November 30, 2011

Wisdom from Grandpa

If any of you know my Grandpa, you know how wonderful he is and how much great advice he has...if you know him really well, you might be lucky enough to get on his email list. At least once a week I can count on my Grandpa to send emails with good advice, heartwarming stories, or funny jokes that my dad is sure to tell at least five times over the holidays in what will surely be mistaken as a middle eastern accent (a trait that both he and my sister seem to have--no matter what accent they are trying to imitate, they always sound middle eastern). Today I received this email from Grandpa and felt like it was worth sharing!

PS 22 days until GRIKI wedding <3

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, , .....

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

14. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.. But don't worry; God never blinks.

15. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

16. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

17. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

18. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

19. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

20. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

21. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

22. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

23. The most important sex organ is the brain.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

26. Always choose life.

27. Forgive everyone everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

32. Believe in miracles.

33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

36. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

37. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

38. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

40. The best is yet to come...

41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

42. Yield.

43. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

November 29, 2011

One of us has a boot cast while the other has a new job...

Thanksgiving was a whirlwind back in California. It was so nice to see our families but we still feel like we didn't get to see all of our friends! We can't wait to be back in a little bit.

And finally, after thousands and thousands of miles of plane rides, we finally go to fly from Oakland to Denver to Nashville together. And let me tell you, flying with Grant is 20 bagillion times better than flying alone.

Monday we went to see a great foot doctor in Nashville who comes highly recommended. He told Grant he has to stay in a boot cast for 6 weeks to give his foot time to heal. Grant isn't thrilled about this...and maybe...just maybe, if he keeps it on long enough after work I will get a picture of him with it on. The doctor said that chances are at the end of 6 weeks all of Grant's pain will be gone! This is great news since lately there had been lots of surgery talk which we were both trying to avoid as much as possible.

Today I had an interview with a private company that does tutoring with students who have autism. And I got the job!! I am so excited. The company seems great and I can't wait to get started. The position is part time so there will still be plenty of time for my body to rest.

Health update: My allergist at home has referred me to the National Health Institute to see about the possibility of a Mast Cell Disorder. This disorder could be the cause of my POTS and food allergies. We have to go through a series of government protocols to make sure I qualify for their services.

It's almost time for the GRIKI wedding....beyond EXCITED!


November 17, 2011

Back in California

So yesterday I made my way back to California...

Nashville to Kansas City to Oakland...without any xanax...and two aisle seats without anyone in the middle seats.

It was the best flying experience I've had in a long time and the flight attendants on Southwest were wonderful.

I am so happy to be home for a while but missing Grant who is still in TN working.

34 days until the GRIKI wedding!

November 13, 2011

born to be wild...

With the holiday season in full effect around here, my crafty Grandma from California mailed us this BEAUTIFUL wreath to add to our decorations. I LOVE it and it hangs on our bedroom door so we can see it all the time!

Grant's friend from school, and a groomsman, Ashton was in Nashville for this weekend so we met up for sushi and drinks on Saturday! Emily, Emme, Andy, Haley, and Ryan joined too so we had quite the gang at dinner. While Ashton welcomed me to team extreme, and hit on a few older ladies, Emily and I saw the potential employment opportunities Nashville has to offer. And while we did not take pictures, because everyone is someone's daughter or sister, let me assure you, that if pole dancing or barrel dancing ever start to interest either one of us...we can leave our teaching careers behind and head to Nashville...

We had a great time in Nashville listening to karaoke wannabes (including Ashton) rock out with hopes of a record deal magically appearing and making new friends.

Grant, Emily and I headed back to Clarksville at the end of our night and let's just say that things rapidly headed downhill...or to the side of the road...

Shortly after exiting the freeway and about 7 minutes from our apartment, we hit a little bump in the road. I commented that that was an odd noise but there wasn't anything that we saw in a road. Immediately following that comment, Grant chimed in that I was driving by braille...suddenly my car started drifting to the right and we knew I had a flat tire. Having a flat tire is one thing...having a flat tire when it is 50 degrees outside with a wind chill that makes it feel like you're in 30 degree weather is another. Add one intoxicated Grant, a second flat for Emily in a matter of weeks, and a very tired and not handy Kingsley and we were quite the odd couple.

I got out my manual, Grant attempted to find tools in the back, and Emily tried to twist the jack out from underneath her seat. One of Clarksville's finest/worst police officers stopped to offer help. Grant said that would be great since he had already had a lot to drink and Emily and I obviously had no idea what we were doing. The officer told Grant to be safe, walked back to his car, and drove off. After calling triple A and then deciding we would just change it ourselves, Emily and I got my spare tire, while Grant used the jack to raise my car. Emily and I were spewing a few lovely curse words about the town of Clarksville, the roads, and the lack of good samaritans as Grant attempted to change the tire as quickly as possible while we froze to death. Shortly thereafter God must have heard our prays/curses and one nice guy pulled over and helped Grant.

A few minutes later we were canceling our service request and making our way back to our apartments and finally into bed.

Lessons learned from this nice:
- Emily and I would be way better barrel/bar dancers than the girls currently employed in Nashville
- Everyone in Nashville thinks they are going to be a famous country singer
- Sushi places that look really nice on Yelp might look sketchy in person, but can still have awesome food
- Learn to change your tire before you actually have a flat. Or at least know how to access all the necessary components so your fiance can change it for you.
- And finally, always pack an extra winter coat. Because winter in Clarksville starts in October, and I get very cranky and whiny when I'm cold.

39 days until the GRIKI wedding!

November 11, 2011

Veteran's much to be thankful for!

Last night was the 2011 Currahee Memorial Dinner to honor the fallen soldiers from the last deployment. Grant has been planning this dinner pretty much since we moved here this summer. The dinner was flawless and Grant did a fabulous job.

It was a humbling experience to see so many gold star families and watch a video remembering the lives that were lost. It seems fitting that this dinner was the day before Veteran's day.

After the dinner we were able to snap a few photos to remember the event.

Our color coordinating was kind of impressive.

I'm lucky enough to get to spend today with my favorite soldier. So thankful for all those that serve and have served in the military to protect our country and values!

November 9, 2011

November 7, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Anyone that knows me well, knows that November 1st to January 1st is my favorite time of the year. And since I am spending so much time at home these days, I decided that I could enjoy the Christmas decorations as early as I wanted!

It's really exciting to be able to decorate our own place for Christmas this year!

This past week has been really busy for Grant. His brigade has a bunch of events this week that he has been helping to plan since we arrived in TN. And last week was our very first book club. I decided that we TN girls needed so time to hang out and talk about things other than the army. We read Sarah's Key. It was a really great book...but also really sad. You should all read it!

Only 45 days left until the GRIKI wedding. RSVPs are starting to pour if you haven't mailed yours back yet, try and send it in this week!
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