Computer catastrophe

As many of you who follow me on Twitter know, I had a computer catastrophe yesterday in the form of a hard drive failure on my MacBook. The computer started giving me the spinning beachball of death around 11am, and no amount of restarting, repairing of permissions or otherwise would get it to let me run even one program for more than a few minutes. Thus, we road trip’d to the nearest Genius Bar last night (depressing that I had to go to the Apple store and my trip didn’t end with an iPad2), only to be told that my hard drive was “in really bad shape”. So bad that they didn’t even want to try and wipe and reformat it. They just want to replace it. Unfortunately, they didn’t have one of my drives in stock, so it had to be sent out for repair and I may not have it back until next week. Mac withdrawals!

There are several pieces of good news here. The first is that I’m a freak about maintaining good backups. Backing up is actually its own lesson in my Before You Hit Send Self-Editing Workshop, I think it’s that important. And since I practice what I preach, I’m fortunate to have backed up my iTunes files to Josh’s computer, have my entire hard drive backed up by Carbonite, and have all of my important, must-be-able-to-access files on Dropbox. So I can continue to work (on a backup PC laptop we had) while my computer is being fixed. Any lost time comes in having to set up the new computer, not from lost files.

The second good news is that I had bought Apple Care for my MacBook before the warranty expired last year. It seemed like an expensive investment to me, but Kassia Krozser @booksquare had told me when I bought the Mac to be sure to get Apple Care. So I did, and I’m extremely glad. Instead of having to pay for the new hard drive (and possibly new CD drive, as that wasn’t working properly either), everything was covered under Apple Care. That made things a little better.

The last piece of good news is that we are a multi-laptop family and I do have something else I can work on, and take with me when I leave on my travels on Friday. Now that I’ve mostly got this laptop set up with all of my most-used programs, I can get some actual work done the next few days. Whew!

So, all around, although I did have a computer crash that’s taken up the better portion of two workdays in time lost, it could have been much, much worse on any number of levels. Please take it from me: back up your computer today (yes, a computer crash can and will happen to you. It’s practically inevitable) and if you don’t have AppleCare on your Mac, and it’s still under a year since you bought the Mac, please go invest in Apple Care!

Thinking about my husband

Sometimes there comes along a song that I hear, and it makes me think of my husband. And I smile. Right now, there are two songs on the radio that do that for me.

The first one is especially poignant for me because my mom passed away when I was 17, so she never met Josh. But I know she’d have liked him. This song is so him.

And this one, well… Josh is my best friend. This week we have the week to ourselves while Brianna stays with my in-laws. And it is always an incredible amount of fun to spend time with just the two of us. Because we really do like and enjoy each other. I adore that about him, about us. So there’s no way this song could not remind me of him.

(as a side note, this video cracks me up. And also? Jennifer Nettles is too adorable for words. It’s just not fair!)

Another week, another city

I spent this last week in Toronto, capped off by my appearance on The Marilyn Denis Show (more on that later). I spent yesterday doing a lot of frantic work so I could take off late afternoon and do some 1:1 with Brianna at the movies. We went to see Yogi Bear in 3D. I could have lived forever without seeing Yogi Bear at all, let alone in the theatre, at 3D prices. But hey, there was popcorn, and my favorite 6 year old and she had a great time.

Today I’m going to do a variety of things that include more work (I’m boring), laundry, baking, packing and generally all the things I didn’t get to do yesterday. Because I leave tomorrow again. This time for New York City, where I’ll be attending Digital Book World. I have to admit, if I’d known I’d need to be in Toronto this past week, I probably would have skipped DBW because I also have to be in Chicago the week after. So I’d have taken this next week to catch up on work (and sleep and family). But instead, I’m going to go to DBW and get myself schooled on publishing, and digital, and changes, and future predictions. It will be enjoyable because there will be meals and networking with peers that I genuinely like and enjoy. Always a bonus!

I do have a giveaway to do (several in fact, including a Kindle) so I’ll be back for that in the upcoming weeks! But sadly, no weekly menu again this week because I won’t be around to cook. Next week!

New ‘do!

I got my hair cut today. I wanted to do something different, because I was tired of dealing with my hair. So the other day I went browsing for pictures on the internet and I found this:

My hairdresser said, “Let’s do it!” and though I was nervous, I decided it was time.

We took before pictures at the studio. My hairdresser said they’re meant to look awful. I’m not sure if they’re meant to look THIS awful, but there you go. Ignore the circles under my eyes that make me look like a hag 😉 And yes, she did deliberately mess my hair up a little before she took the picture. Ha!

And here’s the after pictures. I am SO happy with how it turned out. It’s amazing how much curl is really in my hair when all that length and bulk isn’t weighing it down!

This side view is my favorite because you can see how well-shaped and fun the cut is. I love it!

Changes!

Hey look! Thanks to the fabulous Frauke of Croco Designs (sorry, no hyperlink because I’m blogging from the weird WordPress app on the iPad) I have a new look here on the site. Look around and tell me what you think and if you see any glitchy stuff that’s not working. She updated both my home page and my banner, while still using my brand image–isn’t it fabulous?

Not only do we have a new template and a new banner, but she also added a Recipes page at the top. So now, every time I add a new recipe, it will show up in the list on that page, which is alphabetized. I’m going to go through and update all of the recipe posts with actual recipe titles, to make browsing the alphabetized list.

Also in the Land of Angie, I went to see Reba in concert this weekend with my friends Trish and Mindy, thus the cowgirl pictures. I loved having an excuse to pull out this cowboy hat, since it’s a little more fancy than the one I usually wear out and about. And it’s been a few months since the cowboy boots came out thanks to summer. I LOVE my boots, so glad it’s almost that time of year when I can wear them daily again. This was my third time seeing Reba in the past 2 decades and she remains as fabulous as always. Opening for her was Melissa Peterman, who played Barbara Jean on Reba. She was funny and it was so good to revisit the show. I had a great time with my girls, and I loved being able to see Reba again.

Currently, I’m visiting Casa Wendell (aka Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches and her family) for a few days. The first thing to greet me as I came in the door was a fantastic “Kindle” welcome sign. And the adorable dogs (pictured).

But the really big news? My baby lost her first tooth last night! I was afraid she was going to lose it while I was gone, but she wiggled it around until it was just barely hanging on yesterday, and then Josh yanked it out. The tooth fairy visited this morning and left her $5 in exchange for that first tooth. She has an adorable little gap-toothed smile now. When did she get old enough to start losing teeth? And to start kindergarten? Next week. That was another first for us this weekend–on Sunday B and I went shopping for school supplies. The first time I’ve ever had to shop for school supplies for her. Waaah!

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