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21 December 2014 @ 02:26 pm
Winter Check In  
Hope everyone is well!

I had that one writing spurt in November, then silence fell. Since then, we went to Disneyland for Nin's birthday, meeting up with Roberta, Casey, Jen and Dave. Fun was had and matching shirts were worn :D

Disneyland 2014 Christmas Tree small

What else is new? I have a new phone - my last one got zapped while I was recharging it -- it's a Motorola Droid Turbo, the only one available form Verizon on early edge since my contract isn't up till May.

Vala is growing like a weed, and definitely is more Border Collie that Lab as she grows.

Nin got me an Ancestry.com DNA test for my birthday, which was utterly fascinating when I got the results back. I finally did a paid Ancestry membership as well, after years of just the free one. Should have done it years ago! So much easier and so much information as you can look at other family trees and use that they've discovered already. I was zipping along, working on my paternal great grandmother and was flabbergasted to discover a direct line to the Plantagenets, and the Dukes of Burgundy. Till then, I'd been quite satisfied to discover an aunt who was a lady in waiting to Ann Boleyn :D On that line, I've made it back to 1000. I'm stuck on my mum's, both mother and father, not making it back much past 1700.

Saw Battle of the Five Armies, and while I did enjoy it, it seemed weaker than the first two, and several things aggravated me. But I will go see it again.

Our dryer broke, so we're back to putting things outside to dry. But I'd prefer that to the washer breaking [knocks wood]

Been very slowly preparing for Xmas, and I'm sure there's things I should be doing, but mostly just want to sit here. I did manage to make the filling for my Winter Fruit Tarts yesterday, and shelled nearly 3 lbs of pecans for Nin's Spiced Pecans.

Oh, finally saw the Racoon movie aka Guardians of the Galaxy. Rented it form Amazon. It was entertaining, though I fell asleep part way through. I woke in time for the end though. At least I know what the dancing tree thing is all about now. At some point I'll have to rerent it and try and stay awake through the whole thing.

Everyone have a great holiday season!

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fkastriderfkastrider on December 24th, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)
My brother got the DNA thing for his birthday. I assume that mine is close to the same as we give every appearance as being twins even though we were born months apart. I must re-read it some time to figure out which of the 44 surviving females we are descended from.

About GotG, I got a kick out of how the large tattooed guy picked up "nuance".

I will be interesting to see who they pick to play Peter Quill/Star-Lord's father if they include him in the next movie.

Have fun with Ancestry and make sure you update it to include the current generations. As I remember they don't expose that information until the date-of-death is attached, so I should be there (but invisible) as well as my children and grandchild(ren).

Someday soon I will need to take over the responsibility from my Dad for sending in the updates.