Mama said there'd be weekends like this


Well, do I tell you we had a fabulous weekend, or do I tell you the truth?  :) There were definitely some highlights but we didn't start off so great.

Bad news first:  Friday we realized my external hard drive was failing.  And I save ALL of my pictures onto this drive.  Mr. C likes for me to do this to keep my computer running quickly.  And so it's what we do. But when I was editing Christmas card photos this year, I had some trouble with the hard drive being slow and not loading some of the photos.  We actually did not panic.  Just figured it was no biggie because the hard drive is pretty new.

I took the drive to Geek Squad where they determined it was quote "On it's way out".  So I still didn't panic, I paid them to do some data extraction.

They called me Saturday and told me they couldn't retrieve any files.  Now I panic.

That means I've potentially lost every picture we've taken for the past 5 years (and beyond).  The pictures of me in the hospital on the days my children were born, family vacations, my wedding, firsts, Christmases, birthdays, our documented lives.  Locked up in a hard drive that won't read.

To say I was upset would be an understatement.  My heart was broken and I thought I was going to throw up.  I know it isn't the end of the world. I know far worse things can happen.  But I'm still sad:( And I'm SO disappointed in myself for not keeping them in additional places.  Sure, I have hard copies here and there, but I didn't archive outside of that hard drive.  Boo hoo!!!! How did I overlook that?  I'm so mad at myself.

We are in the process of finding a company/lab to try and extract my files and I'm really hopeful.  Mr. C's computer will read the drive, it just won't open any files.  So we are hopeful that a lab can save my pictures.

I'll let you know how things go someday soon hopefully.

Now let's focus on the positive!

Frickles from Burger Up, always a good thing!  Since I had run 8 miles that morning I decided to be healthy (er) and get the quinoa / black bean burger.  Then I sat there drooling over Mr. C's juicy bison burger with fried jalepenos.  I will be ordering a REAL burger next time.  So many lessons this weekend!

Wine, always a good thing.

Boys, always the light of my life.

Holiday plaid, a good thing.

Friends and their beautiful Christmas cards, precious.

Teamwork at Home Depot; priceless.

Hope you've had a happy Monday:)


  1. I am so, so sorry about your hard drive. It makes me sick to think about. I'm embarrassed to admit that I only have mine on the computer and in print. Going to remedy that soon. I emailed a local photographer who's featured nationally, and she recommended Drive Savers. I don't think she's used them but she said she heard good things. Good luck!

  2. Mmm those are some good lookin' pickles. Hope everything works out with your pictures!!

  3. I hope you are able to get them back!!

  4. Aw, I really hope you get your photos back Courtney...that's the WORST and I would be so sad too! Those fries and that wine look ahhmazing, and I love your leopard + plaid :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  5. Oh dear goodness... I'm praying those files get retrieved- how traumatizing! I wish fried pickles could solve all our problems..

  6. Oh Courtney I am so sorry to hear about your hard drive! I hope that the lab is able to get your pictures off of it! Your fried pickles and wine will definitely help :) that's what I think at least! Keep me posted on how everything is going!

  7. Courtney,
    I am so, so sorry to hear about your pictures. I will say a little prayer that the lab can get them back. Don't beat yourself up...we ALL are guilty of storing pics in one place. Keep us posted. Fried pickles definitely help. I wish I had some right now...calorie free of course! :)
    Hang in there,

  8. I'm so sorry about your pictures! Fingers crossed that you can retrieve them! And you are much better than me! When computer explodes, which it is bound to do in the next 3 months, I am going to loose all my pictures! I don't back up anything-I just hope for the best!

    Love your Holiday Plaid outfit! So cute. I need to get me some fried pickles! They look delicious!

  9. Ahh man, that so sucks about your pictures!!! I would be so devastated!!! I usually put mine on a CD after I download to the computer. I have told Chris if the house were to catch fire grab that book of CDs!
    I love fried pickles!!!! Great 8 mile run!!! I have got to get back into running, I have been slacking!

  10. oh my gosh, I would DIE at the thought of losing pictures even from yesterday, let alone 5 YEARS!! Hoping for the best outcome for you!

  11. Oh no! I really hope you can get your pictures off that hard drive! I would be so upset too! *fingers crossed for you*
    Glad you had a good weekend otherwise!! :)

  12. Oh no- I'm sorry! I hope that you all are able to work it out and get your pictures back :( I have a laptop with a lot of pictures on it that crashed a few months back. I haven't taken care of it yet- but- I'm hoping I can pull my pictures off it too!

    Loving your pictures from this weekend, though! Looks like a great time- as always- for the C household :)

  13. So devastating about your pictures! I really hope you're able to get them back.

  14. Oh girl, I am so sorry about your pictures. I would have thrown up....all over the floor. Boo!!! On a lighter note....I am dying over the plaid and leopard....I will be copying!!