After a week on life support in the computer equivalent of the ICU, we are back on the mend. My dad performed much needed memory upgrades on the machine last night and it seems to have really helped. The computer has been upgraded from serious to stable condition.
Last night before he left my dad suggested I let the disk defragment overnight. It seems that "overnight" is classified as longer than the 5 hours of sleep I got. The thing is still running so I still can't upload my pictures! Thankfully I am only working half a day today so I hope to have time to share this afternoon!