When I woke up Friday morning and turned it on…nothing. It made sounds like it was starting, but I just had a black screen. No start up images, no welcome screen, no request for my password.
I restarted it multiple times, only to finally have it tell me Windows wouldn’t start and ask if I wanted it to repair Windows. Naturally, I said yes.
After multiple attempts to repair it, I finally accepted that it would only continue to tell me it was “unable to automatically repair” whatever the problem was.
I then tried to restore it to a recent point when it worked properly. I started with four options, expanded to eight – none of which worked. I put in the repair disc I made when I bought the computer, with no result.
Ultimately, in the end, the only thing that finally got my laptop up and running again was using the system image discs that I’d also created when I bought the computer.
If you’ve ever done this, you know what that means – I lost everything. Fortunately, I do use an online back up service, so I was able to restore all of my files. All my pictures, my work files for my books, my homeschooling files – all restored over the next 24 hours after I finally got things working again.
But the one thing that wasn’t backed up anywhere was my bookmarks. I had all my favorite homeschooling sites bookmarked (and there were A LOT of them!), and they are all gone now. That was a huge thing to me on Friday.
However, it’s turned out to be something of a good thing. I’ve remembered some of the sites I really used frequently, such as education.com, and found a wealth of new sites that I hadn’t found before.
This is actually turning out for the best. Though I’m sure some of the sites I lost are ones I really wanted and probably will need at some point, I’m finding that now I’m being rather selective about the sites I choose to save. I’m also keeping a list in my Evernote account of the ones that I think will be really useful, so that should something like this happen again, I’ll at least have a list I can refer to instead of trying to think and remember.
I think having so many sites bookmarked made me feel an unrealized pressure to push harder, feeling like I have to cover all those sites all that information, and do it NOW. I’m being more selective now, and this is leading me to be very realistic about what we can accomplish, and how quickly. It’s also making me reconsider what is most important. Yes, of course we cover the basics (math, reading, science, social studies, etc.), but I’m more familiar with their interests and the things that really get them going. Before, I bookmarked any site that looked like it had any kind of useful information. Now I’m more able to evaluate the sites and determine whether it will be useful enough to save or if I just want to save the useful information in a note in my Evernote account to refer back to later.
What started out as utter disaster has turned into something somewhat good. With that in mind, it’s time to start our ASL lesson for today, followed by Italian lessons.