Mema’s Take 9.18.12

It’s time for another “Mema’s Take” where she imparts her knowledge upon us.

Red or White Wine?

I don’t know, but I do know different personality types choose different ones. Like me, I like to party and fun a good time and I like white!

What did you think of the Spice Girls Reunion at the Olympics?

I like my spices where I can see them everyday — in my kitchen cabinet.

How do you feel about Florida State being ranked #4?

It doesn’t matter where we are as long as we are ahead of Steve Spurrier’s team and that other team from Gainesville.

What do you think of the crop top fad?

I’ve always said ‘it pays to advertise!’

** If you have questions for Mema, just comment and she will answer them on the next “Mema’s Take” blog post**

Mema’s Take

Mema and I have decided it’s time to add a new component to the blog, “Mema’s Take.”

She will enlighten us with her thoughts on current events. She will also tweet some of her thoughts on @MemaSays.

August 2, 2012:

How do you feel about Chick-Fil-A?

“I love Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, but I also love my gay friends!”

What do you think of Fla. Governor Scott?

“He’s doing what he said he would do, if elected. I do wish he’d cut his hair.”

What do you think of Michael Phelps being called the “best” Olympian of all time?

“I’ll be glad to store his medals for him – if I have any room in my attic!”

What would you like to ask Mema about?  We will use your questions on next weeks blog. 🙂

Thank you, Dad!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s out there, but especially to mine.

It took me awhile to realize just how awesome my dad is.  I thought everyone’s dad spent lots of time with them and took interest in their lives.

My dad always made it a point to make time for me. Starting when I was 12 – years – old he took me on a trip very year — just us two.  Some of my favorite memories are from those trips… Starting with Disney World (standard 12-year-old move) to surprising me with Donna Summer tickets in Boston.  These trips are priceless.

Right after seeing Donna Summer perform!

Snowboarding in Telluride, Co.

One of the things that came out of these trips was realizing his unconditional love for both me and my brother. I know I can call him in the middle of the night and he will be there for me. I cannot thank him enough.

Gib, Dad and I in Chile

He pushed me hard, but encouraged me even harder. I couldn’t have done it without you, Dad!

What are your favorite memories with your dad?

Beers in Utah

Football Season – Go ‘Noles!

Dad visiting me in DC

Graduate School Graduation

10 Things I have learned from my Grandmother

In honor of Mother’s Day, and all the Mom’s out there, I figured I would write a list of the top ten things I have learned from my Mema:

  1. It’s not always 50/50. Sometimes you have to give more when your partner can’t and vice versa. It’s all about the give and take.
  2. Make your own fun. This is something she always tells me. Whether we are going on a road trip or just out to dinner, we make our own fun and make the best out of even the worst situations.
  3. Treat everyone with kindness. You are no better than any one else, and you never know what someone is going through. Offer a smile and a hello – you never know how it can affect their day.
  4. Don’t take yourself too seriously. The party animal herself has made this one clear. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can?
  5. Love comes in all forms. It’s in family, adoption, friends that have turned into family. Love one another.
  6. Remember your last name. Mema always tells me when I go out of town, or out for the night to remember my last name because your reputation always follows and preceeds you.
  7. Nobody is the boss of me. Now that she is in her mature years, Mema likes to say why not? Why can’t I do this or that? No one is the boss of me!
  8. Be true to your school. You get what you give and Mema has dedicated much of her life giving back to the Florida State University. It has taught me the importance of philanthropy and how thousands of people can come together for a common greater good of the University.
  9. If it doesn’t work out, God has something better planned. When he closes one door, he opens another. You just have to be patient.
  10. Family is the most important. Friends come and go through life, but family will stick with you through it all.

It’s Not Always 50/50

We took this video in Utah as Mema was making breakfast…

It’s time for some Mema mid-week advice.

She says people ask her all the time… what is the secret to a great relationship?

It’s simple, she says.


Sometimes you are going to give 75 percent and your partner will give 25, and sometimes you are the 10 percent, and the other is the 90, but you need to know when to give and take to appreciate the balance.

nothing like a grandmother’s advice

This past weekend a few of my friends came over to cookout at Mema’s house with my dad… while he manned the grill we had some great girl talk over wine…

Mema had some great advice for us when looking for a future husband. She says her top 3 priorities are:

–       dependable

–       trustworthy

–       someone who absolutely       adores you

She also said if someone ever lies to you – let him go! No second chances!  We all kind of sat there thinking about this one, because everyone makes mistakes, right?  But she has a valid point.

One of my favorite quotes from Mema “Looks is only skin deep, but ugly goes straight to the bone.”

I got to spend all weekend with the Love/Marketability guru!  Saturday we went to my dad’s birthday party… here is one of my favorite photos of Mema.  She loves her Riesling!

She made this Happy Birthday banner for the party, which reminds me:

I need to learn how to sew!  I will definitely be taking on that task in the near future.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the party:

Sunday was dedicated to the Super Bowl.  Mema reminded me to have flowers in the house so we went out to her yard and picked a bunch of different ones.

She made sure I picked the right ones, and OF COURSE, she was right – they made the house look beautiful.

The Super Bowl party was a success, and Mema came for awhile.   She gave advice to a bunch of the people there and decided that she is going to do “MEMA BOOTCAMP”  a girls NIGHT and a boys WEEK of advice…

She says we all needed lots of work, but she won’t tell us what she tells the other group.

WHO WANTS IN?!  It’s like going to camp, but better food 🙂

documenting my journey to becoming more marketable

This is my first post. I just have to throw this out there and you can throw it right back,  this blog will not be perfect.  I am a writer, but we all make mistakes after a long day, or not enough coffee.

I feel like I need to give a little background.  My Mema is 85 years old and she is KICKIN’.  I really hope when I grow up I can be just like her.  Everyone who has met Mema, even for a second, knows how special she is.  She lights up a room and is one of the most positive people.

She and I are extremely close… we have weekly sleepovers to catch up and I enjoy the time with her.


Mema first started talking about making me marketable after I got out of a long-term relationship.

She wants me to know the basics:

–       cooking

–       cleaning

–       gardening

Cooking is an ongoing lesson… mema is an amazing cook, and well, I can only cook eggs so these stories should lead to some laughs for all who read.

Cleaning is by far the easiest. I’m no housewife, but I can clean a space and make it look nice.  These lessons have been the easiest so far.

Gardening…. Yikes…. I’m not sure if this is even desired anymore? What do you think?  Does a woman need to be able to plant flowers? Herbs?

At any rate, I tried it. I have these lovely flower boxes that really do brighten my life and flowers by my mailbox… of course now they are dead, but it’s winter!  They had to die at some point!

So this blog will chronicle all of the ups and downs… and mostly the fails, but at least it’s good for a laugh, right?!