Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Dangers of Coke Zero, Preschoolers, and Pokemon....

Some of my blogging friends have probably noticed my absence of late. It is Thanksgiving week, so I'm thinking a few of my buddies have chalked it up to holiday travels, cooking, and baking.

Oh, how I wish it were so!

A few things happened this past weekend that may explain this current absence.

First....what do you get when your cute, little, dependable, 6 month old, HP Mini netbook meets a generous splash from a 20 ounce bottle of Coke Zero? Well, I'm not entirely sure. The fizziness splashed, I jumped, and the netbook was instantly upside down. Everything seemed to be in working order, so I assumed that the splash was either a) not enough to do any damage or b) not on the keyboard long enough to matter.

You know what they say about assuming, right?

The next day, this same netbook was found on the kitchen floor. Grr.... How did the little one get it and why didn't anyone stop him?!?! And how long has the hingey thingy on the netbook been loose? I never noticed it before. Grr....again.

And then....Monday morning I awoke to find my middle schooler using the netbook. Without permission. He handed it over to me, telling me that something was 'wrong' with it. That's when I noticed the strange program icons on my desktop.

I spent part of Monday and most of Tuesday trying to remove viruses. For the record, I have a trustworthy anti-virus program. However, while the middle schooler was happily downloading some Pokemon/Nintendo garbage, he was 'allowing' things that the anti-virus program was flagging.


So, the question is...

What exactly is the reason for the netbook's continued poor performance?

The virus scans are clear, so I'm guessing it's the Coke Zero.

I'm hoping to find out what it is and get it repaired. In the meantime, I am putting together (and suffering through, due to this netbook! #$&!%!) a special edition Daily Blog Review that will feature one of my new friends over at Deep South Moms. This lady is a mom who has dealt with much adversity, but has found a way to take those experiences and use them for the good of others.

In about an hour, I will be up to my elbows in pumpkin pie mix, homemade chocolate meringue pies, and a honey and bacon covered turkey.

My prayer for each of you is a happy, healthy, family-filled, joyful Thanksgiving!

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