Friday, October 21, 2011

Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blank Friday.

1.   Nothing says fall like    the weather getting colder and more crisp, the leaves changing color (as much as that can happen in Southern California), and scarves.

2.   My favorite autumnal tradition is  I don't really have any. Growing up we didn't celebrate the season, just the holidays and birthdays. But since college started, I've always loved when Starbucks gets the pumpkin spice latte back, even though I don't drink it. I'm more of a peppermint white mocha kind of gal (WINTER).

3.  My favorite fall treat is   I really enjoy hot chocolate. Since the weather has changed I have had about 4 mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

4. Fall makes me think of   leaves getting crunchier    because   in college my favorite part of campus was the walkway between the library and Metzger Lawn beneath the trees that were covered in twinkle lives and the walkway was always covered in leaves in the fall. Crunch leaves.

5.  Autumn free form word association, go!   scarves, hot drinks, cuddling, fires, heaters, coziness, sleeping in.

7.  My favorite fall holiday is (Halloween or Thanksgiving)    Thanksgiving. My sister's birthday is on Halloween and growing up we didn't go trick or treating or anything so Halloween was never special because of Halloween, it was special because of my sister. But Thanksgiving is about getting the family together with food and fun and gratefulness, not gifts or anything. It's my favorite holiday period. Except now that we don't do Easter baskets anymore I might like Easter more.
6.  My go-to outfit in the fall is    jeans, boots (ugg like boots, not the cute ones because I'm not that stylish), a sweater, a jacket, and a scarf.


This is my and my mother's parents, Grandma and Grandpa Baldwin, taken at Christmastime in 2007, at the Madonna Inn.
After 2007, I saw them at my brother's college graduation, my sister's wedding, my college graduation, my brother's wedding, my grandpa's birthday, and a couple of other times.

This is my siblings and I at my grandparent's house two weeks ago. My grandma's health had been declining steadily, and we had been wanting to make a trip up there for some time, but it took a long time for us to make that trip happen.

On Wednesday, 10/19/11, eleven days after we visited them, my grandma passed awy.

My mom was able to be there, along with her brother, sister, and dad.

There is comfort in knowing that she is free from pain and happily in heaven, but there is sadness in the fact that she is gone, and is missed.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011


dealing with the loss of my grandmothe ... and it's not an easy thing. finding comfort in knowing i will see her again and rejoicing that she is free from pain, but for anyone who is left behind there is a period of grief. i hope there's basketball in heaven for you, grandma.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

i have a splitting headache right now. and i've turned off the lights, drank water, took excedrin migraine, eaten, and tried to sleep. how do YoU get rid of headaches/ because this one is miserable. as in, i almost threw up.