We got a lot of snow last week.
The forecast I saw said 1-3″, and our neighbor (who’s 11), told me we were only supposed to get 2″. But in the end, we got around 8″ — so obviously I convinced Matt to take some pictures of me in the snow!
I love snow — and snow days — so I was super happy. But the major downside was that our internet went out around noon on Wednesday and didn’t come back on until noon on Friday.
Since life without internet is pretty rare at this point, I thought I’d talk about it here!
So. FAQs about our time without the internet.
What did you do instead?
We rearranged our living room and dining room, which was a project I’d been wanting to tackle for a while. And since we didn’t have Netflix, we watched a few movies on DVD — and I started rewatching The OC since I own the first season.
Did you feel like you had a ton of free time?
Actually, no. I felt like I wasted a lot of time!
Part of that was just trying to work around the internet outage — multiple calls to Spectrum, trying to get out and find somewhere that had free wifi, etc.
I also think part of it was that my routine was disrupted. I’ll usually turn on Netflix while I make dinner, but since I couldn’t do that, I had to stop and consider my options. Did I want to put on a movie? Cook in silence? Find a CD and put on music? And the time it took to make those little decisions added up.
Would you do an internet sabbatical again?
Maybe … but only if it was on my terms.
Before the storm hit, HR sent a bunch of emails about how we were still expected to work if the office was closed because we could get internet from anywhere. And obviously that was not true for me. So I felt a lot of pressure to find wifi and get online. But with the entire town shut down, I couldn’t do it. That led to a whole lot of stress that I would love to avoid in the future.
I think if I did do an internet sabbatical (on purpose), I’d want it to be while I was on vacation — not while I was trying to live my day-to-day life.
In summary …
I feel like people who do social media cleanses always report that they loved their time away from their apps, but I don’t think that transfers to the internet as a whole. The internet really has become a staple of my life (especially life as a remote employee), and I was more stressed than refreshed. (And also a little salty that Matt and I couldn’t watch The Mindy Project while he had time off.)
But to be fair, we did have electricity the whole time. So if it came down to it, I’d take heat and lights and the ability to cook over the internet. 🙂
Thanks for reading!