December 9th, 2012


Today's Activities Include: I Have a Tantrum

The kids were remarkable about the whole thing. T. was trying to come up with something that would result in "Mama happy". A. was observing that "Mama is unhappy."

The proximate cause was iTunes and an effort to fix a problem with videos in iOS that I have encountered before and which reliably enrages me. Basically, if you buy a video in the store and try to download it, but fail in a particular way, the iPad doesn't have it, but you have sort of a placeholder that cannot be deleted. Things have improved in that you can now delete the entire associated season and recover that way, but before (or if you want to delete just the one item) you have to do a sync and remove it on the laptop/desktop side.

Alas, there had been so much activity that the sync wanted to catch up on, that the sync got into a horrible state. I wound up having to delete a ton of stuff because it got screwed up (most obviously with mismatched or missing thumbnails, sure to make my son go bonkers). If only I had just deleted the one season and redownloaded it, right?

Anyway. I didn't attempt to redownload everything I deleted, but picked and chose and added a few new Xmas videos from her favorite shows. By the time she got back, I had mostly settled down and the downloads were done, so that's better.

And I'm never, ever, ever going to sync that iPad ever again. R. says they might want Oren R. music, which we only have on CD; that could cause a future problem, but I'm not dealing with it right now.

Googling my Mennonite Ancestors

Title: Inherited diseases in North American Mennonites: focus on Old Colony (Chortitza) Mennonites

Yeah, as recently as five years ago, I wouldn't have known about Chortitza. Anyway.

"Old Colony Mennonites are of Dutch/German origin and descend from approximately 400 founding families who settled in the Old Colony, Chortitza (the Ukraine, USSR) in the late 1700s, and then migrated to Canada and Central and South America in the past century."

Very recognizably grand-dad's clan. *shudder* I am _so_ _so_ _so_ happy that my particular ancestors didn't go to, say, Paraguay. Not anything against Paraguay, just an observation about how successful that branch was at self-isolation.

Blah blah blah, diabetes, blah blah, gestational diabetes, blah blah, errors of metabolism, "autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, hyper- and hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, and red cell aplasia" -- definitely sounds the right group of people. The Tourettes, I have to say, was a little surprising.

This particular article is from 1989. Wonder what kind of progress has been made on the topic since then.


Leaning towards Holdeman

Shortly after my Mennonite ancestors arrived in Manitoba, a charismatic reformer/prophet/wtf showed up and split the already tiny and extremist colony further. I have been attempting to figure out which side of this divide my relatives fell on, more or less since I heard about the creation of CGCM or "Holdeman" Mennonites. I've been _really really really_ hoping (viz. "in denial") that they were on the Kleine Gemeinde side of the split.

In an effort to generate more obituaries that would name where services were held and thus identify the particular group individuals belonged to, I decided to start tracing the relatives of my great-uncle A.'s wife (A. was responsible for the extremely accurate but geography free descendancy Family Register and was also the father of my very favorite first cousin once removed, C.).

The wife's brother's services were done by Rosenort Church of God in Christ.

I say I'm leaning towards the Holdeman theory, but actually, I'm in free fall towards that idea. I just don't like it.

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