It’s Wednesday, 11:31 am. I’m presently sitting in Starbucks, English Breakfast tea with milk and a lot of sugar at my side. My computer is hooked up to the free wifi.
Why did I choose to work at Starbucks today? Simply put- there is a Spectrum outage in my area, and I am unable to get onto the internet at home.
What’s the takeaway?
I can’t function without the internet.
Here’s how my morning looked:
- I normally check the weather and the news when I wake up. Big fat can’t do when there is no internet.
- Wordle. WORDLE! How did I ever exist without wordle!
- Email? No can do.
- Blog? Can’t read comments. Can’t read blogs. Can’t write blog.
- Amazon? Can’t download return code for thing I need to return.
- Address? Can’t google the address of my daughter’s new dorm, and she’s unreachable because she’s in orientation advisor training
- Writing? Can’t get on to Googledocs, because I never did what I needed to do to be able to use it offline
- Petsmart? Can’t make grooming appointment for my dog.
- Nook? Can’t buy new book
- Goodreads? Can’t update the book I finished last night.
- Hotels? Can’t book reservations for the two parents weekends at my daughters school
- EZPass– I was supposed to figure out how to return my Father’s expired ezpass….have to pass for now
So basically- my to do list sits here, undone.
If you’d asked me a day ago, if I was a slave to the internet, I would have told you NO. But here I sit, my glasses on the scarred brown table, my tote bag on my lap, sipping tea through the little whole at the top of the cup, and pissed off because I can’t get stuff done.
True, for some things I could be at home, using my Verizon 5G- but we don’t have unlimited wireless on our phones. I don’t want to extend into overages if I don’t have to. None of these things are emergencies: they’re just inconveniences. And I really grasp that I don’t like to be inconvenienced…
But now the blog is done. I’m going to answer comments. Then I’m going to tackle the internet related issues of my to do list. And then I’m going to run home and grab an umbrella because it looks like rain…