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mmm, so here I am back online!  and what is so special about that? well I have been without a computer for the last 5 days. Nothing major, just upgrading from one package to another, sending one back and ordering another.

No big deal, except I had to live for a whole week without a computer!  After a day I was beginning to suffer from withdrawal symptoms and became real edgy with the frustration of being unable to communicate.   This gave me pause for thought and with time for reflection I had to ponder on the absurdity of life where in order to remain connected to the wider world we need (and I use the word ‘need’ quite seriously) a computer or some such similar device.

I had time to think about the fact that before I ever had a computer, I had a life.  I used to read books a lot, I used to play games with my daughter (ok well she’s married now and lives in another house, so that’s a moot point), I used to build jigsaw puzzles and knit a lot and go for long walks.  My life now consists of yahoo, twitter, facebook, youtube, google, hootsuite, and so on and so forth.  I never move more than 2 feet without my phone, which has twitter, facebook, skype and yahoo.  If at any time I am unable to connect I get stressed and annoyed.

Have I become a technology junkie?

Having said that, I love the internet, I love being able to connect with the wider world and I love that I am able to find out just about anything I want at virtually the stroke of the keys!  I enjoy blogging, posting photos to the internet, reading other people’s thoughts and posts on twitter, finding out what’s happening thousands of miles away, sometimes before it’s even on the news. I love that I am able to email folks back home and friends in countries far far away.  I love being able to chat to friends and family via skype, for as long as like and at no cost. I love reading other people’s blogs and have learnt so much more about the world than before.

I would not want to go back for anything. 🙂

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One of the things I love most about being away from London, is coming back.   I never get tired of the view of the Thames as the train crosses the bridge!   My heart always gives a little leap of joy, and no matter what the weather, be it grey or raining or sunny, it always looks just beautiful.

Coming back to London means a lot of things to me.

It means seeing my daughter again, getting a warm hug, enjoying time with her catching up on news.   We get to enjoy a visit to our favourite coffee shops a) Starbucks for coffee and b) Costas for hot chocolate. yummy 🙂

Also, if I am in town long enough, I get to spend an hour or so with one or two of my friends, which is never enough and the time flies by too quickly.

Being in London means visiting my storage unit to offload stuff I acquired from the last trip and recycling my clothes.  I get awfully bored wearing the same stuff for 2-4 weeks in a row.  Visiting my storgae unit, is like going shopping at a 2nd-hand charity shop, except I don’t have to pay for the stuff coz I already own it.

I get to go see a movie again, if there is time.  I get to see Buckingham Palace or the London Eye or the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.  I always, if I am leaving from Charing Cross on my next trip, make a stop at Trafalgar Square and say hello to Nelson.

I love to watch the changing seasons with a fresh eye and to my delight, on this return – I got to see a light dusting of snow everywhere.   That also means it is bleedin cold and I nearly froze between the station and home last night.

My daughter and son-in-law treated me to a great, late Xmas dinner and my daughter (bless her) went all out with a marvellous spread for her (95%) vegetarian Mom (not that I am a veggie myself 😉 ).  We had a lovely cassis that went straight to my head and I got all silly and giggly as I do when imbibing.

They had loads of pressies for me and it was lots of fun ripping the paper off to reveal the contents, one of which was a pair of wellies!!!    I have so wanted a pair of wellies since Feb 09 when we had all that snow.   My daughter is a very thoughtful gift buyer!!!   My son-in-law attempted to teach me how to play the new game they got for Xmas from a friend, which is a Playstation Dance UK set.  But, since I have 2 left feet and no hand/foot eye co-ordination whatsoever (I would be a real challenge for the Strictly Come Dancing lot), we were in hysterics at my attempts to put my feet where they were meant to be.  I scored a very hopeless tally.   A fun evening had by all.

This morning it is up and about to catch up on appointments, meet my chica for lunch and in the evening catch up on new developments and training with WorldVentures.   Apparently there is new information and I am looking forward to meeting up with other members.

Then it’s off again tomorrow!

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