Everyone out there knows I work from home. Obviously, my fabulous website you’re reading right now is one of my MANY jobs I do from home. All of my work needs the internet:
- social media management
- network marketing
- freelance writing
- perusing Pinterest (wait, what?)
Whatever I’m working on, speed is of the essence when it comes to the internet.
Speed is of the essence when it comes to the internet
New Yorkers, in general, want things to happen immediately. We don’t have patience. There’s no time for patience, only action. If we’re walking, we speed walk. When we’re typing, we type faster than the computer can keep up with our fingers. If we’re talking, most people outside of New York can’t understand a damn thing we’re saying. It’s part of our D.N.A. when born in New York. Well, at least that’s how it is in New York City, as well as Long Island.
Everything has to happen yesterday. Yes, you read that correctly. When assigned work, almost all of my deadlines have already passed. I’m already late handing in my work before I even start! Welcome to the fast lane, my friends. Grab your big girl panties and let’s go. Working from home has always been a treat for me, as I get to be mom first, worker bee second. I make my own rules, and my own hours. However, the internet didn’t always like to work with my schedule.
When we first moved into our house back in 2009, we had a cable-based internet connection. Mr. Sunflower got daily phone calls from the one, and only, Mrs. Sunflower, complaining about our internet service. It was too SLOOWWWW. Please call them and complain. Find out what’s going on. Why was I asking him to call? Well, in 2009, my son was still taking naps. While he napped, I worked. If I tried to work, or get on the phone, while he was awake, he would become this animal. The noise that came out of this child of just one year, was unreal. As soon as the phone was down, he’d stop, smile and flash those hazel eyes at me like nothing happened. Jekyll and Hyde anyone?
Mr. Sunflower would come home, and the company would tell him to do this, or that, to the router. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. Nothing ever worked. It was time to move on, and get ourselves a better package. When we priced out the upgrade, we almost fainted. Mr. Sunflower went on the hunt for another option. Thankfully, our town here on Long Island, had been hooked up to FiOS thanks to Verizon.
Triple Play is the FiOS way
Why get just internet with FiOS? That’s crazy. You have to go whole hog when you do Verizon’s FiOS. It’s the Triple Play all the way. Phone, television and internet! Of course, all I cared about was how fast the Internet speeds were, because I couldn’t handle the slower than a turtle walking through tar internet we had already. Yes, Mr. Sunflower. Order it. Arrange installation. Let’s start the party. We didn’t even have to sign a contract, because they guaranteed pricing for two years WITHOUT the contract. KA-CHING.
Our first attempt at getting FiOS was a little tricky, I won’t lie. Verizon wasn’t able to port our home phone over. We ended up back with the old company as we figured out what to do. Our daughter had just learned our home number, and I felt it would be cruel to change it on her now. Plus, confusing for a four year old. Installation took one day. The guy who installed everything was fantastic and patient with the kids asking tons of questions. Okay, it wasn’t the kids asking questions. It was totally Mr. Sunflower chewing the guy’s ear off…yes, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. However, when they couldn’t get the phone to work, we canceled FiOS for a little bit, while we figured out what our best solution would be.
Need for speed
It didn’t take me long to lose my mind. I tasted FiOS’s speed. We quickly figured out a solution to move our phone to another service, and got the Triple Play with FiOS, and use the extra phone line for my business. PERFECT solution, and my work speed increased. Of course, the faster I finished work, the more I took on. I’m a New Yorker, it’s what we do! Relaxing isn’t in our “code.” We just start doing the work on our tomorrow list! Right? I’m not the only one, right?!!!