This blog is a collection of stories on the ordinary days of today and a documentary of the days of the past. Thank-you for reading and allowing me to share. Enjoy your ordinary days and hopefully the bits and pieces of mine will resonate with the moments in your lives that bring you happiness.
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February 17, 2013: Grant Thoughts from 2005
More treasures found on my hard drive (File dated 2/24/2005...Grant would have been 4 1/2). I had written down some funny things he had said and memories that I intended to memorialize in a journal later. I don't think my idea of "later" was 8 years hence, but never too late...
Grant and Abby in their much younger years
Funny Grant lines that I need to write down before I forget…
As I am drinking my Diet Coke while driving the Durango
one night, Grant screams, “Mom, don’t drink and drive…you will crash and we
After a crying whining
morning (typical, but worse because it was “cleaning lady” morning), Grant
explains to me as I buckle him into his car seat “I can’t talk like you in the
morning, Mom. I talk like you in the
evening, but not in the morning.”
Grant’s way of telling me he is not a morning person.
Grant is sitting at the kitchen table, when he tells me
(out of the blue), “Mom, I have food allergies.” “You have what?” I ask.
“Food allergies”, he says. “The
blood goes through my body and goes up through my head, so I think I have food
A typical answer to me asking
“How do you remember that, Grant?”… “Mom, I told you. I remember everyting!”
Fun memories of the 2004/2005 preschool year for
Grant…hash brown/chocolate milk through the McDonald’s drive through on the way
to school each morning…bringing donuts for his class each friday…Barrista latte for Mom (why do you
like Lattes so much, Mom?)…sweet nothings to each other every morning (Mom-I
love you little, I love you big…Grant-I love you like a little pig!)…Ms Fran
and Ms Kim are the bombs. School is
always fun…Great year!
(2013 Sandy side note: I am so happy I wrote these things down. I had completely forgotten these little moments in time. Also forgot about the days of "Baby Grant" as my little buddy and sidekick. <sigh>)
In Dr. Seuss' language, my thoughts on the day would go something like this...
"You have a brain in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Unless someone truly cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Well, I will just sum it up by saying that today certainly wasn't an ordinary day, but I will accept that. Life is full of changes, good and bad.
Sometimes the toughest part is figuring out if life shake-ups are truly a good or a bad thing. Personally, I have found my biggest life challenges have turned into opportunities. Doors opened to new people and adventures. A new chapter in life.
I am bullish in my view that this will be the case once again.
When the unexpected creeps into the door of normalcy, the best response is not one of self-doubt, anger, or fear. The best response is gaining perspective and self-awareness.
Time flies when you're having fun.
And when you're a little busy.
This morning Garrett asked me when I last wrote a blog.
"It's been a while" was my answer. Upon further review, it's almost been over a month.
I've had no reason for the delay, other than the combination of being busy and knowing the content of which I wanted to write warranted more time and thought than my more typical whimsical stories told. Although I have had an arsenal of stories that I have wanted to write about over the last month, I knew that this one needed to top my list.
A common question asked of me is in regards to my work life is "Sandy, what exactly are you doing these days?"
This is a valid question since I have been very open in sharing my work journey over the years through my blog. And I've had a career that has gone from very conventional to unconventional. It's much easier to say "I work for XYZ Company and my job title is Chief Do-Something-Spec…
A picture is worth a thousand words. But let's start with six...
"And they lived happily ever after..."
I bought this little sign more than seven years ago. It caught my eye at Target while shopping for milk and kitty litter on a weekday school night. The boys were in varying grades in school and I was single-handedly running my daily household.
Recently divorced, I was also dating a man from Denver. Garrett. Our relationship felt like forever, but the 550 miles between our homes was a stark reminder that our long-distance relationship was more like a fairytale than reality. We were reminded of this frequently by the people who knew us best.
"Guard your heart. Long distance relationships rarely work out."
"You are both good people, so be realistic in where this is going."
But the funny thing about love is that no matter how practical-minded or mature your mindset, your heart guides you to places that are scary to others, but quite comfortable for you…