It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Nothing too terrible but it just seemed like it was one thing after another. My husband travels a lot on business and was in China for the last two weeks. Naturally two days after he left the cable (which now is our umbilical cord to the mother ship of Time Warner Cable and basically runs our whole house), decided to check out for a few minutes and when it did it took out our phone, our TV, and most importantly to my sense of security, my well being, and my overall general happiness…access to the internet.
The wireless router blew when the cable came back on line and for some silly reason it defaulted back to factory settings. Yep, factory settings. I am clueless when it comes to hardware. A husband in China isn’t much help at resetting a wireless router and with the 12 hour time difference my 3:00 in the afternoon crisis does not equate to an emergency at his 3:00 in the morning to his Chinese hotel sleeping self who has a big presentation to give when he does wake up. My internet access troubles don’t even register in his world right now. The only saving grace was that my son had an extra cable from his old Xbox that he was able to use to hard wire me directly to the router. But that required me to move my laptop upstairs to where the router was. I don’t want to use my computer upstairs! I want to use it in my kitchen as nature intended! So, long story short, two weeks with limited computer access revealed to me just how much of a major stressor not having “access” is in my life. That, and the fact that I was basically forced to confront my internet addiction cold turkey.
Add to that a son sick with a major cold who then passed it on to me and who “forgot” that he had a major project due in two days in his AP Government class and needs help along with a tri-fold poster board and it’s 11:00 at night and the printer isn’t working, a daughter home for a couple of days on fall break from school who wants help making a Halloween cup cake costume so she can dress up for the big Halloween party on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and take it back to school with her, Furniture Market in High Point and many wheels of cheese begging to be cut and wrapped and attractively displayed, my car leaking something and making a funny noise, and the same son who I found out has been tardy to school so many times that his parking pass was suspended for two weeks and I now have to drive him in the mornings and pick him up again in the afternoons, toss in a painful case of Carpel Tunnel and braces on not one but both of my wrists, and the house keeps getting dimmer because every time I turn on a light switch another light bulb blows, and I have Halloween costumes to make for a fabulous party that we are invited to and I haven’t even started making them, and the same son who is now body building and I can’t keep straight which days he is “carb loading” or doing “protein” and I keep serving the wrong thing for dinner each night, and the phone call from my Dad saying that he is only 2 hours away driving on I-40 near Asheville and could they come over and visit for the weekend, the lawnmower that won’t start and we skipped mowing it the week before and the grass is getting knee deep and looks terrible and we are in the middle of college application season… shall I go on? (Because I could!)
I am exhausted. :)
Check back with me tomorrow though, I am currently marinating a pork tenderloin to throw on the grill for dinner tonight and planning to post the recipe tomorrow. Husband is home safe and sound, my laptop is back in the kitchen where it belongs and I am keeping my fingers crossed that tonight isn’t “Carb-Loading”. If it is , I’m in big trouble.