Skip to main content

"Don't Tell Your Nanna"

Last night I had a massive craving for ice cream which meant that J and I went just up the road to our local Baskin Robbins.  Yum!  He was going to run in and get it for us and this is how the conversation went:

J:  "What flavor do you want?
Me:  "Vanilla."
J:  "Really?"
Me:  "OK, chocolate."
J:  "How about rocky road?"
Me:  "Sure, why not!"

Y'all, that was the best ice cream cone EVER!  If up to my own devices, I clearly go the boring route when it comes to choosing an ice cream flavor.  However, my hubs knew exactly what to choose and here's why:

When I was a little girl and would visit my grandparents in California, my grandfather would sneak me around the corner to the local Baskin Robbins.  While I'm not sure who chose the flavors of our treats, I'd always have rocky road and he'd attempt to get something sugar free.  He'd always ask for a bite or two of mine and simply say, "don't tell your nanna", and it would be our little secret.  

It's just one of those sweet memories that I've talked about before and will always cherish.  What's really cool, too, is that the last time I was in California that Baskin Robbins was still in the exact same spot.  :-)

"What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.  They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.  And, most importantly, cookies." -- Rudolph Giuliani

"A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart."  -- Author Unknown


Popular posts from this blog


A friend sent this video to me and when I watched it, I was struck more by the feelings it brought up around the content than the story itself.  Christen Reighter's story is an interesting and frustrating insight into what it means to NOT want a child. I invite you to watch this. Her experience is not unique and needs to be talked about. Even if you have kids. Or want them. What struck me most was what she says during her TedTalk: "I have believed having children was an extension of womanhood, not the definition." Truth is, I've been struggling with this lately. Not the fact that I'm longing for children. I'd be fibbing if I said there is a very tiny part of me that wonders what this will feel like when I get to the end of life. HOWEVER. That feeling isn't strong enough for me to want to find out. I don't feel like having children should be thought of as a "keeping the fingers crossed" kind of situation. If you aren't sure you'l


I have a little secret. Today marks 30 days since my last drink**. I had attempted a 30-day alcohol-free period in January of 2018 which ended up being, arguably, one of the most challenging years of my life. I made it 26 days miserable days and it all ended because Brucey , my beloved rescue dog, died while I was traveling to Miami for an event. This is when I discovered that Walgreen's sells wine (what?!).  I look back at my first alcohol-free attempt and I realize that I wasn't really set up for success. Hindsight and all that... Not only did I try to detox on January 1st, but I was also newly ramping up training for my big bike adventures AND I decided to try my hand at 30-days of Yoga with Adriene . All of these things independently are (and were) really good things. Healthy. Mindful. Etc. Etc. However, I went into that period of time looking at not drinking as punishment. This dry spell was needed more than ever. With COVID hitting a year ago (that's another post in i


And just like that, another year has passed. This year isn't exactly what I thought it would be. I thought after a really hard 2018 that 2019 would be some magical reawakening and I'd find all the answers. LOL. NOPE. 2019's theme was consistency. For a girl whose entire life has been all about "surviving" and "making it through", consistency is an uncomfortable place. It took me a few months into the year to discover that when I felt bored or that when things felt flat, that it was actually just some sense of normalcy. Turns out, 2019's challenge was learning what peace feels like. I've gotta be honest with you dear, 3 readers of this blog: that shit is HARD and I've still got some learning to do, but at the end of the day and this feels oh, so good. Here are some 2019 highlights: This year saw a consistent job that's given me more experience in a totally different field and world. While I don't think it's my