On Saturday, something that I think I knew deep down in my tech-lovin' gut was coming, happened. My computer went to gray screen and there it remained.
Now before you all feel too sorry for me, let me be clear: I am still able to access the Internet. Thank God!
We have three laptops, one iPad, and three iPhones in this house. Granted, none of these devices contains my personal content. I mean, see that photo of the little plastic hangers? I had to open that on Cole's laptop…and use NO filters on it whatsover! I don't even have a full version of Photoshop on his computer. Just Elements 8. Can you even believe that?
I know what you're thinking: the horror!
As I wait for word from the Apple Store, I wanted to share a few things with you.
1. Yesterday, while driving to said store, I was explaining to Aidan that honestly, this hard drive death couldn't have happened at more fortuitous time, as I had just uploaded some very important class content to Big Picture Classes the night before. As I'm going on, waxing all positive, she responds by saying: "Wow, Mom, it's times like this when I really think all that therapy you've been doing is working." Nice.
2. When your work schedule is suddenly cleared out for you, courtesy of a big, gray screen, it's amazing how you realized just how trashed your house has become. Laundry? What? I have to do that EVERY week?
3. Without work, you can undertake long overdue projects that make you realize that time is a bullet train. Case in point: Cole and Dan went up to the cabin this weekend while the girls stayed home. With Cole out of his room for a few days, I decided it was time to replace all of his kid hangers with adult ones. His shirts and pants kept falling off of them. Sigh. He's not a toddler anymore people. He starts middle school tomorrow. That noise you hear? My uterus just contracted for one last memorable time.
4. I can't do Project Life this week. Where is the humanity in that?
Hopefully, my computer will only need a new hard drive. We are crossing our fingers on this because a new computer, especially the one that I use for my work, is not in the budget right now.
Until then, I'll guess I'll slog it out by logging into my email on my son's laptop, or my iPad, or my iPhone.
I really have become a poster child for First World Problems, haven't I?
Somehow, I feel this video captures the general malaise that I'm certain will set in the longer I am without my beloved tower of power.
Eh bien, je suis toujours ici.
Adieu, sweet internal 1.5 TB drive. Adieu.
NOTE: To all of you who do not currently have a back up system, it might be time to consider one. Although my computer is on its way to meet its maker (literally, up to Heaven where it will reunite with Steve Jobs), I have been running a double back up system and all of my content—files, photos, and music—are ready and waiting to be installed onto the new drive. If I didn't have this back up in place, I would be posting to tell you I was leaving my life to join a traveling circus. That is all.