Day by Day

Wednesday, Sept. 2: Describe your ideal day. Where would you go and what would you do?

An ideal day. Hmm...

Sleep in.  Not too late, not too early. 
Snuggle in my comforter with Christopher for at least 10 minutes.
Actually --- make it 15.
Drink a giant Dunkin Donuts iced coffee that I magically didn't have to leave the house to get.
Go to my closet. Find the perfect dress right away.
Grab my phone, grab my coffee, grab my helmet, grab my bike.
Ride to the library. Sing the whole way.
Peruse for a ridiculous amount of time. Leave with one book.
Let's be real, here...
Leave with at least three books.
Take the long way home.
Grab a blanket and get cosy.
Drink another coffee.
Read more.
Watch bad TV and/or Youtube videos, depending on my mood.
Play a board game with Jess.
Lose horribly.
Venture back out into the world.
Have dinner with my best friends.
Go see a show.
Come home and snuggle on the couch with Chris.
Stay up way too late.
Finally - reluctantly - head to sleep.

In Summary?  Laugh a lot.  Sing a lot.  Snuggle a lot.  Love a lot.
Oh, and drink a lot of coffee.

Brave Love Blog

The Start of Blog-tember! Hello!

Tuesday, Sept. 1: Introduce yourself however you like! Pics, vlog, collage, your choice :)

My "About" section is what I would consider a fairly comprehensive intro, but I think this is a perfect opportunity to share some more slightly weirdo facts about me!



-My name is Grady.  Yes, that's technically a dude's name.  Yes, I'm a lady.  And yet somehow it suits me perfectly.

-I love love love music.  I LOVE IT.  And that seems like a stupid fact because who doesn't love music?  But for me, it is integral to my life.  Perhaps that's because I'm a performer and I sing, I don't know, but I don't think I could live without it, honestly.

-I used to hate my red hair but now I love it!

-I'm wicked good at riddles.  I love them.  They will entertain me for hours and I'm unashamed.

-I've never been to a zoo.  There is no reason behind this, it's just never happened.  I have been to an aquarium, though!

-I'm getting married IN FIVE DAYS!!!  (Okay, so you probably already know that one, but I'm super excited so I don't care!!!  HOLLAH!)

Alright, so it turns out I'm pretty bad at random facts, so instead I will let these photos speak for themselves:

Hi.  I'm Grady.  I'm zany.  I love it.

Be my friend?

See ya tomorrow! :)

Upcoming Blog Event: Blog-tember!


Alright, so maybe I'm a crazy person for wanting to do this, but I'm planning on doing as many prompts from Brave Love Blog's Blog-tember Challenge as I possibly can.

Full disclosure: I'm going to be writing several of the posts ahead of time and then just posting them day of, but I'm really excited to be participating in this cool blogging community event AND to be helping others get to know me a little better while I get to know them, too! :)

Now obviously, I am getting married in September so this may be sporadic, but I'm super excited to be participating!

So keep an eye on this page and go check out The Blog-tember Challenge list to see what I'll be writing about!  :)

Have great days!  See you soon!

Brave Love Blog

The Stepmom Letters: Adventures with Siri

Dear J,

I don't know why,  but you absolutely love talking to Siri.

Okay, I take that back. I know exactly why -- because Siri is sassy and hilarious and entertaining and has the weirdest responses and we love her.

We spent a good half hour last night asking questions (anywhere from the classic "Siri, what's 0 divided by 0?" to the ever creative "Siri, what does 'Siri' mean?").

And my goodness, that machine can make you laugh more than anything!

Well, that and putting a coat hanger around your face... And watching me hide under a laundry basket...  And trying to attack me through said laundry basket... Okay, I guess a lot of things make you laugh!

We had a few bumps in the road this week with the transition back, but that makes me all the more grateful for our simple, fun, hilarious moments together.

And you know what, kid?

I love you.  And just in case you need to hear it again - I love you.

I love your forgiving spirit.  I love your sense of humor.  I love your fashion sense (I have literally only ever seen you wear your "On Saturdays We Wear Glitter" shirt on week days).  I love the creative questions you manage to come up with to ask the robot in my pocket.  I love your sassiness... most of the time. Although, to be fair, I can't really complain since I'm to blame for the majority of it anyway...

I'm glad you're home.  I'm glad we can have so much fun.  I'm glad to know you.

I love you, lady.

The Stepmom Letters: Trying to Fly...

Dear J,

You've been back home for just over a week now and it really seems like you're finally starting to settle back in.

It brings me so much happiness to hear your raucous, joy-filled, laughter through our home again - so much so that last night I didn't shush you at bedtime, even after the lights were out.  I confess - I just giggled along with you.

We've missed you, your Daddy and I.

We love you so much.

Even when you're an absolute crazypants and run up to poke my nose at 7 in the morning before I'm even really awake.

Even when you don't want to go to the party because you're too shy.

Even when you get sassy because you'd rather do just about anything than brush your hair.

And perhaps you especially need love then.

You're going into middle school (what?!) in just a few short weeks and I'm excited and nervous and proud and all manner of emotions.  I know you're getting closer and closer to the time when you may not want me around much anymore.  But I also know you're going to be doing so much growing and changing and loving and triumphing and I can't wait to be right there along with you, enjoying the ride.

And just a week after that?  Your Dad and I will officially be husband and wife and you will officially be my stepdaughter (although let's not pretend you haven't been all along. <3 )

I love you tremendously.  I can't wait to walk through this life with you.