Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Carrie Bradshaw Moment

First let me say that I hope I never go without writing a post (for almost a month) EVER, EVER AGAIN!  I have missed my little blog and my Blog Besties.  :)  My Blog Besties are those of you who take the time out of your schedules to read these posts of mine.  It means the world to me and I am glad we are finally reconnecting.  Let me tell you what happened.

We came back from our family va-cay in Tennessee and I was sitting peacefully uploading the 1,052 (roughly) pictures I took.  Nothing makes me happier than taking pics on vacation.  Sometimes, I think I want the vacation just so I can take the pictures.  :)  Well, as I was working away on my little picture loading project, the computer froze up.  I tried a couple little tricks I have used in the past to get that rainbow wheel to stop spinning but nothing worked.  Next thing I knew I had a gray screen with an image of a file folder containing a large question mark.  The question mark was flashing at me and my mind immediately flashed to Carrie Bradshaw and the crazy little robot man.  If you were an avid Sex and the City fan (as I was in college and to this day but only when the kids are in bed) you know the exact scene I am referencing.  That is how I felt with the flashing question mark file folder thingy.  My stomach sank to the floor, I felt sweat coming on, and tears filling my eyes.  This could not be good - a flashing folder and question mark!!!!  I pulled up those exact words on my phone and iPad, the descriptions and opinions on Google were so negative.  I closed the computer only to open it again, and again, and again.  Each time I opened it I cringed, crossed every finger and toe and hoped that folder would be gone.  Nope, there is was flashing, flashing, flashing causing more and more anxiety.

My main concern - ALL THOSE PHOTOS!!!  It wasn't just vacation it was pretty much every photo I have taken over the last four years.  We used to back up to an external hard drive but after it got dropped and no longer worked I lost my trust in those.  I decided I would rather just save to the computer.  So this is how the rest of my Carrie Bradshaw moment played out.  Over the next couple of days every time I explained what happened to someone I got the look (the parent scolding a child look) and then this statement, "You didn't back up or save to Drop Box?"  Ugh, it killed me.  I felt like such an irresponsible person.  This is exactly what happened to Carrie.  Apparently, everyone else on the planet backed up except her. Yep, I am the only one who does not back up!  I was embarrassed to ask others for help because of the dreaded, "What?  You didn't back up?" The look was worse than the question!  It took every ounce of self control not to scream, "NO, I DID NOT BACK UP!!!! OKAY?  THERE!  I AM IRRESPONSIBLE AND DO NOT BACK UP!"  My head was down and my tail was between my legs but at least I kept my cool (in public). My husband witnessed a pretty big hissy fit in the kitchen.  Oh well, he can handle it.  He's the one that took the vow...for better or worse.  It was definitely not a "for better" moment. 

Fast forward three very long weeks plus our amazing tech guy from church and all our images and documents were recovered.  Seriously, he will forever have my love and appreciation.  He will also always have my husband's gratitude (well I think you understand why).  There is a special place in Heaven for people who can restore some one's pictures ensuring that their sanity will also resume to normal.  :)

We have a new addition to our family.  She is beautiful, fits on my lap, and I call her Windy (for her super fun Windows 10).  Okay, so I haven't actually named the new computer but seriously I am so thankful to have it.  I love to write and post, it is basically my hobby.  I don't get to do it every day but over three weeks without it seemed like an eternity. 

On a side note, our homeschool classroom was published on another site (Free Homeschool Deals - Homeschool Room Tours).  Super fun, just wanted to share!

Elizabeth :)


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