Sunday, 11 March 2012
Turning negatives into positives.
Late on Thursday afternoon I lost my internet connection. Everything else, modem, splitter box, wires etc were fine. I switched on and off several times but nothing. So I phoned TTNet. I know I sing the praises of dolmuş drivers and post office workers, but it's impossible to do the same with TTNet. I have never once found anyone in their customer service department to be the least bit helpful.
This occasion was no exception. The man on the other end of the phone told me to check everything I had already checked, even though I had already told him I had. He then got me to log in to the modem page on my laptop..ran through the various boxes and told me what to click or tick. I did. We reached the bottom of the second page and he then appeared to get stuck. There was a pause and he then informed me that he would report the fault to the engineers and someone would call me...thankyou and goodbye. I never did get a call from the engineers.
I'd normally be seething but I found that it helped to keep a smile on my face for the entire conversation. When I put the phone down, I took a deep breath and counted to 10....and relaxed.
The positive aspect of having no internet for the entire evening meant that I could make a start on my new book, which would no doubt have been put off for a while. So far so good.
I also went to sleep early, but that meant that I was up at about 5am. After a coffee, I decided to take down all the curtains and start loading them into the washing machine. Once it started to get light, I vacuumed everywhere and washed all the floors except for the kitchen.
I still had no internet connection, but wasn't too concerned as I was using the opportunity to get the curtains sorted. I had most of them out on the washing line by 8am,and the last load was in the machine.
I heard the washing machine click, indicating that it had finished it's cycle and opened the door. It hadn't finished. It was full of water which came gushing out and flooded the kitchen. We had a powercut and I hadn't realised that this is why the machine had stopped. But this was OK because I hadn't yet washed the kitchen floor, so it got a more through wash than usual. You see...I'm still being positive!
The power stayed off for nearly 8 hours, but it was the perfect opportunity to sit out on the balcony in the sunshine and continue reading my book.
When power was finally restored, so was my internet connection, and everything was back to normal.
Mr A popped home on Friday on the bus and stayed until yesterday morning which was a pleasant surprise. He did a bit more woodwork...he's obsessed with it but it keeps him happy. He was as usual covered from head to toe in sawdust and was about to take a shower when we discovered that the water supply had been cut. So we had to make do with my tipping bottled drinking water over him so that he could at least wash the sawdust out of his hair.
In the morning the water was still off and didn't return until the afternoon. Mr A couldn't wait to get back to Kusadasi to have a shower so he set off early. I wasn't bothered at all. I did all my washing the day before and just let the dishes pile up for the rest of the day.
All these things happen here on a regular basis, and normally make me feel very stressed. But I seem to be able to turn negatives into positives more often than I used to.
Or maybe I'm just mellowing in my old age.