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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-07-22
Jul 22nd, 2012 by Jessica

  • I'm off to Boston for the EDUCAUSE Management Institute. I'll be there for 5 days. #
  • "My tail was here first!" http://t.co/NZc0j57 #
  • Livin' the dream, baby! http://t.co/RS2EZm1 #
  • Five hour flight… why do people insist on sitting and standing in one place at the gate? Walk around people! Walk around! #
  • Time to fly to Washington. Coach on this leg, first class (first time ever!) On the next leg to Boston! #
  • So much for that plan. 45 min delay leaving Phoenix. Stuck on the plane. Will miss my flight from Washington to Boston. #groan #
  • Delayed 45 mins from PHX, circled Virginia for 80 mins due to bad weather then finally landed in DC to be stuck on the runway 4 lightening. #
  • This "3 hr 54 min flight" has already exceeded 6 miserable hours with three crying babies. #
  • Well I'm technically sitting on the original connecting flight to Boston but this one has been delayed about 2 hours for mechanical issues. #
  • We're still waiting at the gate to leave for Boston. #
  • 7:30. Now we're waiting on the side of the runway for a reroute due to a storm between DC and Boston… #
  • I'm losing my patience. #
  • 9:05. Finally landed in Boston. I wonder if my luggage will be joining me or if it decided to vacation elsewhere without me? #
  • My luggage stayed in DC. Can't say as I blame it. #
  • Taxi ride to the hotel was fine. Scary part of town though. Going to try to get delivery for dinner. #
  • I hate Boston. I was trying to be good about this whole stupid ass trip, but I've lost all my patience and can't take it any more. #
  • At least I don't have to close the door when I use the bathroom… Oh wait, YES I DO. http://t.co/FoiHzDd #
  • This is the scenery in the bathroom at the Boston Common Hotel. http://t.co/sdHd9DQ #
  • …and here's the wall plug for the 1993 television set. http://t.co/q1pJT95 #
  • …and here are the closet doors that do not shut. http://t.co/cyhjqSZ #
  • …am I making my point here? http://t.co/ohmLq3H #
  • Here's a sample of what all the walls look like throughout the room. http://t.co/RW5BXs9 #
  • This is the entire room, at least, as much as I can capture cuz I can't back up far enough… http://t.co/pNW0c7j #
  • My luggage was scheduled to arrive 5 hours ago on the next flight from DC. Now they say they can't even FIND it anymore. #
  • This hotel's idea of a continental breakfast can be sufficiently predicted by the cracks in the paper walls. #ineedrealfood #
  • 10:40am. Still no luggage. The apology code United gave me to redeem for all the shit I've endured was previously redeemed. #sigh #
  • I don't even want to know what kind of stains these are on the wall next to the bed. http://t.co/8bSXPIO #
  • This is an example of what all the door hinges look like at Boston Common Hotel. http://t.co/YIRRLto #
  • Inside Trinity Church in Copley Square http://t.co/dR9CBOp #
  • I decided to get myself a little souvenier to remember this wonderful trip. http://t.co/EtTlz2n #
  • This is what the walls in the hallways and staircases look like at the Boston Common Hotel. http://t.co/B3obPxu #
  • No luggage. United Claims said I should have the bag within 6 hours of 7am. It's 6 hours later. He called the courier, who didn't answer. #
  • Luggage arrived at 4pm. #
  • The Reading Room at the Boston Public Library http://t.co/4X0EDyI #
  • Reserved for Boston Food Truck http://t.co/8ElwKRh #
  • Two story Apple Store on Boylston Street in downtown Boston http://t.co/0BZOkAX #
  • My Oreos are soggy. #humidity #
  • Kitty says "Boston sucks! Get me outta here!" http://t.co/LFqJL2s #
  • Cold & Yummy Milk Jugs from McDonald's at Logan Airport http://t.co/vN96Hju #
  • Long story short, I got to Logan by taxi at 2pm. At 4pm, United dumped my flight to Newark and sent me to US Airways in another terminal. #
  • My original flight was at 6, my new flight is at 7 on a different airline. I'm glad I shipped my suitcase UPS before coming to the airport. #
  • So I'm physically actually boarded on an aircraft supposedly headed for home. I wonder if I'll actually get there today? #hope #
  • Finally. Home. #finally #
  • My honey @FloatingCat picked up a new game called Monopoly Millionaire. No need to bankrupt others, just earn $1m to win! #fun #
  • Seriously, Tumbles. I think you do it on purpose. http://t.co/s4RaxMw #

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Wordless Wednesday – Cheetoe on the Couch
Jul 18th, 2012 by Jessica

Cheetoe hanging out on the couch

Cheetoe hanging out on the couch

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-07-15
Jul 15th, 2012 by Jessica

  • I had a nice long weekend. Got the master bedroom painted, played lots of games, started cleaning out my office too. Back to work tomorrow. #
  • Lucky is enjoying the new bedding http://t.co/4fTST3m #
  • "Just keep swimming… just keep swimming…" – Dory #
  • At 6:22pm it has already "cooled off" a bit for the day… http://t.co/C4tTTLt #
  • OMG Tumbles. OMG… http://t.co/j425fB4 #
  • New bed! http://t.co/M7Bb9Y5 #
  • I accidentally wore my cow shirt to Chick-fil-a and got a free meal for Friday the 13th. #luckyoops #
  • What's for dinner? Grilled pizza with fresh mozzarella & prosciutto YUMMY! http://t.co/ql434qd #
  • Pizza grills really fast at 700 degrees! http://t.co/YB5MoBp #
  • We saw Brave in 3D today. It was a really fun movie! Also found out my Terrain should go into production next week – ETA is September. #
  • Why must they keep introducing delicious things I should NOT be eating??? http://t.co/YJKEtRe #
  • The Wall of Games at Bookman's in Phoenix http://t.co/2KXZ6Ro #
  • Flash flood warnings are in effect until 5pm. It is POURING outside, and yet it's still 93 degrees. http://t.co/2lSvBpE #
  • I love buying really cheap board games that somebody else didn't want. http://t.co/3Nl796A #
  • I call this one "Storm: A Cat's Perspective" http://t.co/X8Bjlct #

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Wordless Wednesday – Shocking Pooh Bear
Jul 11th, 2012 by Jessica

Pooh was shocked that I did not bring him any honey from our lunch at Yak & Yeti (February 3, 2012)

Pooh was shocked that I did not bring him any honey from our lunch at Yak & Yeti (February 3, 2012)

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-07-08
Jul 8th, 2012 by Jessica

  • We tried to go to the Bowers Museum but it's a "free" day and there were thousands of people in line. #
  • Welcome back to Arizona… #uggghh http://t.co/MzpS2j8 #
  • Kitties seem to be glad we are home. I'm glad we are no longer baking in Dad's Terrain with dark brown leather and no tint on the windows. #
  • Back to the grind. Pay raise effective today (WOOT!), no smoking ban effective today (WOOT!) and 3 new project plans to draft. #
  • I found a great reason for @stampsgal to make Arizona her next vacation destination! :) http://t.co/NM6adIQ #
  • Bought a brand new mattress, a Simmons Beautyrest Classic Glover Park King Plush Pillow Top. Say that 5x fast! #
  • Saw Magic Mike tonight w/ a group of 13 ladies at San Tan Village. Lots of men taking their clothes off. Could have done w/o the story line! #
  • First there were clouds, and then it got all wet and stuff! #desertrain http://t.co/0xHPiyG #
  • On this rainy July 4th we bought an entire new bedding set with a real down comforter, cotton sheets and a blue striped cotton duvet. #comfy #
  • Cheetoe appears to be enjoying "his" new bedding! http://t.co/UWpp6O7 #
  • Happy 4th of July, 2012! Tonight we're watching fireworks from the 5th floor datacenter with friends. Should be fun and air conditioned! #
  • Our view of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks http://t.co/vjlCuYA #
  • TGIF #
  • Did you know TOYOTA spelled backwards is ATOYOT? #funfacts #
  • My doctor's office requires that I "arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointment" or risk losing the spot. They aren't even open yet. #
  • So I guess the Atlantis Blue color I ordered my 2013 Terrain in is a custom or special color. It hasn't been released to the factory yet. #
  • What was red is now blue. Go blue! http://t.co/DzKqQ1T #
  • Pizza Hut's new Garlic Bread Pizza looks a lot more appetizing in the advertisements http://t.co/APaUu65 #
  • …and for the record, the pizza was terrible. Not recommended. #
  • Andrew and I had a fun night playing games with his folks. Fluxx, Apples to Apples and Rack-O made for some great entertainment! #
  • Weekend nails: Blue and silver with glitter and crystal hearts http://t.co/qVpxgvy #
  • I had a good time tonight at a potluck with my CulturalAZ group. We had food, banter and even some word games! #

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Wordless Wednesday – Tumbles, Straight Up
Jul 4th, 2012 by Jessica

Tumbles, Straight Up (October 17, 2011)

Tumbles, Straight Up (October 17, 2011)

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-07-01
Jul 1st, 2012 by Jessica

  • I had a wonderful time in Salt Lake City w/ @stampsgal at the Family History Library. Time to say goodbye. I hope we can come back someday! #
  • Whomever thought it was a good idea to place these around our offices needs to consider the other meanings.. http://t.co/CNGZpKY #
  • I'm seriously craving fried macaroni and cheese… #
  • I have a headache. It's either from the storm front moving in, or perhaps it's work-related. Probably both. #
  • My… head… hurts… so… much… :( #
  • Don't ya just love it when everyone calls out sick on the same day? #
  • My fortune from today's lunch… http://t.co/zkfMS32 #
  • Im putting together a big project plan and budget for new A/V equipment. So far I've managed to stay within my $75k estimate. #
  • Our current temperature outside in the SHADE… http://t.co/pw30aGT #
  • For a minute I thought he brought a cone for me, and then I realized he made both for himself! http://t.co/uWeBUD1 #
  • I've had enough fun to last me the rest of the week. Can I go now? #
  • On tonight's agenda? Cirque du Soleil! http://t.co/Ld45ghS #
  • A lady in the audience at Cirque is using a Polaroid camera. Like, a real one. With actual Polaroid film. #oldschool #
  • Kooza was INCREDIBLE! Wow, what a magnificent performance. Highly recommended! #

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Vondall Euart Fitzgerald (#30 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 30th, 2012 by Jessica

Welcome to My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census!  This blog series is a tribute to the first 40 entries that I located without the use of an index.

The 1940 US Federal Census was released online to the public on April 2, 2012.  Within the first three days, I had already found 40 families from my various tree branches.  I spent six months prior to the release researching the exact addresses and locations for these families so I could find them quickly upon the census release.

Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald

Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald

This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of my great-grandparents, Vondall Euart Fitzgerald and Jennie Mae (Fisher) Fitzgerald.  Vondall, age 31, had an 8th grade education.  He was born in Kentucky, and was the only person working to support his very large family.  He worked as a farm hand earning a total of $720 during his 52 weeks of employment in 1939.  Vondall’s wife, Jennie Mae, was 31 years old with a 9th grade education.  She was born in Indiana.

The first nine of the couple’s fifteen children were captured in this census:

  • Kenneth Euart Fitzgerald (13)
  • Leonard Harold Fitzgerald (12)
  • Dorothy Louise Fitzgerald (11)
  • Donald Morris Fitzgerald (9)
  • Lewis Victor Fitzgerald (8)
  • Katherine Alice Fitzgerald (7)
  • Florence Mae Fitzgerald (6)
  • Richard Delos Fitzgerald (4)
  • Robert William Fitzgerald (2)

The couple’s youngest child, Delmar James Fitzgerald, was born on April 5, 1940.  This census entry was enumerated on April 15 but according to official Census rules, little Delmar was not allowed to be “counted.”

My grandmother, Florence Mae (Fitzgerald) Cole is listed here as age 6.  She turned 6 on Census Day which was April 1, 1940. I am fortunate enough to have captured a family history interview with Grandma and she described her early years in this very home with all of her brothers and sisters.

The family lived in the same area as they did in 1935 but not in the same house.  According to my grandmother, by 1940 they had moved “a few miles” from the house where she was born in 1934.  Grandma had been certain they lived in Porter County.  I searched the entirety of Porter County census entries (hundreds of pages) before starting to search Lake County.  Surprise!  There they were!

Vondall Euart Fitzgerald

Vondall Euart Fitzgerald

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 5B, Lines 43-53.

Find out more about Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Vondall Euart Fitzgerald on FindAGrave.com.

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May (Richards) Fisher (#29 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 29th, 2012 by Jessica

Welcome to My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census!  This blog series is a tribute to the first 40 entries that I located without the use of an index.

The 1940 US Federal Census was released online to the public on April 2, 2012.  Within the first three days, I had already found 40 families from my various tree branches.  I spent six months prior to the release researching the exact addresses and locations for these families so I could find them quickly upon the census release.

This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of May (Richards) Fisher, my great-great-grandmother.  She was 73 and a widow with a 10th grade education.  Her husband William Green Fisher had passed away 22 years earlier in 1918.  May had no occupation listed.  She was living in the same house as she had in 1935.  Her two songs, John (47) and Sam (45) lived with her, both of whom were single.  John Fisher was working in road construction in a WPA Project, while his brother Sam Fisher was working odd jobs on a nearby farm.

There isn’t much of interest with this census entry, but it’s still neat for me to see my great-great-grandmother listed in it.  She lived another 19 years in that house.  I wonder how she spent her time?

May (Richards) Fisher

May (Richards) Fisher

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 8B, Lines 46-48.

Find out more about May (Richards) Fisher in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for May (Richards) Fisher on FindAGrave.com.

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Earl Fisher (#28 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 28th, 2012 by Jessica

Welcome to My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census!  This blog series is a tribute to the first 40 entries that I located without the use of an index.

The 1940 US Federal Census was released online to the public on April 2, 2012.  Within the first three days, I had already found 40 families from my various tree branches.  I spent six months prior to the release researching the exact addresses and locations for these families so I could find them quickly upon the census release.

This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of my great-grand uncle Earl Benjamin Fisher and his wife Lorena Marie (Winkler) Fisher.  Earl was the brother of my great-grandmother Jennie Mae (Fisher) Fitzgerald. Earl is 40 years old with a 5th grade education and worked as a laborer on a WPA Road Project.  His wife Lorena was 34 and had an 11th grade education.  The two were living with their children Carolyn (15), Evelyn (11) and Paul (5).  Also in the house was Earl’s younger brother Albert Fisher, age 34.  Albert was a laborer doing odd jobs.

Earl Benjamin Fisher

Earl Benjamin Fisher

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 2A, Lines 3-8.

Find out more about Earl Benjamin Fisher in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Earl Benjamin Fisher on FindAGrave.com.

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