Better late than never. That’s what my Dad used to say. I had promised to check in with my Row80 update last Sunday, but things don’t always work out as planned. A week ago Friday, a series of pop-ups began dancing into place on my screen. All the webpages I had open at the time closed and became little red boxes with evil x’s. It wasn’t even lunchtime yet.
I knew this was bad. The final pop-up was prompting me to purchase a virus protection program. Well… I already had one. I’d been down this road before and knew better than to fall for this trick. I swiftly closed all the pop-ups by hitting the x in the corner. Now here’s where I made my fatal mistake, as I would later learn. Rather than shutting my computer down that very minute, I ran a scan with my own virus protection program. It immediately found 8 viruses. It took care of 4 and asked me about 4 more, 2 of them being serious issues on the C drive. Oh no. I shut it down and called my computer guru.
My computer went to laptop intensive care and it wasn’t pretty. I wouldn’t see it again for 4 days. It got infected with 15 or more viruses and needed everything reconstructed. My operating system looked like Swiss cheese. When my husband came home and finally booted his computer up, surprise! Virus popping in at one of his first web stops. Did my computer send it to him via a file share program? Or was it a coincidence? Odd, if it was. But knowing what it was and what it did to mine we shut his down immediately. He only got 2 viruses. The time I spent scanning allowed significantly more damage to take place. Sigh.
Lesson learned: Shut it down IMMEDIATELY! Barbara McDowell can tell you about this. She had a similar experience and shared what she learned as a result. It’s worth a check. What can I say in addition to her shared insights? I highly recommend an on-line back-up. It’s well worth your piece of mind. If you don’t have one, here’s a great place to start looking. I’ve also upgraded my virus protection program. Ours was pretty great, but it dropped from #1 when we got it a few years back to somewhere around #4 now. We decided to go for something better. You should also consider a Malware protection program that self-runs scans. A pro version verses one that works dependent on you. It can make a huge difference.
When this all went down I had been negligent, as of late, at backing up my MS in my multiple locations. I have a thumb drive and an external HDD I use for this purpose. I can’t tell you how I worried about all the edits I might have lost. Online backup – That’s your answer. I’ve been saying it for a while. My somebody is finally hearing me.
I am still in the reconstruction phase. All the blogs I follow (100+), I did so via RSS, which doesn’t appear to be working right now so my list doesn’t show. I can’t find you! Little by little I am trying to add everyone to Google Reader. It’s a serious time suck of a project, and to find your blog initially I need a link to follow. Please forgive me if it takes me a while to find that link.
It hasn’t been all sickeningly stressful, although, that did a real number on me. This weekend I hit the monkey gymnasium. Haven’t you ever heard of them? They are totally crazy! They have these giant indoor complex cage setups, where all the parents can bring their monkeys and let them co-mingle. Mine always climbs straight to the top! She wouldn’t be my monkey if she didn’t. Growing up, I always climbed straight to the top of the giant rocket ship they had at my local park as well. It’s like a McDonald’s play place, only much, much BIGGER. You can find places similar in your area by searching kids indoor playgrounds or kids indoor play place on-line.
Monkey didn’t want to leave when it was time and mommy had to eventually use some tricks to coax her down. There was a daddy on the top level of the complex. I applaud him for climbing up those tiny spaces to get there. I haven’t done it in that place, but have had to do it at a Mc Donald’s. It isn’t fun. I know it’s pointless to attempt such a feat to go after Monkey. She’s too fast for me and, by the time I got to where she was, she would be somewhere completely different. I had to use that method on my son once or twice when he was younger.
After that awesome quality time with my girl, my boy and I head out the movies. Guess what he wanted to see? Not Journey 2. Nope. John Carter!I feared he was a little bored in the beginning as his leg started bouncing against my chair. Unlike our last movie that was non-stop action with little story, this sets up the story in the beginning. We watch as everything builds and events begin to line up. Once we were in the thick of it, the serious fight scenes, he was all jabber jabber. That’s when I knew he was having a good time. He gives the movie two big thumbs-up.
Here’s a question that came up. Not to give anything away about the movie, but something the Thren said… he called himself immortal. Thinking about that and their “religion”, years of life, etc. should the Thren be a topic for Immortal Monday? Are they of interest? Inquiring minds want to know.
On the movie front, I also caught Contagion the previous week as a stay-in with the hubby. Not an extremely uplifting movie, but then, I wasn’t expecting one. I enjoyed it. It makes you think. The ads alone scared my kid.
The night before that, I stepped out with my gal pal and hit the budget theater for a showing of Sherlock Holmes : A Game of Shadows. The line out front was crazy! I guess the economic times have driven more people in my area to the budget pastime. The movie was alright. I love watching the fights scenes in a Sherlock Holmes movie. The way they slow things down and show you how it will happen. But there where parts that lost me and that almost never happens. I’m usually very sharp on those points. So either I was off my game, distracted by the texting and lighted phone near me, and/or the heavy breathing (someone fell asleep!) going on somewhere behind me, or the editing wasn’t as good as it could have been. I’m just saying.
Let’s talk Row80! For those of you not interested in my writer’s check-in, feel free to check-out at any time. I won’t get my panties in a bunch. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
❤ Write forward everyday: No – BUT: left without a computer and my MS for four days, I made a few adjustments. I admit to curling up and giving into my tendencies towards depression the first day. Come day two I kicked that straight out the door, picked up a new journal and started writing another story that has been waiting in the wings. One that wouldn’t interfere with my mental process where my ongoing YA project stands. I wrote the first chapter of my MG book, Capture the Flag. I talked to my son to see if he preferred magic be kept out or not. We came up with some good ideas together.
❤Edit book one of my WIP: I’ve been moving forward on this slowly. Guess I’m a slow editor. I’ve only gotten through 39,043 of the 113,472 words that make up my first book. Sigh.
❤ Complete & fully participate in Bob Mayer’s Write It Forward Workshop: I believe this class is pretty much finished. They were going to have questions this last week when my computer crashed so I missed everything that went on. I’ve been so busy on my end I haven’t been to the loop to check it out since I got my computer up and running again. Slap my hand.
❤ Blog 3x a week, plus one Row80 update: Missed my Sunday Row update last week because of the computer crash and pulled my Wednesday post since I had no computer and wasn’t responding to comments. There were only 2 posts this week.
❤ Comment on/visit/retweet at least 12 blogs a week.: Ah yeah, just barely squeaking by this time. Only got the computer running by Thursday, with issues still. It’s been slow going.
❤ Discover at least 1 new blog a week: I did! But because of my computer situation it was from following links off my site and then links from there, and not from twitter links. That’s alright. Still great connections.
❤ Read 2 new books and finish the one I am on by the end of the 80 days. Done! And moving on: I didn’t mention it last time so I’ll fill you in this time. I read the paranormal romance Demon Soul by Christine Ashworth. This book is currently up against four other books for best romance novel in the 2011 Literary Awards. If you like romance with mystery and mystic of the paranormal, I recommend this pick for you. I just adore this author. The second book I read is the beautiful work by M.G. Miller,Bayou Jesus. What a wonderful read. You can only better yourself by reading this literary work. I’m currently motoring my way through The Hunger Games. I’ll finish it before the weekend it through, with plenty of time to spare before the movie comes out. Yay! I recommend all these reads. Now to decide who’s book will be next. Hmmm.
❤ Exercise 3x a week: Totally failed in this area this last week. I need a new butt kicking.
❤ Make more time for the family – I’ve made a huge shift in this area recently. As a result my family is getting more quality time. I apologize that I’m making less visits to blogs. It had to be done. Doesn’t mean I love you all any less.
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