If I’ve ever given you the impression that I’m a happy go lucky, laid back type of gal, let me apologize for that right now.
When I lose my mind, I LOSE MY MIND.
I have been trying to get on the internet from my office computer for two days. TWO FLIPPING DAYS. You haven’t lived until you’ve been talking to Apple Support for two hours – especially when you’re getting the impression that you know more than the person with whom you’re speaking. I was escalated to a supervisor who had to be one of the MOST pleasant people I’ve ever met. She was patient, personable, and lovely.
HOWEVER, back to me losing my mind. I began to suspect what the problem was, after we did everything but pick up this $4000 computer and shake it. Yep, you read that right. This is the fastest, most wonderful pieces of technology I’ve ever had, but suddenly it was an escapee from Hell. What happened?
The first clue was when I came into the office yesterday there was a picture of Catalina island on my monitor – one that I couldn’t X out of or otherwise leave. I had to shut down and boot up again and that’s when all hell broke loose. I had internet connection, I just couldn’t access anything. Apple had pushed a new upgrade and it had locked everything down.
Can I tell you how many programs I had to delete and reinstall? Bottom line, I’ve lost my temper today more times than I can tell you. Plus, I lost a day of work and that just annoys me. It turned out to be a problem on the Intego software. Intego is a virus protection program for Mac. They put a small little blurb on their support page that it was a known issue. I wanted to leap through the monitor and strangle them. This is AFTER I had to reinstall the Mac operating system.
Y’all, this is a first world problem. My son came over today and talked me off the ledge, plus helped me get a sense of priority. However, when anything affects my work it’s a big hairy deal. A super big hairy deal. I get as rabid as a vampire bat during a blue moon. I’m not rational, y’all.
I just thought I’d confess that little bit of honesty to you.
I have decided that my new motto is OBB. Older but better, honey chile. Like fine wine. Or, in my case, balsamic vinegar. Tart with just the right touch of sweetness.
Isn’t it funny the things that bug us? For example, where the heck have my eyebrows gone? Or my eyelashes? They used to be long, thick, and luxurious. Now they’re stubby and fall out when I blink too hard.
And the gray hair. Really? I can dye my hair one day and the next my temples are gray. Go figure.
I really didn’t know I was so vain before things started dropping by the wayside. Let’s just say that gravity is a bear. I tell myself to just be myself, but I would like to be myself only better.
If I weren’t so afraid of general anesthesia, I’d check out getting a neck job. My face is okay, but the neck is getting scared around Thanksgiving. (Gobble, gobble, or turkey neck.)
I have to say that my legs are pretty darn good, but then my grandmother’s legs were gorgeous even when she was 92, so it’s good genes. (My son reminded me that her birthday is tomorrow. She was born October 26, 1897. He’s excellent with dates, people, and facts I don’t remember. Speaking of my grandmother, I loved her stories about her father fighting in the Civil War. I taped hours and hours of talks with her and I’m so glad I did. Just a hint for your own holiday/family memories.)
Anyway, I’m marching firmly onward and upward with my OBB banner. Even if things are going south or just plain falling out. 🙂
Yesterday, after I finished work, I unpacked one cabinet on the other side of my partner’s desk. I hadn’t realized that books were packed, sardine like, in there. Holy heck, now I have 100 more books. No kidding. I’m overwhelmed with books and we haven’t even talked about the three boxes I haven’t unpacked. I also found some copies of books I didn’t know I had. Good grief.
So, everyone who entered the drawing is going to get two books, since it’s the same price to send one as it is two – with the exception of overseas. Those people will only get one. (I’m sorry.) The second book you’ll get will be random – I hope that’s okay.
The above picture is what half the stack looks like.
My keyboard still doesn’t work, but I walked into the other room and saw my laptop. I would have rolled my eyes, but I’m in day 3 of a three day migraine. No, it hasn’t lasted three days. It’s happened every day for the past three days. I honestly think it’s a reaction to something I’m eating – and I’ve stopped eating it. Consequently, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer right now.
Anyway, my surprise was that everyone’s a winner! Now, if you’ll all send me your address – even if you put it in your comment – with the name of your book choice one more time and email it to email@example.com with ADDRESS as the subject line, I’ll start the book mailing process.
There is a possibility I won’t be able to get all your first choices, but we’ll see.
Please give me a couple of weeks to send out the books – and more for international books. In other words, after Halloween.
I have drawn the winners, but I can’t post them yet – my keyboard is acting up, which is why I dictated this. I’ve ordered a new one, but it isn’t here yet. Should be here on Monday. I’m so sorry for the delay.