i spent a week in vermont without my computer. oh, it definitely had its pros + cons, but i am happy to have her back. we had to do a complete erase + install (by we, i mean my husband . . . i'm the luddite in the family). which means completely erasing everything on the computer and then re-installing the software. LUCKILY, i have a husband who was backing up my computer at home (there is NO way i would have done it on my own) and THANKFULLY, we have a friend who went to our house and fed ex'd the hard drive to us here. i feel complete again. and if there were only 2 words i could say to the world, it is "BACK UP !" apparently, this will happen to EVERYONES computer at some point in time. i'm just glad that my turn is OVER . . . now i can really enjoy the rest of my holiday !