Posted on | August 29, 2012 | 9 Comments
Early on this past weekend lightning stuck in our next door neighbor’s backyard. Everyone is fine! Nothing caught fire! Yay!
Except it did fry our cable modem.
No Internet! FOR DAYS AND DAYS!! We were reminded why we hold on to all 7 seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD even though they’re all available on streaming Netflix. Also Tinker Bell movies.
Last night at dinner Piper asks us “Is it Christmas yet? Cuz I like presents. And cookies.”
We’ve been talking for several years about drastically changing our holiday gifting strategy but haven’t followed through. I think this is a good year to lean on service to others. I know it will be hard for me not to go overboard with gifts for Piper. I want to start thinking very consciously about that and coming up with a clear plan for how we can do things differently this year.
We’ve been working on painting the living room, and we ran out of paint but it is 3 days until pay day and we are working on our fiscal discipline around here. I am practicing my patience and willing myself to do other things, even though the room is only half painted and it drives me crazy to think about.
Now that I have internet again I’m making the rounds of my favorite blogs, checking in with what my friends are doing. Kids are going off to school. Homes are being bought and sold. Crafts and tutorials are being posted. Andmy friend Allison is in Sri Lanka right now on a trip with World Vision. She got to meet her sponsored child.
There are children without clean water. Clothing. Food. School.
Today I have internet access. Saturday I’ll have paint.
I’m worried about giving my child too much.
First World Problems, indeed.