so, I'm in a little (very little) bit of a better place mentally than I was yesterday. I think I can muster the energy to install my new SSD and install a new OS later today. I *think* I might go with Debian?
also need to figure out how to set that up without destroying everything in my path.
Definitely gonna do a full backup of /home to my external HDD, and then *disconnect the external drive from the PC* before installing anything