How Sad Are You For Me???

The unthinkable and unimaginable has happened. My sweet, wonderful, beloved Mac has . . . . (dare I utter the words) died and gone to the sweet hereafter. ("Baby, do you hear me??? C'mon home to momma . . .")

Upon embarking on a little evening blog-surfing over the weekend, I encountered a strange white screen. After a few minutes a folder came up with a question mark inside, and then it started flashing. I was able to use another computer (not mine) to google "white screen on a mac", and stuff started coming up like "White Screen of Death, Macbook." Uh, that is DEFINITELY NOT a good sign. I wanted to scream and jump up and down like this fellow.
Anne Anderson's Rumpelstiltskin Illustration
photo from Anne Anderson's Old, Old Fairytales

Rumplestiltskin is his name (I loved that story). Anyhow, after further reading I found out that the hard drive has most likely died. Now what makes this story even more "exciting" is that I had over 1,400 photos in iPhoto. Just in case you didn't get it the first time, that's one thousand and four hundred. Arrrrrrhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! My PC crashed 2 years ago right after my father passed away and by the grace of God, Best Buy was able to salvage some, but not all, of my photos. It took a long time to get the stuff, and by the time they recovered it, I was just happy to have some photos instead of none. So I bought an external drive and ended up rarely using it--because Mac's don't ever have problems, right? Luckily I got bored a few months ago and attempted to back up my hard drive. I never checked to see if it everything transferred, but I definitely have the most important photos, which are those of my father and our last Christmas together in 2006.

So what this means is that not only am I majorly crippled without a computer, I've also lost practically everything!!! I have no photos of the way my house looked before I moved in (I do have ones of my bathrooms, though. Thank God I at least posted my kitchen already!), and none of all of the work in progress. Vacation photos? Gone. 10 year high school reunion photos? Gone. College Graduation? Gone. I lost all of my latest random projects (photo frames, furniture, etc.), and the blogging stuff I hadn't posted about yet! I even lost all of my bookmarks I had saved (easily over 200)--my favorite sites, places I wanted to visit, and interesting tidbits of information!!!!! I'm sure there's stuff I'm missing, but this is all I can think of right now. Awwwwwww!!!!!!! I wish I would've just loaded all of the photos into Blogger and used them as needed, but of course I didn't have that forethought. So I'll be working hard on my posts, and trying to search through my external drive to find some of my other stuff. Please take this a reminder to BACK YOUR FILES UP!!!!! Through Googling, I found out that Mac has something called a "time machine" where you can back your computer up, and if it ever goes out, after you do a system restore you can load the "time machine" and put your computer back just like it was the last time you were on it--home page and everything. A lotta good it does me now, but I won't be selfish and hog the info. For all of you bloggers & blog-readers, there's still time. If you don't have an external drive, you can also do an online backup with a company like Mozy for as little as $4.95/month. If you're like me and your photos are the most important things to you, please do this now. You never think it'll happen to you until it does. Cry, cry, tear, tear. I told Beth that I wanted to pull all of my hair out, but I thought twice because then I'd be depressed because I'd be ugly, and being depressed around the holidays is a recipe for disaster (worse than not backing up). So while I do have my hair (which looked quite good in some of those photos), I've lost mementos of many important events in my life over the last several years. :( So I ask again . . . how sad are you for me???