In the last year and a half, I have ceased to be as sentimental as I was previously. I would never categorize myself as a hoarder but I did keep the strangest things. For example, when I left home as a senior in high school, I managed to escape with some strange things that I hadn't meant to leave with and for years couldn't get rid of them. One such thing was a barrette that had been my little sisters and had her name Hilary on it. It was more than a barrette to me and was a link to a sister that I haven't spoken to in 10 years. Sure it was simply taking space but for an important reason. But as time has passed, I've created my own family and have come to realize what is truly important, I have rid myself of these strange things. I got rid of clothes(that I obviously didn't wear) but had memories for me. But then, it spread to everywhere else.
Last year, in preparation for a garage sale, I cleaned out anything that hadn't been used in 6 months or more. Loads of clothes, books, furniture, toys, made their way to the sale or the Goodwill. Since, I've purged about nearly every season. I've also stopped buying things just because they are on sale or because I might use them sometime in the future. I've even limited my kitchen purchases if you can beleive it!
I just can't handle a mess or clutter anymore and love living a more streamlined life. Less stuff=less to clean. However, I screwed up. I threw out the phone books and any that are consequently delivered. Who needs a phone book when there is internet? I'll tell you who needs a phone book. This girl! who can't seem to have decent internet to save her life.
Our service had been inconsistent at best but we became increasingly annoyed when it took 15 minutes to stream 3 minutes of video on our blu-ray player. Forget about playing a you-tube video. After numerous calls to Bresnan, they said they showed no problems on their end. And sent Jeff this list of instructions to follow, email them with the results and they'd get back to us. Jeff did so, and we didn't hear from them. Finally Sunday morning, it completely crapped out. We called Bresnan and showed that our modem had reset it self 17 times that day and we could make an appointment for a service m an t come out Friday evening? Six days for someone to come out? You've got to be freaking kidding me! Instead, we could wait around for 24 hours till someone could come out(keep in mind I waited around three days back in february for multiple visits becaue the service men couldn't get it right the first time)
So while I use most of my internet browsing for enjoyment, there are things that we do that necesitate having internet. I pay most of my bills and do all my banking online. I've been in the process of get preapproval for a home loan with a new bank and was using email as our communication source. I didn't have a phone book to call her and couldn't use the internet to look up a number. I had guests in town who wanted to use the computer to make sure their way home wasn't flooded. Over the course of the weekend, I found the need to call businesses but because I didn't have internt and threw out the phone books in my purge, I was SOL.
So my friends, purge away but remember, there can be too much of a good thing. And frankly I am quite tired of paying $130 a month for craptacular service. This came a week after similar cellphone bliss.
Jeff and I bit the bullet and entered the 21st century a while back, upgraded our cell plans, and got fancy phones and everything. (I know, we're about the last ones to arrive to the party) But after about a week I was tired of having to make all my calls on the deck outside and then when we were trying to communicate with Bresnan while being in the basement where the modem is and couldn't I was done. I called Cell one and demanded new phones, but because I had thrown out the boxes(the first time I ever threw the boxes away but in the last 10 years I had never ended up needing them and was done storing garbage) he wouldn't.
Finally, after going to the regional manager, we were able to trade our phones in for the same exact model. I didn't have much hope that it would work but was worth a try. Alas, I get two bars in my house and have ceased making phone calls on the deck.
But let me tell you parting(with certain things) is such sweet sorrow. Its so hard to be in a such a tecnological time and have it fail (for us) so much. I just may hold on to that next phone book that gets delivered. And on the bright side, I finally have some reliable internet service, but I'm not holding my breath