gone away

Over a week ago I was far far away in Idaho. Since then it has been hard to get back into the groove of city life and blogging life. Things move slower up there and the stress seems to lift away. I went up there to visit my grandma and to have a mini vacation before the summer season starts. The only thing I had planned while I was up there was to learn some of grandma’s famous recipes and relax.

Everyday we cooked a new dish that mainly revolved around meat, and (you guessed it) potatoes. Grandma came to life with excitement showing me how to make each dish. She would always jump in and help, even though she told me in advance that I was going to have to do it all myself and she was just too tired to help. It’s funny how it all changed once I arrived. We made her famous chili lentils, meatloaf, casserole, chicken fried steak and a yummy dessert. I am excited how easy it all was to make. Plus casseroles are perfect for a bachelor like me. They are quick to make but then you have a dinner meal for the rest of the week! Awesome!

After our noon meal grandma would go for a nap and for the first few days I too found myself fast asleep on the couch or in my bedroom. These were no 20-minute power naps, I’m talking full blown conked out, sawing logs goodness. I haven’t taken a naps like these in so long. I used to be known for napping, now I’m just too busy to even consider one. Plus in the city it’s too noisy and distracting. Even though I went up there to enjoy the land and my grandma’s company I loved every minute of my nap time. The first day I slept over two hours and awoke to the sounds of Judge Judy handing down the law.

It was fun watching programs with g-ma, that I normally don’t tune into. Everyday she watches Judge Judy and if she remembers to, Dr. Phil. During prime time I was treated with a variety of shows I had never seen: Dancing w/the stars, george lopez, according to jim, ugly betty…etc. Basically what is ever on during the 8:00 hour. I thought it was interesting that my Grandmother watched George Lopez or Dancing w/the Stars! I would’ve never guess. The interesting thing about watching with her is that she turns on the closed captioning. She’s getting hard of hearing in her age and so she not only turns the tv up WAY loud (even for 1 eared me) but she also turns on the words. This is all dandy but I found out something about myself……………….

I can’t take my eyes off the words! No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t help but read along with the characters in the sitcoms. I mean they’re there! The words are sitting at the bottom of the screen just waiting to be read! The time it really bugged me was with Dancing w/the Stars b/c nearly every song the people danced to had lyrics that were sung and typed up on screen. Often the words would block my view of the sexy bodies moving and twisting on the dance floor. I was sad when I couldn’t see the tantalizing torsos.

Besides cooking and watching tv we played bluegrass together, went for a few walks and talked about life and getting old. It was a great week, the weather cooperated even though they said it was supposed to rain, I got tons of sleep, stood out in huge fields all by myself, spun around 360 degrees taking in the expanse, and just relaxed, everyone should get to do this.

Pictures soon.


  1. Sarah said,

    May 7, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

    welcome back ~ sounds like a fantastic break. your grandma and tyler’s grandma could be best friends on so many levels, casseroles, dr. phil, dancing with the stars…who would have guessed, i was very surprised on the last one.

  2. mego said,

    May 7, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    cant wait to see the pictures. let’s go together next time.

  3. Michelle said,

    May 12, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

    That is so true about reading the words they get right in the way and you cannot focus on anything else. You are so funny

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