Friday, May 15, 2009

I've been Surf Controlled

One day last week , I get to work, normal day... go through the morning routine, getting ready to enjoy my morning cup of hot chocolate.......cautionary note: no coffee -caffeine and Terry are not a good combination; as those who know me can testify, caffeine puts me into overdrive and you would never be able to get me to stop talking...... back to the warm coco, it's quiet at work, which in itself is a true blessing. I work for a busy construction company and people are always in and out. Anywaaaay, (no, I haven't had any caffeine LOL) as I am settled in my office, I attempt to check in to Taiwan Adoption Blog world, my favorite thing to do in the morning.....I really enjoy the stories and see how other families are doing, new happenings, funny things kids do, any new adoption information or new updates with pictures ~ I really like those posts! Open the Internet, go to my Fav's and there it is.........ACCESS DENIED!!! OK, Wait, don't panic, let's try again, right ? Maybe something is just not connecting.........ACCESS DENIED AGAIN!!!! Several attempts and nothing. Same blah, tan screen. I really didn't like that screen.

It seems that while we were all snug, sleeping the night away, the IT Dept in the main office was very busy installing new surf control software!! Darn those geek guys. Although our IT guys are not really 'geeks', they are very helpful and genuinely nice guys. That day, they were getting the Stink Eye from one very disappointed adoptive mom!!! It's a good thing that their office is two and half hours away in north Jersey.

It seems that Taiwan Adoption Blogs are "Social Networking" and (in their eyes) rank right next too Facebo*k and MySp*ce. I think Taiwan Adoption Sites are better but now they are not permited on the work network.

I lost my therapy! I have been DENIED! I know what some of you might be thinking - I was at work, I am not supposed to be catching up on my personal web surfing at work. And you are right. I was taking some time to catch up. I admit it. I know that this is not a very good excuse, but with our adoption going at a snail's pace, reading other stories is therapeutic. It gives me hope and something to look forward to. I can read about hotel stays, the places to see, and as always ~ PICTURES! Thank you to the other families for allowing me to share & enjoy your stories. I wish the IT guys and the bosses felt the same way.

Another intuitive and wonderful mom, Riza, (and very supportive too) recently posted about how Moms' needs often take a back seat to the needs of their children. I am no different. Kids come first. The kids get to the computer first so I don't get a lot of computer time at home. I have "Mom things" to take care of and the evening just slips away so fast. I am guilty of sneaking a quick peek from work. And now I have been Surf Controlled!! Ugg !!

I would like to apologize in advance if I miss a new update, happy surprise, referrals or travels dates (yes, recently almost missed that post, sorry Sara). I will get to them, I promise. I have adjusted some settings on my blog, hopefully I have got them set right, and I can check them quickly. Any tips for blogs updates would be great~please share.

I am trying to look a this positively, that I will be a better employee, maybe read more news, and even try to be a better mom by asking to share the computer.

PS ~ I couldn't find a construction sign for Surf Control LOL I'll look tomorrow


Cindy said...

Okay - you need a blog reader service. I use GreatNews; Google has Google Reader. I think there is one called Bloglines. Basically, I have categorized all of the blogs I read and whenever they are updated, it's bolded just like getting a new email. It's so easy to use and I would be forever behind on keeping up with blogs if I tried to check all of them regularly. The only time I have problems is if a blog is private and I have to enter a password - my reader service doesn't automatically update, so I have to check those blogs myself. Here's the link for GreatNews (it's free):

I have my blogs categorized by Food/Cooking, Taiwan Adoption, Other Adoption, Scrapbooking, Politics, etc.

Sorry your IT guys clamped down...that's no fun!


Lisa said...

Oh Nooooooooooooooooooo.....well, drat, cuz that's just NO fun! Count me in on that stink eye too....those IT guys won't know what hit 'em when 20 pairs or so of focused Mamas turn their dissaproving glare on 'em! LOL

I love how you wrote it all out too.....its bad news but delivered in such a delightful & insightful way! I always enjoy your posts and that Risa you mentioned is one lucky lady to receive such high praise from you! :) And I just bet that she appreciates/values your bloggy friendship a great deal too! :)

Now I KNOW you have incredible kiddos and that they will share, but by golly sometimes a gal needs a moment to zone out during the work day and re-energize! I peeked at the above comment and that looks very promising!! I would feel just the same as you...I would miss my bloggy fix!

Stinky ole IT fellas....chortle.....sorry, that's harsh, but we ladies gotta stick together!

Hugs to you....and oh yes, those evenings do slip by way too quickly!! My nails are still unpolished! LOL ;)

Mia's MaMa said...

oh gosh. If that would have happened to me while I was waiting for our referral I would have had to have strangled someone!

Lisa said...

Hey....just hoping everything is okay!! Thinking of you....

Lisa said...

Oh...its me again....worried about ya! And missing you! Hopefully you are simply knee deep in summer fun!! :) Thinking of you...

Lisa said...

Alas, its just me again! LOL

Terry, it was SO wonderful to see a comment from you once again and I am so happy to know that all is well in your world...and maybe kinda busy too!! :) I also spotted the thoughtful email you left to my blog email acct. but I for whatever reason cannot access that account right yes, email no....???? SOOOOO, until its resolved I can't answer in proper and its killing me.....PLEASE know I will respond when I can and am anxious to read what is new and what things you may have shared!! :) IF you needed something right away, gosh, don't hesitate to leave word on my blog....for now I can still access

Hope your weekend is grand!! And thank you again sweet bloggy friend!
P.S. OK...I promise no more comments to this post from Me!! Sorry!!