Thursday, June 12, 2008

Just stuff....

Hey. Just a normal day. Snow in the mountains. Sun in the valley...
WHAT?? Snow?? Yep - a dusting of snow on our mountains...in June...

Not complaining mind you. Daughter is in Arizona on vacation...107 degrees yesterday...

WHAT?? Arizona in the summer?? For vacation?? Yep. She chose to be there now...And she's the "bright"one...

I'm working Saturday at the University of Utah Museum of Natural History at the GeneTree DNA booth..this is what I'll be doing...

"Join us for a fun family event as we celebrate cultural diversity, our ancestral roots, and the DNA that we all share! Be the first to get a peek at our new summer exhibit opening today, "Putting DNA to Work" Activities will include performances by cultural groups and facilitated science activities. "

WHAT?? 2 weeks ago, all I could do is spell DNA (dee-en-aye).... yep. I'll be there being all excited about finding your family with DNA geneaology..and I won't even have to fake the excitement.

Oh, I hope I'm not the "facilitated science activities. " !!

While on the phones , I have spoken to some VERY excited folks who have found family they didn't even know they had..

Their excitement was contagious and I ended up with 2 ladies saying if they come to Salt Lake, they are taking me to lunch.

Hey! ...maybe we're related...I mean..I like lunch ...they like lunch... Can that be a coincidence??

Cool, huh? And one was from England...Hey, I want to go there for lunch...

I was asked to write some instructions on making a pedigree- you know, a family tree.
It is really a fun project. To see the names and sometimes the pictures - especially with my own grandmothers and great grandmothers. it's like they're here, holding me up - I can almost feel their gentle touch, holding me up - making me stronger....( by the time I was born, all of my grandparents, both grandmothers and grandfathers had passed)



But filling out their names and dates of births and deaths- well it was like I was responsible for helping them be real.. to leave their mark - that they have not been forgotten - and that they will be noted and loved by my children & grandchildren. And anyone that shares my page with me..

Wow - do I love this work or what? If I can feel I have helped even one person to discover all they can do with their DNA results...their finding their roots... my day is totally worthwhile...

Have a great Friday..uh oh..the 13th...Hmmm..oh well. Make it a GREAT one anyway.

And if you're in the neighborhood of the Uof U on Saturday -stop by and say "hi"!

-me

12 comments:

The Feathered Nest said...

Colleen! I'm so very impressed!! You have been like a sponge at your new job! You go girl. It does sound like you love it and that makes all the difference. You will probably have the best time doing that Saturday! I can't wait to hear all about it too. Hope your Friday is GREAT! xxoo, Dawn

madrekarin said...

I had no doubt that you would take this and run with it. Sounds like you have an exciting Saturday ahead of you.
I hope you get to meet those women. Not just for the lunch, but because they sound like a lot of fun!

PS- Your photos are wonderful. I know your greats and grands are smiling for you right now.

Brenda said...

Girl I would love that!!! Im afraid if we both hit that town it would never be the same lol!

Mary said...

Colleen, I've done a great deal of history work on my family, tracing back as far as I could with the limits I had. Not only did my family become real to me but I learned about the civil war, the hardships of raising a family during those times and also the simplicity of living. It's a wonderful project and I can see why you are so excited! Isn't if fun going to work everyday if it is something you love?
mary

Connie said...

I know know KNOW I should be doing genealogy but I'm so "procrastinating"! Cute blog, sweetpea. I truly feel for the tomatoes of the world and think they just might need a union!!! Hmmmmm.....???? Come over and visit with me in Idaho!!
Smoochies,
Connie

Mary said...

Wish I could come over this weekend - you are so upbeat about this new job and seem to have learned so much. I'm so proud of you and your accomplishment Colleen - I'll take take you to lunch in England if they don't! Have to be the end of Oct. when I'll be stopping there on my way back from France. See ya!!!!
Enjoy this weekend - and thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Mary.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Amazing stuff, this DNA! I am so happy to hear how much you like your new job. It sounds so interesting!

Have a wonderful weekend...
Penny

Shelley said...

Hi, I'm so happy you came by for a visit. Your work sounds awesome to say the least. Very exciting, I'm sure. Come again to see me anytime,and I am sure to be visiting you.....Have a great weekend.

Blessings,Shelley

curious servant said...

It sounds interesting.

I know so little about my family history. A couple of generations back, and handfull of stories about those further back, and just a hint of what may have been before that.

Amazing that I (we) lose our history so quickly.

I wonder if anyone will remember me in three or four generations?

Ive been doing a little blog hopping this afternoon and I thought I should avoid the "lurker" moniker by leaving a thank you not for the thought/reminiscence-provoking post.

--Will

Sweet Repose said...

I hope to someday do the geniology of my roots, my cousins have and it is amazing...but right now I have waters to tread and sand bags to fill...and yup...the sign calls it like it sees it...have a great weekend...the NUT

Pen Pen said...

Your new job sounds exciting! How does that DNA stuff work... if I send you my DNA, can you find me some ancestors I don't know about?

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