One of my neighbors moved out of state last week and gave me her mini dishwasher. She fondly called it her “link to modern living.” I haven’t lived in a home with a dishwasher in at least 13 years. I am thrilled but also a tad frightened that I will inadvertently flood my kitchen. I have to hook it up to my kitchen faucet somehow. Pray for me.

I picked up another link to modern living at CVS the other day: teeth whitening strips. I am a little scared of this as well. And a bit skeptical. Does everyone use these? Do they work? I’ll report back on the experiment.

And in “link to the past” news, I received my DNA results. I’m 82% Central European?! When I received this news, you could have pushed me over with a feather. Well, all of my Great Britain ancestors must have migrated from Central Europe. And remember how I prided myself on being 25% Italian? Well. Turns out I’m only 11% “Southern European” (Italy, Spain, and Portugal). And 7% of my ethnicity is uncertain.

Using my DNA sample, Ancestry.com matched me up with other site members who could be my 4th to 8th cousins. I can’t even begin to comprehend that. OK, I just looked it up. My 4th cousin and I share great-great-great grandparents. Uh….I’ll need to map that out.