Thursday, August 26, 2010

Yer Kin


I swear I'm not to the point (yet) of going all hardcore genealogist. I haven't even finished sorting through consulting files from 2002. The last thing I need is more records to manage. But I have to say, I'm interested in it and it might become my "new thing" as soon as I write a book>get it published>option screenplay>appear on Oprah in the ice blue Prada sweater.

One of the careers that was suggested to me via an aptitude test taken in high school (back when we had lead pencils, kids) was "private investigator." This was in the heyday of "Magnum, P.I." and "Cagney and Lacey," so I thought that was pretty cool but times being what they were, I chose a different path. Sidenote: Does that mean I didn't take my grandmother's Doberman named "Belle" for a walk nearly everyday and pretend she was both Zeus and Apollo and instead of Alabama it was Hawaii? No, it doesn't. Because I so did.

I do have an eye for little details and penchant for recall and sequencing, so I think it might be fun to embark on this journey. My mother's people (I love saying that and because I'm Southern I can - if you're not Southern, you can't say it ... it's just like that) are fairly well documented thanks to a a devoted distant cousin from Lexington, Tennessee, who passed recently. But the Johnsons are a mystery. My uncle Butch, who left us in May, gave me a little background about 20 years ago when he was visiting from Virginia. I just knew there had to be someone really decadent and spectacular in our gene pool but he assured me, in his amazingly pragmatic way, that we were "as common as shit." He didn't have a ton of information but two things stood out: a distant connection to Lyndon Baines Johnson and something about "Black Dutch."

The Black Dutch thing sounded really mysterious, of course, and initially I thought it could explain a lot - like why I love Missy Elliott so much and could be classified as a Booty Do - but have come to realize those people are rather swarthy and prone to criminal mischief. Which is, of course, what I find intriguing.

All things aside, my friend Ryan and I were having a discussion last night about terminology of "once removed" and "twice removed," etc. He was trying to explain verbally and I was attempting to draw a diagram on the microsuede of my sofa. Thankfully there's genealogy.com and the interwebs for other images. I really like this one and am keeping it for reference.
 
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Lil' Ruby

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Because I majored in butterflies and minored in ponies, I also feed hummingbirds. This is not big news, as I've been feeding them at the office for a few years now. However, I have increased my hummingbird footprint and added a feeder to my veranda after nearly getting my head taken off by an errant chick when I was harvesting basil. Yes, I said it, VERANDA and HARVESTING BASIL: let the record show I am now Martha Bloody Stewart.

Immediately the family began using the feeder, without much hesitation. In fact, initially I wondered if they were rabid because I had not one but two really blessed occasions to be about 2' away from the feeder while a tiny hen perched and fed. I could see areas on her body that had not fully developed plumage and the shine of her tiny black eyeballs as she tilted her head ever-so-slightly. This image is of a young male, as noted by his ruby throat. I actually shot it using my zoom, through the glass door, but thought it was also a unique vantage point.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Apathy, it's what's for summer!

I need more fire in my belly. Dog training and home organizing are very consuming subjects, but I'm left with this obvious feeling of apathy where most everything else is concerned. I have to question if I've evolved enough to simply avoid emotional investment, or if I've just invested too much emotionally over 39 years and am flat-lining. The latter is more dramatic, so I'll go with B, Alex, for the Daily Double. At some point I am going to address feeling like a carcass that has used to capacity by scavengers. I just need to be strategic in how I go about this daunting task. Stay tuned! 

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Come Into The Closet

I didn't take a before pic because I'd already made one intermediate "improvement" to my closet but, on one of the hottest weekends of summer (and in Alabama, that's saying something), I opted to stay in for a RADICAL closet overhaul. Should it take 3 days to remove existing shelving and add new shelving? Probably not. It does when you're me though, and everything has to be super level and plumb and precise. Result? I can walk all the way in and all of my luxuriation is contained in one space. Huzzah!

Was I thrilled to be able to modify a free-standing shoe-rack by fixing to the wall? Did I chop down the width of an existing one using a mere hacksaw? Why yes I was, and why yes I did.


Closet redo was Step 1 in a quest to relocate my pilates spring wall. Note to file: Spring Wall is a whore to relocate so don't plan any other functional crazies until you move. I still haven't finished my 2010 Year Of Organizational Change list, but I've gotten really far. I need to hang a few more shelves and edit a few more things, but overall I'm really pleased with tracking and it's been fun to have a goal to which I'm really committed.

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