Well, the "What If ..." thing that is always in the back of my mind with the computer that holds all of our pictures, all of my artwork..all of our documents....everything...happened here late Thursday night.
First thing Friday morning, I loaded the ol' computer carefully in the front seat of my car, made a short drive and felt like I was walking into the Emergency Room wanting to scream for a doctor to help.......and after 1 hours and 30 minutes with a VERY very nice, patient and informed serviceman, we made some decisions on what steps to take...and I left the store empty handed, a little stunned that the "What If" really did happen, a little woozy from the bill and semi-confident that all would be retrieved..with time.
Now, close to 72 hours later...I am still awaiting a call that I can come pick up my new computer and am assuming that the email registration that just posted for a new system and an email confirmation of my subscription to "Carbonite" indicates that the transplant is almost done.
Note to Self: Don't assume that the external back up system you have is plugged into the computer just because it is sitting next to the tower. It has lights to indicate power, duh.
Note to Self: ALWAYS make the restore discs that your computer suggests that you make in case of an emergency. Huh, really?
Note To Self: Create a list of passwords and the Microsoft Office Key (that super long letter-dash-number-dash-letter key) so you don't have to scower the internet to find it...key found..whew.
Note To Self: Take photos, download photos, edit them, order them and copy them to a disc for safe keeping.
That's alot of learning for one weekend...and I have not even started with the new system.
Between the computer, or lack of one, ..I was able to plant new flowers in the front yard (because it was warm and sunny and as I type this it is just starting to rain)
This weekend has been super productive without the computer and made me realize a few important things to take note of besides all of the learning and lessons.