Thankfully it wasn't me that was feeling under the weather this week, nor was it my man, not even Spanner in fact! No it was much, much worse than any of us being ill... It was actually our pc that has been feeling a wee bit squiffy! Not wanting to switch on and much preferring to have a 'lie in' instead of helping me with my work, mildly irritating yes, but once it was awake I was quite happy and didn't think any more of it...
That was until Thursday morning when it point blank refused to switch on at all which kinda left me in a mild state of panic being as it is my only readily available connection to the world wide web - eek! The merest suggestion that I may not be able to satisfy my Etsy and Flickr addictions has me in a right tizzy!
I did try a wee bit of gentle persuasion, fiddling with all the cables round the back (o'er missus) but it was having none of it and it certainly didn't respond to my tried and tested technique of percussion maintenance! My last pc used to get a slap on the head any time it misbehaved and we never had any major disagreements, ha!
So on Friday, after a reliable source told us that it may be the 'power-box-converter-thingy' that had died the decision was made that we would perform some open 'circuit board' surgery in order to find a certain serial number to see if we could get a replacement part, or at the very least rescue the hard drive with all my precious photos and inspiration and whatnot!
Yes, yes, I hear you! I know I should have it all backed up here, there and everywhere but you know how it is, we all start with good intentions saving everything onto USB drives every time we make the slightest change to a file or what ever. Then you start to think that once a day will be fine, then once a week or I'll sit down and do it all later and not get distracted browsing through other peoples filckr favourites! Then before you know it the months have gone by and the bloody thing won't switch on in the morning! Gah!
Anyway, we didn't even get as far as open 'circuit board' surgery. I think it heard me suggest that a buying a brand new laptop might be the way to go and just take a sledge hammer to this one - okay so I didn't actually say that one out loud but there was a lot of 'effing and jeffing' going on and I think it got the idea! So anyway, I pulled out all the cables and lifted it out from it's wee corner and was just about to take the screwdriver to it when I thought I would try the power cable one more time, just in case...
Yes, you just know what I'm going to say, don't you!?
Needless to say there was a wee bit more 'effing and jeffing' as it started whirring and working like nothing at all had been amiss! Then a lot of scurrying as we got it hooked up to the monitor and mouse to see what it was up to, and yes it was all fine and dandy, acting like nothing was wrong and not a problem to be found anywhere! Grrr!
Of course Ihaven't dared switch it off yet and yes I promise that as soon as I've finished here, checked and sent a few e-mails, maybe had a quick look around Flickr and checked my wee Etsy shop
, I shall back up all my photos and files - honest!
Oh, I have managed to squeeze in a wee shop update
this morning, hence the pretty pictures of cushions and garlands
scattered throughout this rambling rant. And while I was away for two days (felt like forever!) something quite exciting has happened - well, something quite exciting for me anyway! If you don't already know then pop by sometime tomorrow and I'll tell all!
ps - I haven't forgotten about the wee give away I wanted to do this week, I'll do it either Tuesday or Wednesday next week...