Monday, November 26, 2007

More Monday thoughts

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?

19 comments:

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

Wrapping up loose ends from Thanksgiving, getting caught up on work, and preparing for the trip to the surgeon tomorrow. Busy week for me. Can't wait to hear more about those Thanksgiving observations.

Blessings,
faithful chick

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Oh...just got myself a hard drive camera and hoping the DVD thing isn't too too hard. hmmm....

Totally doing the blurb thing for my bday too. Lisa @ take90west blog about it...maybe she has done it? I am going to do it as my Dec bday present!!! Hope it works well for you.

Going to look into the Jesse tree to add to our Advent celebrations...trip to the bookstore tonight :)

Mindy said...

The Blurb site sounds pretty neat. I am glad you are preserving all of your hard work. Great idea!

And thanks for linking me!

Jen said...

I'm glad you all a peaceful Thanksgiving.....I hope Christmas goes the same for you all.

Tammy M. said...

I love BLURB! I use it for my photography business every week. And I slurped the first year of my blog a couple of months ago. I built my book as it sounds like you are doing. The automatic slurp put just one post per page and I didn't like how that looked. It took me a couple of hours to build the book. I loved the way it turned out and once I get some extra moments I will make my 2006 book, and soon my 2007. I have tried several different image to book services and Blurb gives you the most bang for your buck along with excellent quality and customer service. Email me if you have any questions.

Tammy said...

I've never heard of Blurb, but I am checking it out now. Looks like a great thing to do at the end of each year. Thanks for sharing it!
By the way, can you start it and save it, add to it, and "publish" it at the end of the year or would it be better to just do it all on December 31st so you get the entire year? Just wondering what you thought!

Beck said...

I'm forcing my husband to make my blog into a book for me (complete with favorite comments) - and since it's forced labour, it's FREE! But not everyone's husband can do that, and I've heard Blurb is GREAT. I think you definitely have a blog worth saving for your grandchildren!

Michele said...

I use http://www.blogprinting.com - The cost depended on the length. I printed one paperback book per year, and the average cost for me was about $30 per year. I figure, this is my journal, and no matter what happens in the years to come to cyberspace, I have the tangible proof of my journal.

Lisa@Take90West said...

I am going to blurb at the end of the year...I can't wait to see what it looks like!
My house looks like the rubbermaid aisle at walmart, there are bins everywhere, and the tree is up but the Thanksgiving serving pieces are all still sitting on the dining room table waiting to be put away.
I think it will be a very un-tidy week around here.

Erna said...

Blurb sounds so very interesting! I'd love to see pics of your finished product when you get it. What a neat idea!

kel said...

I used Blurb and I LOVE my book. My next one I'm going to make the pictures bigger and spend the money for a few more pages. My blog was on typepad and maybe that makes a difference but it did pull all of my comments.

chickadee said...

i'm interested in the blurb book. going to check it out now.

Andrea said...

I need to do Blurb. But...when? I ask. *wry smile* It's bookmarked on my favorites for when I have (gulp)...time.

I am SO SORRY you have three bd's in December. :) That's crazy!!! I though I had it bad with one. (tee hee.) REally, this is our birthday "season", with one in Sept, two in OCt, our anniversary in Nov, and one bd in Dec, along with Thanksgiving and Christmas.
So I know the feeling. :)

Gina said...

I guess I need to get on the Blurb Band Wagon. Like I need another project! I'm just afraid to see how much money it would take to get my blog into book format!

Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

Ohhhh... thanks for bringing my attention to Blurb. I have been looking for something like that for a while and have now mentioned it to Jon for a potential Christmas gift. (Mother's Day present idea too?)

We have two BDs in December; one the 23rd and the other on the 28th. It gets a little crazy around here. Thinking of you...

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

I've not used Blurb, but I'd be interested to know how that works...to think I was actually considering hand writing ALL of my blogs just to have a record!!!!

Susanne said...

When I first started blogging I used to print every post as soon as I posted it. I was always afraid I was going to do something that crashed blogland. Now I sort of wish I had kept up with that. I was so much simpler when it's one page at a time than the daunting task you are now faced with.

I'm starting to think Christmas decorating now because we always put up the tree the first weekend of December. But I can't seem to force myself to go beyond the thinking of it.

Emily said...

Hi Katherine!!

For unpseudonyming your kids-
on Word there's an Edit function, "Find and replace"? You'd type in "Allie" in Find and "Realname" in Replace, and it would fix every place where the pseudonym was entered. Is there a way to do that for Blurb (or blogger)?

I'm so glad you guys got to go to the concert!! So fun!! As always, I'm loving reading your blog and am so inspired and encouraged :-)

Love,
Your blog niece in Wheaton :-)

Sherri@NoiseOverload said...

Katherine,

Do you use the book that you linked to for Advent? Does your family look forward to it? Does Dennis lead or is it you that initiates and makes it happen?

Sherri