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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Letting go...for Spring

Currently... I've been feeling that several things in my everyday life need some changing, so what a better time than Spring than to embark on mixing it up a bit. My health, my energy levels and my commitment (or lack there of) to things I frequently dive into have all been brushed to the wayside--for no other reason than perhaps laziness. So I say to myself- Chop Chop Lollipop!

enjoying:  having my daughter home for spring break

loving:  my new iPhone 5

listening to:  Mas Y Mas by Draco Rosa ft. Ricky Martin 

looking forward to:  warmer weather

wishing:  i wasn't constantly let down by friends

missing:  the old me, i've misplaced her

helping:  nothing really

absorbing:  the need the create art

needing:  to decide on my return to photography school

decorating:  or rather redecorating my craft space

wanting:  to move overseas; even if only for a short time

hoping:  to make a connection with my ancestry research

and for some exciting news... I won a space in Jeanne Oliver's Art eCourse titled The Journey of Letting Go! It warms my heart that see her art and her generous nature. Thank you for this!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are? Well not apparently who I thought I was! All my life I've known myself to be Spanish/Portuguese (father's side) and Mexican/ Native American (mother's side). It wasn't until last week that I was handed a different story.

Shocked? I certainly was, these test came in at 5am and the buzz of my iPhone woke me up from a dead sleep and without vision. 

BAM! The word Persian hit me smack in the face.

PERSIAN--That's the only word my less than stellar eyes focused on. Then slowly another set of words came into focus--NATIVE SOUTH AMERICAN?? WTF? I laid there...dumbfounded. Worse was knowing that deep down my husband knew this information before I did since my DNA was ordered under his Ancestry account and I know his nosey self was not about to forward that email without first reading it for himself!!

What am going to do with this new knowledge? NO IDEA!  I had order my DNA to be tested after coming up against a brick wall in my family ancestry tree. For both sets of parents I have not uncovered any information/documentation as of where anyone after my grandparents may have come from, lived or even even what their true names really are for that matter! I can not believe how very little information was kept. My best guess would have been that the highest percentage of any group in my DNA would have been the Native North American ethnic group. WRONG.

Smack...there's a pie (chart) in your face.

A silver lining?  These results came with a list of names of other people who are a genetic match... 2 people of which are 3rd cousins (with a 98% chance of a us being a true relative match), 46 are potential 4th thru 6th cousins (with a 96% chance)  and over 400 6th thru 8th cousins (with a 50% chance). 

I guess I have to begin writing emails and start asking these strangers if they know who I am!

Side note: 
I have been reading through blogs and member boards about people who are alarmed, disappointed and just plain old pissed off about their DNA results. Chill out people, many of you didn't read the small print, and many of you should know by now that families keep secrets! So be careful when you start digging into the past. 
Also try to remember that a genetic tree always differs from a family tree. So if your results really tossed you for a spin, try easing up and start asking your grandmother some questions. 

Like: Who do you think you are? or better yet...Who's your daddy?!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

here and now currently

Today I'm joining Ali Edwards in Around Here.  Just little tidbits of what's been going on lately and what's been on my mind. Come play along won't you?

enjoying:  the crisp fall air and leaves falling

loving:  the quietness of my thoughts

listening to:  Tonight by John Legend and Too Close by Alex Clare...over and over again

looking forward to:  driving thru West Virginia and seeing the fall foliage this month

wishing:  my friends-- got it

missing:  my college student

helping:  hubs pack for his trip to East Timor and Kazakhstan

absorbing:  the District; I never get to enjoy it as much as I'd like 

needing:  a craft buddy and some sleep

decorating:  my house for Halloween

wanting:  every product by MME, Pink Paislee and Studio Calico

hoping:  to get to see my folks soon

Monday, October 1, 2012

Spent some time in the District this weekend just taking in the sights and capturing some photos. I never tire of this city and it's happenings.  I enjoyed the crisp weather and time alone with my camera. These beautiful ladies were part of the Chinese Festival being held on The Mall.