Ugh. Frankly, it has been an overall shitty last three months over here, with a few great moments mixed in. Things haven't sucked this much in at least two and a half years, if they have ever sucked this much.** But, I really should not complain. It only seems bad because the vast majority of my life is pretty much awesome. Anyway, as such I haven't composed any major blogs lately and I know I owe at least one explaining the little handwriting thing I did last week. But, today I am going with an easy post to just keep this blog operating - Two on Tuesday from Blogging Mama. Thanks, Andrea. :)
1. Tell me about something you collect. It can be weird, normal whatever. What do you collect? If you don't collect anything what would you collect if you could?
I try to avoid becoming the collector type because I don't like having a lot of useless things. But, I do actually have a collection, and it sort of became one without me noticing. I collect books about first names. I just find them fascinating and ideally my job would be doing something related, but, well, there's not much work in that field and I don't think I could stomach a linguistics degree anyway.
The great thing about it is that I've accidentally learned a lot about languages through knowing names. The downsides: if people see the books they think I want three thousand babies so I can name them a bunch of esoteric things. This is not true and actually I don't really care for babies much at all (though I think kids are great). Also, it's really hard to find name books at the used book store because they're not consistently filed in the same sections. And, I hesitate to ask the employees where to find them lest they assume I'm pregnant and start asking me about it, because that would be awkward.
I will take any name book in any language (with an alphabet I can read) from any time period off your hands, by the way. I have 35 books in 5 languages at the moment, or 36 if you count the fact that I bought Freakonomics just for the chapter on names. I'm really hurting for coverage of names from the African and Asian continents and Eastern European countries (Oxford has very basic coverage of E. Europe but I need something more thorough), if you can make any recommendations. (I need something accurate, not some poorly-researched farce like 90,001 Names for Your Baby that happens to include names from those continents. Those books are interesting in their own way, but for these language groups what I really want now is some accurate info.)
2. If you could spend an afternoon talking face to face with one (or two) other blogger(s) who would it be and why?
It would be nice to meet any of the bloggers I haven't met before.
** Whoaaaa peeps. You know you didn't come off right when your own husband calls you to ask what's wrong because your blog sounded so miserable. Let me clarify: My life is really, really, really awesome. I am not exaggerating here. So when things get just a little bad, by contrast they feel crushingly terrible. Things are not THAT bad, there has just been a lot of really bad stuff in a row. Let me explain. In December I had surgery. It was a surprise and not a nice one. My thesis was due at the end of that month and I got an extension because of what happened. The people at the university were not pleased to give me the extension. It's now due at the end of this month. I have been working really hard to try to get it done in time but it has been hard to focus. Then, three days ago, my grandmother died and under very unfortunate circumstances - essentially, a surgery that went wrong. I can't afford to make it home for the funeral. Meanwhile the thesis is still due even though I can't sleep thinking about how it must have been for her. (We were not even that close in recent years.) So, I'm just very tired and stressed, but I'm not crippled by utter misery or anything, thankfully.