Jul 21, 2015

Stuff and the art of breaking in a new computer.

Things have been hectic for a few weeks here and I haven't been able to post anything with a picture.  I have been working 10 hours a week overtime since last August and we have finally been released to work normal hours.  Not sure for how long though.  This is the second week of working 8-4:30 and loving it. It is nice to be able to come home and cook a meal, to go visit a friend, or read.  I cannot tell you how long it has been since I have read a book. You know those rectangular things that have binders with pages in between where words are written on each page. Books are my weakness and I have plenty to devour. 

I went out of town for a day trip a few weeks ago. While I was gone a storm came through and knocked out the electricity and my computer was damaged as well.  I didn't attempt to turn on the computer until a few days after the storm, and when I needed to use it, nothing happened.  My heart sank.  I had four orders for customers to be processed.  The thought of having to re-shoot was heart wrenching. Smart people would have saved their images on a couple of devices so that they would be somewhere safe if something happened. I didn't qualify for the genius meter on this occasion.  But I was lucky.  The power plug was damaged and all of my pictures were saved. However, my computer was 10 years old and had Windows XP on it which will no longer get updates. I have been told several times by technicians to get a new computer.  The amount of money that I have put into it would have bought a new one.  The thing is, the new one will not work like the old one and I have to re-learn some programs that I already knew how to use but the newer versions would be different. It took me two days to figure out how to burn a CD. Trust me I am a pretty smart cookie, but didn't feel like it for a few days. 

So, remember when things happen it is not the end of the world but an opportunity to dance.