January 30th, 2011

Sun, Longer Days, Let the Mania Begin!

We're slowly getting over a ridiculously long series of colds around here. We haven't managed to get it together enough for real weekend outings, but I did get a little vacuuming and similar done yesterday afternoon. Since T. had monopolized both iPads and my laptop, I found a blank book and started emptying the contents of my head (where To Do lists go to die) onto paper. I wasn't seriously considering doing any of this stuff (well, maybe the laundry), but there were some things that weren't that time consuming or difficult but that I kept forgetting to do.

Today, I poked at a few of those things. While I was sick, I spent a bunch of time on ancestry.com. I finally tracked down my copy of Grandma 5. Of course, Grandma 6 is now out, raising the question of whether I should bother with this version or not. I probably will, if only to figure out whether I want to get a different genealogy program for the Mac or if I'd be willing to use Brother's Keeper on the office computer. (Grandma is a Mennonite genealogy dataset.) This dataset is perhaps the most exciting one I have available, since the CD version has living people in it; nothing online (whether ancestry.com or Grandma online or genlias or Manitoba or anything else I've touched) has living people in it.

I also found my copy of RosettaStone Dutch, which I haven't touched in, um, a long time. Certainly not since I had to replace the laptop, and the V2 Rosetta I have does not appear to be compatible with Intel based MacBooks. In any event, it's at least five years old, and only levels 1-2 existed at the time, so I ordered 1-3 in the current version. While it is very cool that I can find things that I haven't used in a few years, it is not obvious that it would have mattered if I couldn't find them, given that both need to be replaced anyway.

ETA: *sigh* I have no idea why I put locating Fries language learning stuff on my list, but apparently once it was there, it was impossible to leave alone. The good news is, the Noord Nederlandsche Boekhandel (exactly what it looks like: North Netherlands Bookseller) is expecting English language custom, so I didn't have to rely on my occasionally erratic Dutch to figure out how to order Dykstra's Frysk-Ingelsk wurdboek. While I was at it, I picked up a kids book and a CD-ROM basic course (slightly less than 5 Euros! Well, not counting its share of shipping and taxes) and a picture history/trivia book about Friesland. Because if I'm going to do something stupidly manic, I'm going to do it thoroughly. Hey, give me some credit here! I didn't buy any of the histories of farming in Friesland, and they looked really interesting. Probably not interesting enough to survive the language issues.

Ballybunion, NJ -- you can sort of see how that makes sense

In the massive genealogy project, I've been poking a little more at some of the fam on R.'s mother's side. Part of that branch came over in the early part of the 20th century from Ballybunion, in County Kerry. I got lucky today and found death records in RootsWeb for the parents who stayed behind. Along the way, however, I was trying to figure out anything about the place (which does have a wikipedia entry). And what I came away with, overall, was a sense that anyone who felt at home in Ballybunion would probably feel quite at home near the Jersey shore. And I don't mean that in a creepy, reality show kind of way. I mean that in a coastal-resort-town sort of way.

Also, the monorail thing made me chuckle. That's because of the train obsession. Probably.