Blue screen of death… or illness

Vista Blue Screen of Death - Dell Inspiron 1520
Photo by Srinath TV
Pretty much what mine looked like, except sitting on my bed

I tried to come on here earlier today to write a post. I figured I could give it a try in between lying down and trying to eat and sleeping and trying to read.

Suddenly, out of a clear blue sky, the screen went blue. I could not resuscitate it. I tried turning it off, but when I turned it back on, all I got was a black screen telling me I had no internal hard drive. This was rather distressing.

Ultimately, I decided it was a sign that I was not meant to go on the computer today. I turned it off and did the only possible thing: I waited for Quinland to get home. Whenever we have an electronic disaster, David always hollers, “Quick! Get the youngest person in the room!”

Sure enough, she came home and turned it on and it worked beautifully. She had been doing her important school paper on Google Docs like a child genius, so she wasn’t overly worried, but I hadn’t backed anything up since – wait for it – April 26, 2010. So I was a little stressed. Yes, indeed, I started backing up to my external hard drive immediately. Nothing like a good scare to make you do what you should have done long ago. Motivation by Terror, you know.

It’s been lovely to chat, but I should go back to bed. A hearty welcome to all the new folks who dropped by my little blog today; please come again!

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m so grateful! to Mr. Connor Hall for the ride to leg therapy. I soooo needed that tonight. And for They Might Be Giants, for writing an awesome song like Your Racist Friend.
  • I’m lighter! I’m getting some rest, and I actually backed up the computer. These are minor sorts of accomplishments, indeed, but I also improved my mind by extensive reading.

One thought on “Blue screen of death… or illness

  1. Minor sorts of accomplishments, aye? I’m pleased you improved your mind by extensive reading. And don’t sniff at taking a turn about the room, even in your current delicate condition – it can improve the mind and is something of a minor accomplishment as well.


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