Because of my cold, I’ve been thinking about medicines: What kind should I take to stop my sinuses from feeling as if they are going to explode? What could I take to stop my throat from aching? What medicines and vitamins are available to make this cold less severe and shorter in length?
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When I was about ten years old or so and living in Seattle, my cousin Krissy came up with the brillant idea of making my Auntie Bub (her real name is Elizabeth, but family called her Bub for some reason) a memory book for her upcoming birthday. It was going to be her 85th birthday – and we wanted to give her a gift that she would really appreciate.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!
I am so honored and grateful to Cindy over at Everythings Relative for giving me the Proximidade award!!
Yesterday, my boyfriend and I babysat his three-month old cousin, Gabriel. I’ve never babysat someone so young before, so I have to admit that certain things were a bit difficult. But, everyone survived and I didn’t even put the diaper on backwards!
When I was 8 years old, I received my very first Harry Potter book. It was a Christmas gift from my best friend, Erin, who was already having the books read to her by her mom. I stared at the book for a moment, before tossing it aside and moving on to other toys.
Little did I know that the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling (one of my heroes) would become a welcomed constant in my life. It would serve me as a doorway to my own creativity, and introduce me to real emotion. As I grew up and dealt with the joys and pains of life – Harry Potter stood by me.
I was inevitably hooked and before long I was begging to get my hands on everything Harry Potter. I listened to the books on tape while in the car, I kept the books with me always, and I got in trouble in school for reading the books when we were really supposed to be doing math.
As the characters grew, I grew with them. The plot became progressively more complicated as did I.
When the movies came out, my mom and I (yes, my mom is a fan of the books also), would ditch school and work to go out and see the movies. We would buy nearly everything at the concession stands and watch the movies. It has been a tradition of ours since they began coming out.
The point of this post is that even still I rely on this fairytale to explain life. Rowling has an exceptional ability to make the fictional mirror certain aspects of reality. In her books there is discrimination, pain, joy, love, hope, war, loss, and friendship – all things that in the real world we can relate to. These books have meant the world to me and have been with me through my life.
When the 7th and final book of the series came out – I cried. I felt as if a chapter of my childhood had ended.
Next July, when the 6th movie comes out, I will be attending the midnight showing. The next day, I will sleep in until 11, before my mom and I will go out and see it together. We’ll then wait a week or two – I’ll talk to my other Harry Potter obsessed friends about the movie – and then we’ll go see it again. It may sound odd, but it is one of my favorite traditions.
So – now that you have read this incredibly long article about my love affair with Harry Potter – you are probably wondering how this has anything to do with genealogy. That answer is very simple: Genealogy is not just about dates and places, but about learning how your family was shaped to become what it is today. There is no doubt in my mind that Harry Potter has served an important role in my life, and I can’t wait until the day I get to share that joy with my children and grandchildren.
Now, if you’ll please excuse me – I have a 1 minute, 52 second trailer to watch repeatedly – it is the only thing that will give me my fix until July 17, 2009.
Hello everyone – I just wanted to write a quick note saying “Happy Thanksgiving”. I hope all is going well with everyone and everyon ehas a safe holiday!
Also – remember to take some pictures and tell stories to everyone. Those sort of memories were always my favorites and I learned so much about my family.
I wish you good eats, good laughs, and good family times.
Yesterday was a day that made history. A black man has been elected president and I am honored that I was able to be part of that political process.
Whatever way you voted, sit back today and reflect on how far our country has come. Reflect on the change that our country is about to endure.
I wish everyone well and I hope everyone feels as proud/honored/excited/hopeful/etc. as I do to be an American in such a wonderful time!
*Note: This is not a political blog nor do I plan to make it one. However, I wanted to express my feelings after yesterday’s election and I wanted to remind everyone that this will be a time period that our descendants will be researching….and remember, they’ll be wondering what went through our heads.
We all know that current events effect our lives. Such events can make important decisions in our lives – or at least change our perspective. As we hunt to find our ancestors, current events are always something to think about when we are considering why our ancestors did something (like move to another state or suddenly have a new job)…And maybe, we can do our descendants a favor and make it easier for them to figure our how current events changed our lives.
This election year has been a big (and exhausting!) one. No matter which candidate wins, it will be historical: Either a black man will be president or a woman will be vice president. What an exciting time!
But it isn’t just the candidates that are the big deal. People are so incredibly passionate and they are participating like we haven’t seen in years! In our information age – people are spreading their support/opinions/dislike for their candidate and the issues on so many channels: Blogging, newspapers, rallies, coffee shops, bumper sticker, yard signs, fundraisers, volunteering…etc.
The bottom line is this: Maybe you should be considerate to your descendants by making sure there is something that is saved that shows how you felt about this election – and maybe even how it changed your life. Maybe save that newspaper editorial you wrote or print out the blog post you wrote about your favorite candidate. You could save your yard sign or pin. Even a simple letter that explains your feelings on the issues would work.
Please, whatever your political party or feelings – give your descendants a bone!
Sorry for the delay in posts. I’ve been super swamped with school and with throwing a wedding shower for my boyfriend’s cousin. But the good news is that I am back and I have a bit more of a free weekend.
Since my last post, I have also been busy working on a new blog that I just recently joined. The blog is entitled The Graveyard Rabbit of Eastern Tennessee. The basics of the blog is that it promotes the preservation of cemeteries. I have this blog because I am a Charter Member of the Graveyard Rabbit Association. You can find my new blog here: http://elysesgyrb.blogspot.com/ and the website to The Graveyard Rabbit Association is http://www.thegraveyardrabbit.com/
You will also notice that I added a cool little gadget to this blog called “This Day In History”. It is towards the bottom of the blog and it is just a cool little gadget that I thought was interesting.
Alrighty – I just thought I’d give you a quick update on that. I promise I will be back to posting this weekend!