mainly because I did something very stupid. I let my old laptop die out on me. Well, it wasn't all the laptop's fault. I was to blame too. I saw its performance fade over time but told myself it was okay. I had this small EEE PC for five years and while I had not intended on it becoming my primary companion in my journey as a freelance writer, it eventually did become just that and I just continued to work on it for as long as it would humor me. Well, I guess I stretched it a bit too far on that much goodwill. So I came back the week before from a long ten-day trip to the west coast hoping I would just get cracking on the to-do list like nothing ever happened but laptop decided it was not going to be my partner in crime this time around. The minute I had more than two tabs open, it would hang. This, from a laptop that used to have two or more windows of ten tabs plus active all the time - I multitask in a big way. And much as I had the impression I had backed up all my data, clearly I hadn't and needed to race against time to salvage everything I could from the old guy before he breathed his last! Now, new laptop in tow, I am backing up everywhere - Time Machine, external drive, cloud, wherever! Did not realize how much my life was intertwined with a screen and keyboard until this almost-catastrophe almost struck. For a full-time freelancer like me, technology needs to really work to make it happen. Synced all my gadgets now and everything works in perfect harmony. Today was a good work day too so all in all, a productive Monday. Phew.