Net-Free Zone

For a while today my house was a net-free zone.  I played some computer games,  read my novel, and soaked in the jacuzzi.  I did not get around to visit your blogs. I haven’t forgotten you and I do want to know what you’re up to.  I also really want to do Linda’s Thanksgiving remembrance post, so expect a late edition of Flashback Friday sometime Saturday.  See you soon!

You could always go visit Dude & Dude while you wait for me.  They’re feeling rather lonely.

Summer Wedding, Here I come!

This is a guest post by Yolanda Reynolds.

My cousin is getting married this summer. It’s a very casual wedding at a local park. I’m sure it will be warm and uncomfortable. I looked though my closet and realized that all my sundresses are too casual. I wasn’t terribly excited over the thoughts of shopping for a new dress and shoes.

I don’t really enjoy the hustle and bustle of mall shopping. Sifting through rack after rack of dresses with my mother wrinkling her nose at every choice isn’t my idea of a fun afternoon. I prefer shopping using wild blue online while relaxing on my comfortable couch with my dog. Being a common size and shape, I don’t have much trouble buying online. Besides, if there is a problem with the fit or the dress doesn’t have that “wow” factor, I can just repackage it and return it. It’s almost too easy!

I visited every website imaginable looking for the right dress. I settled on a really cute Rachel Roy dress from Macy’s. The colors in the dress coordinate with the wedding theme and colors. I was very lucky to have found it! It has spaghetti straps, a blosoun bodice, and hits right above the knee. For shoes, I chose a simple and lightweight pair of Bandolino sandals. They are a sparkly silver with sexy stiletto heels. I almost feel guilty about looking so good for the wedding! Almost!

The buying process was really straightforward and fast – thanks to my satellite internet service. Today I am thankful for two things: internet shopping and my fast service! I’m a happy, happy girl!

In Search of An ISP

I love the internet.  I know most of you because of the internet, and without it we never would have met.  We flit around through cyberspace visiting hither and yon without a thought given to to technology that gets us where we’re going — until it doesn’t work.

By now we’ve learned that all internet providers are not created equal. Not only do they offer different products, from dial-up (yep, it’s still out there and some folks, like out own dear Susan, are still using it) to satellite hook up, they offer vastly different prices and customer support.

For me, customer support is a biggie. If I want help, I want it now! Amoeba and I chose an ISP provider that is available online and via telephone 24/7/365 to answer questions and talk us down from the ledge when things go wrong. (It is technology, sooner or later things always go wrong.)

If you are currently engaged in a love-hate relationship with your ISP provider and think it might be time to move on, check out the Internet Providers Directory for provider reviews on standard and high speed dial up, broadband internet, internet security and VOiP services. You can easily compare and contrast products and services, which will help you choose a provider that can meet your technical needs.

And I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and I’ll —

— make certain you have no internet at all.

We expect we’ll land in Kansas any time now.  We’re in the midst of a major wind storm.  It has made the internet erratic and undependable at best.  There is a high wind advisory in effect and isn’t scheduled to be lifted until 6 p.m. tomorrow evening.

The wind is wet and chilly.  Hawaii has had record lows this winter.   Even OC put on his wind breaker today when he went out to catch the bus.  One day of cycling into 50 mile an hour winds was enough exercise for him for the week.

So, I don’t know when this will post — the net blinks on and off like Christmas lights — or when I’ll get to be back on line without great frustration and cussing.  I’m trying to get everyone visited but it’s slow going!