March 1, 2007

She's Baaaaaaaaaaack...

Argh. What do you call a writer with no computer for four days? I'm not going to tell you what my kids call her....

Mission Control has had mondo problems since Monday, and last night we finally seemed to be getting things back in order. My computer had to be wiped out, which meant saving everything I could think of first. Which meant trolling around in two years worth of files and emails to figure out what to do. Webgod Jeff was fabulous, while I stood around asking really stupid questions. Business as usual.

I picked up the tower last night, which meant the Poor Sod that I Live With had to hook it all up after working 12 hours at his real job. While I stood around asking really stupid questions. Now I have to start figuring this out from scratch. It's like going to a hotel room and living out of a suitcase. There is literally nothing in here.

I went into the Spectator to work for a couple of days, which is a nice change. Except I am not used to the hum of an office anymore, let alone a newsroom. I've never written anywhere but my kitchen. A column that should have taken half an hour to get a draft down took two hours as my attention wandered all over the place, like a bird distracted by shiny things. Not to mention the poor souls who had to see how I write, tipping my chair this way and that, pulling my hair and making faces. The cats don't mind.

To those that noticed I was gone, thank you. To those that missed me, a bigger one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi; I missed you on-line but saw you on CH so knew you were OK. The computer problem happened to me too once - but I don't make my living off it. I keep hard copy of my e-mail addresses & favorites now. Talk about idendity crisis! LOL. Still enjoying all your insights, columns & on-air appearances. Stay warm & dry. Sandie ( the Avon lady)

March 01, 2007 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew, Thought it was me!



March 02, 2007 5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back!! I was getting worried!!

March 02, 2007 6:56 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Awww, so nice to feel the love! Even the anonymous kind! If my sisters are reading this, please take note of the proper way to express concern - not "is your computer still &^*%ed?"

March 02, 2007 7:48 AM  

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