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Ugh, Lesson Learned

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Thursday I was just going about my normal morning activities.  I woke up, had some coffee, took the kids to the bus stop, and came back for a little morning restaurant and a second cup of  joe.

As I was recording the sales for the restaurant, I went into my Quickbooks to enter some deposits.  when I went to save it, everything hung up.  I ended the program, started it again, and the same thing happened.  My laptop had been sitting for a while without being turned off, so I figured a re-start was in order.  As the laptop went through the process, I took a pee, smoked a cigarette, and sat down to get back to work.

Except for one thing.

No windows.  No nothing.  Not a blue screen.  Just…nothingness.

So, I re-started, when through some functions and saw that my laptop thought I didn’t have a hard drive.


I hop on the desktop, googling where in the hell my hard drive even is, and how to take it out.  I thought that it may have just become disconnected, because there was some heavy banging happening the day before (that’s a different story).  So, I find out how to remove it, and I did that, and put it back in.  I crossed my fingers, started the computer…and…..nothing.

My heart stopped.  Just a week ago, I was thinking about how I really should have a back up routine.

But I never quite got that far.

I called my baby brother at work, telling him that I had a technical emergency, and could he pretty please help me, because he’s technologically awesome.

Long story short, my laptop went to the computer hospital (my brother’s house) in hopes that he can recover some (all?  Maybe?) of my files from my hard drive.  It’s definitely a physical problem (not a virus, or something like that).  He’s been known to get everything off dead hard drives before, but he made no promises.

The silver lining?  Well, I got a spiffy NEW laptop.  And new Quickbooks.  And new Microsoft Office (I was using 2002, I think).  And I treated myself to Adobe…the big one…at the student price (a savings of $1200 at Staples).

I still keep thinking, “Oh, I’ll get that phone number off the….oh…wait…I can’t get it off the laptop.”  Ugh.

Here’s the order in which I set up the new laptop:

  1. Set up email
  2. Join online back up service
  3. Install Norton

I will never, ever, ever go without back up again.  Just gotta add it to my desktop.  It even has an app for my phone.

And I love, love, love my brother.  I mean, I did even before all this, but this makes him all sorts of “superman-ish.”


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Don’t Worry…Be Happy

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So, I watched The Early Show this morning and saw that researchers have determined that today is the saddest day of the year.

But not for me.

I have to admit, though, I had a day last week that was just…well…icky.  I was just miserable, I was cleaning up puke all day, and I had zero motivation.

But today?  Today is good.

I got to watch my Steelers put the smack down on the Ravens.  I got to watch BY MYSELF.  And you know what I did during commercial breaks and halftime?  I cleaned my house.  Laundry?  Put away.  Dusting?  Done.  I love that feeling of having a clean house.  You know what else I did this weekend?  I caught up on my to-do list.  I even cooked dinner yesterday (and that, my friends, is an accomplishment).

I think I’ve turned the corner on the winter blues.  Now only if the weather would start cooperating, I think I can take on the world.

But maybe I’ll just tackle today’s to-do list first.  :-)

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Winter Makes Me Sporky

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You know, there are some people who actually enjoy the snow.  They ski, they stay outside for more than five minutes in the winter, and they like hot cocoa.

Not me.

When we found out we were pregnant, I told Tony that he had one main job.  Snow duty.  He would be officially in charge of all snowmen, igloos, sledding and snowballs.  I just don’t have it in me.

About this time every year, I begin to wonder why I live in Pittsburgh.  WHY have I never moved someplace tropical.  I know that at this point in my life, I’m sorta stuck.  I just don’t want to yank the kids away from their friends, family, school and comfort zone.  So, this time every year, I figure out just about how much longer I have to live here.  I’m figuring about 15 years.  Chloe will be 20 and Becca will be 22.  I think that will work.

I’d better start planning.  I’m thinking Antigua.

Time to start saving.

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Back to Normal

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Well, here we are, on the last day of Christmas Vacation for the kids.  I have to say, they’re ready to go back to school.  Don’t get me wrong…we had a great time.  Lots of family games, and they really got along (for the most part).  But they’re ready for some structure, and I think they’re getting a little bored.  They want that social interaction with somebody other than, well, me.

I’m ready for some back to normal, too.  I’ve gotten used to my quiet time every day.  I’m ready for some.  But I had fun over break, too.  The kids loved the third Chronicles of Narnia.  We played lots of Wii Party.  All good.

I’ve also vowed to get on the elliptical machine at least five days a week.  Dammit.

Christmas decorations coming down today, and once they’re all packed away, there will be a calm that comes over the house.  Mama likey calm.

So, off I go…..have a great day!

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Check Ya Later, 2010.

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So, I sat down to think about what to write for this, my last blog post of 2010. I figured I would look back and see if I wrote about resolutions and all that crap last year.

So I looked.

Wow. My last blog post in 2009 was December 6th. And the next blog post after that wasn’t until February. I must have been in a mega-funk. Good thing? I guess I have more time to write now. What I DO remember from January 2009 is that I planned our trip to Disney. I think I was so tired of being here, so just…tired, that I needed to concentrate on something fun. I guess it worked.

All in all, 2010 was a good year. Chloe became a ‘big kid’ and started kindergarten. I got some quiet time while they were in school. We got some grown up furniture. We got a new deck. I got to see my Mom three times in 2010. The restaurant got busier, AND got to be a little more on auto-pilot. I got my Associates Degree (finally).

**Hey, did I mention that? I didn’t actually get the piece of paper yet, but I finished all the classes, got a ‘B’ in my English Comp 2 class, filled out all the paperwork, and it’s done. Gotta cross that off my Bucket List!!!***

All in all, I liked 2010. Even though I turned 40 (which was not so bad, even with a gigantic hangover), good things happened. And I’m looking forward to 2011. No resolutions. Except maybe to live in the moment. And this moment? We’re headed to the basement to play some Wii Party. Happy New Year!

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