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Stop freaking me out, please!

freakoutMy kids keep freaking me out. They read things on the internet and then tell me about them. An example – “Mom, did you know that in The Lion King, when Simba became king, they had to eat the hyenas?” Gross, right? This is something I never considered, never wanted to consider, but unfortunately sounded true.

My mind keeps going back to a recent conversation. I’d gotten up from the couch and walked purposefully into my bedroom. But when I got there I looked around, confused as to my purpose for being there. When I almost walked into my daughter on the way back to the living room and laughingly explained the incident, she said “Oh, you just went to have a conversation with someone who no longer exists”.

Apparently she’d read on the internet that due to the liquidity of timelines its possible for us to exist concurrently with other incarnations of ourselves. Sometimes things happen to people we know in the other timelines (dimensions, whatever) that cause them to cease to exist in our own, but our brain knows something is missing and causes us to occasionally act upon the presence that should be there. I’m no physicist, but what that tells me is that for every one of the uncountable times I’ve walked into a room without knowing why, I’ve experienced a loss. Agh! Freaky.

Does anyone else’s kids or friends freak them out the way my kids do me?

- Wendy AAR

An Internet-less Life

It’s been almost a week since I lost wireless in my apartment.  The contract was in my roommate’s name, and she has moved out and taken the internet with her.  It’s only until the end of May, when I’ll be moving out, but for the next three weeks I have no TV, no internet, and no roommates.

I’ve noticed a few things.  One, I’ve been sleeping and reading even more than usual.  There’s not a whole lot else to do.  Two, the things that I need to do, but don’t want to, still aren’t necessarily getting done.  The fact is, I have little motivation to take out the recycling, or organize the kitchen.  Even without the distractions of facebook or mindless TV, it still isn’t happening.  Three, with limited time on the internet when I’m visiting friends or at the library (as I am now), I do a lot less of the time-wasting browsing- no PerezHilton.com, no yahoo headlines, less Twitter.  I feel less informed, but at the same time I recognize that most of the things I learned by reading random articles was fairly useless.

What do you do when you don’t have the internet? Do you notice your habits changing?