Some of you may have noticed I haven’t blogged in a few. There’s been a reason for that. I’ve been busy putting out fires.
See, a year ago #1 work computer (out of 2) died from a power surge. Insurance started begging me for info so they could get my claim to me so I could replace it. Cool!
But I delayed the process BADLY. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go PC or Mac. All my work stuff is PC based. So I procrastinated. While computer #2 started to go wonky on me…
And then one day work computer #2 wouldn’t allow me to email. I panicked and called insurance to see if we could get things going pronto… I took pictures of printouts to email customer proofs. Professional all the way…
The new computer finally arrived in early December. Fun! Except… I didn’t do anything about it. In fact, I avoided it. I’m tech challenged and I knew the learning curve would prove painful. So I procrastinated.
This week Monday Jan 23 2012
Work computer wouldn’t fire up. Gulp… basically put, I was out of business. And you KNOW what security freaks us women are.
I went to install a job that day but felt sick the whole time. Once home, I called Guru. He said it needed a power box. Thinking fast, I yanked an old power box out of work computer #1(soooo out of my league!) and put it into #2. It fired up! BUT… it read HARD DRIVE FAILURE. ACK!!
I ran it to Guru that night. And I literally walked in with spaghetti hanging out of the sides as shown above. Didn’t screw anything back in… they bust a gut laughing. Nice to know they appreciate a good italian computer.
And then I went home and attempted to install a difficult program with drivers and stuff on my new system. For 7 hours. Made no headway. I emailed Big Time Tech Guy and grabbed 3 hours sleep.
Tuesday… 7am wakeup call = Big Time Tech Guy ready to play. (doh!!) Son got off to school on his own while I watched Big Time Tech Guy work on my computer (online). Most amazing experience ever. To watch and assist someone remotely work on your own computer taking such good care of you?!? Marriage material!
Had to cut it short cuz I needed to do another install.
His advice? “Get a new $$ cutter!” (that isn’t 20 years old… seriously)
Go to do my job. Then get a brainstorm.. checked out if there was a place nearby that sold cutters. Only 1 minute away! (My GPS is my BFF) So I go plunk $$ (ouch) for a new cutter.
(edited to add: a cutter or ‘plotter’ is a device that cuts vinyl into graphics for signs and vehicles. It’s a Silhouette or Cricut on steroids and helps me make trucks look really pretty. I’ll take you on a tour of my sign shop one day when it’s clean – you can read more on my line of work HERE)
Big Time Tech Guy calls and helps me set THAT thing up. Coolest and hardest thing I’ve ever watched. HOURS. He got both my computers to run my equipment so now I have a backup too! It works! And he deserves a raise. I love him… sorta.
I have the utmost respect for those that can get things like this to work.
Here. I ‘sketched’ the office because the photo was too horrendous for public viewing. The TV was because my son started to miss me and he attempted to take up residence next to my 3 day head banging event.
Spent all day in school… (watching learning videos at home). I am an educated new 2012 cutter operator thankyouverymuch! Please pray the info the Gurus saved from my HD will work on this new smoking’ setup! (picking it up today)
And what a pure blessing I already know how to work this new computer due to getting one just like it about a year previous! Funny how things just fall into place.
My house is an absolute wreak. I look 100 years old from stress and lack of sleep. But at least we are DONE!
But sadly, I most likely will not have my Picture Perfect room done for this weekend.
Wait… will this do? Hey, it’s the only clean spot in the house.
Why oh why do we procrastinate until urgency transpires? But then again, I ONLY had ONE year. I mean, what was insurance thinking?!?
I needed TWO.
(read about PP HERE)
Are YOU ready? Linkup is Friday during SNS!
(your ‘to date’ progress is also welcome!)