Saturday, December 28, 2013
Random Post-Christmas pictures
Proto-Indo-European dictionary and grammar for Christmas? I did this because I know enough about languages to know that Proto-Indo-European is a purely theoretical dead language and I didn't think enough of a reconstruction existed to even put a book together. For linguists, it's the equivalent of the Holy Grail, and I've always had a fascination for really ancient history. Well, Steve found two books on Amazon, one a scholarly work with the Oxford name behind it, and the other a scholarly work that seems to be an attempt to promote "Modern" Indo-European as a living language for geeks who like the Prometheus movie franchise. Something about it being the language of the engineers? I don't know, I've only scratched the surface of that and the Kindle. So Steve gets lots of points for coolness this Christmas!
I can finally reveal my secret sewing project - I made two pairs of boxers for each of the boys and 4 for Steve. If you find photos of such things distasteful, consider this fair warning... but I think of it as documenting my sewing and craft activities.
Steve gives a "date with Dad" to each of the kids for Christmas and has taken the girls out so far - Tertia for bowling and Wendy's, and Quarta for Despicable Me II and pizza. I took three of the kids out clothes shopping yesterday and will probably do more next week. I've been working on getting to know the new Kindle and trying to get a good night's sleep. For some reason I have been either not able to fall asleep until 2:30 a.m. or have woken up at 3:30 a.m. for the last 5 nights. A little sewing has been going on, but not too much.
I blame President Obama and the insidious "pajama boy" commercial for spoiling my enjoyment of staying in my pajamas until late in the morning and even -- this should be criminal -- hot chocolate. I mean, who spoils Christmas with political propaganda, smirking twenty-somethings in infantile jammies, and bad associations for chocolate? It's enough to make me want to watch Duck Dynasty. Well, not really. What we have been watching: the Hobbit part 1 (preparing to take the girls to see part 2 sometime next week maybe), Wreck-it Ralph, Return of the King extended version, first disk (the girls just finished having Steve read it to them), and Tertia just watched an old grainy video of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Games, social gatherings and plans to watch Frozen are going on. And someday, preferably sooner rather than later, I really, really need to clean the house.
Hope to get at least one more retrospective/goal-setting post in before the New Year, and maybe enough of Celtic Solstice to participate in the link-up. But if not, you'll know I'm enjoying a certain amount of well-earned laziness and studying Proto-Indo-European.