Friday, November 2, 2012

A total freak out

A very big and warm thank you to everyone for praying for my friend’s daughter as well as those who’ll be sending her a card (and even more!), I can’t wait for them to arrive for me to give them to her. I did get to talk to my friend during and after the surgery and she said the surgeon said everything went ‘textbook and without issues’, so that’s a huge blessing.

It lasted 7 hours and when she came to, she asked if they had done the surgery yet, so she didn’t remember nor feel a thing at that moment. I haven’t yet heard how her first full day of recovery went but I pray they have her on good pain medication.

Again, thank you everyone.


On Monday, I had a bit of a freak out. Ok, it was a massive one. One that lasted 3 hours long. Where I knew I’d break out in the worst way, I was the most stressed I had ever been in years.

I turned my computer on like I normally do every morning before work, only that morning a diagnostic check popped up. It acted like it wanted to restore everything to its original settings after it ran it’s check, which would mean wiping out everything on my hard drive.

I started freaking out.

I have nothing backed up. All my pictures are only on my computer. The photo shoot I did for my friend, wasn’t 100% complete and I hadn’t backed them up anywhere and I started panicking thinking she’d never get them.

I closed the lid, only it didn’t go into sleep mode but stayed on and was getting extremely hot. I took it to work with me, called the IT guy and begged him to come out. As I explained what had happened, he casually mentioned that it sounded like the hard drive crashed. My heart dropped!

As I wait for him to come, the laptop goes black. I thought it was all over!

All while this is going on, I’m fighting meeting a 10am deadline with lia sophia that only heightened my stress to epic proportions. The IT guy took my computer and found it ran so hot, it drained my full battery in less than an hour. Thank goodness I brought the power cord!

He ran several checks, found it had a couple infections, cleaned it all up and had it working like it never had a problem. I met the 10am deadline by 15 minutes, had a working computer again and didn’t know how to come down from my stress.
It took another hour before I was able to feel calm and answer work related questions from my coworkers.

Thank goodness it was a slow morning, since it was well after 2 hours after arriving that I even thought about the actual job I was there to do.

You can bet I went home that night, finished editing all my friend’s pictures and saved them to my thumbdrive until I get the chance to buy an external hard drive. There’s nothing like potentially losing 6,000 photos to make me want to speed up the process of getting an external hard drive.

Any suggestions on a good one?

Oh, and just like I thought, I have a massive “third eye” on my forehead. Absolutely worth it for surviving that morning.

Happy November everyone and have a wonderful weekend. The leaves are just starting to change color here, so I hope to capture a shade of red or two over the weekend with my new camera and lens! And by “just” I mean 1 tree for every 15-20 have about 10 leaves that are reddish..

clearly not taken by me but by "Joel”.. a girl can dream this was near her though.

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Lisa said...

Have a wonderful weekend and may the photography god's shine on you!!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh girl, I hear ya. I lost nearly 2 years of photos because I totally did not back them up. Thankfully I could pull some off FB and my blog, but they weren't the same quality as the originals. So sad. I definitely learned my lesson, though. I have an external hard drive that I keep updated. I'm not sure which drive it is, though. It's at home and I'm at work right now. But yeah, definitely get one! Glad you didn't lose your stuff!

The Heart Of A Woman said...

I am so glad her surgery went well! I would have thrown up thinking I lost everything on my computer and I don't have near as many pictures! I am so glad you didn't lose everything!

Becky [Apples of Gold] said...

Ahhhh! I would have had a heart attack as well!! That sounds super stressful! Glad you got the problem fixed! God had mercy on you, girlfriend. =) To lose all of those pictures would've been awful. That has happened to me twice in my life and let me tell you, I still mourn the loss of 'em every now and then. . . thank God I didn't lose precious wedding photos or anything like that.
Hope that third eye goes away soon! =)

sandi said...

dropped our stuff in the mail this afternoon... hope it cheers her day!

My-cliffnotes said...

I was there well not really but via email

Megan said...

Ohhhh no!! I would have been crying!! I'm so glad that he fixed it!!

Erin Pasillas said...

I have a western digital 1TB external hard drive and an online backup service... You should always have your data backed up in at least 2 other places:) not too long ago, my external hard drive got unplugged and I would have lost a ton of stuff, but I had it resorted from my online site! Can't be too careful!

angie on maui said...

That is a stunning photo.

And can I just add that I was completely STRESSED while reading your post? So sorry you had to go through that...but I do hope that you are spending this weekend backing everything up!

You'll be in my neck of the woods, soon! Woot woot! :)

Have a great weekend!


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