The internet was down. Immediately my mind was full of 'what ifs'. What if they can't send anyone out for days, or weeks? What if I don't meet my time obligations? What if I get so far behind that I won't be able to catch up? What if someone is trying to contact me and can't get through?
I tried my phone, my tablet, my laptop, three computers in the house and they were ALL DOWN. What am I going to do?
Then the technician on the other end of the phone line said something that made me love him instantly. "The good news is, I can have a technician there before noon tomorrow."
"Are you kidding me?" I wanted to kiss him. "No, I am not. Will you be home?"
Of course I will be home, are you some kind of an idiot to think I have more important things to do than to be here for the tech. "Yes, I will most definitely be here."
It was late afternoon. What am I going to do for the next several hours? I decided to take a deep breath, and have a look at the proverbial list. Listed there were all the things I had been putting off because I was spending all my time in front of one or more computers.
I thought of my on-line friends. Would they notice I disappeared? Would they realize I was not responding to their comments? Would they care?
Another deep breath. I chose to watch some TV with my husband, without guilt. Usually I am sitting there wishing the show would end so I could get back to work in my office. Tonight, I had no choice.
I actually went to bed at a decent hour and was hoping the tech would arrive first thing in the morning. He didn't. It was supposed to be a very hot day and I have put off gardening because I don't do heat!
First thing on my list was to weed the garden. It actually felt good to be working in the great outdoors with the morning sun beating on my back.
I did some baking and vacuumed every nook and corner before the house got too warm from the summer heat wave. I finished all the laundry and tackled my worst favorite job. IRONING. I don't know about you, but this is one thing I hate to do. I will put it off until there are no shirts for my hubby to wear. We have a deal. I iron and he keeps the top of his desk clean. Neither one of us are good at keeping that promise.
I ironed for a couple hours while the technician was working in my office. He found several problems and now I have internet that is so fast, it is scary.
How quickly we get caught up in the drama of not having internet. I hear it all the time from my fellow bloggers, friends, family, and business associates. This morning I got a taste of what life used to be like - before this pressure of today's world.
I actually had a nice conversation with the tech guy and it was ......pleasant. I don't have to tell you what the subject of our conversation was -- DOGS, of course. I talked to him about the raw food diet and he had already put his little Maltese on raw food who was living a remarkable life without any health issues commonly known to that breed and she is eleven years old. I didn't feel the pressure of cutting him short so I could get back to work. He worked, we talked.
How about you? Can you turn off the computer and not feel guilty? Or are you a crazy workaholic, like myself, who believes the world may end if you don't get everything done?
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