Well, folks, the new year is all of eleven days old and it’s already been a wild (though not expensive!) (well, not expensive for ME!) ride.
I got home from Christmas travel a couple of days before the new year, only to turn right around and leave on a week-long work trip. That was the first thing that threw me off. Holy schmoly, it’s hard to keep up a blogging schedule while schlepping all over an unfamiliar city and sleeping on a friend’s couch. [The trip had a complicated finance structure. The whole week was for work, but since I’m an academic my work includes research trips. Sometimes I get reimbursed for research, sometimes I don’t (long story.) This trip, I was reimbursed for the plane ticket as well as for the four days I spent at a conference. So for those four nights I stayed at a hotel. But for the previous three nights, since I was extending the trip to do unreimbursed research on my own behalf, I channeled my inner graduate student and crashed on a couch. Good thing too since the hotel was hella expensive.]
Anyway, I finally landed in the hotel on Wednesday afternoon and had a super productive two days. I wrote a few short freelance articles and sent them off, and I also got a lot of work for my day job done. It was really great and peaceful to sit at a totally clear desk in the hotel room and just knock out to-do-list items.
At which point my computer crashed and couldn’t be revived. Long story short, I guess a file in the OS got corrupted, which is why I couldn’t get it to boot, even in safe mode. I ended up having to wipe it and reinstall from the most recent backup, which, annoyingly, was early December since I keep my backup drive at the office and I hadn’t been there since then. The most important stuff is all also backed up to the cloud (dropbox) but I did end up losing some nonessential-but-would-have-been-nice-to-have data. Sigh. At least this time I didn’t have to pay for a new hard drive, like I did the last time I had to restore from a backup — which was only six months ago! WTF, Apple! You are usually more reliable than this! (The OS corruption is probably a fluke and not their fault, I guess.)
Anyway, that was Friday morning when I couldn’t get my computer to boot, and I didn’t fly back until Sunday morning, and even then my backup drive was, as previously stated, at the office, so what with one thing and another I was limited to answering email on my phone for a few days. I also did a lot of reading, so that was nice, but I was totally on a roll with work so it would’ve been nice to have continued that over the weekend.
To recap, it’s January 11 and I’ve spent eight days of the new year traveling and three dealing with a crashed computer. I haven’t yet had a normal grocery shopping trip or done normal meal planning. I’ve also written four blog posts for money, although not much; I hope to look for better-paying work now that I’ll have some clips to show. I also have a blogging to-do list a mile long — everything from “write interesting new posts” to “jeez, figure out Pinterest already.” But mostly, now, it’s 10:15 on Monday night and I’m going to sleep before I do anything else. And absolutely positively no traveling is happening for months. I’m retiring my suitcase to the basement for the duration.