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  • I am feeling MUCH better this week.  Friday dawned as the first teacher work day I have looked forward to since I was the one getting out of school for teacher work days.  It was sunny.  I had good times with my boys.
  • Tomorrow, Nicolas is turning 10.  That means (a) my miracle baby is turning ten, and (b) ten years ago, at this very moment, I was pretty damned sick and had no idea how serious it was.  It’s kind of weird to have an annual reminder of that.
  • The Census Bureau has put together lesson plans for teachers.  How nifty is that?  I offered to come speak to Nicolas’s class about the aspect of the Census that I find the most fun – its application in genealogy.  In that vein, I got the names of Nicolas’s teacher’s grandfathers and found them on the census when they were young men.  I can’t wait to share that with the class.
  • Since last summer, when I first found this class at Jessica Sprague’s site, I have been aching to take it.  Aching.  My Christmas and birthday gifts from various members of the family was cash towards it.  Mom gave me her Nikon CoolPix that she didn’t use any more.  The next available class was MARCH 2010.  Soooooo far away!  Aching, I tell you.  Guess who got into the class?  Guess what class started yesterday?  Not aching for that class anymore.
  • Now I’m aching for a new lens.  Kids these days…never satisfied with their toys.
  • Thankfully, the CoolPix is a bridge camera, so I can’t go nuts dreaming over expensive lenses and such.  Jason is breathing a huge sigh of relief right now, I guarantee you.
  • We had a fabulous day trip on Saturday, which I’ll write about later this week.  For now, I’ll leave you with a teaser of my guys:


  • We got our Census form today.  The amateur genealogist in me is SO disappointed in it.  I love finding out through old censuses that an ancestor was a trolley driver or rancher or whatever.  This year, it’s name, race, age, date of birth, and relation to others in the household.  How boring will THAT be to read when it’s released to the public in 2082??  Plus, no mention of place of birth or parents’ places of birth, which, on old censuses, is a verifier of identity.  Genealogists of the future will weep in frustration, mark my words.
  • On a Census up-note, in two years, we’ll be able to see the 1940 census!  Hurrah!
  • And another one – this is the first census Kalen’s on!  It might be the first one Nicolas is on as part of our family…or maybe even at all.  He was born before the April 1 “counting date,” but since he lived in the hospital for his first two months, I don’t remember how that worked.  In fact, the Census-taker might have come around before he was born.  If that’s the case, since we had a June due date, he was likely missed in the census.  Hmmm…
  • Last night, Jason and I watched Julie & Julia.  We both loved it.  It was so refreshing to see an engaging real-world story, well-written and well-staged, with no antagonist.  Think about it – there’s always a “bad guy” in movies, when there so rarely is in day-to-day life.  The love stories were an unexpected bonus, and Meryl Streep rocked that role.  SO rocked it.  Now we have to see The Blind Side to see how great a job Sandra Bullock did to beat her for the Oscar.
  • Report card day last Friday – good results!  I’m choosing to believe the very high score in music class outweighs a certain little someone’s inability to complete his work on time.  Ahem.
  • At the school’s silent auction Saturday night, Jason and I won three lessons at Arthur Murray for $40.  Forty.  Dollars.  That is cheap, people.  (Like, less than 10% of retail price cheap.)  Next stop, Dancing With the Average Folks?  (Look for it on the Fox Reality Channel one of these days.)

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