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All good things come to an end

3 Oct

As many of you know, my grandmother passed away in her sleep on Saturday night/Sunday morning. My grandma didn’t have a terminal illness, just died of old age (and a failing body). Born in 1917, she lived 93 (almost 94) years on this earth. And, even though the day came for her to take her last breath, my family and I must realize how much of a life she did live and all that she has seen in her lifetime. Let’s take a look:


  • The U.S. military forces had over one million troops in Europe fighting in World War I.
  • The influenza epidemic “Spanish Flu” spans the globe, killing over 20 million worldwide and 500,048 people in the U.S.


  • Prohibition becomes the law of the land. It would remain illegal to consume and sell alcoholic beverages in the United States until passage of the 21st Amendment, repealing the 18th, on December 5, 1933.
  • The Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending World War I


  • The American Professional Football League is formed with eleven teams. It would change its name to the National Football League in 1922.
  • Women are given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution grants universal women’s suffrage.


  • The first Miss America pageant is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


  • The first Winter Olympic Games are held in the French Alps in Chamonix, France.


  • Charles Lindbergh leaves Roosevelt Field, New York on the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history. He would reach Paris 33 ½ hours later in the Spirit of St. Louis.
  • Work on Mount Rushmore began


  • Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean


  • The Stock Market crashes with a loss of an estimated $50 billion and started the worst American depression in the nation’s history.


  • President Hoover and Congress approve the Star-Spangled Banner as the national anthem.
  • Nevada legalizes gambling
  • Construction is completed on the Empire State Building in NYC and it opens for business.


  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for the first time. His speech with its hallmark phrase, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself” begins to rally the public and Congress to deal with the great depression issues.
  • The Century of Progress World’s Fair opens in Chicago, Illinois.


  • The Master’s golf tournament is held for the first time at Augusta National Golf Club.


  • The Summer Olympic Games open in Berlin, Germany under the watchful eye of German leader Adolph Hitler.


  • The Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic


  • The U.S. declares its neutrality in the European war after Germany invaded Poland, effectively beginning World War II after a year or European attempts to appease Hitler and the aims of expansionist Nazi Germany.


  • The attack on Pear Harbor, Hawaii, commences at 7:55 a.m. when Japanese fighter planes launch a surprise attack on US soil, destroying the U.S. Pacific Fleet docked at the base. One day later, the US declares war on Japan, officially entering WWII.
  • The U.S. declares war on Germany and Italy, responding to their declaration of war against America.


  • The Normandy Invasion, D-Day, occurs when 155,000 Allied troops, stormed the beaches of France to begin the WWII invasion of Europe.


  • President Harry S. Truman gives the go-ahead for the use of the atomic bomb with the bombing of Hiroshima. Three days later, the second bomb is dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.


  • The first meeting of the United Nations general assembly occurs
  • The Basketball Association of America (known as the NBA) is founded


  • Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s barrier against colored players when he debuts at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


  • Racial segregation in public schools is declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown vs. the Board of Education


  • Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus to a white man


  • The construction of the Berlin Wall begins by the Soviet block, segregating the German city. The wall would last for 28 years.


  • The Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C. for Jobs and Freedom culminated with Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • President John F. Kennedy is assassinated


  • Beatlemania hits the shores of the US with the release of  “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • Muhammed Ali wins the World Heavyweight Championship in Boxing.


  • President Lyndon B. Johnson orders the continuous bombing of North Vietnam below the 20th parallel.


  • Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while standing on a motel balcony by James Earl Ray.
  • Robert F. Kennedy is shot at a campaign victory celebration in Los Angeles.


  • Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to set foot on the moon


  • The voting age is lowered from 21 to 18
  • Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida


  • The Watergate crisis begins when four men are arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office building in D.C. on the same day that Okinawa is returned from U.S. control back to Japan.


  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe vs. Wade that a woman can not be prevented by a state in having an abortion during the first six months of pregnancy.


  • Microsoft becomes a registered trademark


  • President Ronald Reagan withstands an assassination attempt, shot in the chest while walking to his limo in Washington, D.C.
  • Sandra Day O’Connor is approved unanimously, 99-0, by the U.S. Senate to become the first female Supreme Court justice in history.


  • The Exxon Valdez crashed into the Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, causing the largest oil spill in American history.
  • The Berlin wall begins to come down


  • O.J. Simpson is arrested under suspicion for killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman


  • Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols explode a bomb outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.


  • The Monica Lewinsky scandal begins


  • World Trade Center attack
  • Anthrax attacks by mail
  • The U.S. military commence the first attack in the War on Terrorism.


  • A tragedy at NASA occurs when the Space Shuttle Columbia explodes upon reentry over Texas. All 7 astronauts are killed.
  • Saddam Hussein is captured


  • The Southeast Asian tsunami occurs following a 9.3 earthquake in the Indian Ocean. 290,000 people die from Sri Lanka to Indonesia.


  • American cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his record 7th straight Tour de France
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast.


  • Michael Phelps wins his 8th gold medal of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
  • Barack Obama becomes the first African-American President of the United States.


  • The H1N1 Virus, Swine Flu, is deemed a global pandemic.


  • Osama Bin Laden is killed.

And aren’t you all amazed that I remembered all of this from all those years of sleeping paying complete attention in my history classes? Anyway, it’s pretty unbelievable to see how much my grandma actually lived through. Makes me wonder what kind of events I am going to live through. Hopefully many more to come.

Also, I don’t think many of you know how much of an advocate my grandmother was about me going on Semester at Sea. She truly wanted me to be able to see the world and would do anything to help me achieve those dreams. Think about it, if it weren’t for her I probably would’ve never gone on Semester at Sea, which means I would’ve never met Joachim in Thailand, which means I wouldn’t be living in Sweden working as a copywriter right now. Isn’t it crazy how one decision can change your whole life?

I love you grandma and I know you will still guide me through the rest of my life!!


An “I-miss-home-and-everything-about-it” kind of day

29 Sep

Not quite sure what brought on this weird mood today but I have a couple of guesses:

1. I actually woke up to AMAZING news this morning when I realized that the Cardinals made it to the playoffs! This was definitely a triumph considering that they were 10 1/2 games out starting on August 25th. Anyway, yes I’m happy about that, but I have NO ONE to celebrate with. This makes me really wish I could be in the States and discuss with other people the fact that doing what the Cardinals did is basically IMPOSSIBLE! Thus, my celebration is a bit muted here…even though I did wear red and white to work today 🙂

2. My grandma isn’t doing so well and had to be moved into a nursing home last week. My family has known for a month or so now that she wasn’t doing so well but it just seems as though her days are numbered. I get this helpless feeling when I realize that here is yet another thing that is happening to my family that I can’t be a part of. I know that it’s a blessing that she has lived for 95 years, but this just marks another thing going on in my family’s life…another one that I can’t be apart of.

3. And then that leads me into how much there are days when I REALLY miss my friends and family.Until I moved, I never realized how much I would miss just being able to call my sister to say hi or getting a call in the middle of the day from my mom or dad just to check in. Even though communication is way better now than it has ever been, it still has to be planned as to when calls or Skype dates are going to be arranged.

Enough with my sorrow-filled post. Just wanted to put out there what’s been going on today and maybe after writing this, try to put things in perspective. I am so grateful for every one that reads this blog and can hopefully relate to me in some way. And for all of you who live close to your family and friends, don’t ever hesitate to call and just say “hello” to someone you love. You never know, it could turn their whole day around.

Dad Update

5 Aug

First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you who have been keeping up with what’s going on with my dad. It really means a lot to me, and definitely him, that so many people have reached out to call and write to him. When I left off, all we knew was that he had a “couple” broken ribs and was supposed to head back to the hospital on Thursday morning to get another CT Scan to check out the air pockets outside his lungs. All day Wednesday he stayed (by himself) in his hotel room, worked a bit and was still very uncomfortable with the amount of pain he was in. He made it to the hospital Thursday morning and the doctor told him how many ribs he really broke. Seven to be exact. I was in shock when I heard this and was a bit saddened by the fact that they let him leave the hospital that first day, all alone, with seven broken ribs. The first day, the doctor told him that he had broken “a couple” ribs in which my dad thought that meant two. I think if he would’ve known he broke seven, he would have been more adamant about staying in the hospital where he could have help getting around, eating, etc.

Anyway, my mom is flying out to San Diego Friday morning so my dad has some company in the hospital. He is supposed to be there for 48 hours so they can monitor him and give him higher-powered drugs. Another thing the doctors saw when he went in on Thursday was a build up of mucus in his lungs because he hasn’t been able to cough since he is in so much pain. Hopefully, with the higher medication, he will feel less pain and be able to cough some of that stuff up (gross I know). When I spoke with him yesterday he sounded like he was in better spirits and was on the road to recovery. He told me how much he realized how many friends he really does have and all the love he has felt since this whole ordeal has happened.

Thank you guys for thinking/praying about my dad and my family. It truly means a lot that so many people care about him and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of you. I’ll keep you updated with what comes next  🙂

Have a wonderful weekend and give the people you love just one more hug.

Love you all!!