April Showers Bring May Flowers

Well, yesterday was not fun. I had a serious case of the Mondays and so did practically everyone else I know. I generally really like Mondays, so this one came as a surprise. If you follow me on Twitter then you probably know how it all went down. But if not, let's backtrack. Remember when I was complaining of computer-related stress last week? My MacBook Pro was finding it hard to function, then I thought I remedied the problem. Turns out I didn't. As it would seem, my drivers failed, my directory got all scrambled then low-and-behold... my harddrive crashed. Again. (This happened in '08, too.) Many trips to the Apple Genius bar later, I spent 3 hours at the bar, 1 at Best Buy trying to locate a decent new external harddrive, and then I spent about 2 just crying. Not sure if anyone remembers the tiny little detail of Pipkin completely annhiliating my external harddrive a few weeks ago? She did. She chewed it to pieces. It had the only backup of my senior portfolio. The only backup of all of my design-related coding, etc. Luckily I can get most of my pictures from Flickr or Photobucket, and my music is on Mike's iPod (this is where Senuti comes in handy!). But no portfolio. No design jobs. No wedding plans. and I think the worst part was: No bookmarks! And I'm a person who bookmarks EVERYTHING!

I lost all of my sponsor information so I've been poring through emails for hours trying to relocate them (found them all, I think! But if you're a sponsor for several months, please email me to make sure I know! Otherwise we'll have to work it out once you realize I forgot you! >.<)

Anyway, it could be worse. I'm not sure how... but it could be. Well, like if I hadn't been covered by AppleCare. That would've sucked. But I was. So it's fixed. and it was free. But I'm still bummed. My parents surprised me with my graduation present yesterday... something I've been saving up money for on my own. I cried a lot when my mom offered it to me, too. I think I just really cried a lot yesterday. (Such a sap.) This isn't meant to be one of those "woe is me! I'm so sad!" posts, but I hate that it happened and I do feel incredibly blessed by my parents who offered up something so unbelievably huge for graduation. They bought me a 27" iMac for my desk/office and it's amazing. I can only get excited about the amount of productivity that will come from it! I'll still have my MBP, but now I can work diligently at home, with less strain on my back, and maybe even knock some awesome designs out.

So here I am... asking all of y'all for some help! 1) Bear with me! This week's posts will likely be scattered and not make much sense. I'll probably miss a few features, and there'll be some delay in responding to emails. So so sorry! I'm just trying to catch up and reinstall a bunch of software, etc. 2) Send me links to any/all of your favorite websites, blogs, tumblrs, etc. It can be anything at all. Funny article? Send it. Silly pictures? Send it. Cool design thing? Send it! Your blogs, even! Like I said, I bookmark everything so losing it all is rough! 3) If you've sent me an email about an interview, feature, or guest post, please double check with me to make sure I've found it in my email! I've lost my entire to-do list! I know of a couple so I'm trying to work like a maniac to make it happen!

I still have a couple of sponsorship spots available. CLICK HERE if you wanna learn more or just email me! kaelahbee@gmail.com!

I'm going to just look at this as "April showers bring May flowers!" It happened for a reason and I know I need to make the best of it! Everything on my computers will be synced, organized, and intentional. No more clutter! Make lemons into lemonade, right?! xo

PS: Winners for the Vedette Shapewear giveaway have been announced! HERE!


  1. oh kaelah how rubbish. i wish i could just give you a massive hug! i bookmark EVERYTHING too, so i can only imagine how lost you must be feeling. my computer is like my home - is that weird?? it's like my personal space...as you said though, at least you are still covered by apple care, and i'm sure something lovely is round the corner for you.
    sending smiles and love

  2. hang in there honeybee! :) i'm glad you have a positive outlook because you are right, it could always be worse! at least you have all of us to help you get through everything :)

  3. so sorry to hear about your loss! i really cant imagine what i would do if that happened to me. in the future, try www.delicious.com, a great bookmarking website.this way you can access your favorite pages from anywhere. good luck.


  4. oh man!! that stinks. but stay positive. it could have been worse


  5. ugh that stinks!!! :( My laptop crashed in 2009, and I lost everything, so now I try to keep records of things online. I have a private blogspot where I keep track of to-do-lists, important information and text documents, I upload every single picture on flickr, I keep backup files of my websites on my ftp server and now I'm trying to bookmark things on pinterest in case I lose my safari bookmarks (although I guess that only works for images and shopping things). It made me super paranoid about losing stuff, but hopefully if my computers crash again I won't lose as much!

    I hope the rest of your week is much much better!! <3

  6. Aww dude, I'm so sorry this happened to you :( This has happened to me once in my lifetime and I was crushed! I really admire you for getting on with things and being so positive, its not easy but like you said - its lemonade making time! :p And WOW for the presents from your parents. That is really lovely, you totally deserve it girlie! ♥ sending lots of hugs your way xx

  7. ugh. we've all had those days. Wish I could give you a HUGE HUG! They always make things better. :)

    Anyways, look at the blessing, you had a brand stinkin' new IMAC that you so deserve!

    I 100% relate about the bookmarks though. SO hard to remember and rebookmark everything.

    Best of luck! :) Hope today was 10x better!

  8. Oh no! I'm sorry you lost so much! But good for you for staying positive. Hope you love your new computer!

  9. What a massively nice grad present! I'm truly sorry that you lost everything, hun and since you I have a MBP as well it kind of makes me want to back up my files externally.

    Well, I'm going to do a plug to our website tinysea for you to check out. We're new to the blogging world, but have big plans for the future. The address is tinysea.blogspot.com. I've talked to you on Twitter a few times and you're a real sweet lady. <3

    Xo Wendy

  10. That totally bites about your computer crashing, and especially all that you lost... but Hello brand new shiny pretty HUGE computer screen! *swoon!*

  11. I'm so sorry about your awful day. I had been asking my hubby to get me an external hd for a while and he kept putting it off and then one day something happen to send me into super huge panic and have a complete meltdown, which he witnessed and he ordered my exteran hd the next day. (and thank god it wasn't as bad as it could have been) You have every right to be seriously bummed. Since you did my blog redesign, you should still have my link on your faq page, but if you feel like dropping by and visiting your handiwork, come see me at http://knit-o-matic.blogspot.com

  12. That really sucks and I would be devastated too. I wanted to throw out there that Pinterest might be good for curating a new list of bookmarks! I switched to that system awhile back because it was so much easier to see the bookmark visually. I just go to what Ive bookmarked and "pin" a photo that I know will remind me of what it is. I absolutely love my little system and can't imagine what I did without it. Plus, if my Mac ever decided to poop out on me I know I can't lose those bookmarks which is comforting. Pinterest also might be a good way to re-discover those old bookmarks you had. : ) Just a thought...

  13. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about your mac crashing :(. I have thousands of bookmarks, I literally bookmark everything and I don't know what I'd do if I lost them all. I hope your week gets better and I really admire you for being able to look on the bright side of everything<3

  14. so sorry to hear about all your tech drama...it can be SO frustrating sometimes! have you considered cloud storage? in addition to backing up on an external hard drive, i also use dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com/). my files are securely stored on the web safe from fussy hard drives, clumsy fiances and ever-teething doggies!

  15. I'm sorry! What a bummer!

    Thank goodness for apple care! Something like that always seems to pay off. Sorry about the bookmarks!

    Hope your Tuesday was much better :)

  16. ~ * ♥ * ~

    Oh gee, that sucks so much Kaelah! I am sorry to hear that... Hang in there, and you are right, 'April showers bring May flowers' ~ it won't be bad forever. This too shall pass!

    Hopefully some of this:


    and this:


    will make you smile. *hugs*

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

  17. Oh my gosh that is so uncool! But it'll be May soon and then everything will be all good.

  18. I am sorry about your computer. That is really awful. But Congrats on the iMac.

    Also I saw someone mention delicious.com as a way to sync your bookmarks. I think chrome has a similar feature. Also dropbox.com = super awesome file storage website. Don't know what I would do without it.

  19. Aaaah so sorry that happened! I have heard of a million tricks to restore hard drives JUST long enough to retrieve what is saved on it. Have you tried everything?
    Stay positive, girl!

    Fun links? Hmmmm, here is my blog and HERE is the COOLEST FOOD BLOG EVER which I just discovered, The Vegan Stoner. Brilliant! I think you'll like it.

    If I think of any other fun links I will send them your way! And again, hang in there!

  20. I totally sympathise, I had my computers stolen a few weeks back and hadn't done a back up in a while. Lost all my dissertation work (which is due in in two weeks, argh!) and all my bookmarks and whatnot too.

    Thankfully my insurance was good about it and paid for me to replace both my iMac (the same beautiful one as yours) and my laptop. Still working on catching up the work though.

  21. oh my goodness! The suck! You are such a sweetie- you still seem so positive, I would probably be wallowing. I'll try to scrounge up some of my book marks- I don't think I have anything you'd like, but I'll keep an eye out.

  22. You should start up a Stumbleupon account! You can favorite websites, and if your computer ever crashes they'll be saved under your username!

  23. I'm so so sorry about your computer, I know it's horrible to lose even one document let alone your whole online persona.

    however! I am excited about your new one! I have a huge iMac in my office and I looove it. It's faster and doubles as a mirror on sunny days, lolol.

    On behalf of some humor, this gives me a little more time to send that super mega late email ;)

  24. These creppy cartoons are one of my favorite bookmarks. =]


    Also, the website learningtoloveyoumore.com

    And my blog, fillmyheartup.blogspot.com <3

    I'm so sorry that had to happen to you! My hard drive crashed one time and I lost all my music, pictures, EVERYTHING. It was horrible. Since then, I've learned to keep pictures and music on an external hard drive, but any computer crash is devastating. Hope things look up for you soon!

  25. So sorry about everything! I know that I would pretty much be dead if my external harddrive were to crash. Oh goodness! But your positive outlook on everything is so so inspiring! As for websites that I love, here's a few!

    My blog: aeroplanesss.blogspot.com (it's a little sparse and I've been slow to get blogging, but I hope that you enjoy the entries that ARE there!)


  26. Oh girl, that is the pits. Applecare is the BEST though. My hubs has been to back and forth to the apple store on a number of occasions and they always pull through. Apple for the win. :)

    But I've lost all info on my computer twice in the last year. I know the feeling. Boo.

  27. that sucks! i'm not sure if you read my blog, but this recently happened to our imac too! my boyfriend bought his a few years ago and we NEVER backed up anything. we noticed it was starting to lag and weird things were happening and BOOM, one day it just didn't turn on. luckily i'm a little computer saavy and knew right away that it was the hard drive. since apple couldn't do anything about it, we bought an external and took it to another professional place that changed out the hard drive and saved almost all of our stuff.

    just a reminder that it's good to always have back up and take care of problems when they arise, don't wait around.

    cute new imac though!

  28. http://www.behance.net/gallery/Think/1235653

    it's art!

  29. I completely understand! Last week everything went wrong! I was already stressed out from studying for 2 midterms. But then I had a 30 hour work week, my computer died, and my car broke down too. Yup. But even though I had a rough week I feel stronger. Just a little bump in the road. So yay for us for staying positive and to keep going no matter how crazy life may get.

  30. Hi Kaelah

    I'm from New Zealand but I love your blog... just discovered it but had a good long read through it during easter weekend... your so inspirational! My fav blog is http://muchomuchobuenobueno.blogspot.com/ which I've followed for over a year now.
    Hope you are enjoying spring/summer... we've got autumn/winter (waaaa)

  31. I love that you are staying as positive as you can about this! I'll be sure to send you some awesome links soon :)

  32. that really sucks sweetie :(

    here are my favorite blogs/things :)

  33. Tumblr's:




  34. I'm sorry, really sorry but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I've been on hard times too, it's incredible the amount of things that went broke/smashed/burned out in this month. We've worked our asses out to pay for the reparations and new stuffs :/
    My aunt says that it means new beginings, that I should thank God and say good bye to the oldies. I'm passing the message here :)

  35. Oh gosh, how terrible! Hope you can work things out as best you can.

    I'd love to leave my blog link here just in case you fancy a peek one time :-)

    Dayner x

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  37. Hi! My name is Claire. I have been enjoying your blog. I really appreicate that you are a feminist who wears pretty dresses! So many people think is always has to be one or the other. It makes me feel great that there are other women out there that like to be "girly" and can respect their bodies at the same time! Thanks for that.

    Im sorry to hear about the computer. I have the 27" imac and it is the best thing ever! I hope you work everything out!
    Here is a link to my blog: http://www.harperlindsay.blogspot.com/ its mostly photography.


  38. i am so sorry about your macbook!
    i just started using my blog more and would love it if you would check it out! i just started reading yours and i am loving it thus far! <3

  39. Hope you're feeling a little better today :) I don't know if you were a reader of my blog before you lost your bookmarks and I feel super cheeky sending links out, but hey - you asked ;) http://cakesandcuddles.wordpress.com
    Really hope you, Mike and the girls are doing great and you're keeping out of all of those storms!! xxx

  40. I used to bookmark everything to my computer but then everytime I formatted I had to copy every bookmarks and things like that, I decided to start using Delicious that has applications for Chrome or Firefox, and everything is online so when I switch operating systems (I use mostly linux but sometimes I switch to windows) everything is synced and I can access my bookmarks everywhere. It's pretty handy believe me :)

  41. I'm sorry about your computer messing up, and losing all your info. i bet it sucked big time, and yay for your parents getting you a MAC big screen computer!


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