I stayed on the computer too long Friday night, and as I was sleepily playing one too many games of the mindless, yet addicting, game of Spider Solitaire, my hand accidentally brushed against an open bottle of water, and the next thing I saw was a puddle on the left side of my keyboard! Oh Boo Hoo
I quickly mopped up what I could with some old paper towels lying around and then rolled into the kitchen for more. I blotted everything I could, including the water under the computer, turned my lap top upside down to try to tap out whatever water was inside, and just felt my heart sink. I thought of getting the hair dryer, but I was too tired to make the effort.
So I pulled the plug and decided to wait until morning to panic. I went inside and made a call to my sister 350 miles away. I didn't need company, just the ear and empathy of someone who would understand, and maybe give some helpful advice. Funny, but her suggestion was the first idea I had and rejected! She said to try a hair dryer! I told her I had thought of it, but was too tired to search for mine, so I'd wait until tomorrow. The main thing was that I was not panicking and half hysterical at this point. I knew I had stayed too long at the game, so I guess part of me felt I needed this time of repentance and reflection. I also learned a little about my laptop; I found out the next day that I actually COULD open the battery compartment and remove the battery if I needed to since it was encased in a waterproof case. Until then I thought you needed to be a highly skilled "techie" to do such a thing. So I don't need to panic if I should ever need a battery. I also went through a very successful and relatively painless computer withdrawal and adjusted my life to continue quite smoothly without a keyboard in front of me. My food intake was healthy and even normal for the day, in fact once I stopped having my meals in front of the computer, I actually did even better than expected. The day was actually quite calm for what it could have been, considering what withdrawals can sometimes do to you! I just purposed to stay calm, pray, and meditate on the possible outcomes of the problem. Tonight when I came home from an outing with a friend, I plugged in my laptop while dinner was heating up. I saw some of the lights flash on , but didn't get too excited. Sure enough though, when I came back, there were instructions posted about how to continue, so I did what it said.
I'm up and running!
At this point, I have to honestly say that sitting at the computer and writing a blog at 5:30 on Sunday evening was not one of my expected outcomes. It's the best possible one, but not the expected one! I had rather expected to become a technical recluse while getting the computer repaired or replaced, or whatever worse scenerio could happen! So today life has gone on; I feel blessed and attached to the modern world once again, and yesterday was just like a quiet vacation day that I had needed for a long time now.