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I'm a little laptop...(literally)


Monday, December 17, 2012

It has been a while since I have blogged so rather than explain my way out of my absence I will say it like this - "I'm most interested in fixing that which has yet to be broken..." That applies to my physical and mental health as well as my laptop. Now over the last year I have "fixed" many physical issues and have solved some mental health and motivational "hurdles." My laptop however has not faired as well. Although it is new and powerful, my attempt at upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 resulted in, well, a temporary loss of any files or pictures since the end of September. All I have lost is about a dozen usable progress photos and a couple of music files, (it's the principle of the matter - lol)! I will get it fixed - in good time.

Ironically that's how I feel about myself right now, done a ton of things right, made lots of progress toward life-changing goals, made a bunch of new friends...but I'm just not "there" yet. My BiPolar mind has me way out of balance, with no middle ground, no cruise control, no easy answer or magic piece of software that I can install to bring myself, or my laptop up to their full potential. I'm actually not discouraged or upset by any of this, just a little more challenged to regain some focus, some direction, some usefulness.

So this is how I chose to look at this - what I have learned about myself, and my life, has largely been through the fixing of "my damage" or new understanding about my past made me....well, me! I realized in the process, not only do I learn the most when I break something There's some silly joy I get in messing the laptop up... I know I will learn more as a result... Like my healthy lifestyle makeover - the more I deal with my current view and feelings about the years since passed, the better I will be able to deal with any situation life throws at me in my "second half."

So I beg of you, with your computer and your life, back up your files... Know who, what, where, and when things happened, take pictures/videos, blog or journal or even just write on a calendar. My grandfather used to keep calendar's from his bank of every year and wrote down every visit I made, every trip to Florida, nothing elaborate, but it was his way of backing up. He was his life's own backup drive. We sit in front of computers, many of which are capable of hundreds of times more things than we do with them - so learn how to use what you have - software, hardware, mind, body, spirit - or ask someone's advice. You'll be surprised how much you can learn about yourself, and each other...

Well I hope that made a little sense, and thank you for your friendship and allowing me to share my journey with you. My best to you and yours for the Holiday Season -

Your friend, "Sprink"

p.s. you can find me on Skype as " sprinklechez " (and PokerStars too - lol). If you use another chat or message program and would like to connect, feel free to SparkMail me so we can exchange info. T T F N my friends - ciao!
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RDGISME 1/5/2013 2:46PM

    Thanks for sharing such wise words. Although about your computer, I found those words applicable to my weight loss journey. I have not been keeping track other than by my weight book and have no back up. I will be changing this immediately-I do deserve to have record of my achievements, as your Grandad's bank calendar provided for him. Again-thanks for inspiring this years leg of my journey!

HAPPY SPARKING!
~Becci

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CGWALKER2012 12/25/2012 9:48AM

    Oh, just seen your note. Glad you got all your files and photos back? Cindy W

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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/23/2012 8:49AM

    I postponed the 8 upgrade for that very reason.
Your comments hit home about backup.
I am a total computer-driven historian. I place everything on my drive then walk away with not much implanted in my brain. I have embraced the technology then gone home and realized the information is on my drive at work and not at home!
It's such a drag to reconsider paper and pen!
Continued success, my friend! emoticon

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SPRINKLECHEZ 12/23/2012 5:11AM

    Thank you for commenting so kindly on my latest blog. I am happy to report that Santa delivered my wish early and I have restored all my lost images and files. Teachable moment, back up everything at least twice, once on external hard drive and keep copies of your files and photos burned onto dvds or cds.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday and Healthy New Year!

Your friend, "Sprink"

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ANGIEN9 12/19/2012 11:39PM

    I knew I wanted to stay with 7... I don't need to be frustrated with my computer any more than I already am!! Have a merry Christmas!! emoticon

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MISSKELEBEK 12/19/2012 11:19AM

    Computers can be frustrating :/

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ASHPATCH11 12/18/2012 12:14PM

    great post! window 8 yahoo!

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GREENGENES 12/18/2012 12:34AM

    That makes perfect sense. No software or hardware package is perfect. We always need a new "patch" now and then. Keep up the great work!

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GRAMMACATHY 12/17/2012 9:56PM

    Great attitude. I am coasting through the holidays giving myself permission not to stress, but also not to go crazy with junk food. I am looking forward to starting our local Biggest Loser contest January 6th. I want to upgrade my body from a 7 to an 8 also.

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LARISSA238 12/17/2012 9:19PM

    I'm glad you are doing okay... I've missed you! I'm sorry that your Windows 8 experience didn't turn out well, but like you said, at least you are learning from your mistakes. *hugs* Merry Christmas! emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 12/17/2012 7:37PM

    Good to hear from you~I was wondering if everything is OK in your world. Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years my Spark friend.

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MPETERSON2311 12/17/2012 12:07PM

    How very inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great day!

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SAINTBERNARD6 12/17/2012 10:29AM

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