My computer crashed Friday night.

Saturday I had 16 minisessions starting at 8 a.m. All files were recovered thanks to the painstaking work of my husband but the experience during the height of my Fall busy season was enough to send me into an emotional frenzy. And that emotional frenzy was enough to make me lock myself into a bathroom stall at church until crying ceased (it didn’t), subsequently skip out on the service which I was supposed to sing in (I didn’t), drive around town crying until I found a Starbucks with a drive through (I did), and end up sobbing on the porch of a friend who offered chocolates, tissues, and a warm shoulder to comfort me (they did).

I eventually ended up back at church in a dark Sunday school classroom with another friend who offered these words of wisdom…

Friend: Did somebody die?

Me: No.

Friend: Good. Then everything else can be fixed.

(I now have that brilliance posted above my dead computer.)


Tomorrow I go before our city’s zoning board to beg them for mercy on an issue that may change the course of our business. I’m kind of freaking out. So to calm my nerves I’m channeling the peace of last week’s water taxi ride with Modern Pastry treats, sunny skies and the best cruising buddies a girl could ask for.

I know posting here has been slow which is always a symptom of life lived too fast. But I promise I’ll be back tomorrow. I can’t miss a Tuesday. 😉
jaymeeOctober 17, 2011 - 8:15 pm

oh Erin, HUGS. I’ve SO been there and I’m so happy to know that I’m not the only one has a total emotional breakdown this time of year at some point. You’ll get through it, I’ll get through it and we’ll come out strong in the end. : )

jenniferOctober 17, 2011 - 8:48 pm

Agreed. Going through that is absolutely sickening. But recoverable. Even if the files aren’t. 🙂

Jo-AnneOctober 17, 2011 - 9:17 pm

Hugs from me too! I know the friendly advice is sound but when a comp crashes it feels as though someone has just died! (Not really, but its the PITS)

Prayers and hugs and best wishes for the appearance before the city’s zoning board – hope it turns out ok for you. Everything is always ok in hindsight, but life can certainly throw you for a loop at times. I personally am wishing this year would just hurry and end – too many loops for me to handle and I’m rather dizzy. I just know that somehow all things work out in the long run. Well, at least that is what I’m telling myself so hope it helps you.

ElizabethOctober 17, 2011 - 9:26 pm

I hope this will make you feel better: last Monday I was getting out of the van after a wonderful day at a farm/fall festival thing and (this is the short version) my camera fell. FELL. out of my camera bag and smashed into a hundred pieces… I reacted much the same way. Matt saved the day after making me promise not to hold him responsible if he ruined my lens (my 24-70) for good trying to get the shattered, jammed UV filter off (he got it off, though it wasn’t pretty. Lots of research before he operated). My perspective moment was twofold: a friend with a major medical emergency called to ask for some help and my neighbor (who is 7 months pregnant with her first) just found out her husband will deploy in three weeks. For six months. And not get to come home until the deployment is over. So like you said… perspective.

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MelanieOctober 17, 2011 - 9:55 pm

Good luck with the zoning board Erin! I hope everything goes the way you want it to & I’m so happy your husband was able to get all your files back.

thesmallblondeoneOctober 17, 2011 - 10:19 pm

So glad you posted this. It’s so nice to know I’m not the only girl with complete and utter breakdowns once in awhile! (And it’s nice to remind the husband that I’m not the only one, too!) It really is all about perspective. It’s so true, there are much worse things that could happen. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t absolutely feel the worst in the moment!

NikiOctober 18, 2011 - 5:25 am

Another thought to give you some additional hope: I follow a few blogs of children who are cancer patients. I once read a quote on one of those kid’s sites:

Everything will be alright in the end. And if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.

Gives me hope even in the most difficult times! Hugs!

Jessica WOctober 18, 2011 - 5:44 am

Chin up!

Holly COctober 18, 2011 - 8:35 am

Sending prayers and happy thoughts your way, Erin!

JenniferOctober 18, 2011 - 9:53 am

I think every female has gone through this for one reason or another. Seems like you got some excellent advice that we should all remember – not to mention chocolate! What awesome friends you have!! Hope all goes well with the zoning meeting.

Lorena MoraOctober 18, 2011 - 10:40 am

Hope all goes as planned with the zoning board, keep us updated.

I think we all need a melt down every now and then, you are not the only one. We have them for all sorts of reasons, believe me. My melt downs are not pretty. I’m glad you were able to recover your files. Was that your old computer that crashed or your new laptop? If it’s the apple laptop, if you ever have that problem go straight to apple store they are awesome and can usually recover your files and fix the problem. I had a friend spill coffee all over her laptop and rushed crying to apple store and they managed to save ALL her files but not the computer, so she did have to buy a new one but at least she didn’t loose all her info.

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaOctober 18, 2011 - 11:12 am

Thank goodness for good friend and helping hands! and in the case of computer files – Carbonite!

TinaOctober 18, 2011 - 3:20 pm

Aww, I’m sorry you had a rough weekend! Sounds like you have some wise & sweet friends!! I’ll be praying for you on the zoning board issues. Been there and done that, although mine was more of a neighbor trying to hinder things. Good luck!

AnneOctober 18, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Sorry you had a meltdown, but it sounds like it was short-lived and stopped with wise counsel. Good luck before the city zoning board – I hope you get the changes you need.

Also, Modern Pastry cannolis are the best. Hands down.

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