Monday, May 26, 2014

We Moved You Know ...

Miles Away
From Connecticut
All the way

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you have to run with it you know!
I chose to run with it ...
Morgan chose to run with it as well ...
and here we are.
I loved my home in Connecticut.
I love my family and miss them every single day.
Morgan misses Connecticut and her family as well.
There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about our "people" there.
We think about the back roads we used to go for drives on just because.
We think about the crazy weather, hot and cold and muggy and snowy.
We think about our first "Harry's Burger" of the season every year.
We think about our weekends in Maine.
We think about Mystic Village and our favorite shop there.
We think about having breakfasts at "The Shack".
and how could I ever forget 
My favorite chili dogs at Saints.
We think about all the memories we created there.
We think about the people we lost and buried there.
We wonder ever single day if we made the right choice when we moved here to California.
It's different ...
It's never going to be our Connecticut.
We don't expect it to be.
We are looking forward to all the new memories we'll make here in California.
We know it's been hard for our family and friends to have us so far away.
We miss you and we know you miss us too ....
but life throws us curve balls sometimes
and you either stand there and get hit or you run with it.
We will see you all again when we can.
Maybe not today, or tomorrow, or even next month ...
but when we can and we hope you'll all remember we'd love to make new memories
with you here in California when you come to visit us.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Randomness ...

One day in conversation a long time ago, my daughter mentioned that she felt like her dad doesn't know her very well.  I thought about that for a moment and realized she was probably right.  Now in his defense, she hasn't lived with him since she was 3 years old, and then he moved back to Northern Maine, which changed their visiting relationship due to location. Could he have tried harder to know more about her,  probably yes ... who knows though, maybe he thinks he knows quite a bit.  I don't see that relationship changing much however, since she now lives on the opposite coast from him.  I have lived with her since she was born, and I feel like I know her quite well, though I am positive that things change every single day so she keeps me on my toes.
Then I thought to myself,  I wonder how much people know about me.  I like to think I'm semi-private when it comes to "letting people in" or "letting them get close".  It's not that I don't like people, I do, but I have always been a bit shy until I know you well, so people see me as a hard cookie to crack.

Here are some things you might want to know about me for future reference.

1.  I'm the 3rd of 3 girls in my family.
2.  I'm the tallest of my sisters peeking at 5'11".
3.  I was born in Connecticut.
4.  I lived in California for 11 years when I was younger.
5.  I moved back to Connecticut when I was 17 years old.
6.  I have been married 2 times.
7.  I was divorced one time and widowed one time.
8.  I have one daughter.
9.  My favorite color is Green.
10.  I love the ocean.
11.  My favorite food is probably pasta with Italian sausage and spicy sauce.
12.  I am afraid of snakes and birds.
13.  I do not attend church, though I consider myself religious in my beliefs.
14.  I have never smoked a cigarette or "other".
15.  My mom had Alzheimers.
16.  I do not swim well.
17.  My father died when I was very young.
18.  I love Frozen Yogurt, but not ice-cream.
19.  I love to cook and bake.
20.  My favorite flowers are Peonies.
21.  I fear time passing to quickly.
22.  I am deathly afraid of fire.
23.  I don't like roller-coasters.
24.  I have driven across country 3 times in my life so far.
26.  I consider myself pretty liberal.
27.  My favorite state is Maine.
28.  I have never traveled out of the country beyond Canada.
29.  I love Motown music.
30.  When I was little I wanted to become an Architect.
31.  I collect old "Menu's".
32.  I don't care for Seafood.
33.  I love to read.
34.  I used to scrapbook like crazy.
35.  I recently moved back to the West Coast.
36.  I need to find a job.
37.  I wish I had gone to college.
38.  My biggest and best contribution to this world has been my daughter Morgan.
39.  I have a hard time tolerating rude people.
40.  My birthday is WAY to close to Christmas.
41.  I have never used "drugs" other than those prescribed to me by my doctors.
42.  I hate scary movies.

Just me ... hoping you've learned something new and challenging you to share some things about yourself that might surprise people.