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It was a very good week; hope yours is, too

How’s your week going? I think I had a pretty good week last week, thanks for asking.

I opened up Facebook on Monday evening, and my memory post from several years ago for that date was of a column of mine that I had shared when it was published. The column was about changing time — you know, the annual fall back and spring forward that we participate in.

I reread that column and realized that I feel pretty much as I did those years ago. My brain loves the longer days in the spring and summer, but my body, especially as I get even older than when I wrote that column, doesn’t like making the adjustment nearly as much. One of those weird little things — my internal clock doesn’t like change nearly as much as it did.

Anyway, that started out my week with a smile. I don’t have a copy of that column now, so it was nice to reread it.

Then, it was my week to go to lunch with some friends. This is a once-a-month activity with this group and makes me happy every time. We eat, laugh, talk and just enjoy each other’s company. Again, another smile for my week.

Keeping my week going in a positive fashion, I moved ahead with the letter to my high school classmates regarding celebrating a significant reunion year this summer. I’m not saying how many years, but it’s more than 40 and less than 60 and our age now is the same year as we graduated. Just a little teaser for you all.

With the letter ready and labels made, it’s went in the mail. Look out, Pow Wow Days and Tiskilwa — we are coming back!

Now to the best and most surprising tidbit from my “good” week. I think I may have mentioned in a column a couple of years ago that I had a laptop (not an extremely old laptop) that had gotten stuck on this blue screen that simply stated “Getting Windows ready. Do not turn off your computer.” After waiting for 48 hours at that time, I turned the computer off. I contacted the manufacturer (even though it was out of warranty) and was told this was very serious and could be expensive to repair.

There is debate among my family and friends as to whether or not I am a stubborn person — I say no; some would disagree. Anyway, I tried everything I could think of to get the laptop to reset or move or something. I had, over the course of those two years, plugged that laptop back in and booted it up, only to be greeted by that same blue screen. It was so frustrating. I held out hope that I would become enlightened and I would find out how to restore my laptop.

Fast forward to this past week. I happened across an Internet article regarding “the blue screen of death,” as the writer depicted it. I just knew that I had found the solution to my two-year-old problem. I read the article, I tried all the fixes that the writer suggested. None of them worked. I was disappointed, sad, and felt that my laptop was a lost cause.

As anyone with an Internet connection would do, I asked Google if there were any solutions to the blue screen that I described. And also I specifically mentioned the brand of my laptop. A YouTube video came up on my search talking about a “hidden” reset button that could be found on my particular brand of laptop. A hidden button — where was mine?

I began the search for the hidden button. I found it! Not even hidden but not labeled and with the help of a flashlight, I noticed this small button with an arrow pointing in the reverse. Could this be it? Could I have found a solution after two years? As the YouTube video had suggested, I turned off my blue screen of death laptop and pushed that little button.

I could not believe my eyes — a new screen opened asking me if I wanted to restore my laptop. Even knowing that restore would remove all my personal files, I said yes, of course I said yes. I was informed by a new window that this process could take some time. Who cared? I had been waiting for two years — I hoped that it wouldn’t be another two.

I watched the progress, I watched the time. Eight minutes and 23 seconds later — BOOM — after two years, 8 minutes and 23 seconds, my laptop is back, my laptop has life, my laptop is restored. This made me smile; oh yes, this made me laugh out loud.

So, yes folks, it was a good week, a week to bring smiles. Here’s hoping your week will bring you smiles, too.

Note to readers: Nita Wyatt of Wyanet can be reached at wyattnm1950@yahoo.com.

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