Sunday, March 22, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 03/21-22/2009

I dropped the ball last night and forgot to post about my day. I plead sickness and mental, well, instability. Drugs work! I came home on Friday afternoon from Santa Cruz and by Friday bedtime I had a sore throat and a runny nose, so I started my Tylenol Cold meds. I even wrote My Y-DNA Results - Post 8: Uploading Data to Ysearch on Friday night anticipating that I would go out to breakfast with the church group and then to the CGSSD meeting at UCSD.

All of my well-laid plans went up in smoke because I felt really crappy on Saturday morning. I dreamed about genealogy blogging and who I should write about and didn't get much restful sleep. So I I stayed home, took more meds, and almost finished my column due at the end of March. I need to let it percolate a bit before I finish it up and send it off. It's not about blogging at all! After lunch, I went out briefly to get a card and flowers for Linda for our anniversary. Back at 1:30, I wrote Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Paternal Grandmother's Patrilineal Line and then tweeted about it. I actually felt quite a bit better, so I made a reservation at a nice restaurant (one of the best in San Diego) and took a short nap. I took some screen shots on Ancestry, MyLife and several other PeopleFinder sites trying to understand the scope of and differences between the different sites.

We left at 5:30 for dinner at 6 p.m. at Donovan's in downtown San Diego. $111 later plus $15 for the valet parking, we were home by 7:45 p.m. and Linda was sick. Despite her questions and precautions, she was allergic to something she ate. We think it was the herbs and spices on the filet mignon. She noticed that it made her tongue burn, and that's one of her telltale signs. She took her Benadryl and made several potty trips, and finally fell asleep. I was still feeling pretty good after more meds, so I stayed up and wrote Best of the Genea-Blogs - March 15-21, 2009 and set it to post on Sunday morning. I watched some TV and went to bed forgetting to write on the Geneaholic.

Checked my email and read blogs before church, and went early because I had to chair a 9:15 a.m. meeting of my committee. After church, we came home because it was almost raining and I didn't want to infect anybody. I didn't do much until after my nap - at 1:15 p.m. I came in and read more then posted LibraryJournal Ratings of Subscription Genealogy Sites. I checked Twitter and Facebook, then figured I should do something useful so I thought about my next presentations. I need a snazzier PowerPoint slide master, so I hunted online for some templates for OpenOffice use. I found some, downloaded them and played with them a bit. I don't like them for I'm stuck making my own again. Dinner time came, and I watched TV and read the paper for awhile.

At 7 p.m. I came in and read email and blogs, then played with OpenOffice templates more, checked lots of web sites for genealogy graphics, and still didn't find anything useful by 9 p.m. when I went in to watch Desperate Housewives. Back at 10 p.m., I read stuff and then wrote this post. I feel pretty good, much better than I expected, but I feel the dry cough coming on now.

Genealogy for Saturday was 8.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 2.5 hours researching and writing blog posts, 3.0 hours writing my column article, 1.0 hour looking at People Finders, and not much else.

Genealogy for Sunday was 6.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 1.5 hours researching and writing blog posts, and 3.5 hours doing OpenOffice presentation things - pretty much a waste of time, I guess.

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