Playing Hooky :)

Hello My Dears!

So I have a confession to make..I played hooky this weekend. Yep, I did. I don’t often take time off for myself but with weddings, bridal showers, work and soccer consuming my weekends until May I figured this was my last weekend of me time before the chaos sets in.

I stole one of my best friends away from her sweet boyfriend Saturday afternoon :) He was left with strict instructions that the house better be clean when I brought her back. After a run through Starbucks for our current obsession, Iced Tazo Green Teas (no water, 2 pumps Classic), we were off to Columbia to watch the University of South Carolina Gamecocks take on the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

It was a great day to be on the road. Totally sunny and warm! A blessing after this snow-apocalypse we just endured last week.

I scored some great seats off of Scorebig + with my Amazon local coupon, I got $40 worth of tickets for $9 bucks :) So essentially it cost us $4.50 a ticket..hello! That’s a steal. We had great seats behind the basket. Far enough up to be able to see all the action but not so high your nose bleeds :)

We grabbed dinner before the game at D’s. One of our favorite local spots to eat in Cola. Family owned and operated, it’s an amazing hole in the wall. Don’ t judge it until you’ve tried the food! I got a Honey Bacon Spinach Salad with warm honey mustard dressing (homemade to boot!). We splurged a little and ordered fried pickles..they were off the chain! D’s is always a great experience whether you’re a Gamecock or a Tiger :) Occasionally, you’ll even find some Gamecock players hanging around in there :)

We made it to the game about 4 minutes after jump ball. Not bad for us :) It was a crazy good game! The Cocks and Tide battled it out with the largest lead being 12pts. Most of the game they remained 3-6pts apart. Unfortunately, we didn’t get our nachos before the game ended..but hey..we saved ourselves some calories! It’s always fun to be trapped in the car with your bestie for a few hours. With our work schedules, school, boys and life we don’t get quite as much quality time as we used too. But! We make the most of it when we do :)

:) Playing Hooky is fun (:




Lament from Lemon

Well hello my dears! The week is young and already I’ve been through the ringer. Yesterday, I was all excited on my way to work. I just knew it was going to be a GREAT Monday! It’s a two-day work week for me and I knew I had most of this week’s projects already knocked out.

Got to work early (a big thing for me on a Monday!) and walked into my office. Sat down at my computer, turned her on and waited for my little fan fare from Apple to play…and waited…and waited..and waited..alas I finally got a white screen (my heart is now racing in fear) with an Apple. This is where every designer/photographer begins to slowly freak out as the realization of the fact that all of your data is saved in one place sets in.

So after going through the boot up in single user, fsck -fy, and all that jazz…(I’ll keep my nerd talk to a minimum). I gave in and called Apple Support.

I was impressed. Jason answered the phone in less than 30 seconds and we were on our way to figuring out the issue. He boiled it down to a OSX error that occurred when it updated last week. So we reinstalled Mountain Lion and he told me to call back if that didn’t work. The “reinstall” took a whopping hour + to do. I crossed my fingers, hit restart and boom I was at the login screen. WHEW!!!

I thought I was golden…..worked flawlessly for an hour…..then……

Macadamia DIED!!!!!! {I name all my computers..} the white screen of apple death returned…and I got really worried. So back to Apple Support I go. This time it took 9:47 for an operator to pick up. Apparently everyone’s computers/iPhones/iPad and such get hinky around the holidays. Benjamin assisted me this time and his diagnosis was a hardware issue. He then told me it would be 24-48 hours before an outside company would call to schedule a maintenance appointment with me..

HELLLLLLOOOOO! I do not have 4 days to wait for my computer to get fixed…she needs to be fixed like yesterday..

Hence the genius of two girls..My boss and I looked at each other and I said..why can’t I just take it to the apple store? By this time it was 2pm and I knew that I could be to either one in less than 2 hours. So upon approval of the head honcho boss-o, I loaded up my Mac Pro tower and off to the City Apple we went.

You know you have a serious computer when you walk in and everyone pauses…(or they were amazed that this kid had enough muscle to carry it..)

The Apple fellow asked me what I did because “normal people don’t buy these computers” (my mom laughed..of course I would be labeled as non-normal). Upon looking at poor Macadamia his verdict was even worse. Both hard-drives were “shot” and the power supply was shot. (WAAAAHHHH)

I accepted my doom and gloom and asked politely how long it would take to fix her. Of course it will be like a week..apparently no nerds work on Thanksgiving or Black Friday..really dudes? This is a level 5 emergency for this kid..

But…I am a very calm person..I simply said alright. I appreciate your time, please take good care of my baby (yes I said that!) and have a wonderful Thanksgiving (slight hint of sarcasm..).

Now I’m slumming it on our old computer..refreshing my memory on good ole CS4..and lamenting on how lame it is that I can’t have everything now now now.. :)

But, in the midst of my lament, I’m thankful for…

1 • Apple people who can save my data..all 13 months and 300+ projects worth

2 • A boss who let me take it yesterday, putting us on the road to recovery faster :)

3 • Awesome people at Apple who act like our problems are as big as we think they are :)

4 • Post Apple mayhem dinner with my adorable little brother and I got to hear all about his new girl interest (who I must say I’m liking so far!).

5 • Making it home safely :)


One Lamenting Lemon