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Kid in a Candy Shop

My laptop is back.  I feel like a kid in a candy shop or a dog in a trash can or a Mom with some “Me time.”  You get my drift.  I’m whole again!

I guess I kind of knew that I would be lost without my laptop, but I didn’t realize just how lost I would be.  My hubby looked at me and said “You just don’t know what to do with yourself, do you?”

Actually, I didn’t (I’m ashamed to say).  Well, that’s not entirely true.  As Suze said in a comment to my original post about my laptop being under the weather, everything happens for a reason.  I probably wouldn’t have been able to get much work done last week even if my laptop were in full working order.
Girl - Not My Daughter
My hubby had to take a couple of days off from work (when ever anyone stays home from work or school, my productivity goes down).  My daughter had a couple of doctor’s appointments and she also came down with strep throat, so she missed a couple of days of school.

As far as the health of my trusted electronic friend, the computer technician delivered my laptop to me in full working order.  I took the laptop from the kitchen to the living room to show my hubby that my electronic friend was back and ready to go when…poof.  The backlight went out again.  Oh No!!!!

I called my technician, and she came back to pick up the computer only to find out that she had to replace the screen.  Ugh.  A few days later, she delivered my old laptop with a new screen.  It looked like a brand new gussied up improved laptop.  It’s amazing how my whole demeanor changed when I got my laptop back.

So, while my machine is in good working order, what better time is there than now to reformat the hard drive, remove all of the old unnecessary stuff and run a brand new clean installation of Windows XP. That’s just what I did and now I’m back up and running and raring to go!

There were a few good lessons that I learned about this little unexpected interruption:Broken Laptop

  1. Like Suze said, everything happens for a reason
  2. I must fix the old laptop I have laying around the house so I’ll have a backup in the event of another unexpected breakdown
  3. Getting away from the computer for extended periods of time gave me a chance to allow my brain to come up with new and fresh article ideas
  4. I need to register at the local chapter of “Computers Anonymous” as I believe I’m suffering from a technological addiction.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Cassie Tuttle February 16, 2009, 11:38 pm

    Oh, Felicia! I can imagine the loneliness, the sense of loss. The phantom limb ….

    I take my laptop with me, even when I’m just going away for a weekend. I justify it, saying, “I’m a freelancer. I have to be connected. Otherwise, I might miss out on a job.”

    Glad to hear you’re reunited and that all is working well! Although, as Suze said, things do happen for a reason. And I appreciate that the separation allowed you to come up with some new and fresh ideas. I’ll have to try it sometime. 🙂

  • Julie M February 17, 2009, 11:09 pm

    Too funny! I totally get it though! Welcome back!

    Julie Ms last blog post..Helping Autism and Other Causes

  • Maria @ Residual Income Web February 18, 2009, 8:04 am

    Felicia, you have a great sense of humor! I was horrified when one of my kids knocked my laptop off the table and it crashed to the floor, the other day. But other than cosmetic damage, it was fine. Phew!

    Maria @ Residual Income Webs last blog post..Why Blog Earnings are not Passive Income (But I’m Still Blogging)

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