Wednesday, March 16, 2016

When You Don't Have Wi-Fi

Do you realize what life might look like without access to the Internet at home? Do you know how bummed my guy is that we can't view the start of March Madness from our brand new couch and loveseat? Do you know how much money you'd spend at Starbucks, and the awkward moments that would follow, if you had to go there every time you needed to use more than just your mobile phone to get your mischief managed? 

This could easily be a rant about our experience with Comcast moving service from one home to another, but instead it's going to be a confession of the person you become without Wi-Fi or cable for 20 days and counting. 

You buy $3 movies from value bins and you watch them. Then you miss how funny movies used to be. We have bought/watched Dodgeball, Ferris Bueller's Day off, Coming to America, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and already owned some classics like Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 1, Best of SNL and Zoolander.

You 'hang out' at Starbucks but then the barista/local photographer wants to do some tasteful nude portraits with you to build their portfolio. It's awkward, and you realize you're spending way too much money for what Starbucks considers 'coffee'. You really just need their signal, and you may be better off just sitting on their patio and bringing your brew from home. 

You adult date with apartment neighbors you never got to know as you plan fun picnics at the park and watch the kids play with kites, bubbles and slides. And here you were worried they hated you as upstairs neighbors with your stompy footsteps the entire past year.

You cook more often, and you finally perfect your bacon-lattice meatloaf with your new convection oven. You learn what a warming drawer can do for your cooking game and you cherish the new freezer and its incredible storage.

You sit by your pool and dream about jumping into it when the weather heats up, but also talk about the weeds and the lawncare that home ownership is going to take. And start bargaining to do the indoor chores indefinitely to get you out of the weed pulling, because humidity.

You play board games and work on puzzles, and do projects around your new home together to continue making it yours. You sink your boyfriend's battleship and hate that he still knows Seinfeld trivia better than you. 

You go to bed earlier. You still wake up feeling groggy and sleepy-faced, but you find that all of a sudden it's not 'WHAT, it's 11pm?'. It's 'ha, can you believe it's only 8pm?'

You spend more time on each other. No explanation needed.

If it wasn't for March Madness and the Starbucks situation, I might like to keep having these Comcast issues for a while longer. It's reminded me of my life in Portland without a TV.

What would you start doing if you lost access to WiFi and cable temporarily?

14 comments

Nadine Lynn said...

Ummmm bacon-lattice meatloaf????? I want a warming drawer!!!!!!!!!! And what is with the creeper at Starbucks? Though really you should be flattered ;)

Emilie said...

hahaha I totally know the feeling! Eventually you get used to it and it really isn't that bad.... until you get your WiFi back and realize how much your life truly depends on it.

P!nky said...

We love doing puzzles and board games in the winter, such a great way to pass the time together.

Nude pictures from starbucks, holy smokes!

Helene in Between said...

it's sad that I rely on it SO much. but really, it's good to spend time away from the screens!

BLovedBoston said...

Sounds like your own little vacation to a remote island LOL...I experienced this in India for 5 days and it was hard!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

aaron willhite said...

I love reading your blogs, hope to meet you next time I come up!

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

Good list! We don't have wifi at home. I read a lot, the husband watches tv. We walk the dogs. We cook. I take baths. We aren't home all that much, so I don't complain about it too much.

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

i'd probably shrivel up and die without internet!!

Kenzie Smith said...

We've gone without WiFi a few times and for about a year I cancelled our cable and just watched Netflix. John and I definitely spent more time together and more time with the kids. Honestly, it is nice not having cable or internet on occasion :)

Life with Lolo said...

Funny what all comes to light when you are lacking internet connection! I'm with you - most of it sounds positive so if there wasn't this basketball thing going on I'd say extend it a bit longer!

Adriana from Glitter & Sarcasm said...

I am just in love with this post. When I first moved in with my boyfriend we didn't have internet. It was weird. We still had our phones but I don't think we missed it! And then we decided to join America again and get internet haha

alyssa said...

Whenever I go to Starbucks because I need to get work done and it's the most convenient, I stick to tea or a caramel apple spice. There are too many real, so good cafes around here (come visit and you'll see!) to drink Starbucks joe.
Also, you'll need to tell me more about this barista.
Much as I generally love not having a TV and a million channels (just, ya know, Netflix, HBOGO, and Amazon Prime, haha) I would probably not fare as well without Internet. Though my to-read pile would surely dwindle, and oh the amount of yoga and running that would get done!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

so many good movies you guys got! and ew to the starbucks nude thing. kinda creepy! lawncare is the best.... jk. it's legit the worst.

MacKensie said...

DO YOU HAVE WIFI YET?