I don't expect anyone to understand this, or care

but I have to write it out.

When I arrived at Blogher, I realized that my laptop is registered in my name and, therefore, displays it in the top right corner of the screen.
I also saw that I had a folder on the desktop with my name on it (I don't remember why).
I remedied the first problem by taping one of my moo cards over the top right corner of the screen - as shown in this photo of me Twittering with Susie and Poppy in the widely disliked branding session:

personal branding

that's me on the right. Poppy and Susie are to my right. We were good about not talking during class but we Twittered constantly.

Next, I dragged the folder into my hard drive folder.
The hard drive folder that was obscured for three days BY THE MOO CARD I TAPED TO MY SCREEN.

I shot dozens of photos in Chicago and was on my laptop all the time, downloading, uploading, and dragging the photos into a folder or the trash.
And, at some point, I dragged the hard drive folder away too.
All my passwords, all kinds of personal documents, lists, recipes...all gone.
For the past couple of weeks I have discovered more and more missing items.
I called K from Chicago to ask if he had software to recover deleted files.
I assumed that in one of my uploading/downloading sprees I dragged the hard drive into the trash and then emptied it. (I don't suppose that PC users know what I'm talking about.)
I've just discovered that I dragged both folders into my July photo folder.

Now I have everything that I thought was lost.


Annagrace said…
Unfortunately I DO know what this feels like, not that it matters how or why...I'm so glad it was all recovered. Have a drink on me.
kilowatthour said…
whew! you dodged a bullet there, my friend.
Anonymous said…
You can do that on a PC too, but I swear I got the heebie jeebies and a sincere desire to freakin' BACK UP EVERYTHING on my external hard drive while reading this post.

I'm so glad to find that you only "calendered" it :)
Poppy B. said…
Yay! I think I know what this feels like. It's like losing your purse, and then having the police tell you it's been turned in.
RW said…
oh. my. bloodpressure.
I am so glad you found everything.

really. I am.
Anonymous said…
I am an expert at losing stuff somewhere inside my pc, sometimes I don't even need to touch anything. So glad you found it all.
MizMell said…
Glad your file was simply "misplaced." There's nothing worse than having to start from scratch on your Mac or pc!
tut-tut said…
Thank the heavens above! It is easy to mistake your hard drive icon with the icon of a temporary attachment like your camera--at least it is here on my Mac, so I have to be extra careful.
Paula said…
Ewe, you get all hot and sweaty just thinkin' about it...
Anonymous said…
You should very well be excited.
As you can see, everybody fears what you are talking about.
Susie Sunshine said…
HOORAY!! I was trying not to think about it, lest my brain waves make the situation worse. (I have the power to do that, you know.)
Alice said…
That is just fantastic!

What a happy ending...
KPB said…
Oh no. That excitement is WAY way WAY justified. It would have even made me dance a jig I believe.

(I'm on catch-up here as all the bigger boys are at footy training and the littlest fella has had a good scream, a feed and a dirty nappy and is now sleeping - so while I've been reading I've had no time for commenting. Ridiculous.)