And we're back.
Yes, that was fast, wasn't it?
That's courtesy of my kind-hearted MIL who made it possible to replace what was lost so fast. Bless you, Mama B. You're a gem!
To clarify? We haven't replaced the documents...the files...the pictures...(sob). That recovery is still in the balance and being worked on furiously.
We have replaced my fried computer with a lovely and much upgraded version. (insert happy emoticon here in place of yesterday's overwhelmed/crying/blubbering mess emoticon) Hubby's upgrade/replacement will wait a bit, but we've decided to share. (gasp! I know...share a computer? Such a foreign concept anymore, eh?)
And so, I'm sort of back. (we can't let the blog suffer for months on end - I mean, priorities, right?) heh.
In the meantime, we're still at La Cabin - and trying to recover emotionally from the loss. I mean, it took the wind right on out of our sails, and we've spent over a day now trying to remedy, find solutions, locate IT fixes, and source someone to retrieve the files - in addition to driving over three hours roundtrip to purchase a replacement. Not exactly the "vacation" we had in mind. Sounds dramatic, but it hits you where it hurts. We live our lives on the computers today. Social contacts, files, pictures, videos of our kids, addresses, websits we visit regularly - saved to our "favorites", writings, letters, scanned docs, saved e-mails, on and on and on. You truly never realize how much you keep on your laptop...until it's all g.o.n.e. Then you start going through the mental lists of each little thing...
And oh the chagrin.
Today I asked AB "what's the one thing that you lost that mattered the most?" - his reply is oh so true...
"All the little things"
All the little things that took years to build up. Literally.
Friends, backup your computers. Backup your files. Splurge and spend what you need to, to take care of this simple fix. Backed-up files equal much relief when your computer takes a nosedive out of the blue. Or when, say, a bad power cord fries three computers at once. Like that. Or whatever...
This advice is free to you - but so costly for us.