Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gone, Gone, Gone.....

If Philip Philips were older, I'd be interested in dating him. I love cute, rugged, guitar playing, dark haired, pleasant smelling men. Family friends Varie and Pat had their third baby today - a girl named Adeline Audrey Grace. I love that name! It's very feminine. Adeline joins a twelve year old sister, Amaya and nine-year-old brother, Nolan. I'm happy for their sweet family.  

Today I met my Dad at the St. Lawrence Market. He picked up ground turkey and I bought bagels for my brother Shane as a little birthday gift. Dad and I had coffee and shared a pumpernickel bagel. Our visit was spontaneous and special. The bagel was so tasty, it was soon gone, gone, gone! However, the happy memory of my visit with my awesome Dad will stay with me forever.  

- OCG

Sunday, April 21, 2013

What a sweet life I have...

My Dad got me hooked on the song Heave Away by The Fables. The song reminds me of our trip to Prince Edward Island a few years ago. Good times!

This week I finished the book Until I Say Goodbye by Susan Spencer-Wendel. I cried. I also read Most Talkative by Adam Cohen. It was akin to a two hundred and fifty page People magazine. The content was light and addicting. If I lived in Hollywood, Adam Cohen might be my BFF. I hate the word, but in reference to Adam Cohen, it just fits. Now I'm reading Clive Davis' biography called The Soundtrack of My Life. So far so good. Last night I watched a film called Like Crazy. It was about a couple who couldn't seem to live with or without each other. If you've ever loved someone like crazy, you'll enjoy this movie. I did. I also watched Disney's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Today began with a Fiber One brownie, coffee and a Cinnamon Pastry flavoured coffee after  breakfast. I ate pesto pizza and a yummy ice cream cone for lunch. My parents and I strolled to the park with my niece. She said, "Muaww" when she kissed me. Mom made halibut with fried rice and pecan pie for dessert. The whole meal was delicious. We watched The Amazing Race 22. I want the hockey players or country singers to win...

On the way back from seeing a friend last night, I realized what a sweet life I have.

- OCG  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Bittersweet and strange....

This song played in Timothy's Coffee today. Listening to it gives me a lump in my throat. I'm not sure why. It's beautiful. There was a bombing at The Boston Marathon today. Many people were injured and lives were lost. I saw a clip passing a restaurant window on the street. The sun went in and the sky turned grey.

My good friend April had a surprise birthday party this past Saturday. Her boyfriend organized a fancy dinner. My friend Christina was my date. I have two amazing friends.   

Yesterday I hung out with my Grandpa and my other family members. Last week we celebrated Grandpa's 86th birthday with ice cream cake. He enjoyed his cake and so did I. 

Recently,  I watched the DVDs Toy Story I, Beauty And The Beast and Sabrina.  Beauty And The Beast and Sabrina are worthy classics. Lately, my reading pace has slowed. Currently, I'm reading Until I Say Goodbye by Susan Spencer-Wendel about a woman determined to fill her life with joy while facing an uncertain future living with ALS.

My weight is back up to a healthy range. I've gained seven pounds in a year. The chub bugs me but at least I can poop. That's all I ask of my body for now. Weight loss is a little whisper in my life but not the roaring voice that used to demand I starve. I have come a long way. These lyrics from Beauty And The Beast echo my thoughts:
 
Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bittersweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong
 
- OCG 

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Inheritance, Wire and Bruises...

“Freedom is about how you can survive after things are taken from you. It is about the prospect of losing what you love and the effort it takes to continue.”
 
― Indira Ganesan, Inheritance 

"Life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge - and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope."

- Man on Wire documentary

 “The future isn't what it used to be.” 

 

- Yogi Berra






 
"Bruises"
( Train feat. Ashley Monroe)

These bruises make for better conversation

Monday, April 01, 2013

Some Love...

"It takes a strong heart to love, but it takes an even stronger heart to continue to love after it’s been hurt." - Unknown

This morning my attendant, Emlyn came to show me this quote on her iphone. There was a picture of a girl with dark hair. She looked a bit like me. I was touched that Emlyn thought of me. Earlier in the morning, I told her how I found Easter fun but hard too. She understood. Most people do. Sitting at my family's dinner table, I often feel like I'm missing my right arm. I don't understand what happened. Sometimes I want to say, "How could you sit at the table and let your family insult me?" Other times I laugh at funny experiences we shared. Other times I cry because I was not good enough. Clearly, I have mixed emotions.  

Aside from matters of my heart, Easter was enjoyable. Cole and Skylar loved hunting for 
eggs and playing hide and seek. Skylar picked up an Easter egg and said, "This is for my friend Cole." My stomach got overwhelmed and sore, so I left to lie down. Cole came and picked up my hand and kissed it. Skylar said, "I feel you better." Lately my family has been eating ham for special occasions. I don't mind ham loaded with hot mustard. In sad news, Grandpa fell on his replaced knee and fainted from the pain. Poor Grandpa.....

From Inheritance by Indira Ganesan, I just tweeted,"{But} every time you move, you are either running toward something or running away from something." I suppose I am moving through seasons. My apartment is ready for spring. There are orange tulips sitting in a vase on my kitchen table. They are from Grandma. On my sun room table, there are pink daisies from Mom. I'm a lucky girl. Some love comes easily. Some love takes time, forgiveness and effort.  

- OCG