Technology is nice when you have it, and when it’s gone you realize how dependent you’ve become. We’ve been disconnected from the technical outside world since Saturday. (So much for getting caught up on the blog-hopping I had planned over the weekend.) The only reason you’re reading this post right now is because I didn’t want to leave you in the lurch, so I typed up this post then drove down to the local gas station where I heard a rumor they have a Wi-Fi Hotspot, and voila – cut-and-paste then get out of dodge. Funny how just a mile down the road they have all the technological perks – they must not be Comcast customers.
Because of the oddity of a snowstorm we had on Saturday (which produced 6+ inches of snow – pictures to come when we’re actually back online), while we were lucky in that we maintained power (aside from the ever-annoying off-on-off-on that took place), we did end up losing our phone, internet and cable TV. Since Saturday. We miraculously had all our services back for a few short hours Sunday evening, only to be disappointed yesterday morning to yet another complete disconnect.
It’d be one thing if it was only internet or phone or cable that was out, at least utilizing one of the three would serve to keep things in forward motion. But having all three out? Chaos. And major frustration. And many hours of terminal ignore trying to find out from Comcast what the ETA would be for possible reconnect.
I’m really regretting our decision to give in to their pleas last year when they were begging their old customers to come back. Comcast sucked when we had them before, and still sucks disguised as Xfinity. I’m just sayin’.
Moving on… Today’s the first day of November – which means there’s only about 24 days until Black Friday. See what I did there? I pinpointed Black Friday rather than the fact that Christmas is approaching at lightning speed.
Usually I try to have my shopping done by Thanksgiving, so I can enjoy watching Christmas movies while wrapping the pile’o’presents. Hopefully I’ll get my act together and not be shopping at the last minute like I did last year.
We’re planning on descending on my sister and her family in Iowa for the Christmas break (yes, we were just there this past summer – we figured we’ve experienced the summer heat, why not enjoy the winter blues with family?) Both Princess Nagger and the Little Dude were concerned that Santa wouldn’t be able to find them if they weren’t actually here at home, but I assured them that Santa will follow them wherever they go.
This means I better make sure at the very least the Santa gifts are bought and wrapped so I can ship them to my sister in advance to keep the magic alive. Which will ultimately break records for me – all my friends and family out West are used to getting their Christmas (and usually their birthday gifts from earlier in the year) in time for their New Year celebration. Having kids really throws off your finite schedule, I’ve found.
That’s it for today – sorry not to incluce how trick-or-treating went last night (since I’m typing this 2 hours before the fun will start, as I enjoy the last 15 minutes of quiet with both the Little Dude and the hubby taking a nap) and for the lack of pictures (since I’m not sure how strong the Wi-Fi signal will be once I get there and attempt to connect from my car) I’d rather not chance trying to upload pictures yet. I’ll do that when we actually have functioning service from the comfort and convenience of our own home, rather than looking like a psycho stalker with my laptop in the parking lot of the mini-mart. Too bad Starbucks isn’t a convenient quick trip.
Meanwhile, feel free to link up and hop around to visit other Random geniuses – and here’s hoping the disconnect doesn’t last all week. That would drive me completely insane (since I’m pretty much on the edge as it is).
We’re still rebelling while Keely is still hiatus-ing (and maybe, just maybe she might be making an illustrious return soon), if you have a smorgasbord in your brain and want to let it out, c’mon and join in the fun! Rebel On!
(Right-click is working again! Now your life will be easier. I’m just sayin’.)
Once again I’m hopping aboard this fun friendly train – if you’re traveling on the train, be sure to leave your link so I can follow you back!
And here’s another fun one, Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop…or Bounce!