Monday, June 30, 2008

Tethered

I like to think that I multitask when I'm on the phone--sweeping or mopping the kitchen, or cleaning out a junk drawer, or switching over my spring decorating accents to summer ones, but the truth is that I don't. I might unload the dishwasher, or fold a load of laundry that I've heaped on my bed, but that's about as far as I can take it. Generally I get so wrapped up in my conversation, that I sit and listen (or talk).

We have one of those cordless phones that has two receivers. Obviously, we got both of the receivers at the same time. Within a week, both batteries went completely dead--unable to hold a charge.

Fortunately, I keep a corded phone on hand, in the event that we loose power. Cell service is spotty for me at my house, and since I use Tracfone*, I don't have unlimited minutes, so that's another reason I don't consider it to be a substitute for the landline.

So, for the last few days, I've been tethered.

There's one phone that works, and it's plugged into the outlet upstairs. That means that each time the phone rings, I have to run upstairs to answer it, and then sit there while I chat. I don't really miss the multitasking, but I do miss the ability to get around my house--get a beverage if I want one, negotiate peace between the siblings, or what have you.

I would have gone to buy new batteries for the phones today, but my car was getting a tune up, so I am not only tethered, but stranded.

To add to that, I am suffering from a bit of a stomach ailment, so I was tethered, stranded, and ailing.

And complaining?

7 comments:

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

We went through the dying phone thing for a while. VERY frustrating when it happened in the middle of conversations! We also have a cord phone for the exact same reasons. Always be prepared or something like that. = ) AND I have a tracphone.

I'll just say great minds think a like and leave it at that. = )

Jo-Lynne (Musings of a Housewife) said...

GACK! Well, at least you can FIND the phone when it's tethered. I can never find my cordless handset. :-)

Jane @ What About Mom? said...

HATE it when my phone is dead and I'm "tethered."

It seems like whenever I get into a really interesting conversation, I always have to go to the bathroom. Luckily, I think my close friends/family are used to this. And I wash my hands, oh do I wash my hands!

Katrina said...

All I have is one cordless phone set, so if it goes, I'm stuck. I use my cell phone if power is out.

Wait -- this isn't entirely true. I know I *have* a "tethered" phone, but I have no clue where it is. When we shoved -- er, I mean "arranged" everything into one half of the basement for the remodel project, it must have ended up in there. I should probably find it so I have it on hand.

Darcie said...

Oh girl you are having a rough week huh? Cell phone and Tums. Can't help with the car bit though.

Ali Blogger said...

The same thing happened to me! And I'm exactly the same way, as much as I'd like to multitask while talking on the phone, I'm not good at it. I usually end up sitting and relaxing during conversations.

Dawn said...

Okay, this cracked me up!! I'm so sorry to laugh at your expense! ;)
You are funny!