Sounds blissful, right?
It did, to me…but only after I accepted the unplugged part.
And only after I was convinced that all almost devices and the Internet are conspiring against me.
The past month, I made most of my phone calls on my landline. While I usually prefer that, this time, I had no choice.
Let me start with the comedy in my life.
After all, laughter is the best medicine, right?
I am now the proud owner of two internet connections but that does not mean I am better off than before.
We have been battling it out with our ISP for a long time now. So last week, while laughing over it, friend of ours bragged about his “superb” internet connection. We decided to try it out. Well, turns out that only the system that’s plugged into the router works fine and WiFi is iffy. Of course the sales guy assured us everything would be fine, naturally. But it wasn’t. So now, two connections, two parallel battles going on. Hopefully I will win the wars.
In the meantime, I am simply pretending it is the 90s.
And when I changed the way I looked at things, things changed.
Life is what happens between WiFi signals
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There used to be a time, long ago when I would get a little annoyed about my folks not figuring things out…and acting as though I was the techie in the house. Truth is, I do like to fiddle around but objected when they interrupted stuff I was doing and wanted to figure something out. I confess I may have said “how about asking Google” a few times, but our bond is so strong they ignore such suggestions.
So anyway, I realized while sorting something out recently that I cant remember the last time I got annoyed about this–I am simply grateful I am learning so much. Matter of perspective you know. And of course it tickles me to think my folks assume I know everything. I wish! But hey, I like the tolerant-and-ever-ready-to-help me.
Ah, call me lazy-but thanks to no internet, so I settled down to simply bingeing on Lisa Gardner’s DD Warren series. Love a strong feisty female lead! While each one is a standalone in the series, it is definitely wonderful to catch it in the right sequence. And I, of course, started with the latest two. Only later did I come to know that there’s a whole list–ten to be exact. So happy when I think of the hours and hours of reading ahead. Of course, there are hazards–because I have this habit of not putting a book down until I finish it. Grateful for a family that fully understands this madness.
Books also refers to two books I wrapped up this month–my editing work, I mean. The one I finished last month–the author kindly couriered me a copy. It is a great book! The two I finished this month will be out in print soon. I am grateful for work I love and it fills my heart with joy when each author I work with mentions me in a wonderful way in the “Acknowledgments”. And yeah, thanks to no internet, I finished work much faster. Go figure! But my publisher is happy. And so are the authors!
One step further–books ALSO means bookshops. Happy places. What’s not to love?
Oh, in the midst of all this, my MS Office crashed last week. Sure I lost some work, but I didn’t think much of it and simply used the repair tool. I got a popup asking if I’d like a full repair and I said yes. What happened next terrified me, because the program was reinstalled and I was expected to enter the product key again. And guess what? Didn’t work. I panicked. MS Office is not cheap. Finally found a workaround–Google Docs offline! I should use Google Docs more.
Lest you think I forgot my computer–yeah well, this month didn’t go by without the BSODs. But I’ve been managing to resolve those, with a little help from Microsoft. Sigh. I am grateful that the system is up for now.
Not wanting to feel left out, my phone has been hanging. I’ve stripped it of most apps and I am doing just fine! Ha ha. Grateful for that.
And thanks to being forced offline, I had a good time hanging out with friends. Best thing to do. Who am I to object when happiness is forced on me?
I’ve been enjoying time in the kitchen trying new recipes. As I’ve said before, always a pleasure to experiment especially when my son’s around. Holding on to these precious moments with gratitude.
Also—bingeing on comedy shows. Laughter…best medicine!
Oh, by the way, I have found a new welfare home to support. Looking forward to volunteering there, in addition to financially supporting them. The children are in the age group of 2 – 12 years. More about this in my next Gratitude post!
To round up my gratitude list, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying walking every day. Grateful to have a lovely lake nearby with two open gyms. I workout with a view of the lake and ducks gliding, trees swaying and gorgeous sunsets! Exercise is a non-negotiable when you have diabetes–and I am really fortunate that my fitness regime is so much fun.
Well, that’s a wrap. I know nobody asked me why I haven’t been around much–but I’ve been having a great time offline and don’t mind that it was forced. Yep, I’ve got drafts waiting to be published and I guess they eventually will be. In the meantime, while I wait for things to get sorted in their own time, I will cherish every moment that’s gifted to me.
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