Last week we had a mini tragedy in our house. The internet was down!
Not in a down for a couple of hours kind of way, this was a down until further notice. It took a 90 minute phonecall on Thursday night to establish it would be fixed on Monday at the earliest. Leaving us with at least 3 full days (and a weekend) with no Wi-Fi!
But what about 3G you may ask? We live in a small pocket of 3G randomness where it will appear in 10 minute intervals if you happen to be stood in the right place in the right room at the right time. Essentially for the foreseeable future I was cut off! In the future I will definitely be researching internet services near me to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Initially it was liberating. No FB or Instagram to check. No blog posts to comment on. As a result the iPad sat largely unused and my phone was rarely checked. As I sat snuggling with O on the couch I wasn’t using one hand to check through my Twitter feed. On Saturday we cuddled up on the couch and for the very first time watched a film together. A perfect way to spend an Autumnal afternoon with no other distractions, and I surprised myself at how much I loved Wreck-It Ralph.
By Sunday the novelty of being Internetless was wearing thin. I hadn’t realised how much I relied on it. I couldn’t listen to my Spotify, or check the weather, or catch up on my Sky News app. I couldn’t have a nosy on the Boden sale or take a sneaky peek at the menu of the restaurant where we going later that day.
But most of all, I missed reading blogs. I missed checking in to see what people were writing about, I missed Twitter and Instagram. Over the last year or so since I started blogging I hadn’t realised what a big part of my life it had become.
Whilst it was lovely to spend a few days with no distractions I did feel more than a bit lonely by the end, and that’s the lovely thing about the blogging community. There’s always someone there to have a bit of a chat to when you feeling like you need a bit of company.
Funny to think 15 years ago I was only just starting to use the internet and 20 years ago I had no idea what it was, and now it’s something I’ve come to rely on so much more than I ever knew! The break was nice, but I was a very happy to be back in the virtual world. Although I have promised myself to spend a bit less time with my phone in my hand!