We have been in the midst of a HUGE BLIZZARD here in New York! Our kids had 3 snow days, and all told, we've had about 37 inches of snow!
There have been no "luxuries" since Thursday night (no cable, internet or phone), and I have really missed being able to keep up on all my favorite blogs! It's amazing how we come to rely on these modern day necessities!! In this day and age, having none of these things to help us coast through our day is really an inconvenience! And I don't say that lightly or with mirth. It makes one think about how lucky we are to have such amenities at our fingertips!
Luckily, and interestingly enough, we did not lose electricity. It waivered a few times here and there, but we were never without it for more than a few minutes at a time. So, even though I couldn't blog with the best of 'em, or keep up with the snow totals on the news, I could and did do laundry, baking, and some cooking! And, I found that without those other "luxuries" (read necessities), the kids wandered down into the kitchen more often than not... to help bake chocolate-chip pumpkin bread... or to sample it.... or help make home-baked mac & cheese, and spend some time talking and chatting.
So, yes.... we were without cable tv and internet for 2 days. But it was (I reluctantly admit) a nice change of pace. The tv seems to be on 24/7 with talking heads droning on in the background of whatever it is we're doing, and it seems that someone is always on the computer - whether doing something of some importance, or just sitting around and surfing....
Being forced to NOT do these things brought us closer together, if only for a few hours, and made us pay attention to eachother more than we would if we were all PLUGGED-IN!! I think we really (albeit, begrudgingly) enjoyed it. Of course, we're all glad to have these things back. But for just a moment, it was nice to go back to the basics and actually LISTEN to what eachother had to say, even if it was with a mouthful of mac & cheese or pumpkin bread!
So tell me what you think.... do you still consider cable and internet a luxury (it wasn't too long ago that not all of us had these things)? Or do you feel that they're now such an integral part of the way we live that you consider them a necessity?
Some photos of the aftermath.....