Friday, December 17, 2010

Advent Calendar - If Only In My Dreams...

"I'll be home for Christmas... If only in my dreams..."

Today's Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories is a grab bag, so I thought I would talk about those times I was unable to be home for Christmas.  As a retail manager this has happened often.  While at FYE I would work Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas, so driving home was difficult with the 4-hour trip each way.  Now that I am at Starbucks, I often work Christmas, as they do not often find people and it means I get off Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, which is when my mom's family tends to get together.  Coming home to Buffalo when it is only 2 hours away is much easier.

Those years when I did not get to go home at all I was always very lucky to have friends who were like family that I could spend the day with.  Lauren, Sterling, Matt and Christmas Eve at Emily's parents' party, are the ones that stick in my mind most.  Now, I spend the day with my husband and in-laws.  It was always hard to be away, but we would talk on the phone and having those wonderful friends and their families around made it much less lonely than it could have been.

I will be home this year from Tuesday until Christmas Eve.  Late Christmas Eve my husband and I will drive back so that I can work at 7am, then we will be at his parents house Christmas day.  I am thrilled that I will be able to see almost all of my family and my friends who still live in Buffalo this holiday season.  I am blessed to have so many people who have invited me for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day through the years.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chrome for a Cause

For the next four days, you can donate books, trees, water, vaccines or shelter just by using the tabbed browsing in Google Chrome.  Just install a free extension, available here.  I will be browsing for Room to Read, one of my favorite charities and one I hope to work or volunteer with one day after I receive my library degree.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blog Caroling - Oh Holy Night

My favorite Christmas Carol is "Oh Holy Night".  The best I have ever heard it sung was when I directed The Best Christmas Carol ever and, after the show finished, we had each of the kids line up along the auditorium with plastic light-up candles.  First, they recited the Christmas story that has become best know as Linus' speech in A Charlie Brown Christmas, turning on their candle as they said their line.  Then, in the candlelight, they sang Oh Holy Night a capella.  Unfortunately, the video camera didn't work that night, so it lasts only in our memory.  Here for your hearing pleasure, is Josh Groban's version:

This post is for footnoteMaven's Tradion of Blog Caroling.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Day: Marion F. Hubler

On Pearl Harbor Day, I will be remembering those who died in the attack.  I will also be thinking about those who survived, such as mu uncle Marion F. Hubler.

Here is an image of the muster roll for the quarter the attack took place of the ship he was on.


And here is a close-up of his name:


Source: Marion F. Hubler, muster rolls of the Ship Medusa (AR-1), 31 December 1941; Muster rolls and reports of changes, 1939-47; Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2003, Record Group 24; digital images, Footnote, "Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls," Footnote ( : accessed 7 Dec 2010).

Friday, December 3, 2010

Advent Calendar - Christmas Ornaments

We always had quite the mish-mash of ornaments on our tree while I was growing up; a tradition that continues through today.  There were the paper and Popsicle stick ones my sister and I had made.  The ones that were knitted by crafty relatives.  A multitude of those made by Hallmark.  Even fun ones of national monuments that attached to the string of lights and would light up and make noise every time they turned on.

As I got older, I started collecting miniature ornaments.  I love the detail each one has.  I have a small tree, just over a foot height, that I decorate with them each year.

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 48

This weeks 52 week challenge by Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog is:
Examine different online tools for cataloging your personal genealogy library and keeping track of the books you read. LibraryThing ( is a site where you can catalog and tag the books in your own personal library. It is a great tool for keeping track of the genealogy books you have. You can ever create tags for books you want to purchase. Good Reads ( and Shelfari ...( are web sites that help you keep track of books you have read. All three of these sites have social networking components. Your challenge this week is to browse these sites and see how genealogists use them. Bloggers, do you use any of these tools? How do you organize your own personal genealogy library?

I have been using Good Reads since I talked about it in a class presentation last fall.  It is very user-friendly; easy to add books, write reviews and create tags.  I also like that I have quite a few friends on it, so I can see what they have read and add to my too-long list of books to read.  My user-name is amandaea129 or you can view my "shelf" here.

I have also recently begun to use LibraryThing.  I am excited to try this platform, as I already use their Local Books iTouch app and am always impressed by them at library conferences.  My user name is amandaea129 for this, too, or view my "shelf" (currently very empty) here.

Back to Basic: July

July went quick! GRIP  went virtual! I attended (most) of the sessions in Documentation and then continued my citation work with my ProGen a...