He did it. Geoff saved everything worth saving. A few files were too mangled to retrieve... no big losses. But don't assume it was easy-peasy or that we weren't freakining out. The thought of losing 1,000's of photographs and music and files, data, school work, memories... it induces terrible anxiety and bad smelling sweat. Geoff worked almost the entire weekend on data recovery for 2 different computers. It takes patience, good intuition, experience, and did I mention patience? Please, save.
If I could, I would post photos from our dinner with friends, or one of Maria sitting with her animals, reading them a book. While Geoff monitored buzzing hard drives, I sat beside him and made progress on 2 quilts... they are still WIPs, (Works In Progress) but they've come a long way since Friday. I look forward to sharing the quilts in progress, and a picture of Alex's art; he's drawn a fascinating depiction of homework getting the best of a scholar.
So, I guess there was a time when a paper and pencil sufficed for staying in touch and a photo album held the best of our family photographs. I claim to be more old fashioned than not, but my close call with memory loss, and being away from email and posting and reading blogs forces to me to admit that I love my modern convenience. I depend on this computer. I rely on the internet and appreciate Microsoft, Google, Amazon, email, Blogger, Apple and Macs... the whole enchilada. And the foremost reason that I love it is because it is a profoundly ideal tool for staying in touch with family, friends and the world... it brings me shared moments, news, resources, answers, art, music, inspiration, maps, ideas, and poetry. What a gift.
Now I will heat dinner, bathe children, clear dishes, start some laundry, floss, and reflect on the good things. I hope you are enjoying the good things too.