Have you been in the situation recently where you've lost electronic communications for any period of time? Perhaps an hour whilst your phone went flat? Or two hours when you were inside a cinema? How about a long weekend away when you promised yourself that you wouldn't check email?
Well, how about a whole week?
It certainly makes a difference when the choice is not yours too. A fire in the region's telco exchange essentially shut the whole region down. I had one day without any mobile services, about 3 days with patchy 3G coverage, a few more without a landline, and a week without ADSL internet. I was certainly not one of the worst affected, and I was so lucky to have other options available to me, but it really affected my week. I was frustrated that I couldn't just jump online to check things like I was used to, and I felt completely hog-tied when I couldn't properly check and respond to emails either. This was especially frustrating for work, but only mildly worried about 'my' connections and access. First-world problem I know, but it was certainly an eye-opener.
So the wrap up for this week of shut down is that now I'm back online I have about 10 safari tabs open, a hundred things to follow up, lots of great feedback and conversations to follow up and a frenzied effort to remind everyone about this coming Saturday's MADE Artists' market in Port Fairy. More about that in an upcoming post... exciting specials and one-off bargains are guaranteed.
A bonus for readers in cyberland is also that I'm extending my giveaway!
I wasn't able to get online and put a few reminders out, so I'm closing it midnight on Monday 10th December now. That's a whole extra ten days to click like for us on facebook, or leave a comment on the giveaway blog post - or really, any post since then if you prefer.
So if you'd like to be in the running for one or both of the prize packs, follow your links above.
Also, I've opened some messages today to let me know of our inclusion in some esty Treasury Lists.
An inspiring list entitled 'Bon Voyage' just makes me want to pack my bags now. This list was featured on a blog post by The Chilly Dog.
And directly hitting one of my passions, Bec has collated this treasury of Upcycled Christmas, also featuring one of my upcycled books.
Phew, that's it for now. I had a few things to say since I've been quiet offline for a few days!