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November 2008
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Life got awful crazy there for a little while. Before the holidays I had a big meeting and a draft of my class project due. This meant I needed timing numbers for the lastest checkpoint in my research, I need status for the rest of the research, I needed the project to be at a certain point and I needed a paper explaining the project. At the same time Bear was having crazy things happen at work. Power outages because of sewer explosions, servers going down. It meant I was sleeping about 5 hrs a night and running full steam when I wasn’t sleeping.

Everything was supposed to calm down on the Wed before Thanksgiving. It was supposed to be an easy, light, calm day. Then I restarted my work computer. It didn’t come back up.

I cannot tell you the panic that washed through me. Pure adrenaline and panic.

I spent the next 5 hours trying to reinstall the bootloader. (I still have no clue WHAT I did to screw that up. I did do a kernel update on accident but the last time I did that on accident, it just screwed up the grub configuration file. How the kernel update actually hosed the grub install, I can’t figure out.) Thanks to having the most nonstandard setup in the world, nothing worked. My birthday was Thursday and Bear and I wanted to go home so badly, so finally I gave up and we went home. Bear had also been stressing about some boxes not being at home. Seriously stressing that they were supposed to be here. They were, the neighbors had taken them so that no one would steal them. We have good neighbors, because if someone had taken these? I would have cried. Turns out they were full of one of the best birthday gifts ever. They were full of dragons. Gorgeous figurine dragons. I’ll show pics later.

Thursday was full of good food. I think it was Bear’s best Thanksgiving dinner ever. It was also full of phone calls to say “Happy Birthday! Happy Thanksgiving!” It was full of sunshine and a flat tire on the car.

So Friday I changed the tire (not me, I, the guys down the street that I ordered more tires from, I). Then ordered 4 more tires cause the ones on there had needed to go for a while. Then around 6 I went into the lab to try getting the computer back up and running again. After 5 more hours I gave up and broke the drive mirror and reinstalled on one of the drives. I backed up to my laptop before I did that, so I had a backup of the data on the second drive and on my laptop.

It’s now Sunday and all the programs and drivers are installed again, data (over 20GB) is moved back over, settings and configurations are done.

It was still a great holiday. A great birthday. I’m just so glad I’ve survived. Now I have to go work on the presentation that I forgot about in all the excitement.