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I'm hopeless [May. 30th, 2006|06:53 am]

First I don't blog because there's nothing going on in my life. Which, don't get me wrong, is not necessarily a bad thing. I am a low-drama kind of girl. I like it when my life is humming along without anything that needs serious attention.

But there are good things that go on in the world, and now it seems I haven't blogged because there are things going on in my life. We took the kiddos to see X-Men 3 and The Boy sat through almost half of it before getting distracted by the light coming from the projection booth and then getting excited when he figured out that's where the picture came from and then wanting to explain it (in movie-theater suitable whispers) to Husband. Fortunately the action in the film picked up shortly thereafter and he settled down again.

Saturday night was my cousin's wedding. Or technically, my cousin's son's wedding, which made it my first cousin once removed's wedding. And yes, that's correct - my family had a huge ongoing debate about the difference between first cousins once removed and second cousins. As in ongoing for years until we were able to verify it. At which point the people on the losing side suddenly claimed that was what they had been arguing all along. I love my family.

In any case, the wedding was very nice, and lots of fun - Husband and I even danced, which is something we don't do very often because neither of us are very good at it. It was an outdoor wedding in a very nice garden with a beautiful glass conservatory. The Boy was fascinated. We have a greenhouse, but apparently it simply doesn't compare. Not that I think our dilapidated little building is anything compared to this, but I thought it odd The Boy found such a difference. I think it was because there were tables set up in the conservatory and the idea of eating in there fascinated him.

Sunday the whole clan went to the Downtown Aquarium for dinner to celebrate my brother's and sister's birthdays. They aren't twins, but their birthdays are close together, and we always have a combined party. This year my brother turned 50, thus the eating out thing. The Boy was fascinated by the sawfish, and Middle Daughter and I were delighted when we spotted a wrasse, or as we call it, the Feeding Frenzy 2 fish. he was much bigger than I imagined.

Yesterday was nebulizing, home repair attempts, and the planetarium. More on that later.


From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-31 10:45 am (UTC)
sounds like the husbands family. Except they take it to a whole new level and debate whether fourth cousin removed through marriage and step siblings is marriable (new word?) material. Sounds like you had a good weekend!

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-06-09 01:44 am (UTC)
Hmmm...now that my family has moved past the definitions argument, maybe I can bringt this one up at the next family gathering!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-31 04:07 pm (UTC)

So enlighten me!

What's the difference between second cousin, and first cousin once removed? -Anne
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-06-09 01:47 am (UTC)

Re: So enlighten me!

In a nutshell, "removed" refers to generations, while "second, third, etc" refers to bloodlines.

So a first cousin once removed would be the child of your first cousin (a first cousin, removed by one generation). A second cousin would be your first cousin's cousin on their "other side" (meaning, if your aunt was their mother, their father's nieces/nephews would be your second cousins).

This is a pretty good link: http://www.genealogy.com/16_cousn.html
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[User Picture]From: domesticharmony
2006-06-09 01:28 am (UTC)
Wikipedia.org gives a somewhat lengthy definition; but easy to understand. I typed in "difference between first cousins once removed, and second cousins" into Google; and it brought up the Wikipedia site. Hope that helps. :)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-06-09 01:50 am (UTC)
I liked the note that second/third/fourth etc cousins are aways of the same generation. I'd never seen it spelled out that way, but it's an easy way to keep them straight.
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