Saturday, December 15, 2012

When good technology goes bad...

  And I was a lot better off.


  I have been fighting computer connectivity issues for 3 days.  At first it was just Facebook not opening without multiple tries.  And sometimes shutting back down in the middle of something. VERY annoying.

  Today it has been more of that, PLUS the internet connection coming and going.  It's enough to make me want to throw the whole thing out the window. 

   On top of that, for some reason my cell phone bill...(You know--the ATT plan that is 89.00/month, which never costs less then 145.00/month) --is suddenly 200.00 this month. And I can't find out why. Haven't actually called the customer service people yet, but looked at my account online, and it's all a bunch of BS about data usage being delayed..blah, blah, blah.  

    And I am ready to start fresh in the new year...with NO cell phone, no computer and nothing electronic. I'll become a Luddite and live out here on Honeysuckle Hill, waiting patiently for the mailman to come and bring any communication that anyone needs to have with me.  

    Does anyone else ever get this frustrated with these things? Or is it just me--am I so addicted to this life that I cannot function when things go awry, as things will do?  I swear--I am half serious about all this. Because we live out in the coountry, we are held hostage by a phone company whose headquarters are in NY, whose service is atrocious, and there are no options. We can't just choose another provider.  So my house phone and computer access are what I have. Unless I go back to satellite again (which I won't) because every timne the wind blows the connection goes out. I tried that for 2 years with Wild Blue.  ATT is the onlt cell phone service we have out here.  There is a new one that might work, and I will never get a phone with a data package again. I just need something to talk on and maybe text from time to time.  This smart phone is all well and good, but I don't need it. I use probably 10% of it's capabililties. It's ridiculous. 

   I'm just too old for all this.  LOL

   I want to scream and yell and throw a temper tantrum.


    Well, the weather here has been insanely warm. It hit 60 today and is supposed to do the same tomorrow. I got outside for a bit and ripped out the dead clematis (which still had some green on it AND a couple of flowers!!!!)  and I got the rest of the garland put up on the porch railing. It looks very pretty.  The house is coming together too. I have a couple of long lists of things to do and bake and buy before Friday.  I have no doubt that I will get them all done and we will have a grand time on Friday night.  The weather is supposed to stay warmer than normal, and I hope dry. It rained last night a bit this morning, so the dogs have made a mess of my  (as yet) uncleaned carpet. Also,  the front porch is a muddy mess, of course and the area of yard in front of the porch looks like a motocross pit.   Hopefully it will dry out nicely and all be well.

    Today I seasoned my cast iron skillets. That was an ordeal. And the house still smells like hot grease and cast iron, lol, and I opened all the doors and turned the ceiling fan on high.  (I remember now why my mom and grandma always did this outside over the burning barrel.)  

    The tragedy of the shootings in the elementary school are weighing heavy on everyone. I don't watch much news coverage, so get my information in bits and dribbles on the computer.  Tell me again why everyone is against gun control.   I am rendered speechless by it all. 

    My son and his girlfriend are off to his company Christmas party tonight. The company throws a big bash and puts them all up in a nice hotel for the night, so that no one has to drive anywhere.  They'll be back tomorrow sometime, and then he will go to his dad's family Christmas celebration.  I was surprised they are doing it so early, but I guess there are so many families involved now that it's difficult to make it work for everyone.  My ex had 3 children and has a young one at home and his wife has 3 as well.  Fun. lol
 My nephew is coming up to spend the holiday with us and my husband and son will be here. It will be a cozy day of non-stop eating, I'm sure.  We're not buying much in the way of gifts...probably a little here and there.  My son says he wants nothing, that he's got everything he wants. lol  MY husband says he wants a vacation in Fiji. LOL  I can't think of anything I want either.  We are really blessed.  

    We went to the movies to see The Hobbit last night. In 3D.  Woohoo. I had never seen a movie in 3D and now I've seen 2 in 3 weeks.  lol  They did a pretty good job with the movie, directed by Peter Jackson, so how bad could it be?  It was a nice evening out with my honey.

   Well...I should sign off and see if I can get this to post before the connection goes out again. It has gone out and come back at least 4 times since I started writing.

   Happy Saturday night, y'all. I'm going to make it an early sleep....maybe.  lol



DJan said...

That sounds like an awful lot of money for a phone! Good grief, Annie, I too would be looking for some relief from a bill that big. And thank you for making it possible for me to join you on Honeysuckle Hill, even if it is frustrating for you. Hoping things heal up like your stove did. :-)

Beth said...

I gave up my AT&T cell phone service when I moved here and got a tracfone. I have unlimited calling through my cable provider.

I love visiting Honeysuckle Hill. I hope this is a good day for you!

Mariodacatsmom said...

I know just how you feel. I"m addicted to the computer - that's why I'm on Twitter, Facebook and have two blogs. I also don't know how to fix things when they go bad, but fortunately my son-in-law does. I get so mad some days that I just want to take a hatchet to the computer (I'm not normally a violent person either!) And yet I don't want to be without it. No cell phone so can't complain about that! ha ha

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Rubye Jack said...

I swore off of all cable, satellite, and cell phone contracts last year. I bought a Tracphone and used only it for a year but just recently have bought a Cricket phone on a prepay basis. I love it!

When I lived in the country, I found the prepay phones work fine and for cable I bought an antenna, which also works great for the main channels and is FREE. As for the Internet, I'm going to go with one of the Android tablets next year. I think all of the cable and satellite and phone carriers are a mighty big rip-off. Hopefully, you're find resolution soon and having none of these things is also a nice viable option.

Petit fleur said...

I like the sound of your mellow Christmas. Those are always my favorites.


Mary LA said...

Seasoning cast-iron skillets -- but look ahead Annie and how glad you'll be when you start cooking with them!

Rita said...

Well, I need your address before you toss the electronics out the window!!! I'm serious!! You need a Christmas card, anyways. :)

I have never seasoned a skillet. I didn't know it was a smelly job. ;)

It is a good feeling to know you can't think of much you want for Christmas.