Saturday, 4 December 2010
Might As Well Face It You're Addicted To...Umm...The Internet?!
I've received some emails asking where the heck I've been, and I started wondering why it is that I never seem to have a spare moment to sit down and write anymore.
Two reasons (in no particular order):
1. Brand-spanking new Internet Connection recently installed in our Goan village home...ah let's see...around two weeks ago
2. Dumpie. Nuff said.
First off, the husband and I have had to admit to ourselves that we're internet addicts. Hardcore ones. We had a connection in Bali of course, but it was intermittent at best and we had to log on each time, frugal with our usage as we were getting billed by the minute.
Now however, with all the worlds information at our fingertips 24/7 (!) once again, it has come to our attention that we have a BIG problem. We just can't stay off it!
Whether it's emails, facebook, myspace, news sites, downloads, skype, ichat, youtube or whatever, there's always just 'one more thing' we need to click on, and before you know it, whole hours have passed with the husband and I staring intently at our laptop screens, barely acknowledging each other except by email (I kid you not).
So...going to have to work on that one. After all, there is something inherently ridiculous about living the simple life, dressed in little more than a bikini and sarong everyday, yet manically browsing my favourite online fashion stores for clothes I'll never buy, simply because I'm in need of a fashion fix.
The internet is like crack. (Note to self: "SORT YOURSELF OUT SELF! GET OUTSIDE, FROLIC IN SOME WAVES AND STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER... NOW!")
The other 'problem' (is it wrong to refer to your second born son as a 'problem'?) is Dumpie. (Hmmm...one to bring up at the next weekly parenting course...which fyi really exists and the husband and I - much to our amusement - actually attend...more on that some other time.)
I liken my darling four year old son to a character in 'Lord of the Rings'. He is growing in power and strength daily, and I am finding it increasingly difficult to win even a fraction of the daily battles we have over...pretty much everything. He is clever, manipulative, strong, fast, and cunning. First thing in the morning before we've even awoken, it is common to come to and find him beating the husband and I about the head with a big pillow demanding we 'wake up and get out of bed'...even if it's still dark outside.
Nightly it's a constant battle to first get him ready for bed (coercing him into the shower, then chasing him down - often half naked - through the yard in the pitch dark following the light of his little torch) and then of course KEEPING him in bed long after Egg has fallen asleep.
He thinks nothing of terrorising fellow diners in restaurants, and just this morning I had to physically carry him away from his perch atop a nearby chair where he was heckling an Israeli man for having pakora for breakfast and eating too quickly.
I then found him minutes later chastising our waiter for being a 'bad boy' and not bringing his banana lassi fast enough. I died.
Can anyone out there tell me whether there is such a thing as the 'Filthy Fours?' I don't know what it is these days but the husband and I are being run ragged by the adorable but uber-naughty Dumps. He is well known in the area...local waiters greet him by name, and often scoop him up for a cuddle as he walks by, before dropping him to the ground as he whacks them on the side of the head with his little light sabre and wriggles out of their grasp.
At any rate, in the spirit of camaraderie, I have insisted that the husband take off on a much-needed road trip for a few days. There is no point the both of us suffering, and hopefully he'll come back with strength and determination anew.
Besides, I like a good challenge, and surviving alone with two little boys, no help and no husband for the time being will show me what i'm made of.
I shall not be sharing my revelations with you. (Nor, does it seem, should I be returning to the parenting course to learn further ways to 'reason' with my children and pacify them using soft words and gentle little tricks. The money would be better spent on an extra round of Kingfishers at dinner each night...in my humble opinion.)