Today is Gran's one year blogiversary! If you go over and visit her, you can enter her giveaway--the drawing is on Saturday night (if she can stay awake after I wear her out in class on Saturday!).
Of course, you've "heard" me "talk" about Gran sometimes, right? Well, I first met her in the quilt shop, Bearpaws & Hollyhocks, about a year and a half ago--something like that, anyway. Several of us customers and employees were chatting about blogs, something that was new to Gran. She asked for my blog address, and within a couple weeks, I noticed I was getting comments now and then from "Gran," which wasn't the name I knew her by. I had just an inkling that "Gran" was local and might be the woman I sort of knew from the shop, but I wasn't certain until I asked her one day--and found out I was right. Since then, we've gotten to know one another much better, and I really enjoy spending time with her--she's a truly kind and thoughtful person and a dear friend.
Our latest "escapade" was simply a short drive from her house to the house of another friend to watch old movies last Friday night, but even that proved to be a fun adventure! I was driving that night, and she asked me if I could swing into a Starbucks drive-thru on the way, which I was happy to do. We pulled up to the speaker and a male voice said, "Hi, my name is Brandon. What can I get you this evening?" I turned to Gran to see what she wanted, and when I realized she hadn't decided yet, I told Brandon it would take us a minute. There was no one behind us in line, and Brandon seemed cheerfully patient with the two of us "old" ladies, so there we sat, lost in thought, dreaming caffeine dreams.
After a minute or two of such thoughts, Gran seemed no closer to deciding what she wanted, so we opted to enlist Brandon's help--he'd suggest something like "mocha?", and Gran would say yes or no; he'd suggest "Venti?," and Gran would say yes or no. It continued like that until finally we all agreed on her beverage choice. Brandon gave us the total and invited us to pull forward to the window.
Unfortunately, we couldn't pull forward. In all the excitement of ordering, Gran had dropped her Starbucks card between the seat and the center console, and no matter how far she stuck her hand down between and under the seat, she couldn't find it. Finally, thinking she'd sneak up on it from behind, Gran got out of the car, opened the back door, and crawled onto the floor of the back seat.
In the meantime, I sat patiently in the driver's seat while Brandon began whistling the theme music to "Jeopardy" through the Starbuck's speaker. Who knew he'd still be watching? I guess we were the evening's entertainment. So I figured narrating for Brandon Gran's search for the missing Starbuck's card was the least I could do, because really? Who knows what Brandon was thinking as he watched Gran get out of the car and then crawl around in the back seat?
Anyway, do you know what today is? BESIDES Gran's one year blogiversary? It's the day I'm meeting her for coffee at Starbucks! Boy, THIS should be fun! For some reason, though, she wants to meet at a DIFFERENT Starbucks--one where they don't know us. Yet.
Happy blogiversary, Gran!