It happened like this.
On Tuesday, I had a list of lovely things to do - you know, blog, back up computer, get all really important information into one hard spot... Well, I sort of didn't get through my list because, as usual, Blue Tuesday, the day before Red Wednesday, came armed with a knee-cracking migraine and I succumbed after my usual ladylike reticence.
Therefore, on Wednesday when I took my old tower in to the computer guy to update for my daughter and to collect my brand spanking new one, I was not doing so with the smug satisfaction of an organised geek but with a certain level of trepidation. Oh, I went armed with prayers to the higher technological gods that nothing bad would happen to the heart of my old machine but we know how that god loves a laugh.
But I was lucky - yes indeed, the computer guy not only gave me this shiny new machine that I could play with but also my old one, not yet updated with the promised improvements but promises that Monday would be a better day for such advances in my world.
Well, I was lucky until I got it home, when it decided that it didn't feel the love any more and, in a manner of sulking, would not find the operating system - which unfortunately is necessary to find anything. I am computer literate enough to know its just a loose connection - somewhere - but I was up against timewise so decided to hook up the new beauty and watch her spin.
Unfortunately spinning was in the manner of in one spot and going nowhere, because it took me a few hours of frustration to realise that what XP used to allow in terms of setting passwords wasn't as loved by Vista.
Therefore the password we set when we created a little home wireless network was not really the password. Well it was, but snooty Vista was not even going to look at the offering we placed at its feet - it was not worthy of contemplation.
It only took a little hair pulling, an almost domestic dispute (not really, but I am not good at letting another person drive a computer in front of me, even if it is HIS computer and even if it is to try and find out the computer code for what I want), a phone conference with the computer
However, by the time I had worked that out, it was almost time to hit the road for another trip West - but hey, laptop can travel and I would have time to play!
Thursday we went to my SIL and brother's - for work, for 'Salina's continued jillarooing experience, for family fun time and maybe to surf.
Unfortunately the waves weren't up, but on Friday afternoon I travelled a little South to my sister's - again, for work, for 'Salina's continued jillarooing experience, for family fun time and maybe to surf.
The waves were in there - but - well, her connection was "shaped" - meaning that once she has hit her limit (awfully easy when you blog, pay bills online and update computer virus programs) and the c-o-n-n-e----c-----t-----i---------o---------------n w------------a---------------s s----------------l----------------o--------------o--------------w (as well as costing her extra for each sneak peek online) so I instead spent a little quality time with her kids and her plastics drawer while she got muddy with my daughter.
So now I am back home and starting to refind my feet, relearn my passwords and try to catch up with my little blogworld.
So - hello! What have I missed?