Well, I had such great plans for reading and blogging this week. I received the nicest email from Alyce of At Home with Books encouraging me to participate in her weekly meme, My Favorite Reads, even though my old age has affected my memory of the specifics of each book. When I came home from school on Thursday I had planned to write my first post for that series. I turned on my computer and heard a tic – tic – tic sound – you know, the sound that you imagine accompanies an explosive bomb. Then the dreaded message appeared on the totally blacked-out screen: Operation System can not be Found. I turned off the computer and tried again. Same scenario. I turned off the computer – waited 10 minutes – and tried again. Same thing. I quickly bundled up my less-than-a-year-old laptop and took it into the Geek Squad at my local Best Buy. “Sounds like you need a new hard drive. Are all your files backed up?” UGH!!