The disadvantage of being a techy person

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I am highly dependent on my computer. It is the other half of my brain and my primary tool for productivity and efficiency. So, it was with great sadness today that I said goodbye to it.

The optical drive failed (for the second time!). Goodbye, ability to back up. No more listening to training or conference CDs. No more watching movies with hubby on our trips away.

I read somewhere my model has a design flaw in the optical drives. I don’t know if that’s true, but once we turned the machine upside down and it accepted the disc. But after that it was stubborn and hasn’t liked a single CD or DVD since.

So today I took it to the Apple Store and it is now in the hands of the Skilled Apple People Who Assured Me It Would be Back Soon.

So today, my workspace looks like this.

Fortunately my iPad has all my email/calendar/address book settings. So I use that.

I also have a little PC laptop that I use for other functions (because the iPad can’t run Flash or have full Acrobat functionality).

And I have two keyboards that look very much alike and I kept accidentally typing on the wrong keyboard. Plus, I had to keep switching between Windows and Mac commands, which flip flop keys.  Very confusing. (And to add to the fun, I was using a Mac keyboard with a Windows PC!)

However, I was able to get work done. (Today it was decided I should be the coordinator of the launch of our Sunday Night Service, which begins in 5 days. So I was thankful for these tools to help me get started in that!)

But I must confess most of the day I felt like half my brain was missing.

Conversation One:

“Angela, do you have that document?”

“Oh yes! … Oh, no. It’s on my computer.”

Conversation Two:

“Angela, do you know when we discussed this topic at our meeting?”

“Oh … uh… well… that would be in the minutes, which are on my computer in the shop.”

Conversation Three:

“Angela, could you get me a copy of that chart you passed out the other week?”

“Um… that’s on my computer. Sorry.”

Definitely a recurring theme here.

Hmm… on the other hand… when I feel like I have too much to do… now I have an idea how to lighten my load…hmmm….

The idea has merit….

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — and teaches leadership skills at

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  1. Corrie - September 22, 2010

    I was starting to have problems w/ my optical drive, too! I squirted it with canned air which seems to have fixed it…. for now.

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