So… I got my laptop back on Tuesday night. Cool, right? It turned on and everything, working as it should… Only to punk out again with the exact same issue not 12 hours later. After some frustrating phone calls to the help desk, we think we’ve figured out the culprit: Windows 10. Apparently it’s a known and fairly common issue with laptops after whatever update they did that if you let it get into sleep mode, it’ll just… not turn on anymore. Yay.
Yep, you guessed it. This girl is once again without any computer (well, technically I’m on hubby’s right now, but as with most people I know, he’s not keen on letting anyone not him on his computer for any length of time, so I’m sneaking this in real quick-like. Shh, don’t tell 😉 )
So the PSA is, of course, if you have Windows 10, you might want to look into this before it becomes an issue. Trust me when I say this is not a fun experience to have.
I will freely admit that when it died on me again, I cried. Legit, honest-to-goodness tears. I had just signed up (literally, minutes before) to do April’s Rough Trade and was looking forward to working on my story again. Now, not so much. I don’t know that my computer’ll be back (and in working order) in time, and in all honesty, right now it’d just add more stress than I need so I’ve asked to be removed. It sucks, but it is what it is. At least I’ll be able to read some great stories, right?
In the mean time, I’m listening to audio books again. I finished The Life and Legends of Simon Wiesenthal, by Tom Segev. If you’re even moderately familiar with World War 2, you’ve probably heard of his name in passing if nothing else. Simon Wiesenthal is most known for hunting Nazis, something he did basically from the moment he was released from the camps, all the way to his death bed. Years ago, I watched a movie based on his story (Ben Kingsley played Simon). It was incredibly difficult to watch, and this book was no less rough to get through but worth it. There was a lot I learned about the man, as well as the world around him. Seems kind of strange to say, considering he passed away while I was still in school (I think). Check it out.
Oh, you want to know why I prefaced this post with “surprise socks”? Funny you should mention that. I’ve been trying to finish my Sewanee shawl, but keep messing up my counts (there’s over 400 stitches. I don’t care what you say, but when you’re foggy-brained, counting that many stitches is hard.), so I had to put it aside for a day when I could count properly. Needing something to do, I went in search of yarn to make socks with.
Now, years ago I was gifted some lovely green yarn that I’d started to knit socks with. I remembered having messed up to the point of frogging them, but it seems that I started up round two already and I’d completely forgotten about it. So when I found the yarn, there were partially knit socks attached. Surprise!
I’m hoping there’ll be some progress on them. It isn’t like I’ll have much else going on while I wait to find out if my computer can be saved or not.