All your life you hear stories of your heritage: you are Indian, you have some Irish in you, this family member came from Germany and your great great great grandfather was Scandinavian! Well, DNA is funny, you get 50% of your DNA from your father and 50% of your DNA from your mother. If you can imagine two huge bowls of M&M’s, and you take one scoop from each … that’s your DNA! Your siblings also get scoops from each bowl, and they aren’t exactly the same as your scoop! Two of my siblings and I did our DNA with Family Tree DNA, we each came up different! My sister has 6% of her heritage is from the British Isles, my brother has 61% and I have 42%! I have 2.25% Indian, my sister has 1.15% and my brother has less than 1%!! Crazy!!
I also tested with Ancestry.com and 23andMe and each company shows a little bit different result due to the algorithm the companies use. I’m finding relatives I didn’t know about and emailing cousins from all over! I hope to keep learning more about DNA and I highly recommend getting tested! Then use tool GEDMatch.com … I’ll explain more about this on another post!
Pink, being a tomboy, it really is not my color. I remember when my sister and I went to summer camp one year, I was 11 and she was 9. Our mother had redecorated our room, painted it pink and added ballerina wallpaper. I laughed at the color, made fun of the ballerinas and wondered why my mother would do that! My sister loved it. Pink is her color. She buys everything pink!
Many years later, I was approached by a co-worker and asked to walk 60 miles in 3 days AND raise $2,100 to do it. I don’t remember what my immediate response was, (I’m sure it was pfft, she is nuts!!) but I eventually came around and said yes. That was 2001, later that same year my mother was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Suddenly Pink was more than just a color in my world. I now associate pink with breast cancer. I buy things that are pink, I raise money with pink things with ribbons. To me, pink isn’t just a color anymore. Pink represents hope of a future for some, it was for my mother, for another 10 years. When she did pass, it wasn’t from breast cancer. So this year, I will again walk 60 miles in 3 days and I’ll be in pink, thinking of her and that crazy ballerina wall paper.
via Daily Prompt: Pink
My husband and I recently took a biplane ride from the McCellan airport with Fun Flights. We flew the coastline from Carlsbad to La Jolla and back and we had a blast! I am not particularly fond of flying but my husband loves all things with wings! Our pilot, Tom, could sense my fear and was flying cautiously. It was a bit cloudy and cool outside but we still had a wonderful time. Now my husband wants me to get in a hot air balloon, we shall see!
I started this blog to bring my thoughts together in one place. I am involved in a lot of different things; camping, hiking, DNA research, genealogy, fundraising for a couple different organizations, diet & exercise, to name a few. Here, I hope to share, learn, and widen my circle on some of these things (I might throw in a recipe or two along the way).
So hello and welcome to my chaotic, hectic, rambling circle.
This is the first of what I hope to be many posts!