport on the way home, and hopefully the internet problem will be solved!
But the strangest part of this whole story, is that the woman-- now armed with all the internet access she can have --doesn't want to be on it. She's decided the emails can wait. Blogging can wait. Reading more crazy debates on how gay-rights activists hate the Mormons (and not all the OTHER religions that are involved in SSM --come on, people!) can wait forever. The woman's children are wanting to go see a park today, and the woman is more than happy to oblige.