No Internets = Major productivity?

When I got a note on my door last week from my Internet provider (Comcast) letting me know they were going to screw with my service upgrade some part and leave me without a connection from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, I thought, “that totally sucks!” But then the more I thought about it, the more I thought about how productive I might actually be around the house and with my kids if I had a forced Internets-free day. So let me tell you what a day without the Internets looks like for me.

  • Get myself dressed
  • Feed kids breakfast
  • Remove and store two trays of strawberries (that I picked at the farm yesterday) from our new dehydrator
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Change the world’s poopiest diaper ever, which actually required a partial bath to get the boy clean
  • Dress the kids
  • Get myself breakfast
  • Put clothes in dryer (it looked like rain at the time, so no line drying),  put another load in washer
  • Clean up the livingroom and vacuum
  • Make lunch for the kids
  • Lunch for me = tortilla chips and salsa (that I made yesterday) and some leftover hummus (also made yesterday)
  • Usher the kids outside to play
  • Cut and prepare about 15 apples (on sale at Vitamin Cottage) for dehydrating
  • Get clothes from dryer. Move clothes from washer to dryer
  • Start folding laundry
  • Put Julian down for nap
  • Get the rest of the laundry and finish folding it all
  • Help Ava make a caterpillar out of an egg carton
  • Wash umpteen dishes from yesterday and today
  • Make, with Ava’s help, a small batch of strawberry freezer jam
  • Clean up my new kitchen mess
  • Read some new books (that came in the mail from a book club Ava belongs to) to the kids
  • Make tortellini with spinach for dinner

I think that’s it. :oP

Then Jody got home from work. We were still without a connection (two hours past the time we were supposed to be) so he called Comcast and got it straightened out (cuz apparently just bitching about it, as I had been doing, wasn’t enough to fix it).

What a day. It’s amazing what I’m able to get done when I am unable to access my drug of choice the Internets.  My conclusion is that maybe my service should be knocked out once a week. Comcast, can we arrange that? (Wait! Did I just say that outloud???) ‘Cause we both know that a self-imposed Internet-free day ain’t gonna happen. (And don’t even tell me I’m the only one.) :oP