You know, I had planned on writing a post on Monday, but fate
(ah, yes, we love to blame it) took over my plans. By fate, I am referring to my computer. I use a conventional desktop and even though I have a laptop, I am not so comfortable with it. My desktop has a larger screen, more programs and happier posture. Also – I’ve placed it where I like it. Oh, slave to habit.
But first, before I get to the point of this post, allow me to rant a bit.
My computer is a good machine. But bad things can happen to good people – and imagine my tension when my computer kept shutting down every ten minutes. Never gave me enough time to save my stuff. Oh yeah, I’ve got autosave but Microsoft can freak you out on that front. And it did. I thought it was because of the weather – which is hot – at first. And repositioned the CPU so it had good ventilation around it. Didn’t work. Then I assumed it needed vacuuming. Cleaned it out – didn’t work.
Then – four days later – after trying a new trick each day – I finally called the techie I trust. He turned up and checked the system – and found it was overheating. The moment the comp was turned on, even before any application was started, the CPU usage would shoot up to 100% and stay there. Anyway, he said he must take the CPU to his office to check and I reluctantly agreed. A few hours later he told me the motherboard was faulty. I remembered I got it less than three years ago – so it must still be under warranty until May 2012. We both rejoiced. And then – he discovered that under the motherboard, was a metal wire like thing, which amounted to tampering and the manufacturer wouldn’t accept it. Which meant that the guy who supplied me the board had ****ed it up. Oh – that installation is something I’d rather not remember and regret.
Anyway – moving forward, I took the easy way out and asked him to get me a new motherboard. He did. With three years warranty. He installed it. And promised to return my CPU on Saturday. Ha. He turned up on Monday at 6.30 pm and said – all he had to do was activate the OS. Ha ha. The activation key did not work and neither did the phone activation. After a million tries, he said it is best to reinstall the OS and activate it. And guess what? My DVD drive
had decided to die. CDs worked but not DVDs. So – OS installation DVD did not work. It was too late for him to go and get a new one, so he promised to return the next day. He did not.
In the mean time, I kept getting those annoying alerts from Microsoft about activating Windows and MS Office. Oh the irony. I had both – original versions and had an unexpected glitch in the form of the non-working DVD drive. I harassed the sh*t out of the techie who kept on assuring me it would all be okay. He promised to come this morning.
So yesterday, I decided to suffer and browsed online to see solutions to my problem. I told my best friend and he laughed his head off – saying oh come on – easy as hell to solve, and promised, if I couldn’t’ solve the issue before the deadline, he’d sort it out for me. I browsed and saw all kinds of forums where they said that if the motherboard is changed, it is not possible to reactivate. It was a major WTF moment for me, I can tell you.
I continued to bug the techie – who promised to be at my place by 10 am. Of course he finally arrived at noon. Brought a new DVD drive. Reinstalled the OS and MS Office. OS refused to activate. The phone activation did not work. Finally, he sought help from his office where they got in touch with the Microsoft fellas and – oh joy – my OS was validated. Now, of course, I have to re-install all the programs I regularly use. That’ll take some time because, dear Murphy’s Law – troubles will all come in a series. I do believe that it is better that way than periodic doses of it – but hey, while going through the series – it is not my chosen form of entertainment, much as I love to laugh at my problems. I’ve also had to tackle some outdoor work – and am glad to say all that has been cool. There IS a God.!
Anyway, I am hoping that all is well that ends well. And what am I doing with the lemons life handed me during the last few days? I am making some ice cold lemon juice and enjoying it with Vidur – who loves it too.
has its ups and downs. As I love to frequently say – unless there are downs, how will we appreciate our ups? Again – experiencing it is not so much fun. Takes will power to be strong.
How did I stay cool? What did I learn? Here’s what I learned:
Trust your techie
Especially if he has successfully dealt with problems for you in the past. And mine has. A few months ago- my hard drive crashed
. I was in tears thinking of all my videos and photos – you know am crazy about taking pictures. I was miserable to think of the photos of Vidur that I treasured – and I could not turn back the clock to get them again. That’s when another friend of mine recommended this guy. He retrieved my entire data. There are a few more occasions when he sorted things out for me, both at home at my office. Sigh. So why did I get desperate this time? Only because he did not turn up when he said he would.
A computer crashing is not the end of the world
Let’s face it – it might LOOK like it is – but it is not. I’ve been practicing going offline once in a while and the inner peace that comes with staying away from the computer screen is wonderful. So – I tried to look at the bright side. A comp is just a machine. It can be repaired. So I used the time to have fun with my folks. Would have done it anyway –but did it without the pressure of work. Sury and I went and bought a bicycle. Yes, we did. I hope to ride it a bit. Got to do something about the seat though – hurts my butt like crazy, especially because I am used to the nice wide cushioned seat of my Honda Activa scooter. Also – pedaling is hell when one is out of practice. Still – I am looking forward to it.
Get out of the house
Yes, this one works. In the middle of it all, we had an invitation to a fantastic program – a Yakshagana – which is a classical dance form of Karnataka, where they enact a story with song, dance and dialog. It is a famous troupe
that had performed at Vidur’s school recently and he was in love with them. So – we locked up and off we went. We were rewarded with a three-hour experience that is unforgettable. Oh, the costumes were fabulous. And I also met some friends I hadn’t seen in a while, since the friend who sent me the invite is a mutual friend. We returned home late-ish, quite thrilled and had dinner. I only booted my laptop to enjoy some social media, check messages and that’s it! I just got busy with other stuff so I wouldn’t; sit and mope about my comp!. It worked! Why would it not? Here are some pictures:
|Mr Shivananda Hegde in his magnificient costume
|Mr Hegde and his troupe – all men 🙂
|This is a guy dressed as a woman
|A scene from the dance drama
|A proud moment for Vidur – with Mr Shivananda Hegde
Sleep over it
Now – this is a strategy I use for all my problems. I never get worked up at bedtime. Sleeping over it always helps because, in the morning, it is a brand new day and time for – yes, you guessed it – a fresh perspective. Sleep relaxes you, makes you feel rested. Almost always I find that I have a solution in the morning, or at the very least, am ready to find one. So – as usual, I got up, did my usual stuff, made my list – and found that I had enough to occupy me. I decided to tackle all my pending outside work. And did. Quite happily. I caught up with some other errands too.
Catch up on your reading
I am an avid reader and have a vast library – digital and physical. We buy books like we’re stocking the British library. We consider it our treasure. We are simple folks and don’t have much in the way of wealth. If there’s one thing we spend on generously, it is books and I am happy Vidur is a chip off the old block. He reads a lot, too. And this makes it a wonderful common activity for us. I am thrilled he has just begun to read P G Wodehouse – one of my all-time favorite authors. It means we can discuss stuff we love – and enhance our enjoyment of the time we spend together. Ah. Bliss.
Shove the fear
Yep, I borrowed this phrase from Tess Marshall of The Bold Life. Fear is the key to unlocking the solutions to all our problems. We do tend to worry out of the fear that something we’re desperate about may not reach the outcome we expect. Why not expect positive outcomes, instead? Here I must refer to my friend Melody’s Law Of Attraction principle. I say her principle, because I’ve been enjoying her posts about LOA so much. In fact, right now she’s running a series where she answers one of her reader’s questions – do check it out. You’ll love it.
This mirrors the point above. My grandmother always said that there’s a guardian angel perched on our shoulder permanently – and this angel works hard to make our wishes come true. This includes both positive and negative ones. So – if you think “Am sure this is going to bomb” she obliges. (yes, it would have to be a she, right?) If you think “I am pretty sure this is going to be good” she obliges. So – moral of the story – why not think that things will work out? Why not work towards making them turn out the way we want? Think about it. Life has obstacles. But we can overcome most of them. Yes we can. So practice positive thinking
. Open your heart to life’s abundance.
Take stock of the nice things that happen
This includes the little things – since these add up and result in big happiness. This week, I had the privilege of being featured on the A M Experience blog again along with my favorite bloggers in a post titled “A Compilation on Love” Do read it. It is lovely. Another post that mentioned me – I loved this – was Joy’s post at Jess’s blog – I could’t help laughing – and of course I wrote a haiku for the picture of a rock washed by waves.
Bathed by waves of doubt, brings our
Soul strength, hope, belief
So now that my computer is back, I hope to catch up on my digital reading over the next couple of days and get on track. And then, I’ll be fiddling with my Facebook page, since all pages will move to the new Facebook Timeline
look. I don’t like it, but since Mark Zuckerberg didn’t bother to consult me on this one…so I guess I’ll have to let it go.
I believe life is to be lived, not worked, enjoyed, not agonized, loved, not hated.” Leland Bartlett Tweet this
But life is good, wouldn’t you agree?
I’d love to hear your strategies to tackle tough situations. What do you do? Do you get mad? Or do you get even? Do share!