When The Internet Ceases To Exist

Yesterday, our Internet connection was out for approximately eight hours. And it was glorious.

After my 5-minute OH MY GAH WHAT SHALL I DO! NO INTERNET! period, I realized there are plenty of things to do away from the Internet. Like enjoying your life without crouching over a 15-inch screen looking for your cyber buddies.

Let’s take a walk through Whoorl’s Day Without Internet. (In list-form, of course!)

1. This is huge. Almost 2 YEARS LATER, I finished Harry Potter #5. Yes, the same Harry potter I wrote about in October of 2005. It seems I took your advice (your advice? Are my 2005 commenters even reading this blog anymore?) and took a break from Harry Potter. A very long break. Finally, I can move on to The Half-Blood Prince and put #5 on the shelf for good.

2. I took care of my new black eye, which I explained over here.

3. I shipped back the Wheely Bug that I was SO intensely excited about. Turns out, if your baby is taller than the average 2-year-old, he will end up looking like an old man with secondary osteoporosis pushing a walker. Seriously, his upper body was parallel to the floor. Not good. (BUT SO HILARIOUS TO WATCH!)

4. I sorted through a 24-pound Fed Ex delivery of Wito’s birthday presents shipped from my mom in Oklahoma. Needless to say, Wito had a great day.

5. Dude! I did some crafty crafts! Look at these cute ponytail holders I made!


I even attempted a photo of the back of my head.


As you can see, back-of-the-head photography is not my forte.

I needed yesterday’s breath of fresh air. Of course, the result of the outage has forced me to be shackled to the Internet for the remainder of the day, writing Parent Dish posts and working on Hair Thursday.

Oh well, it was worth it.

  • amy

    September 26, 2007 at 7:21 am

    such cute ponytail holders. love them

  • comfortablycrazy

    September 26, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Maybe by the time you finish book six SAJ will be done with book seven.

  • nabbalicious

    September 26, 2007 at 7:40 am

    Those ponytail holders are cuuuute! How did you make them?

    I think I need an internet outage. I’d get SO much more done.

  • bethany actually

    September 26, 2007 at 7:45 am

    I am still working on HP Book 2…

  • Kelly

    September 26, 2007 at 8:54 am

    ditto on the ponytail holders. I thought they were the size of buttons, clearly not if they are holding all your hair. Dish! great fabric choices too. Don’t you wish you could design fabric? I think that would be an incredible job.

  • chirky

    September 26, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Dude. I could use an outage. AM ADDICTED TO ALL THINGS INTERNETY.

  • Angela

    September 26, 2007 at 8:24 am

    I think we need a precious ponytail holder tutorial–those rock!

  • Angella

    September 26, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I, too, could use an outage. And I, too, would like a tutorial on making those pony tail holders :)

  • Jill - GlossyVeneer

    September 26, 2007 at 8:47 am

    The ponytail holders are way cute!

  • Audrey

    September 26, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Can you PLEASE post a “how-to” on the ponytail holders? I think they’d make great gifts!

  • RA

    September 26, 2007 at 8:55 am

    I am so jealous that your hair can fit into one of those skinny hair ties. Mine would bust out and be all, “You ain’t the boss of me!” Because, apparently, my hair is totally street.

  • Amanda

    September 26, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Loving the hair thingies. Very cute.

    Read the black eye story… ouch. I had one last week from Jack chucking one of those stupid metal cars at me. Love it.

  • sizzle

    September 26, 2007 at 9:28 am

    ooh! if i had hair, i’d so want one of those cute hair ties. being crafty is fun and being away from the internet is good!

  • Kristin

    September 26, 2007 at 10:19 am

    I second or third, 42nd? whatever, ponytail holder tutorial, please!

  • whoorl

    September 26, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Let’s see, a ponytail tutorial. I’ll put that together right after I:

    1) Take care of my child
    2) Write posts for whoorl
    3) Scour the Internet for hair photos, photoshop all images and write the Hair Thursdays posts
    4) Return 5,000 Hair Thursday emails
    5) Write ParentDish posts
    6) Take care of my personal hygiene
    7) Eat

    I’ll have that to you guys in Summer of 2008! ;)

  • andrea

    September 26, 2007 at 11:20 am

    The pony tail holders are fabulous. Too bad I just lopped off all my hair and have no use for such a cute item.

    I am trying out a new rule this week. No internet while my child is awake and under my care. I feel like the kid is going to grow up thinking that everyone has a hard plastic device growing out of their waist. I’ve been mildly successful, but man it is tough to put down the computer.

  • Dani

    September 26, 2007 at 11:22 am

    I elentymillionandone the “cute ponytail holders” comment! I won’t wait for the tutorial, but still, cuteness! Also? So can relate to the black eye story. Not that I’ve had one, yet. But Little Miss is an incredible sleeper, and has been since very early on, so much so that we’re spoiled rotten. When she does have an off night, I’m rendered utterly stupid and crying because OMGshe’snotsleeping10hours!!!! People with less-sleepy children bean me with bricks. But when you’re used to a good 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, dealing with a baby who wants to play from 3-5am all of a sudden is a rough adjustment.

  • SAJ

    September 26, 2007 at 11:32 am

    You returned the wheelie bug! No!!!! They are so fun. You aren’t supposed to push them, wheelie bugs are supposed to be ridden!

    Do you need Baby Bug and I to come over there and give you a lesson in wheely bug riding? Yes, I think you do.

    I wish it would have worked, but he is like 5 inches taller than BB! When I tried to sit him on it, his knees were up in his torso. It was a sad, sad sight.

  • Danielle

    September 26, 2007 at 11:36 am

    But for reals. The ponytail holders are cute. You should sell them. I would totally buy nine.

  • Sharri

    September 26, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Hey Whoorl, my sis in law is totally making those cutie pie pony tail holders, too and she’s all up in the headbands, and cute baby bobby pins. It’s all about the fabric choices and you, my dear, have some great fabric. Fun Fun Fun.

    You are SO right, Sharri. There are some UGLY ones out there. (But I’m sure your SIL’s are darling!)

  • chris

    September 26, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Wah, I want the tutorial. Surely Wito can take care of himself for a day or two, right?

  • rachel

    September 26, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    actually, i thought your back-of-the-head shot was pretty good…

  • missie

    September 26, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    hey… i’ve been reading for a while… never commenting… but soaking in all your hair knowledge because I’m helpless :) but LOVED the ponytail holders… and love google… so I found instructions! :) http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=PONYTAIL

    hope that helps!

  • OMSH

    September 26, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    And when exactly were you planning on sharing how you made those fantabulous hair thing-a-ma-bobs?

    uh huh … waiting

  • Heather B.

    September 27, 2007 at 7:21 am

    I need an internet free day. Today I’m taking a work-free day and it’s GLORIOUS.

  • cocodrie

    September 27, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Screw the tutorial – you need to sell those ponytail holders! They are all sorts of cute.

  • Elaine

    September 27, 2007 at 8:32 am

    De-lurking to post a link to ponytail holder tutorial. Their samples look pretty similiar to these, but I think not as cute!

  • Elaine

    September 27, 2007 at 8:32 am
  • Jummy

    September 27, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I love the material on your ponytail holders, whoorl!

    I found a tutorial for ponytail holders that look similar to whoorl’s at j caroline creative if anybody’s interested.

    Did you make yours similarly?

  • janet

    September 27, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    okay, I KNOW you are busy (and trust me, I haven’t had internet all week so I know it feels like your limbs have been cut off) but OMG I need to make those ponytail thingies. Plllleeeeeeeease? I love them!

  • Courtney

    September 28, 2007 at 8:10 am

    In order to save Whoorl from one of her many duties, I am going to take a stab at the How-To for the ponytail holders.
    **I am not a licensed profesional…I will not be held responsible for any hair band related tragedies**
    1) Buy fabric covered button making kit. These come in varying sizes, available at craft stores. make sure to get one with the tool. Then you can get refill and just use the same tool to make more.
    2) Buy pretty fabric (you will only need small swatches.)
    3) Follow directions on button making kit.
    4) Thread a plain hair elastic through the hole in the shank of the button. Loop it through itself so it is secured to the button.
    Voila! You are crafty AND chic!

  • Jummy

    September 30, 2007 at 7:53 am

    I think whoorls super spam protector holds comments with links in them in moderation so Elaine’s wasn’t up when I posted mine (and I know mine was moderated before being posted) :)

  • Heath

    October 1, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Hey, did you notice that the super cute wheely bugs come in two sizes – small and large? Maybe the large one would be big enough for the Wito?

  • Daisy

    October 2, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Cute ponytail holders! next time my internet goes down…No, I’d better not even think about it.

  • Tzitos

    October 9, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Ohhh the ponytail holders are sooo cute and lovely :D:D