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Goodbye November and NaNoWrimo!

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is December! I wrote a bit more for NaNoWriMo today and made it to 55,007 words!  I was happy to get there, too!  I will start back on my other story tomorrow.  I'm going to re-read it tonight so I can get back into it.  

I went out to do my recycling today and decided to go to the grocery store while I was out.  I didn't plan to go when I left the house, but then I just decided, what the heck. I went and got my groceries.  I have plenty of good things to eat and I have a lot of snacks, too! :p. I love to snack.  I almost went to Starbucks while I was out, but then I remembered that tomorrow was the first and I always like to go on the first. I don't have any money on my card at the moment, but I have enough stars for a free drink. That is what I'll use tomorrow. I hope to load a few bucks onto my card for December.  Starbucks For Life starts tomorrow!  Wish me luck. :p

It rained here last night and it was pretty heavy at times.  We had a flood warning go out today.  I have a weather alert radio.  I have it so that alerts are off.  It went off today!  I wonder if this is why whoever donated it to Goodwill did so! lol. It's gone off like this several times.  Luckily never when I'm sleeping.  It's so annoying and yes I check every time and it is still turned to OFF! Argh. Silly radio!


Hello from Sunday!

I finished my book today! I need to go back over the last few day's work and check it out.  I may need to add a few more things in, but it's pretty well done. I am almost at 55,000 words!  I might just write a few more and make it 55,000.  That would be neat. I am sure I have 800 more words I can add to it.  

I got my usual Sunday stuff done today, bed linen washed, hair washed, etc.  I also washed a bunch of dishes and put away a load of laundry that was in the dryer from yesterday.  I meant to put them away last night but I was so tired last night I didn't even think about it.  I want to write on my story that I've had on semi-hold since the beginning of NaNo.  I also need to create the December habit tracker and the week's speak for the first week of December.  I will either do that tonight or tomorrow.  It's in my bujo to do today, but I might wait and do it tomorrow.  It depends on if I get on a roll while writing or not.

 


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I'm so tired. I could not sleep last night.  It was after 5am when I finally got to sleep and I woke up before 10 am.  I have been yawning and useless all day! lol. I haven't written for NaNo yet but I will write at least a few lines.  I have my word count and I'm almost done with the story, but there is more to go.  I'm just too tired to write much.  If I write tonight it's no telling what may come out! :p

My 'new' MacBook Pro is all set up now. I moved everything over and I got my music on here today.  I also went ahead and made backups of my iPods and my iPad Mini.  I opened all my Scrivener works and made sure to save them to the backup folder.  I don't want to lose those again!  I don't remember if I mentioned it last night, but while I was waiting for Catalina to install on the MBP, I put my yule tree up.  I got it up and put the lights on but left the ornaments for today.  I put those on today and they looked nice.  Sadly though, I am missing a small box of ornaments.  It's a little box with four glass ornaments that I got from Family Dollar several years back.  They were only a dollar, but I love those four ornaments.  I can't find them!  I am not sure where they are, I looked tonight but didn't find them.  I'm not giving up though. I know there are here somewhere!  I'll try to remember to show a picture of the tree tomorrow.  I DID remember to take a picture of the laptop in the daylight.  Here you go:

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This is my desk where I sit to write.  It's a nice spot to work on my writing or whatever I'm doing.  It's nice being able to see better with this bigger laptop too.  When it arrived, the seller had put a hard case on it similar to the one I have on the 13" one.  I popped it off out of curiosity to see what condition the actual laptop was in.  My 13" was scratched and banged up pretty badly when I got it.  This guy is FLAWLESS.  The only minute scratches I see are on the bottom.  The top is mint.  It looks like it just came from Apple and it's 8 years old!  I'm glad whoever had it before me took good care of it.  My nice laptop bag is too small to fit it.  BUT!  Some time back, I saw one of those laptop sleeves at Goodwill. It was brand new and it was pretty big.  I bought it knowing it was too big for my 13" MBP but I figured I could use it for something. It fits my 15" MBP perfectly!  My messenger bag that I used to carry to Starbucks to write pen pal letters is big enough to hold it, too! I will probably get a laptop bag in the future, but this will work well for now. The sleeve is well padded and the messenger bag is sturdy and it will still have room for other stuff and the laptop.


What a day!

I got up and did my usual stuff.  I later got a text from my friend.  He asked if I were home and I teased him and said, no, I went to Myrtle Beach! lol. He came over in a few minutes and he had a box.  He bought me a MacBook Pro!!!!!!  It's just like mine, the same year, but it's 15" and it's got a huge hard drive and a faster processor. I was stunned.  It makes the struggle I went through this month to get my old on working worth it.  I love it! I already have Catalina on it and my photos from the on MBP.  I need to get my music tomorrow off my iPod, I couldn't seem to get it to copy over but that is no big deal at all! That won't be any issue at all.  I hooked the external up to it and moved the photos and I have moved my Scrivener stuff.  I have installed Scrivener, Evernote, and Chrome. (my most used apps) and several others.  Now, I'm just waiting for the two big folders from the desktop to copy over.  

I could do the music tonight, but I think I'll wait.... unless... If I can find the backup files from iMazing and drag them over, I'm set! We'll see how that goes.  It's going to be weird having a bigger laptop but it's a good kind of weird.  I love how big the screen is. It's so gorgeous!  Look:

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I'll take a better picture tomorrow in natural light.  I'm in love with this thing! It's got as much RAM as the old one but the harddrive is four times the size. Whoo Hoo!  I already have my current works from Scrivener on here, too.  I'm a happy camper!


Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo

I didn't go out to anyone's house for Thanksgiving this year.  I did do my tradition and drove down the main 'drag' in my city to see everything closed. I do this twice a year, Thanksgiving night and Christmas night.  It's just something I've been doing for years.  I did that and I came home and wrote 1000 more words for NaNoWriMo.  I am close to the end of this book, I still have some words to go.  It's supposed to be the summer session at the academy where my skaters go. It's late August now so it won't be much more.  I would like to write at least a little bit every day leading up to the 3oth as I want to get the update everyday badge! :P  I may or may not work on my other story tonight. I'm not sure. I'm really tired so I might just relax for a bit.  I've been doing more recovery work and I think I have just about 99.8% of my stuff back so I'm happy about that.  I just need to get a new hard drive cable, install that and clone my drive.  That is going to be fun. @_@;


266 words.

That is the number of words I need to fulfill my goal of 50,000 words for this year's NaNoWriMo! I'm so happy!  I could probably get those in tonight but I was struggling to write today's portion because I started so late.  I will be well over 50,000 with tomorrow's word count.  I still have a bit of the story to tell, so it's going to be longer than 50,000 words but that is okay. It will still be finished by November 30th, though.  Then, I can devote myself full time to the story I started before NaNo. I have discovered a few other old fics that I would like to pull out and revise and continue on with so that is great. :) 

I am going to post this, get in my daily French lesson, and then just relax the rest of the evening. I didn't sleep well last night so I'm hoping to crash hard tonight!

 


This day is loooong and it's not over yet!

My internal hard drive came today.  I unpacked it and opened the Macbook Pro and pulled out the old drive.  Then, I found that I had to get the screws from the sides of the drive to put in the new one to securely mount it.  I, of course, didn't have the right screwdriver!  I looked online and Lowe's had one that was a multi head one and it was only $10 so I left the computer and ran over there and got it. Easy peasy getting those little screws out then and I have a tool for future use!

I get the new drive in and turn on the computer to do the disk copy.  Well, disk utility is being snarky. I look up information and see it's a glitch with Disk utility in Catalina that causes this and to go get a clone software.  Oh no! I thought, more money.  I found Carbon Copy Clone and it has a free trial. It's a fully functioning trial, In other words, you can do everything as if it's the full version. YES! Thank you, CCC!  If I ever need you again I'll be happy to purchase the full version.  I'm currently in the process of copying the external to the new internal and I'm hoping that goes well. It took some doing to even get everything to start but it seems to be rolling along now.

While I that is running in the background, my mail lady came. (The hard drive came via UPS) My new tags for my car came! YAY!!!!!!!!  I went out to put the back one on and I was NOT going to put the new tag in the damn front window so I got some tools and sat down and worked on getting the tag holder on the front. I had to go slowly and work diligently so that I didn't mess up my bumper.  I also had to bring something outside to sit on because the ground is still wet and pretty saturated from all the rains.  I got the little holder on and then I went and found (after a search)  the screws to attach the plate to the holder.  I had put them in the little compartment in the new car in a Ziploc but of course, I had forgotten ALL about that.  I finally remembered and put my tag on.  I now have a car with front and back tags.  I'm so proud of myself.  My friend kept saying he was going to do it but it's been since July, so... 

I went out earlier before I knew I needed a screwdriver.  I knew via informed delivery that my new tags were coming today and I wanted to take my car over to Starbucks one more time with the STARBUX tags.  I got a Peppermint white mocha (delicious) and I took a picture of the car with the tags and Starbucks in the background.  I'm silly, I know but I don't care!

Of course with all the stuff I've been doing, I haven't written for NaNoWriMo yet.  I guess I'll be writing later this evening.  That isn't a problem at all.  I really want to work on my other story too, but NaNo work comes first!  The video I watched to make sure I was removing and installing the drive correctly gave links to the things he used.  He has a little 'case' to put the internal drive in to make it run like an external. I ordered one hoping I can access the drive.  I don't think I will be able to, but you never know! I'm hoping.  

Here are the pictures I took at Starbucks. :)

 

If you are wondering what the little blob is in the first picture on the upper right, it's LSP from Adventure Time! Oh, My Glob! lol


And then it died

Yes, I think my poor hard drive finally kicked the bucket. I cannot get it to mount to get any more files off of it :(  I am sad, but I did get my information from my old Macbook on here today.  The only thing that I might be missing is the pictures I have put on the MBP since I got it.  Since those are all on SD cards from my current and former phones, I think I have 98% of my stuff back.  I even was able to get the pictures off my camera because I don't delete them when I get them off. (Just for that reason!)  

I ordered a new hard drive to put in the MBP and it is coming on Friday. I hope to be able to install that, clone the external to it and be able to run my computer from the internal.  Then I'll start a weekly backup in Time machine on the external!  I am not going through all of this again. It took most of the day to get all my stuff transferred.  I got my iPod touch and my iPad mini backed up too.  I had backups on the old drive.  I was able to rip all the songs from my old classic iPod so I have all my music, too.  I'm happy to have everything almost back to normal. I even got 2000 words for NaNo!

I am going to give the internal drive another go after I take it out.  I'm not getting rid of it in any case!  I might be able to attach it as a 'flash drive' and get my files.  That would be awesome!  I'm happy with what I was able to accomplish so far.  I feel everything is back to normal!  One thing though, I was trying to send photos to the MBP via Bluetooth and it wasn't working. I could send files FROM the MBP to the Pixel phone but not the other way! I was able to use my wireless keyboard, my Bluetooth speaker, etc.  I found out that I hadn't given permission in the settings. D'oh!  They are given and I was back in business! Yay!


It was like this....

I actually had the blog posting option open on my laptop last night to post.  I was working along on some of my writing.  I had gotten my days NaNo session done and had worked on the other story I've been writing.  I got on a roll on that one and when I finally took a breath and looked at the clock, it was after midnight. D'oh!  So, I didn't post here last night as I planned, but here I am tonight.

I have been gone all day on a thrift run.  My friend got off at noon and he and I went on our thrift run, Reidsville, Eden, and then Martinsville.  I got a lot of goodies and some useful things, too! I found a wireless mouse almost exactly like the one I have brand new for $2.99.  I don't need one now, but it never hurts to have a spare.  It is Logitech just like the one I use every day with my MacBook Pro.  I like the wireless ones a lot.  I got four candles, a lot of crafting stuff (card stock, scrapbook papers, a whole bag of assorted stampers, and some envelopes and notepads.  I also got other assorted things. It was a good run. In the last Goodwill, there was one of those metal pencil/pen holders that had pencils in it.  Brand new, Ticonderoga pencils just chilling in it.  I picked it up and got the pencils and the container for .99ยข!   I love Ticonderoga pencils so 24 brand new ones in a pencil cup? Yes, please!  One of the useful things I got was a George Foreman grill in the Salvation Army store in Eden. The inside looked brand new.  Mine has gotten where the coating is starting to come off (the non-stick stuff). I saw this one for $7.99. I plugged it in and the light came on so I figured I would take a chance with it working.  I was going to replace mine with a new one but this was a lot cheaper!  If it works, that will be great.  It was a fun trip and I came home and unloaded all my goodies, looked through them, and then got to work on today's NaNo session.  I hit my 10,000-word mark yesterday! Yay!

I may write a little on my other work.  I am running another disk recovery app on the Mac. I'm hoping it will let me recover at least my old Scrivener files and THIS time, I'd definitely going to back them up on Dropbox and the MBP! I started the lately scan today before I left and it's still running.  That is over ten hours so far! Sheesh! The bad thing with this one is there is no progress bar.  I hope it's still scanning away.  Who knows?