Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm Back ... I Hope!


Yay!!! I'm back - sort of. My computer has returned from Techie Repair Land safe and sound - with a shiny new cord & a fixed internal somethin-or-other - and they even replaced the 0 key in the number key pad. It also came with a shiny new battery, but the battery and the computer refuse to talk to each other. I've tried several things & now my Techie Guys are ordering me another shiny new battery. If that doesn't work, I'll have to lose the computer for a while ... again. *sigh* But, at least it's all still under that extended warranty (which has paid for itself 3 or 4 times over by now).

Not having a battery is driving me a little nuts too. I hadn't realized how often I moved with the laptop until now. I change places a lot - either following or avoiding family activities and real life. I keep unplugging the laptop and forgetting the battery isn't there - so I'm stressing the poor thing out a little bit. Hopefully I get better - quick!

I love my iPod touch, but it's really, really HARD to keep up on it. So, my apologies for missing all your posts - and I think I'm going to use that scary "Mark All as Read" button on Google Reader. There's somewhere close to a bazillion posts (okay, really only 8000) I've missed.

So, tell me, what did I miss these past few weeks?

49 comments:

  1. Glad you've got your laptop back, although being battery-less must be such a pain!

    I use that "Mark All As Read" button an awful lot these days ... sigh ...

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  2. Only 8K. My laptop battery is not so great. It lasts less than an hour so I'm used to staying put.

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  3. Hope your battery gets fixed soon...
    You didn't miss anything. Life is life, with or without the internet :-)

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  4. Belle - That is a very handy button! :) And in my opinion, real life comes first, so it's okay to use it!

    Susan - yup. 8k - a rather scary number! I don't usually use the laptop on battery power, but I like moving it from place to place without closing everything!

    Agnes - so true! And I hope your life is treating you well :)

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  5. Winter?

    Aww but seriously! Good luck with the new battery - hope that solves your pc problems!

    Happy weekend! Take care
    x

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  6. Our PC's certainly have a mind of their own. When they return from the shop it's almost cause for celebration ... Good luck!

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  7. Old Kitty - tee hee! Nope, we still have several weeks left before winter will be over here! :)

    Jackie - it really is! Being computer-less is such a hardship - and I DO feel ridiculous saying that, but it's true! :)

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  8. I usually keep my computer put. the only time my battery gets used is when the electric goes off. It is very handy then. I love your little smiling computer :o) I hope you get a good battery soon!

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  9. Yay for getting your laptop back, but boo for the lack of a battery. I get up and move around the house, too -- not having my own workspace -- so I can imagine what a pain that must be!

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  10. Black Berry - me too! I tend to write in the living room or on my bed and I switch a lot between the 2 spots. One of these days I'll have an office! :)

    Dianne - it really is annoying! I didn't think it would be a big deal, but I leave a lot of tabs open and most of them require passwords so every time I move I have to re-log in. It's a pain!

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  11. I would be so scared if something happened to my laptop! We lost internet in most of Australia this week, was just for about an hour but I was so frightened the Internet was gone forever :)

    And I don't know what Blogger's deal is but I seemed to have to refollow everyones blog anew :/

    Glad you're back :)

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  12. Charmaine - Blogger seems to get into those mischevious moods and do little things to drive me batty! I'm soooooo glad to have my laptop back - I've been visiting blogs all afternoon! :)

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  13. methinks, 'tis time to buy a new computer :) I bought me one this December :)

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  14. Jemi, click "mark all as read" right now!!! You are not expected to read all that! Glad you're kinda sorta up and running :D

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  15. Dez - It really is - but with the warranty still valid I keep putting it off! I'm hoping it'll last me another year - but that's probably aiming too high :)

    Julie - thanks! I haven't clicked the button yet, but I'm kind of itching. I spent a few hours catching up on some blogs this afternoon and didn't even put a dent in it!!!

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  16. Hey Jemi,
    Delighted to see you are back and now I hope that your positive momentum and your thoughtful writing, can continue, unabated :)
    Oh, my shy, humble, unassuming blog marked its five year anniversary on February 21. And thank you for commenting on my latest posting. Much appreciated and enjoy your weekend.
    In kindness and happy writing, your way, Gary :)

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  17. Gary - thank you! It's good to be back in the loop again :)

    5 years is impressive! You've shared a lot of good with the world Gary - here's to 50 more! :)

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  18. Hope it lasts a while longer for you! I'm glad I have my iPad - I imagine trying to blog on something as tiny as an iTouch would be difficult.
    And I'm just having a meltdown before next Tuesday. No big deal.

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  19. Alex - no big deal indeed! Tee hee :) I've got my post locked and loaded for Tuesday - and CassaFire is going to be a HUGE success!!!!

    And I wish I could pick up an iPad - they seem fabulous!

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  20. What a pain! I'm with you. I love my iPod touch, but it's not great for keeping up in the blogging world. :)

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  21. Janet - exactly! It's great for a whole lot of things, but blogging is NOT one of them! :)

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  22. I'm about to use that little Google Reader button myself. I keep telling myself, "after the next blog, I'll do it". I just haven't gotten there yet. Ah, the joys of catching up!

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  23. I'm glad your computer is fixed! I'm hoping the battery problem will be solved soon. I rely on it so much personally with my laptop. :)

    And the "Mark All As Read" button -- I've guiltily used it a few times. Absolutely necessary, in your case!

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  24. Pleased you're back though I have been away having a vacation in the US and meeting up with Arlee Bird.
    Great time.

    Yvonne.

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  25. My Google Reader won't tell me how many unread posts I have. It always just says 1000+. Which could be ANYTHING! Perhaps I don't actually want to know!
    Fantastic when you pay for a warranty and it's actually worth it! (Though the part where you have to lose your computer/TV/microwave/whatever for a while obviously sucks...)

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  26. Laura - I hate to click it all because I'm afraid I've missed someone's big news! Hoepfully they'll let me know :)

    Emy - I hadn't realized how much I relied on the battery - mostly to move rooms. It's driving me more than a little batty! I LOVE your new avatar pic btw! :)

    Yvonne - Sounds like you had a great vacation! I saw the post on Lee's site - great photos!

    Rachel - that is definitely the down side of the warranties - I hate losing the laptop! I've got my Google Reader organized into folders - so I just added up the folders ... and got sad! :)

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  27. Yay! Jemi's back!

    Oh, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Build A Man. I saw it on Amazon, and it made my heart sing.

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  28. I've tried to keep up with the blogs on my iPhone before, and it just doesn't work. I'm crossing my fingers that your new battery ends your troubles and we can have you back full-time! :)

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  29. Talli - you're very welcome! About the only bonus of not having my laptop was I got to read more books - I really enjoyed Build a Man! :)

    DL - it's really hard to keep up on the small devices - I gave up early on. I'm really hoping to be back too! :)

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  30. Tell me, how long till you got over the withdrawal shakes when the puter was in the shop? I suspect mine is crapping out, it won't hold a full charge...gulp!

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  31. I hope the new battery solves the problem. (though, shouldn't they have checked that before giving it back to you?) Also, what about a SUPER LONG cord for short term?

    I know you must be so frustrated. Computer problems are torture in our age. How did people live prior to laptops and internet?

    *Hugs*

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  32. Sandra - it wasn't long at all before those shakes set in! Withdrawal is an ugly businesss - thankfully having the iPod kept most of the nastiness at bay :)

    Lola - I know! It's incredible to think I survived until my 2nd kid was in kindergarten before getting a computer. Now, it's unthinkable! Now to find that loooooooong cord! :)

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  33. Glad you're back. I pretty much stay plugged in so don't worry too much about battery. Content in my cubbyhole in our little house. You didn't miss too much, I'd venture to say.

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  34. Yvonne - thanks! I need to have a little permanent space in the house, but it won't be happening for a few years! And that's okay - cause I love our crazy chaotic house the way it is :)

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  35. If my computer even hints that it might have issues, I panic!

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  36. Hooray, you're back! :)

    Hope the battery problem is solved soon.

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  37. Diane - I know!! It's crazy how attached I've become to this little piece of technology! :)

    Golden Eagle - thanks! I hope it's fixed soon too - it's driving me batty! :)

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  38. It's never too late to catch up. Welcome back!

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  39. Beth - thank you! I've visited a lot of blogs over the weekend, but I haven't made much of a dent in the pile!! :)

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  40. WELCOME BACK! I hope you get the new battery soon and that will be the last of your problems. 8000 posts to catch up on? Yikes! That is a lot.

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  41. Susanne - thanks!! Yeah - pretty sure I'm not going to get to anywhere near 8k!! :)

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  42. Welcome back!!!
    A laptop without a battery can be difficult, but I guess you still have a little mobility. Yay for computers!

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  43. Must be such a relief to have your laptop back! Mine died last August, and I had to go without it for three weeks. It was awful. I can't believe how much I missed it. Hope your computer works perfectly for a long time to come!

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  44. Glad your laptop is back. My laptop is battery less but I'm used to using it one place plugged in.

    Riya.

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  45. Lynda - yay indeed! It's such a thrill to have it back. I feel like I'm catching up with at least a few people!! :)

    Caryn - you know my pain! This is the 2nd or 3rd time I've had to go without for 3 weeks. It's really, really hard. I'm thrilled to have it back!

    Riya - I could probably leave the laptop in my bedroom - but I'd either miss too much of my family life or too many of my bloggy friends! :)

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  46. Glad to see you back. My laptop stays plugged in all the time because it's battery isn't very good. Hope you get your new battery soon and it work. Have a great week.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  47. Mason - thank you! I don't write too often without being plugged in , but I move way too often!!! :)

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  48. I admire your patience in waiting for you laptop to be fixed. I probably would have abused my credit card and just bought a new one.

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  49. Leslie - I was SOOOOO tempted to do just that! But with the warranty still valid, I just couldn't do it! :)

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