Wednesday, March 07, 2018

In Case I Ever Visit Italy...

 I would love to visit Italy one day, and BlogThings tells me I am the history! Ha! That makes sense, since I was a history major in college.

"You Are the History"

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

10 On Tuesday: Things I've Learned Since My Dad Passed Away

So, this post may be grim, but it's part of life. I've learned many  things about life and death since Dad died. Here are ten of them:

1. Grief isn't linear. Some days are better, and some days are harder than others.

2. Dad's favorite flower was the pink azalea. My sister knew that, but I didn't.

3. Losing a parent is different in so many ways from losing a grandparent or more distant relative.

4. Even though Dad was sick when he died, I do not feel like he's "in a better place" now. I miss him, and I wish he were still here.

5. Having a sibling helps when planning things related to his death, but we don't always agree. That can be hard at times.

6. Reading books Dad would've enjoyed helps sometimes, but other times they make me sadder. It's part of the grieving process.

7. It helps to hear others' memories of Dad, especially the funny ones.

8. It's hard to explain this grief to someone who hasn't lost a parent.

9. Paper notes and cards received in the mail have been surprisingly meaningful and appreciated. It's inspired me to order some cards to send via mail on my own.

10. My relationship with food is a strange one during the grieving period, especially since I'd like to lose weight. Sometimes I don't feel like eating, sometimes I'm all into the comfort food.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Favorite YouTube Videos: 12-year-old Singing Ventriloquist

I love a good YouTube video! So I've decided to start sharing some of my favorites on this blog. Here's a video from last year's "America's Got Talent," a 12-year-old singing ventriloquist! She ended up winning the contest! This was her initial audition. It makes me smile every time I watch it.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Taking On Shakespeare

I've decided to read all of Shakespeare's plays. That's 37 in all. Actually, I already read Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet some time ago, so that's 35 left. I finished Macbeth a few days ago, and now I'm reading The Tempest.

Why, you ask? Well, my dad passed away last month. He was an English major in college, and he and my mom met in a Shakespeare class. I wish I'd read more Shakespeare while Dad was still living so we could discuss them, but better late than never, is what I figure. I think he'd like this project.

Would you like to join me in my Shakespearean journey? If so, comment below! Better yet, join me on Goodreads:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Writing a Family History

I've been involved in genealogy research since the early 1990s. Lately I've been thinking about picking one of my lines to concentrate on putting together a book. So, I decided to pick one line from my dad's side (Burdine) and one line from my mom's side (McCauley) to focus on. I've discovered that, especially with my AncestryDNA and 23andMe test results in, it's easy to get distracted with other family lines, but it's all good, really.Sometimes it's good to "go with the flow," especially when it includes getting in contact with a "new" cousin!

Friday, February 16, 2018

In Memory of My Dad

My dad made Duke Alumni Twitter feed today, and it made me smile. I sure do miss him.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Joining the DAR?

Since recovering from ankle and knee injuries, I've been thinking about ways to get involved in the community. One of my favorite hobbies is genealogy, so I decided to look into joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, also known as the DAR. No one else in my immediate family is a member, and I'm not aware of any more distant relatives who are members either. So, it's going to be a bit of a stretch to prove my lineage, but I think it'll be worth it! I also think it'll be a nice way to meet more people in the area.

I'm not sure which of my possible Revolutionary War ancestors I should use for my membership lineage. Someone from the local chapter will help me decide. It's pretty exciting to think about!