Tuesday, December 21, 2010

9 of 30 — Someone you wish you could meet

The person I wish I could meet would no doubt in my mind be my grandma Dorothy, She was my dad's mother. Ever since the first time my mom sat me in her room showing me the opal rings that she had given to her and one for Julie, I have been so intrigued to who she was. Unfortunately I wasn't exactly thought of yet so no opal ring for me but the Ann in my middle name is directly from her. I also remember a quilt that she made that she had given to my mom and I wanted that quilt on my bed every winter.

I always would ask my mom about her, what she was like and what happened to her. My mom told me that she was the one of the sweetest women she's ever met. But I could never really get too much information. It seemed like it would be something that would hurt my dad to talk about and since I wasn't really all that close with him until way after working at Performance I never asked him any questions. I knew she was a nurse, I knew she grew up in Scranton, PA. I knew she died from a common cold because her immune system was down from trying to survive breast cancer. I know she was just shy of 47 years old when she died and it was only 9 days before Julie was born. But I didn't know where she died. My cousin Kristina knew much more about her since it was her mom's mom. Once Kristina asked if I had ever visited her grave. I told her no because I wasn't sure where it was. She let me know it was in Grass Valley. And just happened to be the graveyard across from Lyman Gilmore and Scotten, the schools I went to for 5 years. Dumb. Wish someone would have at least told me that. When I found this out it had been 2 years since I left Grass Valley in the first place. But I made it a priority to go visit her grave every time I went to Grass Valley even if it was just on my way out before driving home even at night.

From all the pictures I've seen of her she had that classic beauty. I'd love to talk to her about growing up in the 40s and what she remembered from it and what her hopes and dreams were. Being married to my dad's dad would have been a challenge in itself and would love to talk to her about that. I want to know how my dad was as a kid and how she handled raising 5 rowdy kids. I was never close with my mom's mom. Once I was born my mom had my grandma over a lot to give Julie attention so she didn't get jealous of the attention I was getting since I was the new baby. So Julie got really close with her and she still is a lot closer with her than I am. Maybe she could help me learn why I am the way I am sometimes.Your family is supposed to help you find that stuff out. And really it would just be nice to have a grandma that isn't crazy. One that would teach me things like how to sew and have awesome family recipes to give down to the next generation. Meeting her would be a dream come true.

I was hoping to find some pictures of her but my family failed on emailing them to me.If they ever do I'll update the post with them.

AH-mazing.... side tracked

Just had to throw it out there that my boyfriend is amazing :) Just one of the days why.

Got my Christmas presents early and I was instructed to take the 19th off to have a day of surprises. I worked late the night before then also we decided to go over to a friend's house to hang out for a while. We ended up staying out a little too late and talking in the car even longer. That tends to happen often. I was supposed to be up and about at 9am so I could do Eileen work then be ready to be picked up by 11am. Needless to say I ended up sleeping in. Ugh, dumb. So I pissed off Eileen and skipped her work and got ready. Chris was on a mission to find a big umbrella and gave me extra time and picked me up at 1130. I knew about this show in advance.... he dropped big hints that we were going to see Peter Pan 360  I was super excited because his sisters took him for his birthday and he said it was really good

I figured it would be at night but he said he moved up the showtime but didn't say why. It started at 12 and we got there just in time. It was a really neat experience and the story seemed to me to be a mix of peter pan the cartoon and hook, which was cool :)  So next we had some time to kill so we went back to Chris' house and popped in the Simpsons season 2. We started from the beginning and are going through all the seasons that I have. Chris hasn't done it before and it's one of my favorite things to do so I'm all about it.

After that he said we were going to dinner and was pretend claiming that I ruined the surprise and that after dinner we were going to go bowling and it wasn't all that special and blah blah blah. He did say it was at the Irvine Spectrum which is a really pretty outdoor mall but since it was raining I wasn't going to be into walking around and checking it out. But I'd like to eventually.

I was trying to figure out where we would go to dinner.... We passed up pf changs, cheesecake factory, ruby's... but I had no idea what restaurants were even at that mall and I was hoping it was going to be soon because I didn't want to be out in the rain anymore and we kept getting stuck behind these dumb smokers. We came up to a pathway and I looked to the right and saw:


Then remembered that he was supposed to be there and was like awww.... Adam... it's sold out. Oh well. But Chris was pushing me toward the comedy club and I wasn't sure why. I figured it wouldn't hurt to go look anyways. And Chris proceeded to say good thing I already got tickets. I stopped in my tracks and couldn't believe it! I kept saying no... no... you didn't... I almost cried it was so cool! I was trying to contain my excitement... but it wasn't really working. Before we got out of the car he grabbed a present out of the trunk and said we needed it and to throw me off said it may or may not be edible. Dinner was with the show and I seriously couldn't stop smiling. We got seated in some pretty decent seats off to the right of the stage but up against the half wall so no one was in front of us. The present was his new book so we could try and get it signed after the show
I was still all jumpy and excited and couldn't wait for the show to start! We ordered food and drinks and the tables were set up so if didn't have 4 people you were sharing a table with another couple. That was a little awkward but I didn't care. I had to stop myself from correcting the woman when she was asking if Adam Carolla was jewish. Once the show started I was sitting on the edge of my seat laughing and enjoying every second of it. I wish me and Adam could be friends in real life haha. It seemed to just fly by and they announced that if you would like to meet Adam after the show that he would be in the lobby! Yes! We waited in a short line and he signed my book and we took some pics. The pictures are on Chris' camera. None of us are looking all at the same time so his camera dude is fired but he asked who to make out the book to and made sure he spelled my name correctly. I was so nervous, as always if I meet someone that I love so much, I didn't say much and wish I would have gave him a big hug but didn't think of that until way after we were walking back through the mall. I kept thanking Chris and had a little skip in my step. I was so so happy.

 I needed to pee and wouldn't be able to wait till we got back to Chris' place so we stopped inside Cheesecake Factory and I treated us to Cheesecake for dessert. Chris got Banana Cream as always and I got Dulce De Leche. We went back to his place and 2 of his sisters work at the movie theater at the mall next to his house and they got us in to see the Black Swan but we had to wait till 11pm. 

And OMG... amazing! The movie was so beautifully done... so intense...ah..! We were all crying by the end. So it was a great end to a awesome day.

I'm so lucky to have him in my life <3 I haven't been this happy in years. Its so nice to wake up smiling again.