Saturday, July 2, 2011


This evening I sat in my Grandpa's burgundy wingback office chair with rolling wheels. He sat across the large oak desk from me in his stable, semi-circle chair. A very official looking double pen stand, a gigantic calendar and a myriad of books and church magazines lay on the desk.
He asked me what my life goals were, I replied "sheesh- Life goals? I have some summer goals, but I'm not sure about life ones."
G-pa: "Summer goals are good too. But have you written them down?"
I adverted my gaze sheephishly.
He opened a tray from his printer and handed me a sheet of paper.
"Well, here you go. Get started."
So in the presence of my grandpa I wrote these summer goals:

1. Finish sewing 3 bean bags.
2. Open Etsy shop.
3. Go Camping
4. Read at least three more books. (Suggestions welcomed!)
5. Go dancing x2
6. Do a hike
7. Run 10 miles a week again
8. Finish eight watercolors.
9. Talk with Grandpa.

It took a while to explain to Grandpa what an "eat-see" shop was, but I think he understood after a while. Or pretended to, at least.
He told me his summer goals were to

1. Start reading the Miracle of Freedom
2. Pay a guy to do the yardwork that he is too worn out to do him self.
3. Stay alive.

Yep. I think he'll do just fine at accomplishing those.

There are eight weeks left of summer. In four weeks I have an appointment with Grandpa to review and evaluate how much I am accomplishing from my list of summer goals. Yeah, he was a mission president a few times. You can tell, can't you?

What are your summer goals?
much love


  1. I love your goals. And I'm excited for your etsy shop :)

    I'll get back to you with book suggestions; I know I have tons, but my mind seems to be a complete blank right now.

  2. Okay, a few books for you:

    The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. It is a love story told in dictionary definitions. I loved it so much I read it twice in 24 hours.

    The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott. A beautiful little novel, the first one she ever wrote. I think it was made into a movie, too.

    Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. A children's novel about the power of language and the importance of stories. Very clever with a lot of word play; did you ever read The Phantom Tollbooth? It reminds me of that one. (If you haven't read The Phantom Tollbooth, check it out too. Norton Juster.)