In the saga of my week, Kirk got my iMac fixed today, after it was out of commission for the past week. The hard drive died. I limped along using Ford’s computer and my iPad (first world problem, I know) but it wasn’t the same. It sounds snobbish, but dangit, I have gotten used to having two monitors!! Kirk, being the tech geek he is, could fix it but we had to source the industrial strength suction cups. A few years back he had moved me up to the iMac. The dirty secret? They are not user-fixable without being a major pain the rear. To get into the computer we had to lift the glass off with the suction cups, then remove the LCD monitor and unhook everything. But hey, I got a great solid state hard drive now….and we got it all back together. With a hack or two and back in business.
And here is where I drill something home: BACKUPS. Kirk is a stickler on that. Onsite and offsite. Due to them he was able to move me onto Ford’s computer easily and then to restore my computer once the new drive was in. Nothing lost. I cannot imagine losing 10K of photos of my kids and of past hiking trips! Nor losing book manuscripts, documents and more. A hard drive failure can and does happen at some point.
Had I not had “in-house” tech support I don’t want to think how much it would have cost to restore the computer. I am grateful for having married a talented man 😉
On a positive note…we had sun this week! Walker had so much fun outside, in the leaves, raking them with Ford (who didn’t find it nearly as fun…hah!)
The Backyard Squirrel kept burying his nuts and seed pockets in the leaves. Sigh…..time to rake them up it seemed.
Two happy boys at Costco this week with me. Walker only had eyes for the grapes…..
To get the boys out of Kirk’s hair, we ran to town and did a little grocery shopping. Walker wasn’t very happy about sharing the sweet race car with his brother, who was having a blast “driving”. Tough luck kiddo, your baby brother is a big boy now! And…Alistaire turned 9 months this past week. At his Doctor appointment he was 100% percentile for height, 93% for head size. o_O He is over 30″ tall and nearly 23 pounds.
This mornings breakfast came out of my having/finding 4 sweet potatoes in a box on top of the pantry. To save time, I parboiled them Saturday night. I served the scramble with half a bean burrito each (although Walker ate my half as well…..). It was a great way to use leftovers up!
Sweet Potato Scramble
- 4 sweet potatoes
- 1 Tbsp neutral vegetable oil
- 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 14 to 16 ounce extra firm tofu, preferably organic and non-GMO
- Ground black pepper
- Fine sea salt
Drain the tofu, place in a fine mesh strainer and let drain overnight, in the refrigerator.
Peel the sweet potatoes, chop into bite size pieces. Add to a pot, cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, cook until just fork tender, drain and shake dry. It will only take a few minutes for them to cook, keep an eye on them. If making the night before, stash in a large bowl in the refrigerator.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high, add in the sweet potatoes, onion and bell pepper, then crumble tofu on top. Cook, stirring often, until crispy and golden. Season to taste while cooking, I added in a dry cajun-style seasoning blend as well (a mix of spices, no salt).
Serve with salsa on top, peach mango is a fantastic choice. On the side I served half a bean burrito, where I heated flour tortillas in a dry skillet, then spread hot beans and vegan queso sauce, rolled up.
Up this coming week? Cookbook reviews galore!