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#RootsTech2020 is on the Horizon!

RootsTech, the much-anticipated family history conference, is coming up next month! Hundreds of classes will be taught, ranging from "Get Started: Overview of FamilySearch.org" for the very beginner genealogist to "Dealing with Documents: Analysis, Extraction, Transcription and Abstraction" for advanced researchers. The Expo Hall will be filled with vendors offering goods and services related to family history. RootsTech attendees can find out which cousins are in attendance by utilizing the "Relatives Around Me" feature on the Family Tree app. 

I love everything about RootsTech, including the keynote speakers. This year's lineup includes the Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, David Hume Kennerly; NFL superstar Emmitt Smith; and Leigh Anne Tuohy, who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the movie, The Blind Side. I am looking forward to hearing them tell their stories. Comedian Ryan Hamilton will also be performing on Friday night. I've seen him be…

Ten Things of Thankful: Diving Right In Edition

To make the post title true:

1. I'm thankful for the Utah DMV. Seriously. The five minutes (at most) I waited for a walk-in appointment during the noon hour was so refreshingly short. (I don't even think it's possible to book appointments online; that's how reasonable the wait always is.) In contrast, in Los Angeles county, the lines outside the DMV prior to opening look like people waiting for stores to open on Black Friday!

2. I'm thankful for cute little reminders. I looked down at my robotic vacuum one day and saw a little Mickey Mouse (who is a decoration for a plant pot) taking a ride. Sometimes we end up in a place we never imagined we would be, but we just need to hang on for the ride. 

3. I'm thankful that the fencing project is coming along. The installer apologized that it isn't finished yet, but the weather really has been a limiting factor. I told him it's OK; we're patient. 


4. I'm thankful for the ability to laugh at myself. The other…

Ten Things of Thankful: A Good Exercise

The theme for this week: life isn't always pleasant, but it is worth it, and it is always worth it to look back for the things to be thankful for. 

1. I donated whole blood this week. Unlike platelet donation, which doesn't agree with me, it's very fast and easy for me to donate whole blood. Funny story: there was a man and woman donating next to me, and they were racing each other. The nurse who was helping me, hooked me up and immediately whispered to me, "You're going to beat both of them!" And I did. I filled that bag in three minutes, 27 seconds. We all have our talents, I guess, and one of mine is bleeding. I'm thankful that I can help others.

2. One of the benefits of having a child in medical school is that he reminds me to take care of age-appropriate procedures. I'm a few years late, but I bit the bullet and scheduled a routine screening colonoscopy. I'm thankful for caring children.

3. I actually scheduled the procedure weeks ago; the actu…

Ten Things of Thankful: I'm Back!

I missed last week's Ten Things of Thankful link-up, not because I wasn't thankful, but because I was busy, busy, busy watching my grandchildren for a week. I have five grandchildren, ranging in age from 1-7 years old, and while my own five children have a very similar spread in ages, somehow I still ended up making rookie mistakes during the week (saying "yes" to the water play area of the children's museum when I hadn't packed towels/changes of clothes, for example--I was fooled by the available aprons and boots to wear). However, overall it was like riding a bicycle; I didn't forget how to sneak in healthy foods, for example. "Breakfast" (winter squash) bread, anyone?
The week was a week of comparisons of what was available "back in the day" versus what is available now, as well as a comparison of our own energy levels then versus now. Most of all, it was a week of fun, as we enjoyed spending time with our grandchildren.
I'm thank…