I didn't back it up yet because I planned to work on it tonight and I wasn't leaving the house. I've learned my lesson, nothing is safe with a cat and puppy in the house. I'm not sure the thumb drive will be saved but the ideas are still in my brain. Rather than getting upset I decided it must not have been organized right so God offered an opportunity to get it right this time. (Mind you, I'll back up my writing after EACH writing session.)
Hubby was surprised I didn't melt down. Come to think about it, I shocked myself but as I thought about it, the things saved on the thumb drive can be rewritten and recreated but a good night's sleep and watching a movie with hubby were priceless gifts. This little snafu is a good reminder to back up my writing and print out each day's work in case I need to rewrite.