Things have been quiet in the writing world. NOT because I haven't had anything to write about! There's been a ton going on! From an amazing trip to Cinque Terre, a spontaneous girls weekend to the Bodensee to swinging on trees and ropes in the forest. But logistics have stopped me from doing this as my computer died a couple of weeks ago. It started out like a normal day, but then my computer would turn itself off. Then, I would turn it back on. And it would turn itself back off. This went on for a day, and the next day, she decided not to come back on at all. And then I did what all modern women do when their computer dies: I panicked. My pictures! my videos! And so I set on a search of how to recover my data. I almost resigned myself to it being a lost cause and then, like a needle in a haystack, I found a great shop with customer service (I say needle in a haystack, because Germany is not exactly known for it's outstanding customer service!)
I asked helpful guy if they fixed computers (they didn't) and when I explained myself (in English, because charades weren't going to happen) he explained to me that there is this device that you can help with this. Long story short, you extract hard drive from your computer, connect it to this device, connect it to a power source and then to a usb to your new computer and voila, data can be gotten. I was amazed that it was that simple and cost only 20 euro and even more amazed that he volunteered this info! Poor guy didn't know what hit him when I thanked him about 30 times in a row!!! It was all I could do to hold myself back and not hug him!
It wasn't exactly in my budget to buy a new computer, mostly because galavanting thru Europe on weekends isn't the easiest on the wallet, but because this is my 3rd electronic device in as many weeks to bite the bullet. First, was my cappucino machine (aka morning saviour), then my camera in Italy and now my laptop. It's ironic that they all died within 3 weeks of each other, but even more so since they were all gifts from my ex husband, so it's appropriate that they went down in flames in such a short time much like my marriage to him!