Internet Detox?

Thursday, 10 June, 2010

I’m finally back in the land of the 21st century.

That hasn’t been the case for about the past month.  Hubby and I decided to go back to our home in NY for a while to, you know, “get away from it all”.  When we left I was really looking forward to being there again for a while. It’s so beautiful there and oh. so. peaceful.  We have 18 acres of woods, we can’t see our neighbors from our house, and the only sounds we hear are the birds at our feeders, the stream on the side of our property, and the occasional 4-wheelers speeding by on their way to the trails. Actually, I was reminded just how peaceful it was when we got home.

If you remember my World Series drama from last year, you know that our house in NY has no cable.

And no cell signal. (We have to forward our cell phones to our land line. This also means no texting.)

And to top it off, NO INTERNET.  *gasp*  (We started out with satellite internet, but it had horrible reception. After that we even went back to the stone age of dial up, but we kept getting kicked off, which made us ticked off.) So in order to get the precious world wide web, Hubby and I would have to go to Barnes & Noble, Panera Bread, or Wegman’s-our grocery store full of awesomeness- all of which are 30 minutes from home.

It was so relaxing! I was finally able to finish reading my book. I started knitting on a sweater for this coming winter. I sat out on our patio in the sun and listened to music. I even baked a few batches of cupcakes.  Very relaxing!! At first…

But then it was as if I’d been sent to Internet Detox.   All I wanted to do was check my email….. and tweet a little bit…… maybe blog a while….. or do some googling….. send a text or two….. pay some bills…..

Is that so wrong?

I was suddenly left with extra time on my hands. Time that is normally spent in front of my MacBook. I guess when you’re sent to “therapy”, you’re supposed to reflect on the state of your life.

So I reflected.

And reflected some more-because that’s what you do when you have NO INTERNET…. I even contemplated life on our loooong drive back to Texas. I came to a conclusion.

I’m addicted to the internet.

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