Thankfully, dinner turned out just fine. And so has everything else. I find myself wanting to connect more with 'real people', reading real books on paper pages, and enjoying pleasures like reading a magazine on the front porch.
We have had guests more than once since we went crazy and disconnected our home from the internet, so I haven't had as much time to run out and check my inbox. But I still think about it all the time.
I feel a little bit silly writing this, but the adjustment has been harder than I expected. That old internet is great, and I really love using it to keep in touch with my friends. We are new to where we live, so most of my deep relationships are long distance. Email helps my keep in touch with my friends and family. Maybe I'll have to really change my ways and write letters on paper and use stamps. Now that would be drastic.
So, I guess I would have to say the best benefit so far has been that I have been forced to look at where my time goes, what my priorities are, and to realize that I don't have to have everything right at my fingertips right now. It's ok to wait, ok to say no to myself, ok to let some things that are important to me go. It's not only ok, but it can be a good thing.