Things I learned:
Mac Software updates hate me. I was able to recover functionality after Mavericks after a week and Yosemite seemed to update without a hitch, but the bug fixes to Yosemite officially killed my hard drive.
Whatever you do, DO NOT shut down your computer halfway through an update. Even if it has been stuck at 50% for 6 hours, just don't touch it. I know you want to. I know like it seems like it will never finish... but don't touch that power button. In my case that's what put the final screw in my hard drive's coffin although I'm told that it was on it's way out anyway.
Even if you think Time Machine is backing up your computer, it may not be so have a manual back up of important things. It's pretty devastating to have someone tell you your backup isn't anywhere and so all your files are gone.
Some creative thinking can save your files but it takes hours to back it up. Try not to bring your toddler with you to the Apple store if you have to do this since you can't leave your computer while it's backing up (luckily Nate was with me).
Having to watch Every. Single. File. get backed up makes you realize that you might want to clean out your email, trash, and downloads a little more often
It's a bad idea to wear a red shirt in an Apple store.
If your hard drive has to fail, having it fail 7 days before the warranty is up is awesome. Having Apple claim you have massive water damage to your laptop (when nothing has ever been spilled on it) that voids said warranty and will cost $750 to fix is basically the worst thing in the world. Especially when the computer worked perfectly a week ago.
Partially deconstructing a 24 lb turkey is a full workout and requires more anatomy skills than anticipated. While the results were very yummy, I don't know if it was worth the effort.
You can make an amazing GF stuffing
You can burn carrots
Spending one full day at the Apple store and then the next day cooking and hosting Pre-Thanksgiving apparently makes you sleep through your alarm ... and give a test with the answer key still attached...
There are some honest students still out there.
Information OVERLOAD. I also neglected to get any pictures of our party which has happened so many years in a row it has become a tradition right along with the party.
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