Well, not quite. But there's lots we need to do to GET ready to move. Boxes are seriously starting to pile up. Closing is a week from today- sooner than I can imagine. This week & last, Josh has been calling utility companies, making sure services are ended here and started at the new place. Our current phone and Internet provider doesn't have service at the new house, so we're going to have to switch providers. This included:
Other people to contact included the post office, to get our mail forwarded to the new address. I'm so glad Josh took care of all of this- I hate talking on the phone.
The one service we haven't set up officially is the Internet provider. Currently we have DSL with a wireless router, to allow both the desktop & laptop to connect. We've talked in the past about switching to dial-up internet for a few reasons- to save money is the most obvious one. Josh found an internet service provider that will provide dial-up for $4 a month or $40 a year. Currently, we're paying about $40 a month for both local phone and DSL. With the new internet service, it will be under $20.
But there's another reason I'm glad to pass up on high-speed internet. More times than I'd like to admit, I'll be on one computer, Josh will be on the other, and our free time together, won't be together at all, but doing our own thing on our online world. We aren't relating. With a dial-up internet connection, as Josh says, we'll be more "purposeful" online, rather than just browsing. Hopefully the time not spent online will be spent relating with others, or keeping house, or something more productive than refreshing my Google Reader.
So that's that. It will be an experiment. I may or may not blog as much. I hope I do. Regardless, I want to do what is healthiest for our household- is it silly to say that too much internet in the home is unhealthy? Is that blasphemous for a computer programmer to say so? And will a slower internet connection help?