Eight Things About Me

dscf0570aI’ve been tagged by Elizabeth at Little Bytes of Life for the “Eight Things About Me” meme. The rules are simple:

  • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • Write a blog post about these eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of the blog post, list eight people to get tagged.
  • Leave a comment on their blogs telling them they’ve been tagged.

Alright, let’s see…

  1. I played bassoon and clarinet in high school (almost became a music major).
  2. I don’t like raw tomatoes. They’re alright cooked or in salsa, but other than that, you can keep ’em! (I’m so glad Elizabeth had that on her list — I feel better knowing I’m not the only one!)
  3. I enjoy crafts. Right now, I’m into beading.
  4. I used to be afraid of thunderstorms, but now I think they’re pretty cool.
  5. I’m an Indianapolis Colts fan. (I gave up on the hapless Bengals years ago!)
  6. I love to cook and bake. (And I can’t explain to some in my family how those things are different!)
  7. I’m the youngest of 3 sisters.
  8. My favorite color is green.

Now for the hard part — coming up with 8 people who haven’t already been tagged!

Have fun!

Something to Say

Kathryn Lake Hogan issued a challenge to Genea-Bloggers to comment on 10 blogs in 1 week. I have to say that it was a rather enjoyable challenge. I returned to some blogs that I had not visited for awhile and saw some blogs that were brand-new to me. It reminds me that I need to surf more often!

Here are the blogs I commented on, in no particular order:


I’ve been tagged by Janet the Researcher and Kimberly Powell at Genealogy.About.com in the “5×5” meme. This could be fun.

10 Years Ago, I…

  1. Spoke at my first national genealogy conference (FGS in Cincinnati).
  2. Became the first editor of Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal.
  3. Was doing research for clients.
  4. Toyed with the idea of going back to school. (It would take another 9 years before I’d actually do it!)
  5. Could not have guessed what my life would be like right now.

5 Things on Today’s To-do List

  1. Go to doctor for check-up (done)
  2. Make poster for this year’s Ohio Archaeological Council annual meeting (done)
  3. Work on a website issue (in process)
  4. Finish the reading for Monday’s class on the Reformation (haven’t started)
  5. Work on my paper for Tuesday’s Ohio history class (I doubt I’ll get to this one)

5 Snacks I Enjoy

  1. No-bake cookies
  2. Candy corn
  3. Honey-nut Cheerios (yeah, I know I’m weird)
  4. Carmel corn
  5. Wheat Thins
  6. Ice cream — any kind (I didn’t list this originally because I consider ice cream essential to life and not a mere snack 🙂 )

5 Places I Have Lived

  1. Columbus (east side)
  2. Columbus (further east)
  3. Columbus (between the first 2)
  4. Carroll, Ohio
  5. Reynoldsburg, Ohio

5 Jobs I Have Had

  1. Worked at my Dad’s service station (pumping gas and doing inventory, not fixing cars!)
  2. Page at the Bexley Public Library
  3. Accounts Payable in a major law firm
  4. Selling candles
  5. Database and website developer
5 Bloggers I’m Tagging

Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know You — Amy’s Genealogy, etc. Blog

Terry Thornton at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi has issued a challenge to the Genea-Bloggers group on Facebook. In order for help everyone get to know us and our blogs better, we should share at little bit about ourselves, our goals for our blogs and examples of our “Best, Breeziest, and Most Beautiful” posts.

I’m a genealogist (you probably could have figured that out on your own ). My focus recently has been on developing genealogical databases and websites. I’m the former webmaster for the Ohio Genealogical Society and am the creator and developer of DeafBiographies.com. My goal for Amy’s Genealogy, etc. Blog is to educate researchers and to share some neat things I’ve come across. I’m also a full-time student at Ohio State University – Newark where I am majoring in history.

Now, for the posts:

1. Best Post: Tombstone Tuesday: How old is that tombstone? at http://familytrees.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/tombstone-tuesday-how-old-is-that-tombstone/ This one sums up what I hope to do with this blog: give some information about genealogical research and share some things that I’ve found along the way.

2. Breeziest Post: Waxing Nostalgic and a Seriously Cool Bag at http://familytrees.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/waxing-nostalgic-and-a-seriously-cool-bag/  This was tough, because I think this is one of my “best” posts. Since Terry said that “breezy” can mean “provocative”, I put it here.

3. Most Beautiful Post: Christmas Memories at http://familytrees.wordpress.com/2007/12/22/christmas-memories/  I chose this one because it is the post I feel the most “invested” in.

To those of you who read my blog regularly, I promise that I will resume posting Tombstone Tuesday this week (as well as give an explanation of where it’s been the past few weeks).

Please feel free to leave a comment so that I can get to know you a little bit better, too. Thanks for stopping by!

Summer 2008 Genea-Bloggers Group Games

I’ve never been what you would call athletic, or even particularly coordinated. (Case in point — I have a huge bruise on my leg from where I hit it with my computer bag!) So when I saw the announcement of the Summer 2008 Genea-Bloggers Group Games, I thought, “Finally! A summer ‘sporting’ event that I can handle!”

The competition is divided into 5 categories:

  • Go Back and Cite Your Sources!
  • Back Up Your Data!
  • Organize Your Research!
  • Write, Write, Write!
  • Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

Considering that I just bought a new computer — yea! I’m a MacBook owner now! — I will definitely be competing in “Back Up Your Data.” I need to make copies of all sorts of files before I begin the transfer to the wonderful world that is Mac.

Along with that, I will likely do something in the “Organize Your Research” event. (Those of you who have seen my office know how funny that statement really is!) Last night, I was looking through photos that I had scanned for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. While the file names are descriptive, there isn’t any in-depth metadata. There are several hundred photos to deal with. Hmmm….  I’m seeing an iPhoto session coming on! 🙂

I hope to be able to participate in the “Acts of Kindness” event — after all, genealogy is about sharing.

Watch for my daily posts. Let the games begin!

My GB Summer Games flag. It represents being an American of Scottish and Irish heritage. (The blue in the lower left is from the Union Jack and represent Scotland.)

My GB Summer Games flag. It represents being an American of Scottish and Irish heritage. (The blue in the lower left is from the Union Jack and represent Scotland.)