A Lesson in Saving

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

No, not saving money.
Saving files ~ on the computer.

Last week, I finally got a day to focus on writing the instructions for my new pattern out of Central Park by Kate Spain.  6 hours - with no kids.  My little morning kindergartner was at school for a few hours and then straight to a friends house.  I sat down at my computer at 9 a.m and was making some really good headway until I looked at the clock at 2:56 p.m. and realized that I was going to be late in getting my daughter to gymnastics at 3!  I rushed off to get her there and when we got home I immediately started doing some dishes. 

While I was at the kitchen sink, I wondered what my little kiddos were up to.  It was a bit quiet so I figured they were probably on the computer playing games.  For a second, I worried about my instructions, but didn't think too much about it because my kids are pretty good not to close my documents and tabs (my older one knows to just minimize them and I guess I figured I had probably saved it anyways.) 

Well.  That was a bad mistake.
My little one had closed my document and apparently told the computer not to "save" it.  And guess what?  I had not saved any of what I had done that morning!  Not one single ounce!  I tried shutting down the computer to see if it would show up in "recovered documents" and searched everywhere for some sort of updated version of my instructions, but, to no avail!  All that work ~ down the drain. 

I wanted to cry (but couldn't because I was suppose to teach a class on my Candy Hearts quilt about 30 minutes after I found out that the file had been lost.)  So for the last few days I've been mourning that loss.  I had to regroup and get a "second wind".  Tonight I started again and made some good headway.   I'm hitting "save" every 5 minutes now.  It'll probably be about a week before the pattern is ready, but I'm really excited to show you.  I hope you like it.  And, I've got a little giveaway planned for it.

This is a little picture I found on the Internet.  Reminds me a little of the pattern.  You'll just have to wait to see my pictures though...coming soon.