6:20am and it is time to wake my "little snowflake" and make sure she gets dressed and ready for school. While she dresses that gives me time to make her breakfast, grab a cup of coffee, and pack her lunch..... DONE!
Now my little one slowly makes her way to the kitchen for breakfast and I begin to load her backpack. DONE!
Breakfast is finished, time to rush her off to brush her teeth and then back to me so that I can fix her LONG hair. DONE!
Whew! it is now 7:18am and time for her to run out the door just in time to catch the bus for school. No worries, because our Bus driver knows her kids and is willing to wait the extra two minutes for them to run out the door and onto her waiting bus. Of course it helps a lot that they pick up at our front door... Living in the country has it's advantages. *big smile*
Alright! Momma has made sure everyone is off to their appointed places. Dad to work, little one to the bus, and the boy is grudgingly headed off to the college for his 9am class. All is well with the world and now it is time for "Momma Time." Or so I thought...
I settled into my warm office prepared to log in and start the work I had planned for the morning. HORRORS! NO CONNECTION! Disadvantage to living in the country....internet is via Radio Wave. When the towers go down , so does your connection. No problem I think to myself. I will just go reset the wireless router. So I trudge out to the garage, where the router is located and proceed to reset the router. DONE! Now back into the house, back to the office and reboot my laptop. DONE! Still no internet... Oh NO! Now panic begins to set in. Ok, let's repeat the process one more time before I call my local internet provider. Still no internet! Ok, last resort... I must call my internet provider.....*not smiling*
I have now wasted 2 hours of my precious time trying to resolve the problem myself only to make contact with what I lovingly call Voice Mail Hell. You have all been there, you call a company in search of service only to be bounced around from automated message to automated message. Wait for 15 mins, press a number and then bounce from automated message to automated message again and FINALLY if your are lucky.... a live voice. YES, we have reached a LIVE Person!
"Thank you for calling Blah Blah Blah company, how may I help you?"
"Yes, is there a problem with the internet service this morning?"
"Yes ma'am, we have towers down all over the area. "
"Is there an ETA of when this might be fixed?"
"No ma'am, presently we are trying to figure out what the trouble is so that we can fix it. We have no idea when that might be."
**by this time I am banging my head on the desk**
"Ok, thank you." -Click- and the line goes dead. Obviously the person on the other end felt the conversation was over.
Moving on to Plan "B". When all else fails, you go into "town" and set up shop in Starbucks. I try not to do this very often for two reason. 1)It involves packing up my laptop, my phone, my notebooks, etc and then unloading again once I arrive. 2) It means I actually have to "dress" for public. After all, Starbucks doesn't let you work in your pajamas.
Time to prepare. One more precious hour wasted as I change clothes (What is good for the chicken is just not good enough for the public), and pack up what I think I may need from my home office. DONE!
After driving to town I arrive at Starbucks. Perhaps this won't be so bad. I see from the sign outside that the "holiday flavors" are available. MMMM a nice hot Peppermint Mocha sounds good. *smile*
I grab all my gear, lock the truck (after all I AM in the city now), and head inside to set up my temporary office for the morning. Well apparently no one else got the "no working in your Pajamas" memo. What do I see? Local college students sitting around a table; two in PJ bottoms and hoodies, and another one in sweats and fuzzy house shoes!
LOL, so much for "Starbucks doesn't Let You Work In Your Pajamas."
Have a SWEET day!
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