The Stupidest Thing I Have Ever NOT Done…

…is procrastinate about saving my report card files somewhere else besides my flash drive.  I have been thinking about it and meaning to do it since January.  I am so mad at myself for putting it off.  Last week my flash drive started acting weird.  Sometimes my computer wouldn’t recognize the hardware and some files were missing…I found them, but at first I couldn’t.  So I worked on my sub plans for Thursday last week (I had a meeting in the pm) and then it was so late I went to bed and forgot about copying the files to my laptop.  So when I got up on Thursday morning, I remembered and I went to copy them…and my report card folder was EMPTY!!!  My heart started racing…and I panicked and ran upstairs crying…wanting Sam to tell me it will be fine, that he can recover the files easily.  He came down and tried and couldn’t copy them (to the mac) from the flash drive at all…he took it to work and him and Sid worked on it, but I am afraid it’s beyond hope.  So yesterday I sent home a note to my parents asking for report cards back, so I could copy them.  Today I got 4 back.  That’s a start.  I can probably come up with most of the data from written records I have kept, but it’s going to be a lot of work to re-enter all of the information from the whole year for every student.  I could just kick myself for being so naive about the dependability of a flash drive that I have been literally carrying in my pocket five days a week for four years!  I really didn’t think that anything would ever happen to it. I really don’t know how it got damaged…ALL I know is that I learned a tough lesson…and I will be so much more careful about backing up important files in other places in the future!

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