Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Positive Spin

 
Disclaimer:
All of these images were found on the internet,
they are not my creations.
 
With that said,
it has taken almost 24 hours for me to put a positive spin
on yesterday's events.
 
First of all, my day started by losing an hour.
I wake up and check the time on my phone
and
wonder,
Why is Dianna leaving for work so early?
Why is the neighbor's front porch light on so early?
Why do I feel like I have slept in?
Well, apparently my phone took a trip to the
Central Time Zone
without me!
or
part of the government shut down
was furloughing the little gnome that must set cell phone times?
 
Reboot, and we were out of the twilight zone.
The next two hours were the calmest of my day.
 
Hang on.
It's a pretty wild ride for the rest of the day!
At around 8 AM,
I find out that 
Jenn's embroidery computer has crashed.
This would be the non-backed up,
all of our embroidery designs,
busiest time of the year,
computer.
 
Again, I say,
NOT
BACKED
UP! 
 
Assessing the situation,
we decide that I will take the computer to Best Buy.
60
miles
away!
 
(There is a beauty to living in the sticks,
yesterday,
 I was struggling seeing that beauty)
 
Head to Best Buy,
with JWS' deposit that had to be taken to the bank on the way,
after he reminds me at least 47 times not to forget to deposit it,
40 miles into the trip, I remember
that I forgot to deposit it!
 
I take the computer in.
It can be fixed,
it can't be fixed,
it can be fixed,
it can't be fixed.
 
That was the final analysis,
It can't be fixed.
 
Well, let's just say
that the fix cost was going to be more than the new cost
with no guarantee on recovery of the data.
 
And,
the tech support agreement
ran out a month ago.
 
I go back outside,
I call JWS,
he is not there.
I think,
I stew,
I don't know what to do.
 
(Hey, that rhymes!)
 
I go back into Best Buy
(2nd time through the door)
I ask another question.
I pause and think.
 
Now, I realize that if we try to fix it,
it is going to take 3 days to 2 weeks.
We need to be up and running before that.
 
So,
I am going to buy a new computer,
EXCEPT
I forgot a business check
and my personal account
that I have a debit card for
is
woefully depleted.
 
(Hey, in my other job, I am getting ready for an open house)
 
Totally frustrated
because they won't let me put in on the Best Buy charge card
because I don't happen to have the card with me
and
it also happens to be in JWS' name,
never mind that I pay the bill
and
seven computers,
knocking on eight
we are pretty good customers,
I leave and get in my car and drive away.
 
Sometimes you just have to clear your head and have a
pina colada smoothie.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nourished,
sensible again,
JWS suggests that they just transfer the money into my personal account
and
I head back into Best Buy.
( I think that this might be my THIRD trip through the door)
 
While I am now waiting on the salesman
I peruse the
Nooks and Kindles
and
really,
why?
Seven computers,
two smart
and
one dumb
phone
and a
tablet,
isn't that enough technology to deal with?
I pick one up
just to touch it.
and
WHA WHA WHA
BEEP BEEP BEEP
The alarm goes off!!! 
Well, that's one way to get a salesman.
 
Anyway,
I buy the computer and head home.
(It was really not that simple,
software had to be check to see if it would work with Windows 8,
blah, blah blah
but the story is getting long we are only to one o'clock in my day)
 
 
 
So, I get back to work,
totally stressed now
and
trying to maintain
some sort of composure,
I begin the process of loading the computer.
 
About one half hour into the project,
I realize
THERE IS NO PLACE TO PUT A CD!!!
Let me tell you,
I pushed and turned and flipped that thing
and stood on my head
and
stomped
and
well,
maybe even said a few bad words
Then....
headed back to
Best Buy!
 
Remember the 60 mile trip? 
 
So, my
FOURTH
walk through the doors
at
BEST BUY!
 
 
 
This time I bought an external
cd drive.
 
I reprimanded the nice young salesman
who was, oh so, apologetic.
 
I suggested that they should include the question
"Do you need a CD drive in your new computer?"
and
hinted that should be added to the
Best Buy Salesman Training Manual
and then
added,
"While I am old, I was not asking for a floppy disk drive?"
 
How was I to know that now,
cd's are becoming a thing of the past?
 
 
 
This trip to Pittsburgh included a calming visit to Michaels
to
touch
non-technology
paints
yarn
paper
and
flowers.
 
It was calming,
however
on the way home
I stopped at Shawnee's house
to deliver some Michael's purchases to her.
(She is also getting ready for the same open house)
 
 
Kamden was in the high chair
and she was feeding him some concoction
that apparently
the dog liked as well as Kamden
because Lacey was sure was trying to get her share.
Garren was trying his hardest to get the treadmill to turn on.
Kendall had got into the canned goods
and
had loaded them all into a
decorative wagon
and was trailing them all over the house
and
Gracelyn
decked out in a helmet
was riding
a battery powered
four wheeler
amongst them all.
 
Wow!
Confusion, at it's finest!
 
Sort of made the 240 miles that I had driven tod
look inviting!
 
 
 
JWS cooked a wonderful
surf and turf
dinner
and had it ready when I got home.
 
And still,
it has taken me until now
to
put a positive spin on the day.
 
 
 
And despite it all,
I am still concerned that the
software that we need,
will not load on the new computer this morning.
 
So,
as I looked at all these pictures
I think.
"When it all goes bad,
I will have lots to craft with!"
 
And one more thing for the day..
 
After supper,
JWS and I are trying to figure out and make sense of the day
when
Tyler bursts through the back door,
Logan close behind carrying a huge box.
 
They proceed to rip open the box,
chattering the whole time
about what they have to show us.
From behind the couch,
emerge
Two
Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles.
 
They run out the door saying,
"We are going to show our Mom and Aunt Dianna
and
when we get back we are going to
let you sew these so they fit us better
tonight!"
 
So not happening...
even I have grandmother limits!

5 comments:

Laurie said...

Okay, why am I not surprised! Leave it to you Cathy! I hope today goes much better for you, and have fun with those teen age mutant ninja turtles, I didn't even know they still existed!!

Holly said...

Your post made me chuckle and put a smile on my face. So sorry to hear you had such a rough day. Sure hoping the software works this morning on the new computer. At least you were able to find a positive point in your day. Hoping today is much better for you. :) HUGS

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

OH MY!!!!
I have a headache and it just got worse reading what you went through yesterday!!!! hahahahaha
Lois

Teresa said...

I can honetly say I hate technology. I have had those Best Buy days just not 60 miles to mine.
Hope today is better.

Raggedy Creations said...

LOL, great story. sounds like me sometimes.