asher63 (asher63) wrote,

Monday night

Today's big event was a visit to the travel clinic to get shots for some upcoming trips outside of the USA. (More details to follow soon, I promise.) Hep A, yellow fever, typhoid, and polio, if memory serves. (I'm too lazy to get up and look at the yellow WHO form.) My arms are mildly sore, but only mildly. They tell me I should expect "flu-like symptoms" for a couple of days but I feel fine. I'm fortunate in that I have a pretty sturdy constitution against illnesses; if there's a flu going around, I'll typically run a fever for maybe 24 hours and I'm done.

My brain is still getting used to the idea of not having to go to classes. Very glad to be done with school for the time being.

I spent most of today poking around the genealogy sites. I have accounts on three different ones (Ancestry, 23andMe, and FTDNA) and I'm trying to fill out some parts of my family tree. DNA analysis is helpful for pointing you in the right direction, or confirming links you've established, but it doesn't do much by itself. I have very few living relatives, and no immediate family still alive, so I'm pretty much on my own. I did inherit a couple of big boxes of memorabilia from my parents, though - old letters, photographs, clippings, etc. - and that's my biggest resource. Plus connecting with the family trees of other site members.

My maternal line settled for several generations around the Bay of Fundy off the eastern coast of Canada and Maine. My maternal grandfather, though, is a bit more of a mystery. He was born in New Jersey, and his parents immigrated from Germany - and the trail just stops dead.

Anyway, that's about as interesting as life got today. I'm heading to bed.
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