Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Working mum over the edge

Okay, I'm heading for a deep depression now. It's not a matter of life and death, but I am a little upset. For the last six months I have been working on a photo book called "Tales of Izzy" for my mum's 60th birthday (and a copy for me!). Lots of stolen moments, when Izzy was in bed, arranging page layouts and matching photos to anecdotes. A mammoth feat for a working mum.

I was so worried about losing it that I tried to make a back up, but it just wasn't possible. I had to risk it.

It was so nearly finished. Just a few photos of Izzy on Parsley (her rocking horse that my dad made for her) to finish it off and then I could get it published.

On Sunday the laptop had a wobbler. It lost my profile, not husband's, just mine. And on Mother's Day, too! All my documents, photos, website favourites and ......... the book!

The laptop went to hospital to see if they could retrieve anything.

They couldn't.

All the documents and photos I had saved elsewhere so no problem there.

Can easily find my favourite websites again thanks to the great god Google.

But the book ........ gone.

All that work and time lost.

Have to start again.

At least I saved the anecdotes on my Tales of Izzy blog.

Thank goodness for Blogger!


HannahH said...

sorry to hear about your woes!
Maybe I should back up my files...hmmm something to think about, eh?

Really Rachel said...

OMG! There must be a way! Mac or PC? Somebody must know how to solve this one!

Parisgirl said...

Oh Working Mum I feel for you. I know well that sick-to-the-stomach feeling when all your hard work disappears in a blip. Here's wishing you the patience and courage to begin again.

Nicola said...

Oh no - that's terrible luck! It's so horrible when you are doing something so thoughtful and meaningful and the universe decides to come and dump on you from a great height. I hope you manage to get the book together again without too much work. And please back it up as you go (not sure what I mean by this...I know 'backing' things up on computers is a very sensible approach but wouldn't have a clue how to do it myself). Best of luck

Anonymous said...

Oh no! What a nightmare. I've lost documents before but nothing as important as that. Hopefully it won't take as long to do it again, mot of the information is probably fresh in your mind anyway. The second edition may even be better than the first!

sallymandy said...

So sorry! There is nothing like that feeling. I am really truly sorry, having lost all my blog posts last month (I think you told me your method for saving, which I appreciated). It's heartwrenching to work so hard and lose it, just such a feeling of powerlessness.

I feel for you. I hope you can put it back together, when you're ready. Waah.


Maggie May said...

That is terrible. I thought you might have got it back.
It was not fair that it happened on Mother's Day too. I suppose life is far from fair though.

Fortunately my son managed to savaged my photos that were just resting in the wrong place. Phew.
My computer had a hiccup yesterday and wouldn't switch on. Even son thought *this was it* & I felt my blood pressure rising! It suddenly came back to life, though. I am worried now. Will it happen again?
As you say, thank God for Blogger!

Hope your next attempt at the lovely book will be a total success and that you will get it printed without further ado. Its just a question of time for you, isn't it? All that wasted time.
Your mother will LOVE the photo book when she gets it. Good Luck with it.

Suburbia said...

All that work when you are so busy, how sickening, my sympathies to you, you poor thing.

I lost 18 months of photos of my children (my own fault for not backing them up) and it feels like you have lost part of their lives.

Polly said...

Oh no - how devastating. I hope it doesn't take you too long to redo.

Catharine Withenay said...

That is simply the worst thing about computers! I'm so sorry you were unable to back it up. Hope it is not too tortuous to re-create.

Working mum said...

Thanks for the sympathy. I'm going to try and redo it in the Easter Holidays. Such a pain you can't back up your book in another place as you are creating it!

gigi said...

Sorry just isn't enough to say, but I don't know what I could say that would help other than DA____!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry just does not cut it. How awful for you. I print EVERYTHING and have the piles of paper to prove it.

Backing up is a term I've heard a lot, so I am going to insist No.1 and only son shows me how to do it when next see him.

Nicol said...

That is horrible! There was once that the hard drive in my laptop crashed and I lost everything! It was horrible. All the pictures and such that you can't replace! Since then, I purchased an external hard drive which I have my dh backup once a month. I keep the hard drive in my fireproof safe.

family affairs said...

That is terrible. How frustrating I can't believe it can't be retrieved Lxx

Furtheron said...

Buy a an external hard-drive and make sure you copy to that regularly... I know it's boring stuff but this stuff happens.

alternatively the little USB memory wand / pen things - these days you can get several Gbs quite cheap - just plug into your USB slot copy and again you have somewhere at least saved to go back to...