Today I want to talk to you guys about something you all probably take for granted.
You have NO idea how many laptops and computers David and I have gone through in just a few years times. It's awful really. All because we just neglected to take care of them properly. They would start to act up and we would think nothing much of it until BAM they were beyond repair and we found ourselves at the store a bit later purchasing a replacement and being mad at ourselves for having to once again fork over the money for another replacement laptop.
I had one once during David's second deployment that quickly became full of pictures and videos of our babies. Fin has just turned one. Maddie was just born. It started acting up and I thought nothing of it. He gets back from Afghanistan and we move up to Alaska and it gets worse! I still thinking nothing of it, just keeping using it when I can until finally it just dies. There goes the laptop. It was devastating. I took it to a local computer repair store to see what they could do and they told me it was toast. They told me they could pull the hard drive from it and even were so kind as to give me detailed instructions on how to upload everything from the hard drive onto my new laptop. I thanked them and went home. A few days later I tried to do like they had instructed me to do only to discover that the hard drive was empty. NOTHING on it. All those pictures and videos were gone! Imagine my shock and sadness.
Thankfully I had uploaded a good majority of them to random social media pages and was able to save them from there but you know there are just some that you just do not upload and/or share. Some that are just for you. And they're gone. Just like that. All because I was too cheap (and busy and clueless) to get my laptop looked at when it first started acting up.
If I knew then what I know now, I'd have definitely taken advantage of some in home computer repair and/or some IT services! Thinking about all that money we've spent on replacing laptop after laptop just makes me sick. Money just flushing down the toilet! *flush* (in case you didn't realize, that was the sound of it flushing. Haha. Sometimes I think I'm funnier than I probably am).