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Happiness Month_Day Eleven & Twelve
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Yesterday didn't work out quite as I would have imagined. I did my every-two-month Stanford blood donating at 10am, which is always a nice experience in and of itself, but I had a fairly wicked mean reaction and lost most of the rest of the day to not feeling good so, I didn't post and so, I combine up two days.


Days Eleven & Twelve
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          I'm grateful:
31_that life worked out so that I had several years to teach and learn with Lauren before she started school
32_that life worked out so that I was able to volunteer at Lauren’s elementary & middle school as much as I wanted and they needed
33_that even now, when she calls pretty much every other day,  she fills me in on all that is going on, fun stuff, class stuff, problems, everything. Or so I choose to believe :)
34_that even though I’m an only child of parents who were also only children, meaning almost no family, my imagination has kept me from ever being lonely
35_that in his last decade of life my dad was able to connect with relatives of his father, the only one to leave Massachusetts, that until then, he didn’t even know existed
36_that because of that connection, I now have the names and some information about 14 generations of my dad’s family who originally landed in Massachusetts in 1645 and, as mentioned above, never left.

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           One Positive_11 & 12/ 21
11_David was sweetly concerned about my not feeling well and took very nice care of me.
12_I am feeling better and so, was able to get some things done today.
          I did one act of doing something beyond the normal, Yesterday morning, it would be that I actually initiated talking with people around me, especially one very nice woman who was waiting with me. Today, I was quiet so, I don't think so.
          I did exercise, Yesterday, not a bit of it. Today I'm still regrouping so, no.
          I did meditate, Yesterday, using meditation helped to keep me calm during the blood-giving process. Today, I did my normal 25 minutes with my iPod.

Nine days to go.

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Fortunately for me, the unknown side of the family did all the work, sending my dad a list with all the names and dates filled out. And photographs too. I could go crazy with it all if, like you and them, I had the patience for genealogy. Maybe one day.

I'm glad you're reading, I appreciate it.

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I'm trying to puzzle out how donating blood can possibly be a nice experience - lol. Seriously, that's something I'd never do voluntarily or just so, I hate needles too much. I'm glad you felt better again later! :)

Everyone is so sweet and grateful and they feed you cookies and juice once you're done and give you 2 free movie tickets so, mostly win/win. Lauren, especially, and I have fairly rare blood types so, while not enamored of needles either, we try and soldier up every two months and do our bit and thank you, I did feel much better later.

I doubt I've mentioned this, but I love your icon!

Well, I actually couldn't give blood even if I wanted to. In Germany, being gay means you're automatically banned from donating (because we're the only group who can contract HIV /sarcasm).

I doubt I've mentioned this, but I love your icon!

Thanks! :) I've had it for so long I don't even remember who made it, but snag it if you want to.

I caught the sarcasm, trust me.

You know how some icons seem to belong to certain people, kitty on its head is yours, but thanks.

I spent some time in Massachusetts about 15 years ago and went to several cemeteries to see old graves. The only one I remember was Coffin on a headstone in Nantucket.

That would remain in the mind :) We spent an inordinate amount of time grave-looking while in Boston, Lauren and I just couldn't stop taking photos.

Apparently, there used to be a little town named for them (us?) called Ash something. It had a wee little post-office, which, sadly, closed but before it did, they mailed my dad a letter with its postmark. So sweet, right? It around here somewhere.

I looked up Coffin because I remember thinking it was a famous person not just any ole grave, and sure enough, he bought Nantucket so there were a lot of Coffins in the graveyard.

I like the name Ash a lot.

He bought Nantucket for or thirty pounds and two beaver hats!! I'm sure it was the hats that sealed the deal. I must say his is a much better name when spelled Coffyn.

Thank you!! When I married, I took it as my middle name, which my dad, who didn't expect that, liked very much.

I saw the two hat deal. Imagine. :) I actually like the Coffin spelling - it brings to mind, austere, determined sea captains more than capable of taking on all manner of storms. Tall and dark.

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