December 8th, 2011

KK with Kanji

The Great Reorganization almost complete!

My new computer is up and running very nicely.  I've backed everything that counts up off my old system, transferred it to a 2TB expansion drive, and transferred the parts that I need to my new computer's hd, especially the documents.  Tomorrow, I'll tidy my desk, run cable ties of some sort over the plethora of cords and wires and cables, finish reloading my bookcase, and take a pic before I end up loading up my desk again.

And edit chapter 4 to post on Friday.

Saturday, we may go see youngest son, his wife and our grandchild.  Still up in the air.  But Grandma has a bunch of things to give - clothes, a toy electric drill (has a little tool bench where he can drill big plastic bolts in), a toy cell phone which will help him learn his numbers and has a cat character that will sing to him and talk, and a little book with thick pages based on the Cars movie, which I hear on good authority, he adores.  I wonder if he's reached the stage where he has to watch it over and over nieces, when they were toddlers and a little older, had to watch Labyrinth time and time again...and a star wars spinoff called "The Great Ewok Adventure." 

But that's not quite certain.  It's a 300 mile drive.

I have started chapter 29, but with me doing computer installation stuff this afternoon after spending this morning going to get bloodwork done at the Dr.'s office and then us shopping for our Christmas tree, I really didn't get very far into it.

But it's nice to have a system where I can have the tabs I like up and run other programs as well without it constantly clogging.  The laptop is still good for writing, but it just can't handle the latest demands the security software and the internet the way I like to use it stresses it.

Now the bookcase reorganization...I suspect that's going to lead me onto a massive library reorganization.  Some of these bookshelves have lost their semblance of order....
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another day.....

For some reason, this has been a totally irritating day.  I'm not sure why.  Had to run a bunch of errands this afternoon and as the day went on, I just felt more and more tense/irritated.  Maybe it's because I have a lot left to do with my book reorganization (funny how the computer reorganization is turning into a library reorganization) and hubby wants to do a quick trip down to see Son in Utah (about a 300 mile trip).  Maybe it's just the time of year.  But every single noise the other people in my house make is driving me crazy....

Got about 400 words done on chapter 29.  Maybe that's driving me crazy as well; between the reorganization and running errands, I haven't gotten as much writing done this week as I wanted to.

One of those days.  But I persevere.

Odd historical tidbit.  Naming patterns during the Roman empire.  Daughters didn't have proper first names.  They'd be called by the feminine form of their father's clan name....So daughters of someone named Gaius Julius, for instance, would all be called Julia.  If there were two daughters, they would be called Julia Major and Julia Minor.  If there were more, they'd be called the Latin equivalent of Julia 1, Julia 2, Julia 3....

This kind of reminds me of  the Japanese system where men would take a name called a zokumyô that they'd be called by close friends and family when they came of was usually based on number, based on birth order, like Taro and Jiro, but at least they had childhood names before that...

Speaking of history, today I bought a too expensive but cool book called Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing.  It's about the history of things like needles, pins, scissors, thimbles and other sewing things that have survived in the archaeological record, and what they can tell about the people who used them.  History and needlework together - one of my favorite combinations...