We are currently experiencing technical difficulties.
I used to be such a technology geek and had myself all wired to the internets 15 ways from Sunday, and now? Now I'm lucky if I even HAVE access to the internets.
First, last fall my super-rockin' email/web-browsing phone died, and the ability to be constantly 'in the loop' died with it. I was connected in a bunch of other ways, though, so I just sucked it up and went back to an older generation phone that was still lying around the house. Then, over the holidays, our laptop's power cord connector finally came completely loose, rendering it ......well....dead, and also unable to notice when it was hooked up to life-giving electricity. So sad. Poor little baby. Also dying with that connection was my ability to hang out in a comfy chair in the living room with my honey and also still keep up with all the happenings in the world of my imaginary (and not-so-imaginary) friends here online. We hadn't really done anything about fixing that because we had some other priorities come up (ie: Hello? BABY!) and we DID still have my old, crochety desktop upstairs in my attic. This desktop is fine for 'necessary' access, but has certainly curtailed my time online for a whole boatload of reasons, not least of which is the banishment-to-the-attic issue. And THEN? Then (as of 3 or 4 weeks ago) the video card on THAT machine began the slow process of dying, one tiny crash after another, rendering any attempt at internet connection a frustrating game of Russian Roulette and leaving a long trail of lost emails and posts in it's wake.
I can't even BELIEVE that I've allowed this kind of technological backsliding to go on for so long. I haven't been THIS connection-handicapped since the early, dark days immediately after college, before I figured out how to finagle my very own (used, office surplus) "portable" computer and my KICK ASS 9600 baud modem from my first job. I know.......STY-LIN'! Man....and I thought not having access to my listsrvs and newsgroups was bad. Anyway, I'm DYING to get this situation ironed out because this is KILLING me. And what little online time I can scrape together at work is simply not enough of a fix. Soon, though, SOON this will get it's day at the top of the priority list and I'll be able to focus on rebuilding our technological bridge to the outside world.
Meanwhile, I'll leave you with a little riddle to give you an idea of how we've been spending our time here at Chez Obsession. What do you get when you cross one pregnant female (who started out more than a little compulsive to begin with), a house under renovation, a BAD case of spring cleaning fever, and some hard-core nesting instinct?
I'll let you guys stew over that one for a bit, and with any luck I'll be able to show you pictures of some of the results of that madness soon.
Also, maybe y'all can spare a few moments of sympathy for my poor husband, who has weathered this storm pretty damned well. A lesser man might have killed me by now, or at least given me a less-than-complimentary nickname. Oh sure, I definitely have a new nickname, but it could be worse, all things considered. Mama Bird. It's not like I can argue it, after all.