And I miss you too. Washington is lovely and I'll be back soon.
I'm currently experiencing cyber withdrawals. I think I have a problem and need serious help.
My now 9 year daughter recently asked me for a cell phone.
Pokey: "Everyone's got one, Mom!"
Me: "Really, everyone?"
Pokey: "Yeeeeesssss!!" (with an eye roll and all the umph an 8 year old can muster up)
Me: "Well, when I was your age they didn't have cell phones."
It was as if a lightbulb suddenly turned on in her little head. I could see the wheels a turnin... She turned to me wide eyed, mouth agape...
Pokey: "However did you talk to people?"
Me: "Well, we had landline phones and couldn't talk in the car."
Pokey was absolutely appalled and as hard as she tried, she just couldn't fathom how we survived pre-cell phones, it's all she has ever known.
It's actually hard for me to remember that far back, but I know I did. Somehow.
When Hubs used to go out to sea on nuclear subs for months on end he would occasionally port. If he called and I wasn't home, that was it. We missed that connection.
These days military families enjoy cell phones, emails, wi-fi, and much reduced landline phone rates.
Today we have cell phones that do just about everything short of watching the children for me. And I'm sure that isn't that far off. I heard the other day there is an app that shuts your garage door for you.
I can use GPS and google with the touch of a button. I can text, check my emails, blog, twitter, facebook. I can check the weather and listen to itunes simultaneously. I can even take photos and directly upload them to the medium of my choice. I can watch youtube videos and play endless games. It was indeed a glorious day when I downloaded boggle to my phone.
The list is endless, as there are tech geeks out there who are constantly turning out new ones. Just when I think I have all my apps figured out, the latest and greatest is unveiled.
I'm seriously wondering how I survived without this beautiful little box? How on earth did we function? What if there was an emergency? What about those long soccer practices in the car with nothing to do, bored out of my gourd? How did we check movie times? Or catch up on all the latest gossip in Hollywood?
Can you imagine being unplugged for an entire week? Right now? Me either. But alas, it is my fate.
This break has forced me to come to terms with the fact that Cyberland is a much too frequented stop in my regular daily routine.
So, I'm off exploring and trying to not go into convulsions or cold sweats. That would be humiliating and I'm not admitting anything here.