Let's start with stats: 7 days, 10 hours, 20 minutes. Savings, $41.17
Now let's set the scene. My computer's been giving me fits lately, so I took it to the Genius Bar at Apple yesterday. Bottom line - they tell me I have to wipe the HD clean, and reinstall my OS, and then reinstall all my apps (and I do mean ALL my apps), then retrieve all my files from my backup drive.
I consider that a major setback. And all because there was something wrong with my Mail application, which had reached the point where it couldn't retain any passwords.
Okay, I get home, I warn clients/friends I'll be out of commission today restoring my computer. I start last night, trying a few other things I hear about on the internet. Result? I lose all my email accounts, and potentially my stored emails.
Then I read that I can re-install Lion without wiping the HD, so I figure out how to get that started, and head to bed. (It's 4:30 a.m. by this time.) The installer says it will take 160 hours to complete; I'm too tired to do anything but hit the sack.
I wake up this morning, and the new OS is installed; I'm able to reinstall my email accounts (and passwords are remembered); I'm also able to import my old emails (lost a few), so all's good with the world, right?
Wrong! I'm completely out of coffee, and I'm operating on 4.5 hours of sleep.
I. Must. Have. Coffee. Now. Which means walking down the street to the convenience store and getting some. Which in turn means coming face to face with a counter full of cigarettes, because this is where I bought mine up until a week ago.
Oh. My. God! Can I do this? Can I walk into the "candy" store and come out without candy???
I ask because, trust me, I'd been fighting MANY cravings since starting to work with the computer yesterday. Probably the most all week.
I can do this, I tell myself. I'm strong like ox; I can do this.
So I saunter over to the store. I go inside, head for the coffee. I pour a cup, put the lid on, and head to the counter. I pay for the coffee. I leave the store.
And then, halfway home, I realize: I forgot to look at, have cravings for, and possibly buy cigarettes!
So here I sit, still smoke free, having walked into the most dangerous environment (for me) with regard to smoking, and I made it out safely.
And now the stats: 7 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes! Savings: $41.21.