Without laptop. The title makes it sounds like it is something super serious. Or just worst that what it was. Although I was quite desperate from start to finish. All of that because something super stupid happened in the middle of the night with the cat and pouf! I realized how much I relied on my laptop for pretty much everything.
Work. Freelancing. Blogging. Not doing anything. Pretty much all my life.
But let’s rewind back to how it all started.
I always have a glass of water on my desk. For me, to fill the cat’s bowl or the flower vase. My laptop is also on my desk. Considering nothing had happened until now, that’s just how it stayed. Until last Tuesday night, when my cat knocked the glass over my laptop and drowned it. 100% my fault. First lesson, I guess, is to not leave liquid unattended close to the laptop. Arrived at work, I tried to turn the machine on, it did not work, off to iSmash to get it repaired.
And a week later…
So what did I learn from this incident?
1. My laptop is basically my life
Because that is what it is. I use my laptop at work, for freelancing, for blogging, for editing photos, for watching shows, for pretty much everything. I had to use the office’s Mac, to which I am unfamiliar with, making me very slow. Also, I was not able to blog easily and was not able to meet two deadlines. Which is very bad. My excuse just sounded like “My dog ate my homework”. I also fell behind on my freelance work. Not good either. I am lucky enough to have an iPad, which allowed me to publish posts, still, but WordPress on iPad is a nightmare.
2. Back up your laptop
When I received the diagnostic from iSmash, they told me that there was no guarantee the repair would be successful. That if it was not, they would not charge me, so at least, that is that. And I panicked because it would mean that anything on the laptop would be lost and my whole work alongside it! I only recently bought an external hard drive but it only contained my photoshoot photos and nothing else. In case something happens and you are unable to retrieve anything from your old laptop, you’ll be happy to have your work saved on your external drive. It will also allow you to work from anywhere, using other people’s laptops or computers.
3. I lost the habit of entertaining myself off screen
I am addicted to my screen – laptop, iPad, iPhone. Does not matter which size or which device. I did not have my laptop all weekend and my iPad is great for games while waiting at the airport or planning my IG feed but that is just it. That weekend, I found myself struggling to keep myself busy. I could have just read a book, gone for a walk, anything. But no. I was not drawn to any of these, did not even consider those options. Although I am an avid reader… I did pack a lot of my stuff for my upcoming move. But yeah, I need to get back into doing things that are not screen related.
4. I spent a crazy amount of time on my laptop
This one is related to this point below. But, OMG, yes, what a massive amount of time spent on my laptop! I use it for work, freelancing, blogging, watching shows… I basically have eight hours of sleep, one hour in the morning and maybe one or two hours in the evening that I don’t spend looking at a screen. It means 81% of my time not spending sleeping is spent on my laptop, or phone, or iPad. How crazy is that?! I guess a thorough detox might be necessary at one point!
5. You better have some money aside for those rainy days
Man, repairing a laptop is expensive! Even more so an Apple device! £35 for the diagnostic and £180 for the repair! I have been saving money since October as I am moving abroad, so I could afford the repair – even though I was not happy using my savings for that – but can you imagine if I had not had any money aside? Jesus Christ, I’d been desperate because I would have had no way to work or anything… Let alone the money to buy a new machine! So yeah, if you can, put some money aside, just in case.
Because, yes, another part of the story is that, just before my laptop broke, I transferred all my savings onto my French bank account. It meant that I had barely enough money left on my UK one to pay for the repair. Shit timing, that’s what it was! Plus, after picking up my laptop from repair last Friday, it shut down multiple times again and I had to go back to the shop! Turns out there were more damage liquid repairs to do! I managed to save all my laptop content on my external drive at the very last moment that evening.
To write my Brigit’s Bakery blog post, I had to upload the photos from my external drive to my office’s Mac, airdrop them to my phone, then airdrop them to my iPad. And write the post from there. Which was a nightmare. And again, I am extremely lucky to have an iPad, and I know many people would not have had a back up device to use. So can you imagine if this had happened to them?
6. Last but not least, most obvious, and why I am an idiot, the thing was just bound to happen and I deserved this shit
DO NOT LET ANY LIQUID UNATTENDED CLOSE TO YOUR LAPTOP, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A CAT!
Also, a week is nothing! 7 days go in a finger snap! But 7 days were enough to have me desperate!
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Has this ever happened to you? Have you been without laptop for a long period of time? Or just a few days? How did you cope? What lessons did you learn?
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*The dress featured in the photo is a gift form Shein (use 9TEA for 15% for at checkout) but all opinions are my own.