Ugh — there is so much to blog about this week: the Book Expo of America…..the Read-a-thon… my first success with an audio book…..my first Harry Potter book (and I LOVED it)…..the great posts that are out there about blogging – and the various purposes of blogging – and the insecurities of blogging….. and I find myself without a computer!!!!

I was doing find this morning at 5:30 am. I was checking email – making comments on blogs — trying out the twitter thing. I shut down – packed up for school – unloaded computer at school — turned it on (this has been my regular routine for the past 2 years)……and there is an awful clicking sound followed by a solid blue screen with the dreaded words: “OPERATING SYSTEM CANNOT BE FOUND”

WHAT???? Are you kidding me????

I just replaced this computer in October. It is less than 6 months old? How can this be happening?

Fortunately, I purchased the Geek Squad Protection plan — so if they cannot repair the problem (which will be at their expense) – I will receive a new computer.

I am hopeful they can at least save all my files. Although if they can’t – at least I backed up all school files 2 months ago, so that is not disastrous (of course, I have not backed up my excel spreadsheet of books read – books TBR, including the sites of those bloggers who recommended the books in the first place — darn it!)

I hope to have my computer returned to me by the read-a-thon. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this wonderful event. If not, then my posts will unfortunately be few and far between — but you can be rest assured that I am reading for at least 12 of those hours.

I miss reading your posts – and making comments. This blogosphere has become such an integral part of my life, and I now feel somewhat isolated. OH well, I guess this will allow me to actually read more books 🙂


  • Vasilly

    Awww! I can’t wait until you have a computer back (new or the same one). I can’t wait to read about everything: HP, first audio book . . . Hopefully you’ll have a computer by the readathon. Until then, happy reading!

  • Kim

    What a cruddy bummer Molly! I sure hope you have it back by Saturday so you can join in the computer fun part of the read-a-thon. Keeping my fingers crossed for you…

  • Melissa

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about your computer woes. I hope they are able to fix everything (or get you a new computer) soon! (Hopefully before Saturday!!!)

  • Nicole

    Oh No! Hopefully you will be back up and running again soon.

    I just had my first success with an audiobook as well. I started out really easy, with the The Wizard of Oz. Now I am starting to branch out.

  • wendy

    Just popped in to say hello to find you in a state of disater! I do wonder if you can read all these concerned comments from bloggers who are all lovingly petting their computers and saying nice things to them (to fend off any ideas about our own computers packing it in) becasue we understand the agony of computer-less living. here’s hoping it has freed you up to get into those other lovely things – books!

  • Trish

    Oh no! I hope things are back up and running soon. Last year the night before the read-a-thon my keyboard and mouse stopped working. I immediately made my hubby go to the store and get me a new set–not something you want to be worrying about before a big event.

  • Kaye

    Arrrgh! How disheartening and frustrating for you. I hope it’s something simple and they can find and fix everything. I just wanted to wish you well with the challenge. I’m rooting for you!

  • DesLily

    oh my.. very sorry about the computer!.. i’m having problems with mine too and i’m worried since it’s past any warrenty or fixing… I hope you get a computer back quickly but if they have to give you a new one it could take a few weeks :o( good luck!

  • Lenore

    Yeah, I need to make some backups. When I last laptop crashed, I was lucky that I found someone to extract all the files for free.

    I wish you luck with the read-a-thon!

  • Missy

    Computer problems are a pain in the a**…hope that it is fixed soon. Good luck with the read-a-thon. There is no way I can participate, since I shut down mentally and physically around 9pm every night. I wish all of those participating Good Luck and Happy Reading!

  • Molly

    Thank you all so very much for the kind words of encouragement — and sympathy pains!

    I am typing this comment from my returned laptop. Apparently they conducted all tests and could find nothing wrong (Now I know I didn’t make up the blue screen with the dreaded words “no operating system found” — but whatever). I will now take the time to back up all my files…..just in case.

    In the meantime, I am VERY excited to have my laptop back in time for the 24 hour read-a-thon (I am nearly counting down the hours I am so excited. I plan to blog and twitter as I read. It is sure to be a GREAT weekend.

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