Horrible moment of panic late last night when I realized it wasn’t only Freecell that disappeared off my laptop. It was Internet Explorer and Windows Messenger and all of the Windows games and who knows what else. Thankfully, my s-i-l makes his living solving just these problems. So I called him this morning to ask what to do. I thought I had a real mess brewing (I didn’t have hours and hours to work on restoring whatever I’d done — and BTW, System Restore didn’t restore this), but it turns out the fix was simple. My s-i-l says I shouldn’t use the Disk Clean up. He says it causes more problems than it fixes. Now that was a shock. I thought it helped the computers run faster.
I came home from the birthday brunch for Granddaughter #1, stuck a movie in the DVD player, and bathed Poppet in the sink. Then I got to work reading the page proofs of Veterans Way. So far no pages to fax back to my editor at Revell. That’s good.
Daughter #1 told me today that stopping drinking coffee (regular and/or decaf) and drinking green tea instead is supposed to make a person lose as much as 10 pounds in two weeks. It has something to do with cortisol (the stress hormone that is the hot topic these days). I’ve never been a tea drinker, but for ten pounds…. Hmm. So I bought a box of chai green tea and tomorrow morning I’m giving it a try. My hot beverage in the morning is more ritual than a need for caffeine (I use the Folger’s Half-Caf with non-dairy creamer). I’ll let you know if it works. I’ve got these stubborn last ten pounds to lose. Actually, more like thirteen.
Speaking of those pounds, it’s time I got on the recumbent bike and put a few miles on it.