Warning : No pics. Sorry, just needed to write this time.
Want to know why I’ve been MIA??
I’m still alive and kicking….. I know it’s been several weeks (uh…… make that more like 2 months!
I’m so embarrassed to admit such a long lapse) since my last post.
Especially in summer……. and when school starts back up again.
It seems my life in a nutshell would be a cross between “The Devil Wears Prada”
and whatever movie (right now, a good example evades me…. sadly)
would portray being lazy when I [should] be crossing stuff off my growing list of things to get done.
Can you relate?!
I’ve had some problems with my *new* laptop’s hard drive. I just got this computer back in April.
Yes, I have the infamous Windows 8 and had upgraded to 8.1 only to find almost non-stop issues.
Mainly of the S-L-O-WWWWWW…….. variety. But somehow about 3 weeks back or so,
it has given me messages like,
- “not responding”
- “repairing drive”
- “restart to repair disc errors”
as well as that dreaded blue churning circle that signals you to wait while page loads.
And I found myself waiting.
And waiting yet some more.
Oh, and I will spare you the very ugly details of just how much of an
out- of -control temper tantrum I threw in the midst of this lowest of low situation.
Okay, I’ll admit this much; I came just short of throwing my laptop in utter aggravation.
Ever been there?
Well, if you have…..let’s just say you would understand the helpless sense of agony
I felt that day it happened. (Or all the subsequent days since)
To feel a precious whole day or two (Okay…. maybe more like – many )
was wasted on futile attempts to get my computer (my main source of work where I have
ALL the important files, photos, downloads, etc) to be halfway operational
was an understatement.
Let’s not forget this was a fairly new computer too!
But alas, when all was said and done, there were some compatibility issues with the 8.1 OS
so I have since <downgraded> to just Windows 8.
While a tad better, I still find problems with loading taking longer than normal,
and my computer freezing up. Of course…… this eats up valuable free time I have
to work on my blog in between all the other <STUFF> that consists of LIFE.
As of now, while my computer laptop is somewhat functional, I cannot load
all the previously backed up files, pictures, etc. back onto this computer until
I figure out what to do or what can be safely done. I may have to try to send the laptop in
to have the hard drive repaired or replaced.
OR……. I may just have to bite the bullet and just buy a whole new computer.
Maybe go with Windows 7 instead and call it a day. Haha.
Just wanted to share with you all that I have not abandoned my lovely blog
and I am busy with all the inspirational things that have been flooding
through my brain for upcoming posts! I’m bursting with elation just thinking about it!!
However, even when I’m not as active on here currently, due to computer issues,
I am on Instagram under the name — awexquisitedesign . I’m in the process
of putting up a sociable on my page but don’t have it up quite yet.
I have to admit that while I anticipated creating a rhythm in getting my blog
going would not be an easy feat by any stretch, I did not count on this
much of an uphill battle to get on an even keel.
………. I WILL PREVAIL!………. stay tuned.
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Well, as of yesterday, 9-22-14, my laptop bit the dust, sadly, and to my great dismay.
It has been a long and exhausting road (to say the least) battling with the supposedly
simple-to-use Windows 8 & 8.1 operating system and coming up short on functionability
and compatibility. Even my man who is an expert in the IT department and can usually
figure out the nuances and complexities that are computer systems, was at a loss for
why this happened so soon after purchasing.
We’ve tried calling in for help, resetting the system, rebooting, having less windows
and tabs open, being careful to not come close to maxing out the memory, etc. etc……
All to NO AVAIL. So now we have to take the last resort which is to send it in
for a hard drive replacement.
Thankfully, I had been able to back up the important files, photos, and downloads
beforehand to an external hard drive and hadn’t bothered to load them back on before
the system went kaput.
All in all, this has been quite a lesson in character building, i.e. patience, self control
and problem solve. But I must say, that I have failed in exercising these good traits many
times throughout this ordeal. It is an eye opener to what I need to work on.
I decided to share with you all a fantastic and tasty recipe today.
So last Sunday, my man decides to put a little spin on regular quinoa….
The flavors of the cilantro, garlic, black beans, and corn all come together to give a succulent and pleasant arrest
of the taste senses. I had to have seconds of this delicious and healthy concoction.
Yes, it is THAT good!
Quinoa With Black Beans
Bursting with flavors from cilantro and garlic, black beans and corn
- - 1 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil
- - 1 Onion, chopped
- - 3 Cloves Garlic, peeled & chopped
- - 3/4 Cup Uncooked Quinoa
- - 1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- - 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
- - 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- - Salt & Pepper to taste
- - 1 Cup Frozen Corn Kernels
- - 2 (15 ounce) Cans Black Beans, rinsed & drained
- - 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
- Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth.
- Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Cover. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
- Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through.
- Mix in the black beans and cilantro.
- ~ Serve warm or refrigerate for a cold side dish ~
Adapted from a work contact with my husbands' workplace
Adapted from a work contact with my husbands' workplace
Happy Thursday & Thanks for visiting!