Friday, May 23, 2008

Bad Luck

I can't find my good luck charm!

I spent ten hours--TEN HOURS--today on the computer creating a 5 page long master list with over 200 names, addresses, phone numbers, ages, and 3 other categories. I studied the details of the Excel program all day yesterday in order to set this thing up right. The idea was to get a whole bunch of info in a form where I could manipulate changes without retyping it.

Finally at 10:30 tonight I printed out my first copy. Perfect. Like a charm. However the printer kept going and I got 5 extra pages with just the little squares I'd created. So I scrolled down to page ten, highlighted it and clicked delete (thinking I was just eliminating the blank pages.) Suddenly the whole thing WAS GONE! In it's place was a pre-designed instruction sheet on designing a car maintenance chart. What???

I immediately went to Edit and searched for undo edit. Not there. I searched, reopened, etc. and kept finding the stupid car maintenance thingy. I didn't panic quite yet, knowing I have a marvelous new tool called backup.

Click, open, click, open...I finally figured out how backup works, but I still can't find my document. I can't believe it! I'm a good person. I'm doing this all for a good cause. It's totally NOT FAIR!!!! I have a backache and a headache and my shoulder and fingers are cramping ALL FOR NOTHING!!!!

I better go find my good luck charm...because I can't find anything on this *!#%&!* computer!

(Sorry to take it out on you. You're the only thing I can find right now.)






11 comments:

mama jo said...

all i can say is ARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
how awful...

Christie said...

Get Pete over there STAT! That is just horrible.

SydneyMin said...

Oh no! That is horrible. I have nightmares about stuff like that! I've found that the computer gremlins always know when something is actually IMPORTANT and they do all they can to ruin it. Good luck finding it!

Bridget said...

Oh, that makes me sick for you. Why is it that it is so easy to mess up so horribly on a computer?

Good luck!

Kenny and Linsey said...

I feel your pain. I once kicked the plug out from under the computer whilst writing my senior paper - I am STILL crying over that.

Bridget Locke said...

We've all been there in one way or another and feel your pain.

Ashlee said...

Oh, I am cringing for you! Five hours! Holy cow. I'll bet it was a perfect spreadsheet too. I hope you figure out how to get it back....

Joy Des Jardins said...

OH I FEEL YOUR PAIN! I know just how you feel Marty.....it is so frustrating. Good luck sweetie....

- Wendy said...

I know it may be too late this time but for future reference, to undo something in Excel (and Word or anything Mircosoft, according to my husband) just press "Ctrl" "Z" I didn't know this until a couple of weeks ago after a lot of frustration from redoing thngs I accidently deleted. I finally asked my husband and he explained it to me.

Lindsey said...

DARNIT! I HATE it when stuff like that happens!! I am sorry!!!

Connie said...

I lost my whole first draft MS of "Play Wit Me Nana". This was last year. After moaning, whining, sobbing and (cursing at myself) the techies arrived, packed up my computer and sent it out of town for almost a week. 300 and some dollars later, they rescued my book. I remember Kenz telling people, "the computer ate Nana's book." The techs fixed it so now every WORD document I do automatically backs up. I hope you got your work out ... it's in there somewhere!