Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Unfortunate News

Hi everyone! So here it is, the most unfortunate news: My computer croaked about 2 weeks ago. I think my family sabotaged it as a computer detox, if you will. Well, actually, the story is that Mr. Jones bought me an ipod for the plane ride to our vacation. Despite the fact that 4 other ipods have worked just fine on my computer, mine did not. The computer didn't recognize it at all. Mr. Jones spent a day trying to figure it out. The next day I called customer service, who had me uninstall and reinstall itunes and restart my computer, all of which wiped out my operating system. Oh, but Dell forgot to give me the disk with the drivers on it when they sent me my new computer 3 1/2 years ago, and they don't give those to customers anymore because that was SOOOOOOO long ago, so I need to download them. Well, you can't download anything without drivers, so I tried to sign up my kids' computer temporarily on a dial-up service so I could download those little drivers. That computer was a wee bit jealous of all the attention the other computer was getting, so it crashed. Yes, completely. I had to reformat the hard drive and reinstall everything. But after all that, could technical support get me hooked up to a dial-up service? Of course not! So today I went to my dear, sweet neighbor's house to download the file. Got it! Woooohoooo! Called technical support for the 50th time, and it turns out they told me to download the wrong file. Back to the neighbor's house. Got the file. Tomorrow morning, crossing my fingers, I might get something accomplished. I'm not EVEN entertaining the thought that I might actually get it working on the internet or anything. Baby steps.

I've actually been ok with it because I have gotten other things done, despite the fact that I'm clocking about 20 hours a week trying to figure this out. Mr. Jones even offered to buy a new computer, but I can't spend that much money for something that should work!

The sad thing is, what is really most upsetting to me, and is causing much despair, is that I can't online bank. I put my foot down and I will absolutely not, no way, not a chance, going to balance my check book with a statement and a phone. Uh, uh. No way sister, ain't gonna happen!

Anyway, this is why I have seemingly fallen off the planet and not been heard from. I have high jacked Mr. Jones' laptop tonight for a quick e-mail check and post to say "hi!"

Hope you're all doing well. I miss you. Sniff, sniff.

27 comments:

Tracey said...

Ewwwwwwwww, yuck. The only thing less tolerable to me than computer trouble is car trouble.

Get that thing going girl, we need to hear about your vacation. You already went, right?

No baby yet...next Friday March 28 at the latest. Only 8 more days!

Thanks for the comment on the meat pie. I happen to be making a roast today, so you can bet we are having your leftover concoction tomorrow!

Heather said...

Oooooohhhh I'm SO sorry to hear about your computer woes. I hope you're up and running soon. I've missed your posts!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, Heather, that sounds awful. My hubby is our computer guru, but I would be stuck is that happened to me. I know nothing about the technical aspects of the computer operating system. Hope you get it fixed!

About hanging that frame on the door. I found some great magnetic door hangers at Michaels. It's about 3x3" and has sticks on the door. You can hang something with wire off of it, so that's what I've done with my 2 door things I put up last year and this one. I used picture wire on the back of the frame & hung it on the magnetic holder. Works great. It does move around a bit, but overall it's good. And you don't have anything sticking out over the door that shows. Check out Michaels door hangers & you'll find it. It was white and I painted it black. Get the biggest one if you look for them.

Have a wonderful Easter!
Rhoda

Lisa said...

We (I) was kinda wondering..
Im sorry- sometimes we should all do a detox.. See ya soon, Mrs J-
Lisa
coastal nest

Tara said...

Wondered what you were up to! As much as we love technology working on it when it isn't working right can be so frustrating! I agree with you--never want to visit a bank again if I can help it!

Jen r. said...

Oh no, I ma so sorry to hear that! I hope it works out! We've missed your posts!
Jen R

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Jen R

restyled home said...

What a nightmare!! Stuff like that strikes fear in my heart...

Linda

Debbie said...

I was wondering where you were Mrs. Jones! I know your computer woes aren't making you happy, but your post made me laugh. It made for a great story. Glad to see you will be up and running again soon, I hope!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I always find computers to be a blessing and a curse! I love time off from them but when you CAN'T get on them, that is frustrating! My laptop has become brain. Sad, but true.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Melissa

Sandy said...

Hi Heather - hope you get it all figured out!!!
Anyway, Have a blessed Easter!

Linda said...

I have been out a while myself but thankfully not due to computer problems. So sorry. I hope it is all resolved soon. Love the new look of your blog the pictures of your children are beautiful.
Happy Easter!
Blessings,
Linda

Anonymous said...

I just thought you went on vacation and decided to stay...not that I would blame you, but I sure would/did/have miss(ed) you! Hope you can get everything fixed and up and running again soon! Sorry to be "anonymous" -- I'm too lazy to sign in today :-)
Love, Trish

Julie said...

Ahhh - you only wasted 20 hours...count yourself lucky! snicker snicker... hope all is resolved very soon.

Kari & Kijsa said...

OH NO!! The dreaded computer crash!!! So sorry...hope you are up and banking online soon(and of course, blogging!!!) We've missed you!! ALso...we...oops. put a little goodie back for you in February...and just realized we forgot to send!! Could you e-mail us your snail mail...we would love to send this out...the ponies are standing by!

Have a fabulous day (despite your computer woes...hopefully where you are the sky is blue...and the robins are nesting!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

I have problems with my ipod too. Sometimes it works, sometimes it give me a blue screen. Grrrrrr.

Hillcrest Acres said...

Hope everything works out iwth your computer.

Love the pictures of your kids running across the beach. Looks like they were having so much fun.

Have a great day!!!

Liz said...

Just checking on you. We miss you!

Penny said...

Just stopping by to say I miss you Mrs. Jones. Hope you can borrow Mr. Jones' computer again soon so you can say hi.

Hope all is well, and we see you soon.

Lisa said...

MRs J.....Paging Mrs J...
Where are ya?? WEEEE MISSSS YOUUUU!!!
:)
Lisa
coastal nest

Julie said...

I hope you get back soon...and if you do, please stop by my blog and read about a creative contest I am holding with a great prize. If you are not interested - please forward it onto as many people as you can. Thank you!

Tracey said...

Thanks for coming by with all the fresh comments on my blog...it has been getting kind of stale (my fault for not posting much exciting since Chloe was born!)

When the heck are you going to get back to blogging???? Is your computer still busted? We miss you Mrs. J!

HeathahLee said...

Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog...I'm looking forward to reading more posts on yours! So glad to meet another HeathahLee!

Classic Charm said...

stop on over, I'm having a giveaway.
Rose

Martha said...

Oh Heather....

I miss your posts. How 'bout a little posty-post?

xoxoxo,
mvz

Susie Harris said...

So sorry to hear about your computer mishap... hope it gets to feeling better soon. I would go crazy without mine. Take ccare, Susie H

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