A Busy Time

My attention has been really divided lately. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on things related to my Stampin’ Up! business, but at the same time I’m trying to spend some time reading (at the rate I’m going I’ll never finish A Game of Thrones) and work a bit on genealogy. And it’s only going to get worse the next couple of weeks, but since most of it involves genealogy in some way, it should all be fun regardless of how busy I end up.

This weekend we’re having a family reunion for my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. I can’t wait to see who turns up! It wasn’t planned very long ago, but it’ll nice to see whoever makes it.

On September 6, I’ll be starting Boston University’s Online Certificate Program in Genealogical Research (this is why I’m trying to fit in extra time for reading right now, since I don’t know how much time I’ll have during this program). It’s a 15-week program, so I’ll be finishing shortly before Christmas. I hope I’m ready for it! I didn’t want to wait until the spring session because the fall is a slower time at work, so hopefully my strategy works out. I am far from being new to genealogy, but sometimes I feel like I am because it’s only been a few months since I started embracing it as something I really want to do, beyond helping my mom out with a project here and there. If someone asks me how long I’ve been doing genealogy, I have no idea what my answer will be. I should probably figure that out sometime.

Also on September 6, I’ll be heading to Springfield, IL, for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2011 Conference!  I had been hoping to go to this since the NGS annual conference is at a bad time of year for me right now, but then realized my grandma’s 80th birthday is September 11, which is kind of a bad conflict for someone who values her family. However, late last week I found out she’s going to be off visiting our relatives in British Columbia at that time, so there’s no longer a conflict. Mom and I figured this out too late to get approval to take time off from work too late for online registration so we’ll be registering onsite, but this evening Mom made arrangements for our hotel and got us signed up for the bus from the Minnesota Genealogical Society. I’m so excited not just to attend my first genealogical society, but also to start meeting other genealogists. It’s not always easy for me as an introvert, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless.

So things are busy, but at least I should have some things to blog about, right?

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