Busted

My laptop is broken again, and this time shaking it and yelling didn’t magically repair whatever the hell is wrong. The good news is I transferred all my October photos off of it minutes before it crashed, so even if it’s completely fried all I lost was last week’s iPhone pictures and the shots from the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular on Saturday. The bad news is I also lost all my bookmarks, Photoshop Elements, my address lists, my party invitation lists, my password lists, everything I’ve ever scanned and countless other details of my I had stored in my computer. I had actual nightmares last night about time running out on some important project while I stared at the wonky gray screen and begged it to turn on. It’s silly to feel so lost without a laptop – it’s just a MACHINE – but it feels like my lifeline has been ripped away.

Maybe that’s really sad. I can easily make myself feel pathetic for being so attached to my computer – “Come on, Suzanne! It’s not real life! You obviously spend too much time on it! This is a great opportunity for you to finally get away from your screen!” but mostly I don’t feel bad at all. Sure, some of my friends live on the interwebs and could be called “Not Real” but ALL of my friends use the interwebs to stay in touch – even the Real ones. I LIKE the internet, even when it’s full of politics and drama and secret I Hate Your Stupid Blog And Here’s 345832 Reasons Why Facebook groups. It’s also full of blogs. Pretty blogs, wordy blogs, recipe blogs, inspirational blogs, funny blogs, blogs written by my friends, blogs written be people I WISH were my friends, blogs written by people I would never in a million years want to be friends with but love peeking into their lives because I’m sort of a jerk.

My own blog is going to suffer a little until I can get the computer thing worked out (sorry Mom) since E has his laptop set up like the command center for the Death Star or something and it took me 10 minutes just to find the internet. I can’t edit photos from this monstrosity either – unless I can find my Photoshop Elements disk, which is about as likely as finding Bigfoot hiding in the coat closet – so my brilliant post about organizing my closet will have to wait too. I know you’re devastated. Let’s start a secret Facebook group and talk about it for hours. Or maybe I actually will take this opportunity to go get away from my screen and get something done in my real life.

 

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9 Responses to “Busted”

  1. Leah says:

    I know it’s a ways off, but If you end up coming to MA for Calder’s birthday, my brother may be able to get all your stuff off the hard drive for you. I am actually bring a dead laptop or two myself for that very reason.

  2. barbra says:

    That sucks. My laptop and my iphone died two weeks ago – within days of each other. My husband was able to restore most of my photos, but nothing else. I will eventually find my passwords and internet bookmarks, but I lost my birthstory and breastfeeding story. That loss makes me sad. So I totally understand how you are feeling. So I’m stuck using a back up cheapo android as a phone and my work computer as my link to the outside world.

  3. Is it the screen or is it the hard drive?

    • bebehblog says:

      E thinks it’s the graphics card, since he couldn’t get it to work even when he hooked the laptop up to the TV. We’re still hoping there’s a way to get all the info off of it – I JUST realized a few minutes ago I also lost all the PSE actions I’ve downloaded and purchased too. I’m so sad.

  4. Liz says:

    This made me lol: “…since E has his laptop set up like the command center for the Death Star or something and it took me 10 minutes just to find the internet.”

    I tweeted you about laptop suggestions too!

  5. Fionnuala says:

    I am sorry, that sucks.

  6. MommaExpat says:

    I HATE when things play out in my head, things I have no control over and yet it just mulls about there…. I’m sorry your computer crapped the bed. And what secret FB pages hum?

  7. Other Erin says:

    You’ll get it all back. But when you do, I would suggest you look into the Cloud. I know a guy who can talk you through your reasonably priced options. :)

  8. Stacy says:

    That is the WORST. Some of the things I learned from losing my last laptop are that this Cloud crap really is worth it, even if you just use Google docs to save the really important stuff! Also, I made the switch from Firefox to Google Chrome and have never looked back! Chrome syncs your bookmarks across all of your devices (you can install Chrome on your iPad and iPhone too, takes a bit of getting used to after years of Safari but I love it now!) so you can’t lose them!

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