Friday, January 21, 2011
I woke up to no electricity and didn't have any power until 6 hours later. We forget about how amazing electricity is and all it can help us do until it's gone! I think my turtle, fish, and snails are thankful for the electricity again too since I had to move them back and forth into a different tank and keep heating water to add (electric water heater usually keeps it warm).
I like being busy during the week, getting everything done so I can achieve my goals. Making money, taking classes, getting another degree... it all adds up. Luckily, I work in a field where I won't work nights or weekends. So I need to cherish those times when I'm not busy, busy, busy. I keep getting mad at myself for not accomplishing all the things I think I will do on a weekend, but I need to remind myself that I deserve some time to relax and "recharge my battery".
Cell phones with internet
Seriously, what did we do without the internet and cell phones? Since the power was out, I couldn't see school closings on the TV or connect to the internet on my computer. I didn't have the phone numbers for my co-workers to see if someone could cover my shift either. Luckily my cell phone still had a charge and I could actually get on the internet to find the email with the staff phone numbers. It's crazy because I hardly ever even get a signal to call at my house, but I not only could call the electric company and my mom, I could also use the internet even though there was no power for wifi. Sure, the battery was dead before the power came back on, but I would have been totally stuck if not for my phone!
Today certainly made me think about all the things we have and think we "need" that people survived thousands of years before they were invented. I learned how to make a fire today (yes I didn't know until 25 :P) which seems kinda silly. Many of our stressors have been created from our modern "conveniences" and we have become obese because we have invented ways to take the work out of everything. Is our world really a better place because of these things, or do we just want to believe these things are worth having?