January 24, 2005

Monday Morning Blues(creen)

Ahh, I love the smell of a blue screen in the morning! Maybe I'm being just a little sarcastic or slightly bitter but, campers, I booted up my work laptop last night and got the Microsoft blue screen of death. Now, in a former life, I ran a help-desk and had some mad troubleshooting skillz. I tried dusting them off but to no avail. It degraded to name calling and enthusiastic hand-gestures.

So this morning, I braved the 2000-below-zero windchill to scrape the sheets of ice and snow from my windshield and come into work, called our help-desk and booted up my spare desktop machine. Of course, I couldn't remember the password for the spare so I almost immediately locked myself out. Luckily that problem's been solved so I at least have some connectivity action going on...but otherwise, I'm just kinda here. For the love of god, restore my precious files Mr. Help Desk Guy!

The weekend? That was much better! We got about six or so inches of snow on Saturday, which was nice. I could have stood about a foot and a half more though. We were supposed to head out to a party on Saturday night but decided to skip it - the roads still sucked a bit and people around here completely forget how to drive in the snow. Yesterday, after clearing out what will eventually become the nursery (lesson - books are heavy and repeated trips with said books up and down two flights of stairs don't have a positive impact on one's back), we headed out to dinner with family. So, yeah, nothing much to report there but it was nice, relaxing and quiet.

And what kinds of wonderfully exciting things did you do over the weekend?

Posted by Chris at January 24, 2005 10:25 AM

We went out and took picture of said snow. It was gorgeous yesterday - however, it's still FREEZING. -7, who's idea was this??

Posted by: Autumn at January 24, 2005 10:31 AM

Well we didn't get any snow (thank God!) but it's still a cool 39 this morning. And my office doesn't know what heat is. Brrrr.

Posted by: Kitty at January 24, 2005 10:37 AM

I sat on my ass and read multiple novels, went to movie, rented movie, and ate out too much.

But I just wanted to say that anyone who thinks hell is a PLACE did not just sit through the meeting I had to sit through this morning.

Sorry about your laptop.

Posted by: jenorama at January 24, 2005 10:40 AM

Took the kiddo sledding, drank waaaay more coffee than is healthy and baked a cake containing sausage as a main ingredient. Weird but absolutely true!

Posted by: Amanda at January 24, 2005 10:43 AM

Sorry about the blue screen of death. I think we've all experienced that at one point in our lives. I spent Saturday in my PJ's and Sunday I went to the theatre [/snobby accent] and saw Mamma Mia. Cute musical. OH, we also got the snow - but not as bad as you guys!

Posted by: Kimmer at January 24, 2005 10:45 AM

Oh no. The blue screen and I have had a couple of encounters in the past. He's a horrible, mean, and devesating bastard. I'm so sorry he's terrorising you now. Hopefully all can be saved!

And the amount of books that this house holds is the number one reason why I do not look forward to moving out of here.

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at January 24, 2005 10:50 AM

Put a fire in the fireplace, enjoyed looking at the deep but pretty snow outside, watched eleventy-hundred Sesame Street videos and then watched Chicken Run a 18 times with a semi-sick three year old who needed to rest. And am now very glad (true!) to be out and about...even it that means at work.

Posted by: Kelly` at January 24, 2005 10:55 AM

Hmm... worked Saturday, then watched the Steelers surrender themselves Sunday. Very exciting life, I know.

Posted by: Mary Jo at January 24, 2005 11:02 AM

My old roommate lives in DC and evidently he took his monstrous and completely excessive diesel 4x4 truck and tore that snow up. He's a Texas boy at heart. As for me, I had good friends come into town to meet my girlfriend for the first time. No snow in Dallas...just cold and windy.

Good luck with the comp. restoration. And regarding the clearing of the nursery, just use the books for a big bonfire next time. Heh heh.

Posted by: smartjuice at January 24, 2005 11:02 AM

am sorry about your computer woes. my codesigner experienced the same most of last week.. think that's why she's working from home today. can't say i blame her.. maybe you should do the same :)
weekend was nice.. we finally put the grill together that had been in a huge box in the middle of our kitchen since august..
but this morning.. my car gave out. could be the transmission. am waiting on the call from the mechanics with it's status. am hoping that like me, it just doesn't like the cold.

Posted by: andie at January 24, 2005 11:13 AM

No snow here, but I behaved as if the roads were covered with the powdery white stuff!
Spent much of saturday cleaning and scrubbing, then of course spend all of sunday on the couch since the arthritis has a huge aversion to all of the physical activity!
The great part was there was a run on Stephen King movies, so all day and night Sunday while nursing my painful body, I got to immerse myself in the wicked wild world of Stephen King!
Happy Monday :)
I think the BSOD was a sign to go home.....lol

Posted by: Jade at January 24, 2005 11:14 AM

6 inches is nothing. We got at least 12+. It was my birthday and I got a nice surprise from my boyfriend. We were snowed in on Saturday and had a mini-vacation. It was a great weekend!

Posted by: Milly at January 24, 2005 11:22 AM

Oh no, I really don't like hearing about the blue screen, I am still recovering myself. That just sucks. :(

Posted by: Chepooka at January 24, 2005 11:25 AM

OH! I'm back, one more thing. I just got my t-shirt and I LOVE IT. :)

Posted by: Chepooka at January 24, 2005 11:27 AM

Ah... the blue screen. This is why MACs rule. Never have to deal with that.

I have a pc at work though... they won't support apple products up here (bastards!)

Posted by: Snidget at January 24, 2005 11:33 AM

Big Blue had a run-in on Friday-- right before I left. I think since we've both had the weekend to cool down (and one of us got a visit from the tech while I was away) this morning will be more pleasant. As for the rest of the weekend? Forever with the homework.

Posted by: bmh at January 24, 2005 11:42 AM

Saw the title of your post and thought you were going to talk about today being the "worst day of the year". See article - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4187183.stm :)

THAT'S why you got the blue screen. Sorry to hear it. Hope your day improves.

Posted by: Keri at January 24, 2005 12:09 PM

Stressed. Had a party. Sister had twins. Stressed. Now not so stressed.

Posted by: Jazzy at January 24, 2005 12:57 PM

Went out and had a very relaxing dinner with my friends, before heading off to a drag show entitled "Divas United" to support my friend from high school who was performing, started in with the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale early in the evening. Then we went and saw a decent band at a pub downtown, danced, drank, smoked, managed to meet pretty much everyone that I remember from high school there, broke up two fights, gratefully ate a chorizo from a hot dog cart, and passed out on a futon still in a skirt and heels.

Then, I babysat on sunday. It was an entertaining weekend.

Posted by: Tami at January 24, 2005 01:02 PM

I used the snow as an excuse to stay home on Saturday, and it turned out to be a great day. My files are organized, my bathroom is clean, my laundry is done and I baked a cake. Plus I managed to squeeze in some snuggling with my husband and my dog.

Now if only it would warm up a little bit.

Posted by: bad penguin at January 24, 2005 01:18 PM

Oh no! Not the dreaded bluescreen of death!

Posted by: Marie at January 24, 2005 08:02 PM

I am VERY afraid! The Bluescreen of death! You can't leave us Cactus! Find a replacement fast! Bribe the tech guy...

Posted by: Gypsy at January 25, 2005 12:57 AM

I get the frozen screen of death when my pice o shite will start. I wanna know who I gotta bribe to beat a piece of Dell and put that comatose crap through chinese floppy torture!

Posted by: stinkerbell at January 25, 2005 12:03 PM