Tonight, I found out that my super-smart, ultra-cool boyfriend fixed my computer as part of my Christmas present. Apparently the problem was strictly my hard drive so I don't have to worry about sending my entire computer into the electronic waste stream...for now.
Anyways, I'm glad to once again have easy access to a computer and to be able to make posts on a regular basis. I'm planning for an every-other-day schedule for now.
Thanks, b.f., for fixing my computer!