Inspired by...A Mom Memory

This is technically Day 9 of the challenge, so the official Mother’s Day post will be going up tonight, but this prompt is to share a favourite memory from my childhood and it actually does involve my mom!  I can’t say that I have a favourite memory of my childhood — how can I pick just one moment that makes the rest pale in comparison? — because I had a great childhood, but I love telling this story.  It’s a simple moment from sixth grade, but it always makes me smile.

 

At the beginning of sixth grade, the fourth Harry Potter movie came out.  I was a huge Harry Potter fan (some would say fanatic) growing up; I had read all of the books several times, whizzed through the new ones when they came out, constantly made Polyjuice Potion with the kit I had gotten for my birthday, was Hermione for several Halloweens in a row, and the list just goes on and on.  Naturally, I was dying to see the movie.

 

I was in the jazz band in sixth grade (#BandGeekForLife) and back then, rehearsals were held after school until about 4:30 or so.  I remember my mom picking me up from rehearsal and it seemed like any normal day…until we weren’t taking the usual route home.  We seemed to be driving as though we were going to the YMCA where I swam.  My mom pulled into a convenience store and told me to go in and buy two packs of M&Ms.  I assumed she needed them for a recipe, so I didn’t think much of it.  Then, before I knew it, we were in the movie theatre parking lot and my mom was telling me that we were going to see the Harry Potter movie!  

 

That night, we had popcorn and M&Ms for dinner (big deal, trust me!) and I got to feel all grown up and special while watching Harry Potter with my mom.  Mind you, my mom knew very little about Harry Potter so it’s a testament to her that she sat through the entire movie with me.  

 

Like I said, it’s a simple memory, but every time I eat popcorn and M&Ms (world’s best combination), I think of that night and my mom and everything feels okay.

 

Inspired to be,

 

Katherine

20 Hours in Connecticut

That title was shamelessly borrowed from my favorite show, The West Wing, in case anyone was wondering. :)

Anyway, I got the rare opportunity to go home for a night this week and see my mom!  My dad and brother are on a baseball road trip in California right now (loving the Snapchats from L.A…) so we got some girl time.  I was in desperate need of a haircut since it had been over a year since I had last gotten anything other than my fast-growing bangs, and let me tell you, it was getting bad.  I have really thick hair so when it's long, it just get to be such a pain, especially in the summer as I'm walking seven blocks uphill to commute to work.  The prospect of a fresh, clean haircut in itself was enough to get me excited to come home, but then my mom said she had a surprise for me as well!

I got out of work early and got an earlier train home (I have to take 3 different trains so it's always an adventure!) so my mom and I were able to take a yoga class at our favorite yoga studio.  I have to say, there's nothing like an hour of "Happy Hour" yoga, complete with headstands and essential oils to ring in the weekend!  We also picked up green juices and salads (yup, my mom and I are fun) to have at home on the patio.  When we got home, I headed up to my room and….my mom redecorated!  I recently acquired a queen-sized bed from a family friend who was redoing her guest bedroom but I was still using my old twin-size comforter on it, and my room was still in that awkward stage in between me living in it permanently in high school and periodically in college so it was time for a change.  Well, my mom got new sheets, a beautiful poofy comforter, and throw pillows! 

Thanks, Mom!

Thanks, Mom!

Needless to say, climbing into bed last night was an absolute JOY! :)

My mom and I talk and text a lot during the day but on Friday night, we sat outside on the patio in these lounge chairs and just chatted for a while about family and life and it was so different than talking on the phone.  Out of everyone I miss while I'm here at school, it's definitely my mom.

Yesterday, we got up super early to drive to Massachusetts to see my grandparents and so I could get a hair cut!  Yes, my hairdresser is in Massachusetts but it's completely worth it.  Felix is nuts but, hey, he can cut hair.  After a shorter, layered cut and a blow-out, I felt like a whole new woman!  I had wanted to go for something a little more sophisticated so this was a good start.

We visited my grandparents, as well, and I got to catch up with my grandfather who's in an assisted living facility after a stroke he had back in December.  He's making a ton of progress and I've missed talking to him about history since I learn so much from talking to him.  Seriously, he knows everything.  The farm stand across the street from their house and the facility opened an ice cream/grill stand so we checked it out and tried their regular french fries, sweet potato fries (my personal favorite) and onion rings which were sooo good!  Also, they had a ton of flavors of ice cream and I just had to check it out so I tried "Pumpkin Patch" which is always my favorite but hard to get since most places only carry it in the fall.  This was probably the best pumpkin ice cream I've ever had since it had caramel swirls, sliced almonds, chocolate, and raisins, in addition to incredible pumpkin flavor!  I forgot to take a picture so I'll let you imagine that wonder….

After a rushed drive home and another rushed drive to the train station, I was headed back to New York already but feeling nice and refreshed.  Oh, and I discovered that Squarespace (the platform I use for my blog) has a mobile app so I can write on the go!  Perfect for the traveler. 

So, it was a short visit home but just what I needed!  Sometimes a little refresher is what we need to get our inspiration back, right?

Inspired to be,

Katherine

Blown-out hair and my dress for the Smart Girls Group Conference! (I'm also wearing heels!!)

Blown-out hair and my dress for the Smart Girls Group Conference! (I'm also wearing heels!!)