Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I'm back! Did you miss me?

I backed off my three writing challenges for a while because I was focusing on some heavy genealogical research for the last month. I had gained temporary access to Ancestry.com and all those wonderful digitized original documents that can make or break your research. I was in heaven!! (Of course, so are they, so it worked out!)

I was able to get back to the 1600s on my ex-husband's line (back to when Spain had control of the Southwest), several generations on my landlord's line (his didn't take long - he's a second generation American), found a couple new generations on my childhood friend's father's line and found some new information on my own tree. I may have even found the missing link in my own "brick wall", although it remains to be proved.

I have been using the laptop my kids gave me for Christmas to do all this, faithfully saving all pertinent document images as I found them. But, I have had to do this on the dining room table - the very same dining room table I used to do all my homework when I was in high school. My daughter has a desk upstairs for her desktop computer, but I don't really have a specific place for my laptop. And, the dining room chairs do get pretty hard after several hours of sitting. 

That is why I began looking for some ideas to solve the problem, something that would look nice, but allow me to clear the table of my computer and other items (I'm also taking an Excel class this semester) that add to the clutter. Maybe something like a laptop couch table. I actually found several things that I think would work on Become.com. There are even a couple like the adjustable tables my mother had when she was hospitalized. I never even gave those a thought as being really ideal. They have wheels, they adjust up and down depending on where you're sitting and they're constructed in a way that the base can slip under the chair or couch you're sitting on so you can actually sit more comfortably. There are loads of  great ideas there that I think would work.

They have far more than just tables, too. Let's say you are wanting to find pink and green comforter sets because that girly girl you're raising just loves those colors. You can have it search just for that and voilá - there are your selections!

Just for fun, I went looking for lounge couches and chairs. WOW! Prices from $30 to $18,000!!! Seriously. But, heck - you can't say they aren't touching base with all income levels. I really like the inflatable one - doesn't look at all inflatable, does it? I also like the chaise lounge - I've liked them since I was little, actually. I've never had opportunity to own one, though. And, the Dulset convertible leather textile sofa - I really like the way it looks (no arms for the cats to hang on - works for me!) 

Maybe down the road I'll be able to place an order for just what I want. They've got some really cool things that fit all tastes and budgets. 

Anyway, it's time to hit the books. I just wanted to let everyone know where I was and that I'll be trying to return something in the next week with the challenges (Grandma's Goulash, TGIBBF and GBE2). So, I hope you haven't all forgotten me too quickly!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad it wasn't the hurricane that took you out of the loop!

We've got loads of folks looking up our family, so I needn't do it... but my origins are Jersey all the way! Or does the name Penelope Van Princes or Princess Stout ring a bell? (look it up)

September 13, 2011 at 10:32 PM  

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