We're back online.
It feels nice, as you can imagine. Both Squeeze and I missed that connection with the greater world, in different ways. We are so lucky in the fact that our BIL's parents had a computer that they were looking to give away. With everything else that has gone on in these past months, it was such a relief to us. Yesterday the vacuum stopped working mid-swipe (it came unplugged) and my first thought was, "What?! The vacuum too???"
It's been rough.
I am thankful for my time away to some extent, because I feel like it taught me a lot. It felt good to not have that raging curiosity tickling my mind, wondering what is going on in all the blogs that I follow, or if so-and-so has emailed me back yet. Or worse, that black hole that Facebook is to me. It's just best not to go on.
I wouldn't say that I was controlled by the computer (Squeeze might), but I do think the accumulated time spent here-and-there added up throughout the day. And that tickling -- it was irritating.
So now I need to set manageable and realistic expectations of myself. My primary method of communication is through email, both personal and practical. I like the interaction and life-sharing of blogging. It is nice to have that slight connection with the past through Facebook, however intermittent. I enjoy listening to iTunes at different points throughout the day. I regularly request inter-library loans at home, often on the spur of the moment.
etc., etc., etc.
But I can't let this whole business tickle my mind like it has in the past. It was nice to have that month to show me the alternative, which was NOTHING at all; but freeing nonetheless. Conclusion: I'll be parring down my tickle-time.
You'll be hearing from me, though.
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