Monday, January 14, 2008

Hello? Still out there?

Hmm, are you still out there? I've been dreadfully remiss in my posting and visiting lately, I know. Apologies accepted? I am still here, though. A little battered, but still here. As my computer has been away, I've been making do with a computer that overheats after 10 minutes, and you must type one-handed to hold the wonky power adapter in place. Good times. But here I am, and I have so many things to tell you all (Christmas wrap-up, Peanut's most recent assessment, my potential new career as a car thief, my resolution to drop the potty language and more!), and so little time (9 minutes and counting) to tell them in.

So, an update on the
data recovery situation. I found out today that they cannot recover my iPhoto library. I've been on the edge of hope and anticipation for the last week, and today found out the worst. Nothing is recoverable. My last backup of the library was the end of September, meaning that all the photos from her birthday parties, from her first Halloween, from her family trip to the zoo and the pumpkin patch are all gone. I have only the few photos I posted here to savor. I am quite heartbroken about this, perhaps more so than is warranted as I would guess most of my friends would not see me as an overly sentimental person, but there you have it. My tears won't bring them back. My only saving grace was that we hadn't yet pulled the photos off the camera cards from Christmas. There, I've looked at it in a more optimistic light. Might I recommend that you all go and backup your files - say, right now? Thank you for all your kind comments and e-mails, and the recommendations and support. I've really appreciated it during this patch of darkness. I'm sure somewhere in this is a commentary about really taking the time to lock those moments in your mind, because that may be the only way you can look back on them.

Okay, enough said on the topic of the computer and the photos and my dreariness. Over and done with, and on to some other news that has been keeping me away. We've bought a new house! Yes, we're making the leap and moving to a suburb outside the city. I have lots to say about this (urbanism versus suburbanism, making choices for our children and parents, school districts, etc etc), but the clock is ticking (5 minutes and counting). Here are a few highlights though: the house is
much larger than our current house, giving Peanut a lot more room to run and enjoy herself (as opposed to the 40 square feet or so she has now), is a detached versus a semi-detached, and has all those fancy features of modern homes like more than one toilet for the entire family, proper insulation and a garage! It will put us 5 minutes away from two sets of our closest friends and their children, each of whom is within a year of Peanut's age. We love the new neighbourhood as it is a newer development that is modeled on urban living. Anyhow, there are many positives and a few negatives, all of which I'll save for a later post with a fully functioning computer. Now we just have to finish all those left-over renovations off and pack away a tonne of crap, all so we can put our house up on the market in the new two weeks. Gak!

I think I'm down to 2 minutes, so I'll leave you with this. Sometime ago I wrote a post about peeing in public. Yesterday I got my first completely random anonymous commenter, who made much of the fact that I was being judgmental. (Incidentally, I did a bit of soul searching to decide if I was being judgmental and I still stand by my original assertion - peeing in the middle of a parking lot is not cool). A quick peek though to see where they cruised on over from revealed that it came from the google search term "death letter I pee". I'm sure that my blog probably did not reveal any answers to his or her burning question (did they receive a death letter and pee themselves? Do they want to write a death letter in pee? Oh, the questions this raises.) And yet they stopped to comment on a post that probably was not relevant for them at all. I'm not sure if this is commitment or if they should be committed. Hmm...

Okay, the computer is really hot now, and I probably have only moments before it shuts down again. By the end of the week I should be back up and running, and resume my visits (google reader tells me I have over 900 unread items. Oh dear, where to begin?) and my comments. I'll be back to posting on a fairly regular basis, barring the packing and renovating and selling of the house, of course.

31 comments:

ewe are here said...

Bummer about the lost pictures... it does remind me to nag my husband into backing my computer up again, though.

Congratulations on the new house!

Don Mills Diva said...

So sorry about the lost photos. Congrats on the house and welcome back!

Sober Briquette said...

I panicked for a moment, but realized that I upload all of mine to be printed, so...OK, I should still backup.

I didn't read that post, but I'm not into public peeing. I've done it, and I'll probably let my son do it when we lose the diapers, but it's just not a great idea.

congratulations on the new house! Enjoy.

flutter said...

gah draaaaag about the pictures, but yay for the house!!

SciFi Dad said...

Sorry that they couldn't get the photos off... definitely makes you think about your backup plans.

And, as someone who has lived both urban and suburban life... both have positives and negatives... you just have to learn to accept the things you can't change.

(btw: what 'burb?)

cinnamon gurl said...

Oh no! So sorry for your photos... we do back up but I also upload my faves to flickr, and it's one of the reasons I also upload the biggest file possible. I figure it's just one more back-up.

I was just thinking about you this morning, that it had been a while since you posted and worrying that that was only bad news. That really sucks that my worries were right.

Nap Warden said...

Wow, big bummer on the lost pics.

On the upside, congrats on the new house! We have been in our new place for a month now...So happy. I hope it all works out for you. You'll have to let us know how the move to suburbia goes (it scares me more than a litte, we chose to stay in the city).

jen said...

it's you! hello, you, battered yet still here you.

bubandpie said...

Me too! Moving from semi-detached (tiny) to fully detached with garage! Only we're building so we won't be moving until the summer sometime.

Candygirlflies said...

Darlin'--

I'm so sorry about the photos... but I, too, am learning from all of this, and am going to back up the entire system tonight.

And congrats on the house!! I am a "North-of-the-City" gal, and grew up in Idyllic Small-Town Ontario... Having done both the urban and rural thing during my lifetime, I have to say, raising my kids OUT of the city, while still being able to GO INTO the city, is the perfect situation for me.

xo CGF

metro mama said...

I'm sorry about your pics.

Welcome back!

crazymumma said...

s'not fair. about the photos. not fair at all.

xo

but glad you are back.

Suzanne said...

Welcome back! And congrats on the house.

I am impressed with how much typing you were able to accomplish in 9 minutes!

kittenpie said...

Oh, honey, it sucks to lose stuff like that. I'm sorry.

And you think you need insulation? Whaaaat? Seriously. Diva much? ;^)

nomotherearth said...

I would be ridiculously emotional about the photos, so I think you're handling it marvellously.

I want to be happy for you about the house, but it means I will have one less friend in the 'hood. Please tell me you aren't moving terribly far?

'Zilla's Mom said...

Delurking to say, welcome to the neighbourhood! And, I took a look through our photos, and have some of her B-day...mostly of Baby 'Zilla being a maniac, but still..all good memories. Will email them.

mamatulip said...

Our hard drive crashed a few years ago and we lost a ton of pictures from when Julia was a baby...I was devastated. So sorry to hear about your photos.

Beck said...

Oh NO about the last pictures - that's awful.
Anonymous commmentors are just weird. I get some pretty special ones, lemee tell you.

Lisa b said...

Hey I was getting worried about you. That sucks about the photos, I'm sorry.
Congrats on the new house. How I covet the closet and storage space of newer homes. Being close to friends is going to be wonderful for you.

caramama said...

So sorry about the pics. I would also be devasted. Maybe other friends and fam have pics of her birthday and Halloween that they could send you, like 'zilla's mom.

Congrats on the house! It sounds wonderful!

And because you got me into it, I've got to ask... How's your TBR Challenge going? Have you read your January book? I know you're just a little bit busy, but I'm encouraging you to meet the challenge! Woo hoo!

kgirl said...

more than one toilet? insulation? a garage? what are these things you speak of ;)
congratulations on the new digs. we mull the suburban/urban question all the time, though for now we'll make due with drafts and squeaky floors.

sorry bout the pictures. that sucks.

wheelsonthebus said...

But, this way, if you have a second child, he/she won't be upset if you have no pictures of him/her for months on end...

Mac and Cheese said...

I'm so so sorry about the pictures. I really thought you'd get them back. Once again, congrats about the new home. We won't exactly be next-door neighbours, but welcome to the 'hood anyways!

Aliki2006 said...

Good to "see" you again! I'm so sorry about the lost pictures...but hooray on the house! Can't wait for more news and updates...

Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

Lost pictures? Not good. I lost 1 day of our trip to Disney last summer (granted, it was a GOOD day) and I almost lost it, so I can only imagine.

Might I recommend an external hard drive for backup? Not that expensive, and added insurance against crashes.

Congrats on the house! It's always fun moving bigger!

JCK said...

Welcome back!Congrats on the house! And so sorry the pictures are lost forever.

slouching mom said...

glad you're back -- missed you. and what good news about the house!

i'd be devastated if i lost even a month's worth of pictures of b. and j., so i understand, and i'm so sorry.

Her Bad Mother said...

Always still here! (sorry about the data loss, but yay! about the house!)

motherbumper said...

Ohhh I can't wait to hear more about the jump to Suburbia, and congrats on the house. Sorry about the photos and I'm taking your advice to heart - running back up as we speak.

Alpha DogMa said...

If you can't be judgemental on your own blog, where the fuck can you be judgemental? HUH? What's up with that?

Congrats on the new house. Moving. All the coolest bloggers are doing it.

I'm going to go back up my files now. I'm feeling v. vulnerable.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, I would be so, so sad. We had a camera stolen while we were in Rome 6 years ago and I still think about the lost photos that were on it...and it was film, so it's even possible that they weren't all that good!

 

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