When I first got on the Internet at home, it was through a dial-up connection. I think my modem was a whopping 28.8, which at the time was screaming fast. How barbaric. I lived in a condo that didn’t have cable or DSL availability so a lot of my Internet work was done, well, at work.
Then, whooooooosh! I became a parent, got married and moved to a place with cable Internet. Before I became a parent I had oodles of free time and spent a good deal of it reading. I became a mom 5 months before I got married, so I was dealing with a lot of change at once. Dealing with new parenthood and new wifedom was not easy, though I acclimated much faster to the parenting than the wifing. Hence the reason I am single now. Anyway! When Krystal was little I had absolutely no free time when she was awake and the only time I was online was during working hours (when she was not around). When she was sleeping I was on wife duty, which primarily meant watching TV with the wusband.
Now Krystal is 8 and doesn’t rely on me as much for entertainment. Even Belle is older than Krystal was when I became single again, and has always been pretty good at entertaining herself. Generally speaking, if we are home and they are watching TV or playing, I am either on the computer (which is in the same room as the TV), or making dinner.
When we get home from an outing, one of the first things I do is hop on the computer.
After putting the girls to bed, even if I am going to watch TV for the evening, I get on the computer first (and sometimes during).
I think I might be a little addicted to the Internet.
I am going to set a date, soon, to be Internet Free for Me. Instead of going online for that day, I will do all the things around the house that I don’t have time to do because every free moment is spent on the Internet. Some of those things are:
- Gather and organize outgrown kids’ clothes for sale or donation
- Write Belle’s Lifebook
- Work on training Tessie (“come” and “stay” are big ones)
- Utilize some of the principles in “It’s All Too Much” to cull out the extraneous crap in our house
The list goes on and on. But I must admit to you, my Internet friends, that going a day without being online sounds a little scary. It shouldn’t. But it does. The sooner, the better, right? Maybe this Sunday.
I’ll let you know on Monday how it went. If it went.