I almost didn’t get this week’s special up. Why? I’ll tell you. Coke. It isn’t my friend. Not this week, anyway. *shhh… don’t cry Coke. I’ll love you tomorrow. I promise*
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So, I had a can on one side of my headboard leftover from yesterday (don’t judge. Rough week and yes, I know it’s only Wednesday and that means yesterday was only Tuesday. Like I said. Rough week) and one on the other side from today. I handed the one on my right to Lorna (#7 daughter) and reached for left. Apparently I tilted my hand more than I thought and splashed a bit of the remaining Coke on my keyboard.
Yeah. That. You know, of the NEW laptop? Don’t say it. Just don’t. I haven’t cried yet. I’d like to keep it that way.
So, what did I do? Turned it upside down, of course! That’s what I do! I just shook, shook, and pounded the bottom of that thing like a choking baby to get every last drop out.
I’m weird that way.
Finally, when wiping it clean gave me no new drops, I called it good and stared at the screen. The screen was black. I did a hard shut down. It returned with black and white bios instructions that I couldn’t do (didn’t have what it wanted). Shut down again. Repeat. Again. Blue screen of death. But this time there was a button to recover. So I hit it. Took three times for that, too. But it booted! And I began a frantic attempt to save everything I could. Just in case.
Look, I’m used to having Carbonite have my back. I love Carbonite. But when I got this laptop, it was sucking ALL our Internet juice and no one could do their school work. So, I put it off until classes were over. Then they took summer classes. Those just ended, but two are heading off to university in 2 weeks. So, once a week, I religiously saved important stuff. And last week I did a “full” backup. Yes, I did. But I’ve worked since then.
So, what is the moral of this story? Well,
- Coke is a danger to your computer.
- Back up everything. Always. Even if it’s a pain in the patootie. (And will someone tell me why, if a patootie is your backside, there were old songs about how you had a “sweet patootie” who was a girlfriend. Um… I don’t use that kind of language, but were they saying their sweetheart was…. THAT? Ugh.
- If you missed number one, Coke is deadly to laptops, and two reminds you to back up your stuff on a regular basis so that if Coke infiltrates the secret inner workings of your electronics, at least you can thumb your nose at it.
- Don’t cheat on Carbonite with an external hard drive. As my mother always said, “Cheaters never prosper.”
How I managed to half-kill a laptop with just about a tablespoon of Coke is a mystery that not even Alexa can hope to solve. But, she does hope to solve the mystery of who is killing Fairbury residents! And, I just had her help solve who is stealing from the residents of Fairbury’s retirement village in a book that goes on pre-sale THIS WEEK! WOOT!!!!!
Just a few quotes to share!
I just love that these ladies (don’t think we have men in there yet. 🙁 ) went to the trouble to help me like this!
So, if you wouldn’t mind, would you just pray that my laptop survives? I really don’t want to have to toss another few hundred at the computer industry. Cassie is going to be SOOOOOO… ashamed of me.