With the end of the year so close, and so much remaining on my plate to finish up before the holidays, I was looking forward to a nice productive week at work. But that plan was in violation of Murphy's Law, so I was forced to pay the penalty.
Late last week, the hard drive and motherboard on my laptop failed (no, that's not mine pictured above, but an image I found through Google). I need my laptop both for travel and for some graphics that I'm working on, so it was off to the manufacturer for repairs. And, while I have my laptop back now with a minimal loss of important data, I need to re-install most of my software, eating up some valuable time.
In the grand scheme of things, this is just a minor annoyance. But some colleagues will be a bit miffed at what didn't get done. That's life!