Blessing in Disguise
Y’all will just have to bear with me because this post is somewhat all over the place. Right after Christmas, and just after I had uploaded all of my Christmas pictures and videos to my computer it crashed. It wasn’t just a fender bender. It was an “eject all passengers” type of crash.
I had been having problems for a few months prior and had gotten pretty good about backing everything up – everything except December’s work. That included notes, 4-H record books, vlogs, blog drafts, and ALL of my Christmas/December pictures. I spent HOURS working on those 4-H record books. I was most upset about losing those. (Thankful that I had already blogged the children’s Christmas pictures). I had the record books about 90% ready. The only thing lacking was a short story about the kid’s time in 4-H and their pictures.
Luckily, I had another version backed up online. It wasn’t as detailed or formatted as pretty, but this is the first year we will be turning them in, and that small blessing in disguise of having one partly prepared and backed up saved me some sanity. At least I didn’t have to start all over!
Blessing in Disguise #2
Then, one of my friends purchased a new computer and was kind enough to give me his old one; another blessing in disguise. It is a Mac, and I have never used a Mac before. I literally had to Google “How to click” and since then I have googled about 1,000,000 other “How to ____ on a Mac” questions. Thank God for Google!
I have been wanting a Mac because of iMovie. Windows Movie Maker just doesn’t have the same capabilities as iMovie does. I wasn’t able to purchase one for myself though, and I am super thankful for my friend for the new-to-me computer.
While my computer was down I had the chance to work on some other things, like my Curriculum Planner. I have been using a three ring binder with plastic sleeve protectors, but it was quite annoying having to remove each paper every time I needed it, and then replace it. My weekly schedule of tasks was inside a composition book. It just wasn’t a very productive option. I watched countless youtube videos and came up with my own Curriculum Planner. You can see the video by clicking here: My 2015 Homeschool Planner for 3 children. I will be posting a blog about it a little later this week with links to all of the sheets that I used. I haven’t got to put it to use yet (we start back on the 6th), but having the time to sit down and do this AND fill it out, without computer distractions was a blessing in disguise.
And finally, starting a new computer system in the New Year, has allowed me to try out a few new things that I have been slacking on trying: like Evernote! I am a really big fan of being able to sync my notes and have them available across all platforms. This means if I lose another HDD, I won’t lose all of the countless notes I have! I also won’t have to email things to myself or put them on a flash drive from one computer and move them to another.
“From short lists to lengthy research, no matter what form your writing takes, Evernote keeps you focused on moving those ideas from inspiration to completion.”
I was intrigued that they marketed this as helping you keep focus on moving an idea to completion. There are so many times I have ideas for things, write them down, but then don’t complete them.
I would say losing my computer has definitely been a blessing in disguise all around.
Here is to a New Year bringing many new blessings!