I went to the gynecologist recently for my yearly checkup. I’m usually a procrastinator in general, but making this appointment is rarely high on my list of priorities. I know that going to the gynecologist is for preventative maintenance, just like making sure you change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles but don’t most people try to make it to 5,000 miles before changing the oil?
Everyone knows it needs to be done, but nobody I know ever wakes up and goes “Yayyyyy! It’s… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on January 13, 2013 at 1:10am —
Technology isn’t easy. We all know that. But technology is extra difficult for those who didn’t grow up with it. My parents are no different than anyone else in their age group. They don’t like change, and technological change is an even harder pill to swallow.
My parents have never had a passion for technology.
I remember in the 1980’s when my dad purchased a VCR. It was one of the most technological events in the history of the Gunn household. We could actually rent movies… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on November 13, 2012 at 11:01pm —
It’s been a month since my son, Matthew left for college. I had promised myself that I wouldn’t be a basket case and would not need a prescription for Xanax or several bottles of wine, although I purchased a few just in case. All summer I knew this day was coming but boy, it sure showed up faster than I expected.
He drove down with his dad to the school the night before he was to move in, and I drove down the next morning with my parents so that they could finally see the campus. … Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on October 6, 2012 at 12:24am —
I have been an outdoorsy kind of girl my entire life. Growing up, we didn’t take fancy vacations to other countries or exotic locations. Instead, my dad, mom, sister and I would go camping up at DeSoto Falls in the north Georgia mountains. Catching salamanders, hiking up to the water falls, hearing the rain on the roof of the tent, and telling scary stories around the campfire are some of the memories that I cherish…
Added by Dana McIntyre on September 6, 2012 at 11:21pm —
I started participating triathlons after a very bad relationship breakup…the kind of relationship where I thought “Woo-Hoo!! I’m gonna marry this guy” and I started scribbling my name with his last name like a high school kid.
Annnnnd then it didn’t happen. Not only did it not happen, but I found myself completely opposite of where I pictured…
Added by Dana McIntyre on August 24, 2012 at 11:11pm —
Is this really happening?
I found myself standing in my son’s room today. Not in a creepy watching-him-as-he’s-sleeping kind of way. Just standing there, looking around at all of his posters tacked to the walls. I see the “Captain” stripes on his letter jacket gently strewn across the chair. Prom pictures of him and his girlfriend are stapled to the wall by his bed.
But something is different: He is leaving for college.
His Pink Floyd, Dave Matthews & Beatles posters… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on August 8, 2012 at 10:26pm —
The 1980’s were such an incredibly colorful and fun time to grow up in. We all had big hair that made us appear three inches taller than we actually were because it was so teased and poofed up like a rooster crown. Our clothes were made up of big, baggy neon shirts with low hanging belts, printed or acid washed jeans, colorful pumps with lace socks, and fingerless lace gloves a la Madonna. Jewelry consisted of earrings that each weighed the equivalent to a TV remote control, Swatch watches,… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on July 31, 2012 at 11:52pm —
Today was actually a really great day. Not because anything super-interesting happened. It's just that my husband and i took MY parents and HIS parents out to lunch. Yes, you read that correctly. My parents. His parents. Us. We went to lunch to-geth-er. Without any… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on July 25, 2012 at 1:44am —
It’s Saturday morning and I wake up and realize that OMG – I promised the kids we would go to the pool today. I had come up with a gazillion great excuses during the week but today it is warm and sunny…and no rain in sight. Thanks a lot weather.com.
Drats. I’m stuck.
Kids don’t realize that you just don’t hop in the car and head on over to the pool or water park. Those clean towels and drinks and snacks and sunscreen and toys and floats and chairs don’t just magically appear in… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on July 15, 2012 at 10:13pm —
My husband, Dale and I are very similar in so many ways – that’s what really attracted us to each other. We both love to camp, participate in triathlons, and so many other things. His parents have been married for 38 years, mine for 52. We both share the same religion, are non-smokers, and have the exact same political views.
But when it comes to movies, we are on complete opposite sides of the RedBox. I am a hopeless romantic so I’ve always loved movies like “When Harry Met…
Added by Dana McIntyre on July 11, 2012 at 1:44am —
By Dana McIntyre @DanaMcIntyre1
It’s so hard for me to believe, but my husband and I have been married now for almost three years. We don’t have any kids together but we both brought kids from our previous marriages into our new one.
Most parents will agree that one of the most difficult things about getting divorced is not having your children with you all of the time. (Although for some people, they… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on July 5, 2012 at 10:49pm —
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My son Matthew has never been one to sit back and let life pass him by. He has always been busy doing something…being the Captain of the high school ice hockey team, or when he went through his skateboarding phase, or when he learned to play the guitar (“Hey mom, have you ever heard of a band called Pink Floyd?”) or whatever, he’s always stayed busy…and… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on June 25, 2012 at 11:47pm —
By Dana McIntyre @danamcintyre1
If you’ve read some of my other blogs, you already know that my father recently underwent a stem cell transplant. (If you didn’t, then get to reading!) He was in the hospital for over two weeks which, unfortunately, coincided with his first grandson’s graduation from high school.
We planned on using iPhone FaceTime so that he could watch the graduation live, but since we did not have internet at the stadium that idea fell through. I tried calling… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on June 20, 2012 at 7:52pm —
My husband and I are always joking back and forth about our “celebrity crushes”. When we are choosing a movie, he will say “And oooooh, it has your boy Zac Efron in it. We are definitely going to have to watch that one, huh?”
My answer? “Well, duh.” I’ve decided that if my husband ever follows through on his threat to make me sit through a Star Trek marathon, then we are having an Efron Marathon too…Hello Charlie St. Cloud!!
(So now, everyone is well aware of my Cougar crush on… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on June 16, 2012 at 11:30pm —
Added by Dana McIntyre on June 14, 2012 at 11:00pm —
My 18 year old son Matthew is visiting my 93 year old grandmother this week in Mississippi. Last night I called him to see how things were going. He interrupted me mid-sentence and said “I have to call you back. Banma is telling me old stories.” (Yes, we call our grandmother Banma – it’s got to be a Southern thing to call your grandmother by some silly name, which clearly we do.)
Later he called me back and said “That was so awesome. I just heard all kinds of stories about this… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on June 13, 2012 at 11:45pm —
My Uncle Fred had spent his life working on B-52 bombers and various other airplanes during WWII and then worked at Delta Airlines in Atlanta until his retirement in 1970. Many years later, I decided to surprise him with a video showing him how much the airport had changed since he left. I went around Hartsfield International Airport taping tidbits of places that he might recognize.
Days later, I was eager to see his reaction as we watched the video of planes taking off overhead,… Continue
Added by Dana McIntyre on June 13, 2012 at 11:31pm —