So I do realize that it's been a week since my last post. And as much as I hate excuses, I have what I think is a pretty decent one. It's kinda hard to do anything when you can only see a 2" strip on one side of your monitor.
Me and my stupid butterfingers! I am forever dropping and breaking things! Normally they are much less expensive things, thank goodness.
Luckily, my computer-savvy (and also very frugal) husband informs me that you can replace a laptop monitor for about $100. Thank goodness it was just the monitor and not the hard drive!