Monday, February 15, 2010

For the love of the internet…

If I didn’t love the internet so much, I would toss my computer right out the window. It’s amazing to me how I’ve come to rely on my laptop for so much entertainment.

It wasn’t until last week, when it started acting funny and I had to take it to the Geek place, that I realized how attached I really was. The first Geek I spoke to didn’t think anything was wrong with it, given my description of, “Um, the little thingy that usually shows it’s loading, isn’t. And when I tried to do that thing where you turn it off and turn it back on, it wouldn’t”. But when he tried it, it wasn’t and it didn’t. So it had to be admitted.

I was fine with that, especially since I had a warranty on it. So I was all, “See you tomorrow” and the Geek giggled a little when he said no, it would be six days. WHAT?! Six days without my constant companion? How would I check blogs and emails and stuff? And Facebook?? What would all my friends think if they didn’t see my witty banter every day? My blog? How would I let my readers know what the dogs are doing every day?

Luckily, I have one of those ancient desktop models in the computer room. I wasn’t totally without internet. But, OMG is it slow compared to the lightning fast laptop. I was in agony as it would gather its thoughts in what can only be described as the grandmother board, before it would finally bring up the happenings on Facebook and what have you.

It was just too much for me. So I chose to spend that time away from the computer. After the first day of withdrawals, I began to look around for other, non-internet stuff to do. You would think I would have repainted the bedroom like I wanted, or cleaned the house like it needed or some other worthy pursuit. But, let’s just admit that I didn’t and move on.  I did read two books and watched 2 seasons of “Friends”. I became a patron of the arts. Sort of.

I did, however, have one person out of the thousands hundreds ten people who read my blog, call to ask if I was okay. It’s nice to be missed.

My trusty laptop was returned to me on Friday with a brand new hard drive. For anyone who has had this happen, you know what I did all weekend. That’s right, I had to put all my stuff back on it. What a pain in the ass.

Because I keep pretty much the same information on both computers, I had to learn how to export all my contacts and other whatnot from the ancient computer, and then how to import all of it onto the laptop. Not that I mind learning something new, but for the love of Pete it was boring!

Don’t even get me started on the iPhone. That was the biggest pain, because I never said “yes” when it asked me if I wanted to back it up. Here’s a tip: Do that! Luckily, I didn’t have anything more than a few apps (Scrabble!) and my calendar, so it was just a matter of redownloading (Blogger says this is not a word, but it should be, given the propensity of people who don’t back stuff up) eleventy hundred of those.

But finally, I am finished.

I tell you all that, just so I can tell you this:   I’M BACK!   Did you miss me?

Anyone? Beuller?…


  1. Glad to have you back! Thanks to Sharon,I'm a big fan of your blog and have been checking for my daily dose.

  2. I missed you. What you didn't tell your readers is that you also have another brand new laptop with a broken screen that is collecting. Oh, and that your husband got you a 20 trig backup drive. Hmmmm, makes me wonder. Glad you are back though. Love ya!

  3. Of course I missed you. I often found myself wondering what you and your crazy pups were up to. And hoping for a recipe I could try out when I had nothing to cook last week.

  4. "Grandmother board" made me giggle. I'm confused by CGman's comment that you have another brand new laptop with a broken screen that is collecting. What is it collecting? I may sit here all day and ponder that. Then again, I might just get off my ass and go to the grocery store. Damn school holidays.

    It's never good when a Geek giggles. But I'm glad you're up and running again! And yes, redownloading should be a word. I've done that (ok, watched my husband do that) more than once. But after the third or fourth time, I learned to back up the important stuff.

  5. I missed you but thought you were off on one of your many road trips or visiting family or CGman!! Glad you are up and running again,

  6. of all the weeks - you had to pick the one where I was snowed in and bored!

  7. So glad to have you back. I can tell you, I am officially addicted to my laptop. It's a compulsive, one-way relationship. I cry if anything happens to her. My kids know they do not touch my laptop under penalty of death. So, I'm feeling you.

  8. Okay, I have to admit that I don't keep track of how many days in a row people post, so I didn't really realize you were gone so long. I suck.

    But I'm glad you're back! And realizing even more why I shouldn't have an iPhone.

  9. Hi, my name is Dawn and I'm a Laptopaholic.

    Hi Dawn.

  10. I missed you Dawn - glad you're up and running again!

  11. Welcome back Dawn, I hate it when your blog has the flu! Hopefully that laptop is humming along?

  12. I didn't miss you, but it's becuase I didn't know you! But I'm so glad to have found your blog! FUN! And..uhm, I've had the same thing happen to me -- and I sat on the couch, watched TV and made lists of things I could do... Hey, I still have the lists! I'll get to it at some point! Nice to "meet" you! Fun post!


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