Housekeeping in the Twenty-First Century

I will admit it. I’m a fairly modern girl. I am not into camping, roughing it or going without life’s little conveniences. If God didn’t want us to have Internet and running water, it would have never been invented after all. Imagine my horror that my Internet has been down all week.

I am working on dial up right now and it is very similar to what I imagine waterboarding must be like. I think we could torture war prisoners by giving them high speed Internet for a week, pointing them toward FaceBook and then taking high speed away and making them use dial up. If we promised to give them back high speed, they would start telling all kinds of secrets.

This made me realize how much I really rely on the Internet to keep my household running smoothly. Here are jsut a few of the things I use the Internet for each day:

  • Calendar – I use an online calendar through Yahoo that actually texts me reminders about appointments, friends’ birthdays and other events. This keeps me on schedule and helps me not miss important appointments.
  • Weight Loss – Since I am perpetually trying to lose a few pounds, I tend to visit sites like Spark People and Fit Day in an attempt to track my calories and to see how I’m doing on various nutritional counts. I also enjoy reading the articles and success stories.
  • Recipes – When I’m stuck for something fresh and new to do with chicken or beef, or I have forgotten exactly how to make chocolate eclair pie, I will hop online and search out some recipes. Some times they turn out great and sometimes they don’t, but I almost always find something interesting. Have you tried browsing with dial up lately? It isn’t much fun and I quickly grew frustrated and gave up.
  • To Do Lists – I tend to use my note tools online to make up to do lists and check them off as I go. I’ve had to actually create manual to do lists and check them off by hand. I mean, how barbaric is that?
  • Entertaining the Teens – “I’m bored. I’m bored. I’m bored.” That is what my sixteen year old has said since the Internet went down. She is having major FaceBook withdrawals. If we don’t get high speed back soon I fear that she may actual go into some kind of shock from lack of technology.
  • Farkle – If you don’t play Farkle then you aren’t really living. I am totally addicted as is my husband. I want my Farkle back!
  • Advice – Numerous times throughout the day I text family and friends and get advice on any number of things, from how long to boil an egg to make it hard boiled (I can never remember) to making lunch plans.

These are just a few of the ways that I use the Internet in a given day. I haven’t even gone into the fact that I use the Internet for my writing work and when I’m on dial up that it takes me nearly four times as long to finish anything because I have to wait for pages to load.

So, if you are a big wig at Verizon and you are reading this, I want my DSL to work again! I want to call and speak to someone who actually speaks AMERICAN. I want you to send the right modem when I remind you five times that I need a wireless modem, so that I don’t have to wait another three days to get the modem I need. I want a reliable service with American customer service. If I have to speak to one more person whose accent I can’t understand, I will probably just scream and hang up the phone.

Phew! Okay, rant over. I will post again soon about my week without high speed Internet. It’s worse than Medieval times.

Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.