It is Sunday, the 14th of April and it is about 5.00 in the morning. The weather forecast promised us Dutchies some more sunshine and we actually had some yesterday in the afternoon. How great is that? You know what else is great? I’ve slept for about 2 hours and am yet again fully awake. So I come here and write about my boring life, again! *whoot whoot*
I’ve been hanging out with my best friend and her kid since Thursday. Her Pentium 4 was acting up again. I had installed Windows SteadyState on her PC a while ago, to make sure it was extra kids proof. My best friend’s kid likes to explore every single thing she can find on the computer; not really a nice thought when you consider the fact that she can easily format a hard drive “just by clicking around”. That’s where Windows SteadyState can come in handy… It can also spazz out when there are no updates available and with little kids clicking around apparently seriously corrupts Windows.
I tried everything but at one point, Windows didn’t want to start-up at all. Just a black screen. It would load the BIOS and SETUP but I couldn’t access Windows Safe Mode. I knew of only one solution, hoping there was no hardware failure; to reinstall Windows again. In the meantime I also hoped I could save my best friend and her kid’s precious files in the process. But unfortunately; she had no official Windows CD at hand.
We figured to call a friend whether if they had a copy we could borrow. My best friend got the husband on the phone instead; he fixes computers for a living. Before we knew it he rushed over, checked the computer (doing all the things I’ve already done like trying to boot up in Windows Safe Mode and such) without success and offered to take the computer with him, so that he could fix it for us. All I asked for was a Windows Installation CD… But hey, he’s an expert and he made it sound like he could fix it all in the blink of an eye, so… Up he went, with my best friend’s desktop. Before he left, I told him about Windows SteadyState and he suggested it would be better to get the kid a computer of her own…
I had other things to worry about anyway. Friday I had to see the dentist again, to get rid of my left upper wisdom tooth. My best friend almost lives next door to the dental practice, very handy. She would come with me to my appointment with the dentist for moral support and all.
A little freaked out about it, I actually prayed to God for a comfortable treatment at the dentist and that things would go as quick and painless as possible. As soon as I had finished my prayer, I was at ease. At the same time my best friend was terrified for me. She is afraid of needles and when she realised that the dentist would sedate me by inserting a needle in my gums, she was shitting bricks throughout the rest of my dentist appointment.
The removal of my wisdom tooth went pretty fast. They were very gently with me, the dentist and his assistant. And after the dentist had sedated me with the needle I was still able to talk. I asked the dentist if it was possible to get a copy of my x-ray and whether I could take my pulled out tooth home with me as a souvenir. Unfortunately the wisdom tooth’s root was completely rotten and smashed. But he did email me the x-ray 🙂
I guess the prayer helped 🙂 And so did the painkillers, thank God for those!
Afterwards my best friend and I returned to her house. My best friend told me about her horrifying wisdom teeth removal. She said she was happy for me that it went this comfortable and fast. When her wisdom teeth had to be removed, the dentist had to sit on top of her while trying to jerk the darned thing out of her mouth.
She was so nice, made me a bag filled with ice cubes to reduce my swollen hamster cheek. I was zombified due to the sedation and painkillers and could actually sleep for more than 2 hours!
Later that day we wondered whether the computer expert would be ready with installing windows. I know it doesn’t take a blink of an eye to fix such a thing; Installing windows alone can take up to an hour, I’ve seen laptops taking 3 hours just for the installment of Windows, let alone backing up precious files from the hard drive and all the other stuff that comes with it. His wife answered this time and said he needed a little more time… Duh…
It is weird to not have a computer with internet access for more than a day. For some silly reason it makes you feel handicapt. It’s like you are suddenly missing an arm or an eye or a piece of your brain.
I was too zombified due to the painkillers anyway. Watched a movie with my best friend and the kid and actually went to bed early, for my doing.
Saturday I was already feeling a whole lot better, didn’t even need painkillers. I feel so silly now for ever being that freaked out about seeing the dentist!
That day my best friend’s kid had her second last swimming lesson for her A certificate (basic swimming skills). Next week she will officially earn that certificate in her final course and then she will practise for her B certificate (the ability to swim with clothes and such). The kid is doing very well; swims like a fish in the sea 🙂
Later that day my best friend called to check up on her computer again. It was finally done! He and his wife came over right away bring the Pentium 4 back. Not only that, the guy had also been prepping a computer for my best friend’s kid; it explained why it took so long. That was so unexpected and nice of him to do! They even brought a little computer desk.
They stuck around for coffee and my friend and I couldn’t thank them enough. All I have to do now is make the computer kids proof. Would be a shame if the kid would wipe out the hard drive of her new computer. I’m not going to use Windows SteadyState again, though. Thanks to the computer expert FamilySafety is already installed, which kind of helps to make the computer more kids proof, meanwhile I’ve boosted up Mozilla Firefox with a few safety add-ons and removed the wires of the right-mouse button to make sure the kid won’t delete anything important.
Wow… I’ve been rambling for an hour already. I can actually see the sun rise while I’m typing this. I can also hear some guy upstairs throwing up in the bathroom.