Lucky you…..

You all missed it.

The crying, screaming. Gnashing of teeth. Pulling of hair.

That’s what I’ve been doing all week.

You see, BOTH of my computers became infected with a nasty virus and decided to crash on me.
Which wouldn’t be such a big deal (yeh, right), except all of my photos from the last 5 years were on my computers… And I hadn’t backed them up.

I can see you shaking your head.

I know. It’s my fault. I was too cheap to keep up my anti virus software.

No need to feel sorry for an idiot.

I’m just saying………I’m over it. Almost. Partly because I turned 34 years old early for gift purposes ONLY and just received Lola. She’s my new computer. She’s sassy and had better give me a few good years. Or else.

So, while I’m trying to figure out how to catch back up, head on over to Mom It Forward and tell me what you think about todays article. Pretty please?

P.S. My thoughtful husband also bought me an external hard drive and anti virus software so I don’t cripple his wallet again in the near future. Wasn’t that nice of him?


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    Deb says

    oh you big time guest poster, you! hubby and angie sittin’ in a tree, d-a-t-i-n-g.

    listen, girl, i hear you about the computer. my life has been changed forever (for the good) with my new one. i had all my photos AND like 1200 songs on my old one that *poof* disappeared forever.

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    Alicia says

    I hate to hear that…that just stinks! We just purchased an external hard drive in hopes of backing up al of our stuff. Good luck with the new computer…I am sure she will treat you great!

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    MomItForward Jyl and Carissa says

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!

    I love your post!

    Did you really lose all the photos? Worth taking to a computer Dr.?

    I want to see a picture of this Lola…!

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    mommaof4wife2r says

    seriously? how terrible…

    ok, hubs is a computer engineer by degree and we do hourly backups on our computer…and when mine died a few months ago, he had it all up and fine within an hour. thanks goodness…enjoy your new love. take good care her.

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    Sheri says

    Oh, oh . . . no good. I have a computer guru friend, and when my computer got a nasty virus, he was able to not only SALVAGE all my pictures/songs/journals, he was able to get it back to me bigger/badder/faster. The cost to me? A plate of brownies and the time to listen to his lecture about the importance of backing things up!

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    Clint and Mary says

    Loved your article! I am in desperate need of a date! Your blog is so cute and I noticed that we have the same taste in music….love it! You know I am a fan of those designer jeans too, the only problem is I only have one pair! ha! Its a big purchase! I’m in the market for another pair soon….maybe I’ll think about Rock and Republics!

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    scrappysue says

    FIVE years worth of photos lost angie? i would want to kill myself!!! hope the new computer has all the bells and whistles for backing up!

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    Amanda says

    That really stinks that you lost all your pictures. I have all my pictures on my hard drive now. I would be lost without it!

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    Are You Serious! says

    β™₯ That really sucks on the pictures! But yay for the external hard drive. I need to load my pictures onto ours!!!

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    Live.Love.Eat says

    Oh my gosh, I would seriously cry if we lost all our photos. We have 6,700 photos on the Mac right now. So sorry!!!!! Enjoy your Lola.

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    brunger bunch says

    Sorry about the computer:( I loved your article. Mike and I were just talking about that exact thing on Valentines day when we went to dinner, with the THREE kiddos. We can only think of two times in the past 8 years since Jordan was born, that we have gone out without them. The problem is, they are easy to take out, don’t cause a lot of problems, and no need to arrange for a sitter. HOWEVER, we are now realizing some of the major points you mentioned is lacking in our marriage. Thanks for the additional boost!! Also, we are coming to Disneyland the first week of May, we will be there from Monday the 4, until Saturday the 9. I am not sure how far you are, but if we could fit it in it would be great to she you!!

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    Following Him says

    Backing up my computer seems in order this weekend now. Sorry about the loss of pictures….memories will be remembered though! Have a great weekend and enjoy Lola!

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    .:Bree:. says

    It’s so sad that happened, and honestly, 2 years ago, It would have happened to me too.

    But my hubby done gone got a job at a backup company (mozy) and I now have all my pretty files backed up….

    and a big computer nerd hubby.

    oh well.

    Hope you get everything figured out!

    And keep your software updated!!! SERIOUSLY! lol

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    Tash says

    that was nice of him and thoughtful. Shucks I was hoping you would go MAC. Once you go MAC you never go BACK. Sorry I couldn’t resist. I am so sorry about your pictures tragedy of tragedies.

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    BoufMom9 says

    OH NO!
    Atleast you have a bunch of pics on Picasa from loading them on your blog, right?
    I had that happen to me not once, but twice and thankfully I had loaded a bunch of pics into Photobucket and Picasa, so I didn’t lose everything.

    I hope Lola treats you well.

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    Young Momma says

    I feel for you!! I have massive anxiety so I luckily FREAKED out once my lap top (which had NOTHING on it) crashed and got an external HD from my cousin. Thank God I can sleep at night again!!!

    I’m glad you got all kinds of fun new stuff though! πŸ™‚

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    Becky says

    I lost a bunch of priceless baby pics once. I know the feeling. Makes ya want to puke and punch yourself in the face all at the same time. Good luck with Lola.

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    Nicole says

    Ooooh nooooo! I did that last year and it just makes you sick to your stomach. I thought I was going to throw up and then my husband made a good point. We still have our kids.
    Ok, he wins.

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    Elaine A. says

    Been there done that. I lost pics of my first baby’s first Christmas. But 5 years? That’s a lot. I hope you can get some of them back, somehow….

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    Jenners says

    Oh that totally sucks! It always takes something like this to make you realize that virus protection is worth it. And perhaps an external hard drive to back up your files. Yikes.

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    momma says

    don’t feel bad for not backing your stuff up. we back up every 6 months – like clock work (literal, on daylight savings time days). 2 years ago, our computer crashed the day before daylight savings time in the fall!!!! and i thought we had lost all our pictures from several new and important events that had happened over the summer. fortunately, my husband was able to get into the hard drive and retrieve them all.

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    Tim says

    Wow Ang your like the 6th person I have heard of that has had computer problems lately and lost pictures. That is why I always keep the discs from the camera and just buy new discs. That way I always have them.

    I hope you get it all worked out.

    Love and Prayers,


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    Tabitha in Bliss says

    I like that you named your computer Lola. Now I don’t feel so alone. lol
    I named mine Ty. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for visiting my blog!!

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    β™₯ spoiled mommy β™₯ says

    Oh no!! Id simply just lose it!!
    Maybe there is some possible way to get it all back. I put my old drive in w/my new one and somehow I was able to get back on it and at least get my pictures off…good luck!!

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    Dana says

    Oh my gosh! I can’t imagine how that must feel! I hope there’s a way to retrieve your pictures……I have NEVER backed mine up and there are thousands and thousands of them. I keep telling hubby that it’s something that needs to be done. I’m not sure how to do it but he is. Pictures just don’t mean as much to him as say, working on his dirtbikes does so it remains undone. Good luck!

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    Julie@Cool Mom Guide says

    I could swear there’s a way to save the things on there. You should contact Geek Squad. They’d know what to go!

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    Adrian's Crazy Life says

    Go to It’s automatic and it’s free. That’s what I use and it works great. It automatically goes out every few days and backs up every new photo on my hard drive.

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    Jennifer P. says

    eek ack oock! Backing my files up right now. Almost lost everything myself back in December and it was such a sickening feelng. I”m sure you’re feeling pretty grateful for the blog about now and the amount of stuff you have on here. Congrats on the new computer and all it’s fun accessories :).

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    Stephanie says

    That happened to us last year. We paid to have the hard drive retrieved somehow. They put everything on disk…problem is…now we’re having a hard time getting that much info to download to the computer. It takes forever. I’m still an idiot b/c I haven’t backed up files since then.

    Love your new computer’s name πŸ™‚

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    Rosie Yanosko says

    Hmm, I hope Lola is sassy in appearance only πŸ˜‰ I hope you’re doing well besides the computer issues though! Sorry it’s been such a long time since I’ve visited your blog! School is in session (aka: I do nothing but schoolwork) πŸ™

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    girlytwins says

    Crapper! I am so sorry to hear about your computer. I hope Lola is fabulous!!! And that you were able to recover your pictures in some way.

    Heading over to Mom It Forward now πŸ™‚

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    Michelle says

    Dang, that stinks. I hope you were able to recover some of your pictures?

    SO what kind of computer did you get?

    Lola…that was my name in Spanish class.

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    Kristin says

    seriously? all your photos???? I’m so sorry. That is horrible. I upload all mine to Picassa web, and we just got an external hard drive. I would cry. So sorry.

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    Honey Mommy says

    I think I would just die! Luckily my husband is a computer geek and backs up everything!

    Hope you manage to get some of it back!

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    Anna Lefler says

    OMG – been there and I’m so sorry! And glad that you’re almost out of the woods…

    So scary and annoying!

    Take care…

    :^) Anna

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    Anonymous says

    If you want to spend time/money on getting your photos back, you can always hire one of those services where they recover data for you from hardrives. They can recover deleted info because it isn’t really deleted until you write over it with new information.They can even get stuff from damaged harddrives. (this is why you should destroy your harddrive when you recycle your computer, so no criminals get your private data) So your photos are still there, you just have to go get them. If the computer still works enough to install software, there is software out there that you can use to do it yourself.

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    Keri says

    Oh man, I would’ve lost it! Call me crazy, call me batty, what have you…. I don’t know what I’d do without my pictures. Reminds me… I have to get 2008 photos onto an external drive.

    Sorry to hear of your loss, but glad Lola’s come into your life. May she serve you well!

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    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) says

    OH I feel your pain! Been there – in fact, I am still hanging on to my old hard drive on the off-chance that I’ll be able to recover the pictures I lost of the Princess Nagger’s birth someday – luckily I had emailed a bunch of them before my computer crashed, so my friends and family sent some back…but there are so many more I hadn’t emailed… Fingers crossed you’ll recover yours! πŸ™‚

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    My name is Tammie says

    Ack! That is so sad! I got an external hard drive for Christmas and its been a blessing for sure. I hope you love Lola for a long time and that she never gets infected like her predecessors.

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