Our Thanksgiving was very quiet, what with no family in, and people recovering from communicable diseases. Besides a lot fewer dishes to do than usual, we had some nice family moments. It's one of the few holiday weekends I can remember where I actually had time to reflect on my family (especially now that I'll soon have two teens). I'll share some of those reflections later this week.
So in addition to my "how am I doing as a parent" thoughts (which are now pushed aside in favor of, "Must get laundry done"), here's what else has been going on around here....
First, I had two technological breakthroughs:
1. After several months of hating my new hard disk digital video recorder, I figured out how to make a DVD out of my recordings. First project? A volleyball game. So far, so good. Next: our California vacation (last July, for cryin' out loud!).
2. I spent some time trying to figure out how to print my blog. Publish sounds like I want to sell it, which I don't. I just worry that some day the World Wide Web will go up in smoke, and so will all my thoughts (and pictures). After reading lots of reviews, I decided to start arranging my 2006 posts for print through Blurb. They have a program that "slurps" all my posts (complete with pictures) into their free software. Then I can edit them as I wish to fit the page or to arrange pictures (not a lot of flexibility with that, but I'm more after content than beauty). It does not pull in comments, however, which bums me, because so much of the joy of blogging has been hearing others' thoughts and insights and encouragement. Rats!
So far, I'm on about page 200 of 260 pages, and if I do full color, 8 by 10 with a hardcover, it will be about $65 (softcover is about $10 less). Merry Christmas to me, I guess, although I would probably spend at least that much if I printed all those pages out on my printer...and won't it look so nice? For 2007, it will be quite a few more pages, and a LOT more work, since I have to UN-pseudonym my children in EVERY post. But hey, at least my grandchildren will not have to dig my old computer out of the junk yard to be able to read my "journal" some day. Yes, I'm only thinking of them...all in the name of historical preservation.
Has anyone else ever used Blurb?
Being the terrible multitasker that I am, I didn't quite manage to get Thanksgiving cleaned up before starting to think about Christmas and the three children's birthdays we have in our family in December. Um, yeah.
1. We are doing our usual Advent celebration. We've always just done weekly readings, but I'm hoping this year to do a Jesse tree (Shannon from Rocks in My Dryer has a very useful post here), which makes the daily devotional a very exciting event, especially for the little ones.
2. Some interesting thoughts about Christmas going on over at Mindy's place. We are a Christ-in-Christmas family, but Dad is still Santa somehow, and it works. Go figure. More posts to come on that, perhaps.
How is your after-Thanksgiving week going?