I think the whole month of January would have been a bit easier if I had two functioning legs. I have not mastered the art of the wheelchair – that has cost me some valuable time . I knocked over my to file box and scattered my sorted papers; I have trapped myself in my office by blocking my way out with binders, boxes, and books. Thankfully now everything has a place. I am hoping to get at least one of my casts off in the next ten days. I made it through /SLIG in a wheelchair I guess making it through some organization shouldn’t kill me but boy I would love the freedom of at least one good leg.
I can always learn more to make the software work harder for me but I am confident in using the software.
|Leslie Carney – Deed Mapping Class|
January 1st I fell. I broke my right ankle and dislocated my left ankle. After passing out from the pain my first thought was SLIG. I had been waiting forever to go and I was faced with the possibility of waiting another year to attend. However, my roommate for the event, Leslie Carney, volunteered to help me with all my special needs and the SLIG folks agreed to accommodate me. Peg Ivanyo worked with the hotel to get me accommodations with a roll in shower and changed the buses to accommodate my wheelchair.
|Wheelchair bus access – picture by J. Paul Hawthorne|
Sue Petersen worked with me to have an allergy free meal and kept my spirits up during the event. Many, and I mean many, wonderful people helped me with doors, rolling my wheelchair, and assisting me during the week. Good buddy and conference hubby J. Paul Hawthorne kept Leslie and I entertained and also helped push me around. I am still not an expert on land however I am much more confident after attending Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre’s land class. I hope Rick did not notice that I was ordering books referenced in his talk while we were in class. My library has increased with many books purchased from our source list. I am so glad that I attended the conference. Mobility wise is was difficult but what I learned and the people I met were worth any pain and discomfort. My goal for SLIG 2017 – two good legs and perhaps Judy Russell’s class……
|Loopy! J. Paul Hawthorne and I – picture by Leslie Carney|
þ Clear off the computer desk and make piles for everything. The piles have been sorted into:
To be Filed Letters/Email to write Research to do Photos – I have temporarily boxed up my photos.
þ Check your office supplies, and replace any missing or lost items.
Ordered additional 3-ring binders Ordered Document and Photo storage boxes Flash drive Will purchase file box – to be kept under desk for filing and paper management. All I need to do is convince a child or husband to take me to the store. No driving since I broke my right ankle and tore up my left ankle.
þ Set up your computer desk and office the way you want it
I began redoing my office this past fall. Upgrades made before the end of the year included a new desktop computer, a new portable drive, two monitors, a new printer, organized book shelves, catalog of all books on Librarything.com. I have arranged my desk, equipment and shelves to be functional in my everyday life.
þ Designate a special red clipboard to take down notes when you run into computer problems.
I have a dedicated notebook in my desk drawer for this purpose.
þ Designate a special green clipboard as the “Genealogy Challenges” clipboard.