This Could Me My Last Post

I had a harrowing experience on Friday around 2 p.m. I had to restart iHottie (my Macbook pro) and instead got a flashing folder with a question mark in the middle.  WTF?! Really? If YOU don't know what's going on, you think I do?! After breathing in a paper bag I got the peace that passes all understanding and just chilled out. I checked my emails on my phone and tried to keep up with The Twitter on TweetCaster.  It wasn't the same.  On Saturday, I did...I'm not sure what. I started organizing, I think. After which came the need to runaway.  I have never been without a computer for this long.  I mean, if you don't count the first 19 or so years of my life.  But that time doesn't count!

Long story short, I was supposed to go to the Apple store to let them take a look at iHottie for me but had a family event to attend to and could not make it (read: the child was super clingy and I could not leave her with my aunt long enough to sneak out to the Apple store).  When I got home, my girl @mommasoto reminded me of the startup disk.

I backed my files up last week but then I thought: did I really back up? Did anything get missed? Alas, I reluctantly put in the startup disk. At one point I got the message stating that the OS on the hard disk was more up to date than the CD. AHA! So it could be read! I got the idea of not continuing and just trying to restart it. When it did, I saw the apple and the circle at the beginning but then, nothing.  I decided it would be best if I just went to lie down in the fetal position and prayed.

As is normal luck would have it, I fell asleep with the frog princess and didn't check until this morning.  And there it was! iHottie asking for my user name and password! I am in like Flynn (I don't know who Flynn is but, work with me, will you?). I have no idea how long I will be up and running. I keep getting the beach ball a lot especially when I'm online.  It's like riding a roller coaster. One minute I think everything is okay and the next I am screaming! So, this might be the very last blog from my trusty iHottie.  If it should be my last, here's what I want to say:

iHottie has been with me since April of 2007.  It is my longest relationship to date with a single electronic equipment (that I can talk to my friend with ;-) ). I remember like it was yesterday, me taking the day off working from home so I could play with it sign for it. It has served me fantastically!  From making sure I had a place for all of my pics to making sure I could chit chat with my girls engage with my fellow colleagues. It has allowed me to write my journals, look up all of my diseases and helped me diagnose my friends.  I have done so much with you.  It is making me sad to think that you are going to be gone from me.  I am even sadder because I can't just buy a new Mac (I already have a name for it: iMami ;-) ).  Not because I don't love you but, because how will I freelance without a Mac in my life?

I am keeping my fingers crossed while holding my breath every time the beach ball shows up.  Will this be the last time? Did I pay my bills? Yes, I could just rush to the Apple store but, I sorta have life s%&* going on at the moment. The frog princess comes first after all (with my readers a close...6th maybe? Listen, I have family ahead of you along with a couple of really good tasting wine bottles. You understand, right?).

So, if you don't hear from me over the next few days, you'll know why.  And if you want to donate a Mac to the cause, feel free to reach out to me (Macbook Pro's and Air's only).  Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go hit the publish button while praying this thing doesn't die on me.

When was the last time you were without a computer/smartphone?  How did it make you feel?