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    Friday free-for-all: Come vent with me

    Come vent, whine, give kudos—to others or yourself—or anything your heart desires today. It's been a rough week. Now is the time and consider this the safe place to share whatever you choose for our Friday free-for-all.

    As the grandma in charge, I have the honor of going first. Here is what's on my mind at the moment:

    Photo courtesy Paola Gianturco• I'm nervous. I'm writing this yesterday (funny how such things work) but I'm nervous about today. I have the privilege of spending the day in Denver with Paola Gianturco, an amazing photojournalist who has published five books focusing on women. Her latest, Grandmother Power, is all about grandmothers around the world, and I've been invited to be her guest at a slide presentation about the book, her incredible adventures and her photography. This woman rocks—just look at her website and you'll agree. I'm nervous because I want to do right by her in all things I share afterward about her, her book, and our day together. I'm also nervous because I rock not even one-quarter as much as she does and I hope I don't bore the <cuss> out of her. Stay tuned for more—on Paola, not my idiotic nerves and insecurity. (Well, unless I really do bore her to tears.)

    • I wish arranged marriages were still socially acceptable. That wish has nothing to do with my son-in-law Preston. Or any other official boyfriend of my daughters.

    • I also wish I were more committed to exercising. I was pretty embarrassed to let myself see myself in the full-length mirror at JCPenney the other day. I either need to willingly exercise more often or install a full-length mirror near my shower to shame myself into doing it. Or both.

    • I'm so incredibly grateful for friends whom I've never met in person yet have helped me secure (paying) writing and editing gigs. Thank you, Lisa, Mary Dell, and Carol.

    • I'm still praying my grandsons fully recover from the crud. Bubby's cough—but hopefully not the flu—has returned and now he's doing breathing treatments, too.


    • I'm also still praying for our fellow grandma Kelley, whose three new grandbabies were recently diagnosed with RSV. Everyone here is welcome to send prayers and positive thoughts her way, too.

    There you have it. I feel better already. It's always nice to get things off your chest. Now it's your turn!

    Today's question:

    What's on your mind/heart/chest today?

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    I've already vented up a storm this week. Thank you for giving me the opportunity...whew...I needed that. So I'll focus my energy today on prayers for those in need. Prayers already being said and sent for Grandma Kelley's Grandbabies and your little guys, too!

    No worries about your day with Paolo Gianturco. Every Grandmother has a voice and yours is especially beautiful.

    P.S. Hope a full length mirror next to the shower works for you. It just makes me laugh :)

    P.P.S. I'm not a blogger and I still don't understand the 'rules' I supposed to write this much? Aha! Just found something on my mind today...

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I'm thrilled that you are getting this huge opportunity and kudos to those who have offered a helping and along the way. It's a beautiful thing.

    My vent: FB, WHERE ARE YOU?!

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tucker

    I wish my mom hadn't died 5 years ago today. I wish Milo could have spent some time with his grandma.

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPammeey

    All good thoughts going your way. Have a great time with Paola.

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRisa

    I was hoping the book event would be at Tattered Cover; I'd have come to say hello.

    My vent for the week: why do the schools give these random days off? Why can't they bunch them up and attach them to a holiday? We really don't need two four day weekends in February, but I'd love a two week spring break. Those of us who can't afford airfare need extra travel time!

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    I hope your grandsons get well soon. I'm taking care of my husband and my granddaughter today...both are sick.

    My vent for the week.....why do people that you pay to help you with financial issues not get back to you when they say they will.....I know my finances are small beans compared to other customers they may have but heck, it's my retirement and life savings we are talking about!

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    I want so much for today to be a better day for so many...You to just enjoy the experience without nerves, just staying comfortable; for Grandma Kelley to hear that all her babies are better and will be alright, for your friend Pammeey to be comforted in her loss of her mother. I'll pray for all of them and so many who face hurtful, worrisome situations today; may the verse, "Today is a day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." be the governing thought for all of us.

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Last time I said I had nothing to bitch about, I had a horrible week afterwards, so I'm not going to tempt fate again. I'll instead complain that all of my friends are so far away -- so much farther than I thought it would be when I moved.

    Have a great time today! And that mirror? IMO shame is never, ever a good form of motivation. Does anyone really know people who told themselves they sucked until they felt awesome? Seems kind of counter intuitive if you look at it that way.

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

    Thank you for giving me a place to vent! This is one of those crazy little things that makes ME crazy and since I went to the grocery store yesterday it is very fresh in my mind! I use cloth/recyclable bags and I have noticed that the person bagging will try and see how many items they can stuff in one bag -- regardless of whether it can now be safely picked up or not! BUT if I forget my bags and they use plastic all those items will now be put in 87 separate plastic bags! WHY???? And why would you ever put a melon in the same bag with a loaf of bread?

    Thank you Lisa! I feel much better now!

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    It's Friday afternoon - probably when you're with Paulo. You'll have a fantastic time, I'm sure, and she'll be delighted by her time with you.

    I hate that my granddaughters are 3 states away and that my granddaughter who is here by us in Oregon is so difficult to see because her mother makes it so hard. I hate that it's tax season again. I hate that it takes so much more work to lose one single pound anymore and am deciding that life is too short. Right? My weight is where it is and that's okay.

    Sending prayers and best health wishes to both you grandmas for healthy little ones again soon.

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    First - I hope everyone who chimes in here gets whatever they're hoping for especially better health for those that need that. Second - we've already plowed once and will be at it for the next 24 hours because of the Nor'easter bringing in winds and feet of snow. Besides plowing and shoveling, I'm just hoping we keep power.

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy@grandparentsplus2

    Hope your event went well and you rocked. I also hope your grandsons feel better soon - they don't look like their happy selves. I have nothing much to vent about today. Maybe tomorrow.

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

    There's not much I need to vent about today, but I do hope your boys feel better soon and that your day went very well.

    February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    Lisa, We (Lisa and MD) feel honored by your mention. Though we are probably many years away from any of our kids even getting married, we now know how will show us the way as grandmothers. We are grateful for you!

    February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flownwnandflown

    And Mary Dell and I are so grateful just to have met you...

    February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    Hope your lovely grandsons are feeling better.

    I am sure that Paola will love you. You bring such comfort to others Lisa.

    Thank you for letting me vent. Hope that I don't bore everyone to tears, will try to make it brief.

    After 14 days cruising around part of New Zealand then to Australia a shock awaited us when we returned home. Received a call from one of my granddaughter's father asking if Bella (not her real name) could come down to stay with us for a while. She arrived on 18 January, a few days later Norman phoned her father & told him that he thought Bella should return on a certain date to get ready for school. The father agreed. Norman phoned to confirm arrangements, the father said he didn't want her back. My daughter had told Bella when she 14 that her father was not her bio, it went down hill from there. I can't imagine what it must feel like for Bella to be rejected by first her mother age of 5 and now by the only person that she has called dad.

    We now have 8 year old Lucy & 15 year old Bella. It has been stressful & a lot of adjusting for all parties are having to take place.

    We have made Bella welcome in our home. I believe that she enjoys living with us & experiencing new things that come her way.

    Thank you Lisa for allowing me to share this sad story with your readers.

    February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSally Kabak
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