Today is rough. Not necessarily today specifically, but today's world. People lose their jobs, their homes, their families. They lose faith, they lose hope. Sometimes it's hard keep a smile on your face in the middle of everything going on around you.
But as I sat here in my office listening to the radio, Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" came on and I had to stop and really pay attention to the words. I'd sung this song in 5th grade, many years ago, but it just made me smile today as I listened to it closely.
I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself....what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue, clouds of white
Bright blessed days, the dark sacred nights
And I think to myself.....what a wonderful world.
The colors of a rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, saying 'How do you do?'.
They're really saying, 'I love you.'
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more, than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself.....what a wonderful world
In the middle of all the chaos and turmoil around us, stop and look at your beautiful surroundings God gave you as a joyful blessing of the day. You're bound to find something to smile about in there.
Over and out.
Had to stop at the grocery store on the way home and blatantly avoided the line with the mother who looked very "unfit" to be a mother screaming at her child two aisles over to come back to her. Yeah, didn't want to be anywhere near that episode and tried very hard to ignore the constant echoes of, "You better get back over here," "I'm going to leave you here for the rest of the night" (Oh please no!), "I told you not to touch that!", and "What did I tell you?". She walked out in front of me when leaving the store and the kid was kicking and screaming while she tried to hold him down over her shoulder. I, by no means, consider myself an expert on parenting, especially considering I have no children of my own, but come on! This is the sanity of America we're talking about here....do something with your screaming uncontrollable child! Sigh. People amaze me.
Then I stopped in the drug store for a brief second to only pick up a few things. As I stood in the long line, I glanced up to see a very rugged man pulling change (literally, penny by penny) out of his pocket to buy a pack of cigarettes. He wanted to buy two and would have if they'd been on sale, but alas, they weren't. When he turned around to leave, I noticed he had a lot of missing teeth and could have used a good shower. Sad. Very very sad. He would spend every last penny he had to buy a pack of cigarettes. People amaze me.
Over and out.
That's what Joshua told me last night as I cried over the loss of pictures. Yes, loss...of...pictures.
We finally got our hard drive back from the computer docs the other day. They said they were able to save probably between 60-65% of the pictures from our hard drive and put them on a DVD, but the rest of them had been corrupted by something in our systems. Stupid viruses!
I had tried to be calm all week while waiting to hear the final prognosis. When we got the hard drive and DVD back, I finally broke down. I haven't gone through what's left of the pictures just yet - I can't bring myself to do it. I know, it sounds silly, but I just can't. Those pictures were from some of the most fun and exciting times in our 6 years of marriage and I know there are still some of them on this DVD, but it's still hard to know the others are gone...bye-bye...adios...vamoose. At least memories can't be taken away.
Poor Joshua. He felt bad. He'd been the one looking up some silly song on the computer that night and found it on some random site. And then he had to play it over, and over, and over, and...well, you get the point. I would have gone insane if I'd heard the song one more time and I kindly asked him to stop playing it. I guess that site gave our computer that stinkin' bug. And now our pictures are gone all because he wanted to hear a song a million times. Men.
I told him I wasn't mad at him. I'm not. Seriously. Just upset that it happened at all. It's not technically his fault, so how could I be mad at him? But, his response to my crying was just so cute - "At least you can't accidentally delete me. You may want to throw me in the trash can, but you can't accidentally delete me." Gotta love the guy for making me laugh in the middle of a horrible situation.
Over and out.
I'm concerned about our desktop computer, and rightfully so. Last night, Joshua was playing around on it, doing who knows what, and then I sat down to upload the pictures from our recent trip and then do some work on Shutterfly.
When I started working on the internet, a pop-up thing kept coming up about some sort of security thing. I'd never seen it before and tried several times to just close it out, but it wouldn't let me. We even tried "Control, Alt, Delete" to shut it down, but that didn't work either. So we just turned off the computer in hopes that would make it stop. It didn't. So Joshua tried to do a system restore on the computer.
Now he's having trouble getting it back to where it was before, including the pictures on the hard drive. I know, I know, it was stupid of us not to back them up over the years, and trust me we've thought about it many times. We've even got the external hard drive sitting in the box just waiting to be used, but we haven't had the time to do the job yet. I had just finished going through all our pictures this weekend - pictures going all the way to before we got married in 2003!!!
I'm beginning to worry. We had a similar issue a few years back with an older laptop but the computer doctors were fortunately able to restore everything for us. I'd love to not have to take our computer to the doctor, but if I have to I will and hopefully they can get everything back for us.
Computers are such a necessary evil!
Over and out.