~ I have been using the computer to procrastinate. My daily list of Things To Do is long and (often seems) endless. In the past, I've found that when I look at said list, and perhaps even after managing to cross one item off, the rest of the list looks so daunting that I don't have the oompf or enthusiasm or impetus to start another project. So, in a moment (several times a day) of out-and-out avoidance, I tritz on back to my computer here in the bedroom "just to check" my e-mail or read someone's new blog post or look something up before starting another task of the day. (Yeah, right.)
~ And as far as "looking something up" on the computer, during the past ten days when I've been computerless, I've been amazed at how often I do use the computer to check on a gardening question, find a recipe, look up info on a particular author, etc., etc. Not at all a bad tool to have at one's fingertips.
~ These past mornings when I've not had my computer available, I have no desire for my morning latte. Nope, don't miss it and don't desire it at all. Also, it's become quite evident that trying to "wake up" first thing in the morning in front of the computer with a cup of caffeine is not good for my system. It keeps me in a state of semi-consciousness and encourages lethargy. I'm much better off and have a better start to my day if I get up, move (!) and begin my day in a more active way.
~ I've missed documenting (keeping track of) our everyday activities, happenings, and events because of not being able to blog.
~ Because I couldn't download them into my computer, I've not taken pictures I now wish I had taken. (Not sure that makes much sense, but it is what it is.)
~ I have missed the encouraging and supportive connection to other like-minded folks out there in the world. There aren't a lot of people living our type life or doing what we're doing in our area.
~ I have missed the convenience and simplicity of placing orders on the Internet. I currently have a list here on my desk of "Things I Need to Order When I Have My Computer Back."
~ Perhaps most of all, I've found I really, really, really miss communicating with and reading blog postings of all you dear people who have become friends because of having a computer.
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