I Was Betrayed By the Internet

October 01, 2009

My computer is the biggest time/brain suck in my life. Example:

I will be in the middle of making dinner, and trying to figure out what time to have everything done by, and will sit down at my computer to IM my husband and ask him what time he is getting home.

But when I sit down, Gmail pops up to tell me that I have a new email from LDS Family Services telling me about the next Adoption Workshop we need to attend, so I will open my email just for a second to read that one message. And then I see an email from Facebook telling me that Marion has just tagged me in a picture, so I gotta check that out really quick, and because it is a truly horrible picture, I figure I need to retaliate by posting a bunch of humiliating pictures of her, so I scan in some of my own pictures (which I'm sure will only take a minute). While those are scanning I jump back over to my email and see an ad for discounts on lawn chairs, which reminds me that I have been wanting to look at a new bedding set, so I will start searching to see if I can find any good deals online. I end up at Amazon, and when I add something to my cart I see all the movies I have added in the past, which makes me wonder; When is Sherlock Holmes coming out? So I take a quick trip over to ComingSoon.net to see what movies are coming out in the next 6 months or so and end up watching movie trailers for the next half hour and then see that there is a movie coming out starring that kid who played Erkle and I wonder if he has done anything else in the last 20 years, so I stroll on over to IMDB where I am sucked into a wormhole.

Before I know what has happened HOURS have past, Richard is home from work and passed out from hunger in front of the TV, and Harrison has figured out how to make a bomb out of flour, paprika, and a toilet plunger, and actually managed to blow up the kitchen. And that is without me even peeking at anyone's blog.

I wish this were an exaggeration, but it is true! I sit down for 1 little thing, and before I know it, an hour has passed, I have no idea why I sat down in the first place and my real, actual life is passing by around me, while my brain has basically shut off! How am I supposed to live like that? And now I have no kitchen!

Needless to say, I really try not to get on line much these days.

Ok. And that isn't ALL true. In that scenario Richard would never let himself pass out from hunger. He is perfectly capable of getting his own food. He probably would have eaten 5 or 6 bowls of cold cereal and some pepperoni and called it good.

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  1. I hear you on the time suck. I have been working at not getting sucked into it. My biggest time waster is the game bejeweled on Facebook. I get into competition with my friends and end up spending hours trying to beat their scores. I hope you get your kitchen back soon.

  2. Well that was the story of my life. Everyone wonders why I don't email them. I have every intention of doing so, but Netflix online (instantly watch! woohoo!) usually winds up getting the better of me and my friends wind up having to wait one more day/month/year to hear from me.

  3. I swear I spend about 14 hours a day online. For instance, there is no school today and tomorrow, which means we will probably get no kids in, which means that I will probably have 8 hours of Internet time. In fact, I'm at work right now, for my coworker, going through my Reader. Very productive day so far.

  4. There is so much that is true about this. I try to peek while I am at work and then all of the sudden, I have achieved nothing!

  5. I can't let an email just stay in my inbox. I have to look at it or delete it. It's a disease.

  6. Oh my goodness. I'm afraid it is true for all of us! And we think we don't have enough time for a proper scripture study!

  7. So funny and SO true! Your post felt reminiscent of "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie."

    "If you let Elesa on the Computer..."

  8. I work from home via computer, and I keep getting to the end of the day, having spent all day on the computer, and find that I have only managed 1 hours of work. Now I know!
    (And why there is 75 lbs of wheat dumped out in the basement and rotten peaches thrown on my patio window, but we try not to talk about that)

  9. It's not just you! I'm supposed to be packing for a vacation we're leaving on in 1 1/2 hours. And instead I'm reading blogs. Gotta get a move on.

    Sorry about the bombed out kitchen. Tee Hee!

  10. Do I laugh? Do I cry? Or do I just say I KNOW RIGHT!!!

    Sometimes I just hate the internet.

    (But mostly not.)

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sadly, I have more drafts than published posts there, so I really appreciate your encouragement :)

    Computers are so a time suck. I can sit down just with the intent of looking up an ingredient to a certain dinner recipe and then look up and realize the sun has set and its 1 in the morning. Bad computer. Bad bad computer.

  12. Cold cereal and pepperoni. Yum! The dinner of champions!