02 April 2010

o happy day!

no joke, this is exactly what my house looks like right now.

well if yesterday was any indication, this should be a good weekend.  i'm not sure how much i've discussed this on here, but i am incredibly close to my paternal grandmother.  her name is dorothy {dot} and my whole life i have been called dot jr.  not only do i look exactly like her {the only thing i got from my mom's side are the big boobs} but we have almost identical personalities.  she is the person in this world i admire the most.  she is well-educated and well-travelled and kind and smart and funny and stylish and i could go on and on.  at 84, she has more zest for living than many 24-year olds i know.  she is constantly remodeling her house, reading books, hosting international students, hosting dinner parties, and driving all over the country to visit friends and family.  the other day she called us to see how our weekends were and casually mentioned she had just gotten back from a helicopter ride.  hilarious.  i wrote my college application essay on her.  she is, in my eyes, a complete rock-star.

for my 20th birthday, she gave me my two most cherished possessions.  her engagment ring {which is now appraised, insured, and locked away in a box until some nice boy decides to place it on my finger} and her locket.  her locket isn't much in terms of dollar value, but it is priceless.  she and each of her three sisters received them for christmas 1937.  they were gold-plated and engraved with their initials.  of the four sisters, my grandmother was the only one who kept her locket into adulthood.  the rest were lost.  it's really a beautiful locket, but the best part is that inside there is a picture of my devastatingly handsome grandfather in his world war II army uniform.  i never met my grandfather.  he died the year before i was born.  i grew being told how much he would have loved taking me out for ice cream and fishing, about how he lit up a room whenever he walked in, about how wonderful he was.  whenever anyone asks who i could have dinner with living or dead, he is always my answer.

this fall, i thought i lost my locket.  the last time i remembered having it was in california, but my uncle couldn't find it anywhere in his house.  i contacted boys i had dated over the summer, random people whose houses i had gone to cook-outs at, and everywhere in between.  no luck.  to say i was devastated is an understatement.  i had always planned to wear this locket at my wedding as my something old.  i had given up hope of ever finding it.

weirdly enough, when we were in wyoming, i kept having dreams about finding the necklace.  then yesterday i was going through my big work purse/tote and for some reason shoved my hand down into one of the tiny pockets that i never put anything in.  lo and behold, there is my locket.  the chain was quite tangled but after some dedicated wrestling, it is now unkinked and back on my neck.  what a lovely way to start my weekend!

tonight is farmer's market and homemade spring risotto {which recipe do you think?  ina or giada?} with friend k.  tomorrow is sunshine and the bull and oyster fest in town with the girls.  sunday is home for easter service and brunch with the parentals.  i hope you darlings have a wonderful weekend!  what are your plans?


KatiePerk said...

Hooray! I am so happy you found it! Have a happy hoppy Easter!

Red and White Preppy said...

So glad you found the locket! Your relationship with your grandmother sounds a lot like the one I had with mine :)

Enjoy your weekend! I'll be spending time with my parents mostly...happy Easter!

Suburban Princess said...

Yay for finding your locket!!
I was very close to my gran too and I have her rings and other personal items that I cherish!

anonymous prep said...

Oh that's so exciting you found your locket! Have a lovely weekend!

Emily's Going Nuts said...

My apartment is looking an awful lot like your right now, based on the mess Eloise has going on in that picture.
Maybe minus the drawing on the walls... :)

Isn't it wonderful to find things that you thought were lost?! I'm so glad that you found your locket!

I'm very excited about my spring swap partner... we've exchanged some fun emails, and I'm very excited to get her swap stuff together! Thanks for hosting! :)

Happy Easter!

Trish said...

How exciting, thank goodness you found your locket, I totally know how that feels! I lost a cherished pair of earrings and finally found them last fall 3 years later in a purse pocket. What a relief! HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND!!! XXO

Black Labs and Lilly said...

Thank goodness you found the locket!!! It is such a horrible feeling to think you've lost something so priceless.

Giada or Ina?? I would say Giada if you are looking for a dish a bit lighter, or Ina if its a feast kind of night!

Lauren said...

My mother lost her locket from her grandmother while we were on vacation once and (being the good Italians that we are) prayed to St. Anthony (the finder of lost things) and WE FOUND IT.

It is so great when things like that happen! :)

Beth Dunn said...

Love it!

Summer is a Verb said...

Total Carrie Bradshaw moment! And, my maternal grandmother was Dorothy "Dot" too! XXOO

Preppy 101 said...

So glad you found your locket. I know the exact feeling. I lost a necklace that my late husband had given me. I was so sick about it I could hardly even talk about it. Then, I was packing for a trip and found it in a pocket in the travel jewelry case I have. I was so thrilled. xoxo

The Redhead and her Pooch Lola said...

AHHH...you are so lucky and I am so happy for you! About a year ago I lost my most beloved posession...my grandmother's diamond dinner ring that she gave me on my 21st birthday. I have never been so devastated!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness you found it! That is the WORST feeling in the world.

Blackeyed Susan said...

So happy you found the locket! That is just wonderful!!!!