Jul 23, 2009

I think it's safe to say...I missed you!

You may have noticed yesterday that I did not comment on your blogs or on mine. I apologize. I was out of the house 90% of the day. Thank goodness I barely noticed being away from the computer. I could probably do it every day. It was like I completely forgot the computer existed.




Oh. My. Goodness. It. Was. AWFUL!!!

I woke up and had about 10 minutes to post the pre-written blog I had prepared. I glanced at my Dashboard and used every ounce of will power available not to start reading them all. (It was almost physically painful!) I tore myself away from my pretty glowy monitor and got ready to go to a friends.

I spent an hour and a half in the car, unable to even check the email on my phone. I had to set the vehicle on Cruise because my knees began to shake and bounce at an uncontrollable pace. I settled for man handling my daughters iPod and skipping numerous songs just so I could push the buttons.

When I arrived at my friends I quickly glanced at my phone, seeing email just sitting in my inbox. I took a deep breath, put the phone in my pocket and moved forward. I knew I could do this...I could be a technology free woman for at least 5 hours...right??? So we got in her house and I set the phone down and everyone started visiting. After about a hour I mentioned I was missing my phone. This was a good sign. I had already forgotten where I set it down. I was overcoming my addiction! (Or I was possibly in really good company...most likely the second option) When she stood up and mentioned she better grab her phone too I took a sigh of relief. I wasn't alone.

So I nervously snuck a few rapid glances at my emails here and there when no one was looking, reading everyone's comments on my blog, just wishing I could comment back. Had she turned up the air? It was getting kinda hot. I bit my lip. I hoped the beads of sweat didn't glisten too brightly, and thankfully my arm pits remained dry.

When the afternoon was over we said our goodbyes. We then headed home to pick up my husband from work. Another hour and a half in the car. Luck was on my side when the children fell asleep and couldn't see me scratching my skin off and yelling at the radio stations and the now dead iPod. My finger crashed into the steering wheel controls with force every time a good song failed to reveal itself. The car ride was unbearable.

But I made it ....with skin in tact...clothes not quite soaked (partially because I had a sudden onset of major chills)...and only a small, somewhat inconspicuous twitch in my left eye.

I arrived to my husbands job about fifteen minutes prior to the end of his work day. SCORE! I rambled through all my emails, checked my facebook statuses, updated my own, and twittered. A small portion of my heart still yearned to read all my favorite blogs, but I ignored the burn and smiled at my husband now entering the car.

We got home and had to eat quickly. It was gym night. I whined and pouted, my arm slightly extended towards the computer, complained that I did not want to go. He dragged me by the hair...I mean gently explained we had made a commitment. I went.

In the gym....no service...left eye twitch becoming not so inconspicuous....

When we returned home "So You Think You Can Dance" was on. UGH! What was with all these road blocks! I ran to my computer during one short commercial, blazing through each website, barely having time to pee, which of course was the "real" reason I had come upstairs. Luckily the dancers were, as always, phenomenal and I barely remembered my forgotten blogs.

By this time it was 10pm. I was tired. The strain from being away from the computer had broken me down. I couldn't take it anymore. I passed out in the fetal position...I mean fell asleep.

So friends I just want you to know. You are lucky I am still alive. I barely made it. I swear!

But I'm back. I've read all my favorite blogs. Commented on as many as I had time for and now I am calm and relaxed. Let's just hope that never happens again shall we!

See how much I love you guys!!!!


sherrinda said...

LOL! You crack me up! And that picture is hysterical! I heard this week was Unplugged Week, but I did not participate. It would be good for me, but ugh...the trauma!

Marybeth Poppins said...

I'd need a 12 step program to get through an entire week!!!!

CB said...

Guess I'm not on your "favorite" list yet. :(

LOL you crack me up... but I know how you feel.. damn internet addiction. :D

Marybeth Poppins said...

LOL CB...5 SO did not cover the 100 blogs I follow...:) You are on my favorites too! (Want me to send you the Gnome approved Blog award!!!!)

The internet is EVIL!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Oh, this was funny! I felt the same way when we went out of town. The historic inn had Wi-Fi. :) But I suffered in the car.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Jody Hedlund said...

Too funny, Marybeth!! I just love reading your blog! You have such a unique way of making everything, even the mundane things, so entertaining! Are you a writer or something?

Alexia said...

LOL This will be my week starting tomorrow. I've picked up an extra job and won't be able to get online for A WEEK! I'm really wishing I had a internet-enabled phone right about now...

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Marybeth, you are seriously hooked! LOL

That picture reminded me of years gone by. Thinking dental appointments here.

Katie Ganshert said...

Halarious picture! I'm still laughing just thinking about it. I need to print that one out and frame it.

So you Think You Can Dance!! That last three dances of hte night were phenomenal, weren't they? The breast cancer one was awesome, Brandon and Jeannine's before that rocked, and Kayla and Jason's hiphop was off the hook. Loved it! I don't want any of the to go!!

Sorry for the tangent...I am glad you are better now. And that you aren't dead. I'd be sad if you were dead.

Nancy said...

You certainly had a very stressful day without your compuer. I don't know how you can keep up with so many devices, but it sounds like you do fine.

Tara said...

I can't even recall life before the Internet. Sign me up for the addicted to technology group.

Krista Phillips said...

LOL! This is me EVERY DAY as I try to be a good little employee and not look at blogs/twitter/facebook while at work.

It's painful. Can I just say? Very painful.

Tabitha Bird said...

Was there life before the internet??? NOOOO!!!
Not possible!
Unplugging for a whole week? That's just crazy talk!

Very funny :) Loved the post.

Janna Qualman said...

Hilarious! And I, uh, kinda know the feeling. (Shh...)

Thanks for stopping by Something She Wrote. I appreciate your thoughts!

CMOM Productions said...

You are still ahead of me! I'm still catching up on blogs MB! It was a great day to let the kids have fun that day. We certainly can't live without our phones or Internet access though! That would be sinful! lol Tonight I'm catching up on all my blog reading and grateful that I am now doing a M, W, F blog schedule so I can read on the in between days! lol

Shutter Woman said...

Loved the picture! It's amazing how addicted we get to our online life, isn't it? lol

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