You know you're a frazzled mother when the barista at the coffee shop has to tell you that you have a "Hooray!" sticker on your scarf.
It doesn't help my "frazzledness" (yes, I'm deeming that a word), now that I'm up to an iPhone, an iPad and a Kindle, in addition to my laptop and iPod. Could I be more connected? And when I say that, I'm not bragging. I'm a little concerned.
And while I've been MIA the last few days due to work and general life stuff, unfortunately, it's not because I've been offline. I've been super-online, if that's possible. From work to my email accounts, yes, accounts, I'm plugged in constantly. Do you ever feel that sometimes you're hooked up to too many devices? In a way, it's good. For instance, yesterday I immediately received a text, email and phone messages from my kids' schools letting me know that they were safe and sound after a tornado hit Lousville. (Yes, we had a tornado in January. That's what happens when it's 60 degrees one day and 36 the next. I live in Crazy-town, U.S.A.) In other ways, it's bad, because it prevents you from doing other things you SHOULD be doing, like sleeping.
And speaking of the Internet, what do you think of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (Protect IP Acts)? Is it something that could help protect media companies (because, you know, Hollywood needs protection) or will it hurt certain Internet sites and hinder the free-flow of information? While I understand the need to stop copyright infringement, it smells a little like censorship to me.
Wikipedia and Google, among other sites, are protesting today. Try to logon to Wikipedia and see what happens or visit Google and you'll see the image above. I doubt in their current form the bills will pass, but it will be interesting to see the form the bills may eventually take.
And, should the bills pass, will there be a trickle-down effect on blogs? While I provide the source to every image I post and link directly to a source within an article, could I, or any of us, be in violation of certain laws? Something to ponder.
Maybe in the end, it'll be a good thing, because it'll reduce the amount of time I'm online. :)
Images from Google and etsy, via Pinterest