Thursday, December 11, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 12/11/08

This was the day I've been waiting for for over two months - the day that my friend Ed gets to talk to his brother. It almost didn't happen, though.

I read my email and blogs, then posted Census Fun with Christmas Names (a repeat post from two years ago). After checking in on Facebook, I signed up for Twitter but have no clue what to do with it. Then I posted Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego on the SSDC Graveyard Rabbit blog. I answered some email, gathered up my Project M folder, and got ready to go out. I left at 11:30 for Ed's house, got there by 11:50, and he wasn't home. I called his cell phone after awhile, and he had forgotten about our 12 noon appointment to call his brother. I called the brother to tell him that we would be late, and when Ed got there at about 12:20, we called and talked to his brother on the speaker phone. It was a wonderful conversation - Ed was his feisty self, spoke clearly and loudly, and enjoyed talking to his brother for the first time ever.

I was home by 2 p.m. and posted about it in Getting Ed and his brother together. After reading email, blogs and Facebook, our financial advisor came to tell us that we made lots of money on capital gains and we will have to pay more in income taxes even though our portfolio lost money. Arrrgggh. I watched TV, had dinner, read the paper, and at 5:30 came back to write my NFL Picks post on Randy's Busy Life. I poked around for awhile, but finally gathered the printouts of the Family Journal, and watched football game while collating the pages into the 16-page report. I stapled them, stuffed the large envelopes with the Journal and our Christmas letter, sealed the envelopes, put return address stickers and stamps ($1.17 each) on the 21 envelopes. Another project done! Cool. I answered some email and checked in on Facebook again. Then this post and I'm going to reward myself with ER tonight at 10.

Genealogy today was 6.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Facebook, 0.5 hour on Twitter, 1.5 hours writing blog posts, 2.0 hours on Project M and the phone call, and 1.0 hour on the Family Journal project.

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