Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large Beatles’ mug full of very strong French Roast! I can also get you a cuppa tea, hot cocoa or other breakfast appropriate beverage (sorry, no Bourbon at this hour, not even in your tea!) It is a beautiful, sunny but cold day. I’m going to spend every spare minute outside, cold or not! And where are we? Some of you may guess by the image at the top that we are on beautiful Cape Cod, and you’d be absolutely correct.
This week at work was back to the grind. It was the first full week since the holidays and was pretty busy but not insane. I have a lot to do coming up, but nothing is making me drown.
Over the last year it seems like a lot of things have broken. I’m talking stove, clothes washer and things like that. So that five big ticket items broke over the last two weeks isn’t that surprising. Of course it means my “toy budget” for the year just got drained to help pay for “things I need!”. A new module for my synthesizer, a new camera body, etc. – these are not things I need. A computer is. My computer died. A lot of data was on external drives, but I lost the last three years of photos. Not everything, of course. For instance, look at all of the photos I posted on the blog. Those still exist, at least the smaller edited versions. I lost all of my videos, though most have been posted on Youtube. There are some other documents and such that are gone, but not a lot. All of my writing is safe, backed up in four different places, as is my music.
A few things for you computer nerds – When the computer powers up, the fans spin, the disks whir for a second and then nothing. No beep-error-codes. No signal on the monitor. No lights on the keyboard or mouse. Nothing. Means dead motherboard. I tried replacing the bios battery (this worked on another computer), but no dice. I put the drive in an older computer and can’t boot to it and can’t see it when I boot to another drive. I’ll try again when my new computer comes in. If not, I will call around and see how much it will cost to get my photos off of the drive. There are about 200 GB, maybe 300 GB, of photos on that drive – I take a lot of pictures! It is four cameras and my phone plus countless drawings that were scanned in and colorized. The last backup of photos was January 2014. (I have digital photos going back to 1998 backed up).
So a few other things broke too. I’ll have to start looking into replacing them. I think this week will in the long run be several thousand dollars :(
OK, onto more cheerful things :)
After a very, very cold beginning this week warmed up nicely. I actually kayaked on Thursday! It was short because I couldn’t get out until after work and the light was quickly fading, but 30 minutes on the kayak is 30 minutes on the kayak! Yesterday the temperatures crashed again, but next week will be warmer than average, if not quite as warm as the last few days have been.
Although my “toy budget” was completely wiped out for the year, I do still have my new lens and have continued to play with it. I’ve also been working with other thing. My book is almost to the point of being published (self-published), just taking care of a few details.
Blogging has been weird. The year started with some great stats and then they crashed. I’m talking new posts with single digit views and such. Was it because I couldn’t read other people’s blogs after my computer crashed? I know, I spend too much time looking at them, but I do want to figure out why there is such a huge difference in the stats from one day to the next (Tuesday = 1/10 Monday’s views). Oh well, I’ll never figure it out. And I still have fun, and that’s what it is all about!
Even with the dead computer I did try to post a lot. I started Sunday with a smile about shoveling snow. Really. Later in the day I put up a short post about hiding the stories on my blog that will be in the book (hiding = making them private). On Monday I posted some pictures with my new lens plus an older lens that is underutilized. Later in the day I posted an answer to a “challenge” – an award, but I don’t do awards. On Tuesday I wrote what I thought was a nice poem but nobody read it. On Wednesday I posted my Weekly Smile about ordering a new computer. I had to do it from my work computer and things didn’t go right, but it is there! On Thursday I reposted an old post (exactly three years old) about a January Thaw. On Friday I posted a dark short story, appropriate for Friday the Thirteenth…
As I said, I’m going to try to spend as much time outside as I can. If you want you can join me for a walk, though I usually walk in silence. It’s nice and sunny, so it should be a great walk. I also have a lot of things I need to get done today. You can stay and sip your coffee as I get stuff together and join me if you want, but we’ll soon have to leave the comfy warm cottage. I did enjoy the chat, though. If you are having coffee at your place I’ll try to stop by and we can talk about what you did all week, OK? I hope your week wasa good and that yuou have a great week ahead!
The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Part Time Monster . You can join this week’s Coffee Share on her blog or by clicking on the “Linkup Linky“. In fact, I encourage you to click on the “linky” to see what’s been going on in the lives of other bloggers and even join us if you haven’t before. (I’ll make the links hot later)