jennythereader: (* Card Catalog)
In researching my family tree I was reminded of our connection to Rodger Young, a WWII hero. (He was a cousin of my Grandmother, but I haven't tracked down the exact relationship yet.)

I re-read the wikipedia page and found a couple other sites that talk about him and about the song written about him. This profile, as over-romanticized as it is, especially got me thinking.

When the writers of Captain America re-worked Steve Rogers' pre-serum story, was Rodger Young's story somewhere in the back of their minds?

And now I want to read a story in which Rogers hears about Young's life and death. Maybe Colonel Phillips mentions him as someone else who was considered for the serum project.
jennythereader: (Time for Dessert)
Thanks to my wonderful Aunt Kathy, I now have my grandmother's recipe for peanut butter fudge. I don't think I've had this fudge since middle school, but if it's as good as I remember I will be most pleased.

The next thing I have to do is get the kitchen cleaned up enough for experimenting in.
jennythereader: (Time for Dessert)
Thanks to my wonderful Aunt Kathy, I now have my grandmother's recipe for peanut butter fudge. I don't think I've had this fudge since middle school, but if it's as good as I remember I will be most pleased.

The next thing I have to do is get the kitchen cleaned up enough for experimenting in.
jennythereader: (Parakeets *)
Body: My back was bad for a while, but ibuprofen seems to have done its job. Also, in the catagory of things I need to remember to tell my doctor about at my next appointment, sometimes I've been getting dizzy & light-headed when I stretch. Not fainting, but feeling a little like I did just before the one time I did faint.

Book Review: I finished If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path last night. It had some good advice, but most of it boils down to "Be yourself. No, really. From day one. Be who you really are. If you're not sure who you really are, figure that out first."

Reading: I started reading The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District last night, but ended up turning the lights out before I had finished the introduction.

Hearing: The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast is mostly drowning out the passive-aggressive co-workers being bitchy.

Etsy find: A really interesting black & silver necklace

Project Follow-up: I got the cordial filtered, and discovered that I need better tools for that job. The strainer is fine, but I don't have a good container to filter into. Dinner was yummy and fun. And... I didn't get around to assembling the swap. Maybe this weekend, more likely Monday.

Tonight's Project: Tom & I are heading out of town this weekend, so tonight's project is to get home and on the road as soon as possible.

Randomness: Welcome to the world Taya! Tom's brother & his wife had their little girl yesterday. I can't wait to meet her. :-)
jennythereader: (Parakeets *)
Body: My back was bad for a while, but ibuprofen seems to have done its job. Also, in the catagory of things I need to remember to tell my doctor about at my next appointment, sometimes I've been getting dizzy & light-headed when I stretch. Not fainting, but feeling a little like I did just before the one time I did faint.

Book Review: I finished If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path last night. It had some good advice, but most of it boils down to "Be yourself. No, really. From day one. Be who you really are. If you're not sure who you really are, figure that out first."

Reading: I started reading The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District last night, but ended up turning the lights out before I had finished the introduction.

Hearing: The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast is mostly drowning out the passive-aggressive co-workers being bitchy.

Etsy find: A really interesting black & silver necklace

Project Follow-up: I got the cordial filtered, and discovered that I need better tools for that job. The strainer is fine, but I don't have a good container to filter into. Dinner was yummy and fun. And... I didn't get around to assembling the swap. Maybe this weekend, more likely Monday.

Tonight's Project: Tom & I are heading out of town this weekend, so tonight's project is to get home and on the road as soon as possible.

Randomness: Welcome to the world Taya! Tom's brother & his wife had their little girl yesterday. I can't wait to meet her. :-)
jennythereader: (Reading Baby)
KC called me to tell me that his nine month old daughter, my niece Skylar, made her first book nest today.

*sniff*

I'm so proud. Pictures are promised, and if it's OK with him I'll share them.
jennythereader: (Reading Baby)
KC called me to tell me that his nine month old daughter, my niece Skylar, made her first book nest today.

*sniff*

I'm so proud. Pictures are promised, and if it's OK with him I'll share them.
jennythereader: (Default)
Yesterday was my Gramma Beard's 83rd birthday. She doesn't read my LJ, but I still want to wish her a happy birthday and a good year and many more.

A picture my step-mother took at Gramma's birthday dinner.


Left to right: Dad, Gramma, Aunt Lois, Aunt Kathy. 
jennythereader: (Default)
Yesterday was my Gramma Beard's 83rd birthday. She doesn't read my LJ, but I still want to wish her a happy birthday and a good year and many more.

A picture my step-mother took at Gramma's birthday dinner.


Left to right: Dad, Gramma, Aunt Lois, Aunt Kathy. 
jennythereader: (* Downtown EL)
These are a couple a pictures KC sent me of his new little girl and the rest of the family.




jennythereader: (* Downtown EL)
These are a couple a pictures KC sent me of his new little girl and the rest of the family.




jennythereader: (* Downtown EL)
We are home!

The funeral was, well, a funeral. It was weird saying good-bye to the last of my great-uncles (and aunts) that I actually knew. I have a few left (I think), but I don't really know any of them.

My family freaked Tom out a little bit by telling him how a couple branches of my ancestors have been living in this same town of Lake Odessa, Michigan since just after the Civil War.

We spent most of Saturday hanging out with Gramma Robinson, and then went into EL for dinner with Dad, Nancy, and Jon at El Azteco. After that we went out to Bob's dojo and watched the last little bit of his martial arts class. Then we headed over to Jon's house to grab Bob's stuff, and ended up hangout there for a while. Bob went back to Grand Ledge with us, and we spent the night at Gramma Robinson's.

We all got up fairly early this morning, but we didn't end up hitting the road much earlier than we would have otherwise.

We had a few adventures on the drive, but nothing particularly dramatic. We left the highway a couple of times trying to find a place that would sell us a replacement wire to hook Tom's iPhone up to the car radio, and when we stopped in Canada for dinner we managed to find a restaurant that had good food but awful service.

Anyway, we're home safe and sound. It's a little late for calling people now, but I will make a few calls in the morning.
jennythereader: (* Downtown EL)
We are home!

The funeral was, well, a funeral. It was weird saying good-bye to the last of my great-uncles (and aunts) that I actually knew. I have a few left (I think), but I don't really know any of them.

My family freaked Tom out a little bit by telling him how a couple branches of my ancestors have been living in this same town of Lake Odessa, Michigan since just after the Civil War.

We spent most of Saturday hanging out with Gramma Robinson, and then went into EL for dinner with Dad, Nancy, and Jon at El Azteco. After that we went out to Bob's dojo and watched the last little bit of his martial arts class. Then we headed over to Jon's house to grab Bob's stuff, and ended up hangout there for a while. Bob went back to Grand Ledge with us, and we spent the night at Gramma Robinson's.

We all got up fairly early this morning, but we didn't end up hitting the road much earlier than we would have otherwise.

We had a few adventures on the drive, but nothing particularly dramatic. We left the highway a couple of times trying to find a place that would sell us a replacement wire to hook Tom's iPhone up to the car radio, and when we stopped in Canada for dinner we managed to find a restaurant that had good food but awful service.

Anyway, we're home safe and sound. It's a little late for calling people now, but I will make a few calls in the morning.
jennythereader: (Tom & I *)
Yesterday I opened a big box from Bed Bath and Beyond, and found that my Mom's family had pooled together to get Tom & I several place settings in our "everyday" design.

I'll be calling and/or sending thank you notes later in the week, but for now -

A big thank you to:
Grandma Robinson & Richard
Aunt Jean & Garrold
Aunt Carol
and
Uncle Rob & Marna


Not that any of them actually read this journal, as far as I know.
jennythereader: (Tom & I *)
Yesterday I opened a big box from Bed Bath and Beyond, and found that my Mom's family had pooled together to get Tom & I several place settings in our "everyday" design.

I'll be calling and/or sending thank you notes later in the week, but for now -

A big thank you to:
Grandma Robinson & Richard
Aunt Jean & Garrold
Aunt Carol
and
Uncle Rob & Marna


Not that any of them actually read this journal, as far as I know.
jennythereader: (Happy Birthday)


Adrian Carter Beard
Born 7:55 PM
March 23, 2006
21 1/2" long
7# 1oz
Columbia, SC

Father: Kevin Carl Beard (the oldest of my brothers)
Mother: Erin Duprey

Good Luck to Erin & KC!
jennythereader: (Happy Birthday)


Adrian Carter Beard
Born 7:55 PM
March 23, 2006
21 1/2" long
7# 1oz
Columbia, SC

Father: Kevin Carl Beard (the oldest of my brothers)
Mother: Erin Duprey

Good Luck to Erin & KC!

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