Promises, promises

So, Wednesday night, I started thinking about having a giveaway. I spent Thursday doing a lot of thinking on how I wanted to do this one, and planned to announce it yesterday. Then…

I woke up to a dead computer. It would pretend to start, but get stuck on a completely black screen. I tried repairing, restoring to a recent point in time, and ultimately had to resort to using the system image I created a year ago when I got this particular laptop. If you’ve ever had to do this, then you know what a bitch it is to do.

It took a few hours to get the computer itself running again. Then, of course, I had to get things back to the way I like them – downloading the browser I like to use, restoring various settings, etc. Lastly….downloading all my files from my online back up. I’m thrilled I had online back up, because without it, I would have lost everything.

Luckily, I lost nothing in terms of files, except for all the time that I’m still investing in getting things back on my laptop. The restoration of my files is currently about halfway done, and until it’s done, I’m not able to do any work on Ripped Away…or anything else, really.

I did, however, all of my bookmarks for the various websites I use for homeschooling and everything else. This is, while seemingly not a big deal, something of a disaster. It has a huge impact on my ability to homeschool my sons while I (re)find the various resources I used – or new ones, as the case is generally turning out to be at the moment.

So I’m taking the weekend off, relaxing with good books, movies and some hot tea as the temperature rapidly drops tonight – oh, and a little strawberry shortcake, because even though it’s going to be below freezing tonight, we have fresh strawberries. Go figure.

Anyway, I wanted to write tonight so that you all would know that the giveaway was not just an empty promise. I really am going to do it, but obviously, technology is my enemy at the moment – or was, yesterday, anyway.

At the moment it looks like my file restoration should be done sometime tomorrow. Obviously, I have to prioritize finding new homeschooling resources as my children’s education is very important. But right now, I’m shooting for starting the giveaway on Monday. I’m not sure what time on Monday, so don’t get mad at me if it’s not up and running by 9 a.m. It might even end up being as late as Monday evening, depending on how everything goes between now and then.

I appreciate your patience with me, and I promise I will get the giveaway going just as soon as I can. Stick with me – I promise it’ll be worth it!