Hotel Buddies

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Another day, another hotel room. 


But this time, I have a few buddies with me!




Unfortunately, my 94 year old (95? I can’t keep up!) grandpa had a seizure earlier this week, so last night, we drove from Charlotte to Gainesville, Florida to see him.  I had been doing the, “I’ll come down to see him next weekend” thing for weeks on end, which, in hindsight, was pretty presumptuous of me.  No time like the present to see the people you love.  Gee-pa seems to be doing pretty well now – he bounces back amazingly well.  Thank goodness! 


And doubly unfortunately, the Husband’s high school friend, his wife, and their toddler are in town in Charlotte this weekend for a wedding.  We only got to see them for a few minutes before we left  (boo!) but at least now they can spread their stuff out at our house and relax. 


Hotel breakfast:


When traveling together and with the dogs, we always seek out hotels with kitchenettes so we can bring some of our own food.  This meal was a combo of things we brought from home (peanut butter, Udi’s bagel) and items from the breakfast bar.  Yum.


Time to hang out with Grandpa.  Someone his age was born before the end of World War I and before women had the right to vote in America.  He has some interesting stories to tell!



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 17, 2011, 10:26 am

    Wow, I’m so glad your grandpa is ok! Mine has also given our family health scares over the past year but seems to be ok now. Very cool that you got to bring the pups to the hotel!

  • Alaina December 17, 2011, 10:32 am

    Wow, 95 years old! I’ll bet he’s got some stories to tell. I hope he’s doing well! 🙂

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 17, 2011, 10:34 am

    I hope your grandpa is on the mend!!!

    And I always seek out hotels with kitchenettes too. Why be in a square box with no fridge or micro or anything if you have a better possible option!

  • Maria December 17, 2011, 10:36 am

    I hope your grandpa is doing well! I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

  • katie @ KatieDid December 17, 2011, 10:37 am

    That’s so great you made that trip down, I’m sure he appreciates it more than you’ll ever know. And yes, grandparents stories are always captivating, enjoy your time with him!

  • Army Amy* December 17, 2011, 10:51 am

    I’m sending good vibes to your Grandpa. I hope y’all get some good quality time in.*

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 17, 2011, 10:53 am

    I always bring food with me when I travel because I never know what the hotels will have….and they’re usually unhealthy!

  • Khushboo December 17, 2011, 10:54 am

    Wishing your grandpa a speedy recovery!

  • nina December 17, 2011, 10:54 am

    I’d love to read a post that was an interview of your grandpa. Maybe questions about the different wars, civil rights movements, economic climates, and political movements. And just his favorite memories, too. I think a lot of us younger people worry about the future and how we will manage ourselves and our families with all the uncertainty going on around us. I think your grandpa could provide some wonderful insight.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) December 17, 2011, 11:04 am

    Your Gee-pa is in my prayers. 🙂

  • Lindsey December 17, 2011, 11:08 am

    Hope he is doing well! So neat that you’re in Gainesville… very close to where I live!! And close to Julie (!!

  • Natalcho @ Tomatoes Rock December 17, 2011, 11:32 am

    Unbelievable – 95 years old! I hope he gets better soon! Speaking to someone this age definitely gives you perspective. I remember speaking to my grandfather (sadly, he passed away a few years ago) about his life and it is fascinating. He took part in World War II, lived through communism and corrupt democracy and was one of the wisest people I know!

  • Shari December 17, 2011, 11:53 am

    Sending many good thoughts your grandpa’s way. Treasure your time with him and savor each moment!

  • Amber K December 17, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Glad your grandpa is feeling better. Hope you make some more fun memories 🙂

  • Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny December 17, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Enjoy your visit with your Grampa — I hope he’s feeling better soon!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 17, 2011, 1:13 pm

    WOW-I love talking to people that old, they have THE best stuff to say. 🙂

    Hope he gets better all the way–have fun!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 17, 2011, 2:24 pm

    I’m so sorry about your grandfather! I’m glad he is doing ok now!

    P.S- You’re in my hometown and I was just there yesterday!!! Although I drove back up to my apartment in Jacksonville for a few days before heading back home for Christmas.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 17, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Thoughts and prayers with your gpa!

  • erica December 17, 2011, 4:41 pm

    hope your grandfather is doing well. yes. no time like the present! 🙂

  • anon December 17, 2011, 5:39 pm

    If your schedule permits, go to burrito brothers. You WILL NOT be disappointed.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 17, 2011, 6:30 pm

    I’m glad your grandpa’s doing well! I hope you have a good afternoon with him. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 17, 2011, 7:10 pm

    Definitely spend as much time with him as you can! My great aunt avis passed away last Christmas at 95 years old, she was an amazing woman. I always made sure to visit her when I went home

  • Lindsey @ Lindsey Living December 17, 2011, 8:56 pm

    My grandfather lived ’til he was 95. Such a blessing! I’m sure having you there makes him feel worlds better. Good thoughts to you and your family. I hope your grandpa’s well soon!

  • Jen December 17, 2011, 9:26 pm

    My grandfather passed away 10 years ago yesterday…this post made me think of him a lot today. I hope your Gee-Pa makes a speedy recovery and that he has lots more time to share all those wonderful stories with you!

  • Liz December 17, 2011, 10:45 pm

    Hope your Grandpa is feeling up to snuff soon! 😉

  • Jen December 17, 2011, 10:49 pm

    I hope your Grandpa is feeling better!

  • Krystin S December 18, 2011, 2:37 am

    Prayers and well wishes for your grandpa!! I am a UF alum and still reside in Gainesville — we have wonderful hospitals here between the VA and Shands, so I know he is in great hands <3

    PS: Restaurant recommendations (if you have time): The Top or Satchels Pizza — both local and amaaazing! 🙂

  • Emma @ Getting There & Going Places December 18, 2011, 7:02 am

    Good to hear your grandfather is doing ok! Wow, 95… 😛
    You’re absolutely right! There’s no time like right now to spend time with the people you love! 🙂 Although sometimes life gets in the way, we should always try to remember that! 😀

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 18, 2011, 7:20 am

    So glad your grandpa is OK. I am guilty of doing the same thing sometimes – always assuming I will have more time with the ones I love (especially grandparents). Thanks for the gentle reminder to seize the moment and take action!

  • Allison December 18, 2011, 8:42 am

    Sorry to hear about your grandfather. Growing up without grandparents, I was always envious of my friends when their grandparents would visit but was so fortunate for them to accept me like family. Make the most of your time with him…

  • Megan December 18, 2011, 9:50 am

    Caitlin! I LIVE in Gainesville! You guys could’ve stayed with us!

  • Sarah December 18, 2011, 9:51 am

    Soo good you are able to go down and visit your gpa. I haven’t seen my grandparents in almost 2 years. It’s awful but this year we are all making the trip to go see them after christmas.

  • Lynna December 18, 2011, 4:18 pm

    We moved up to Maine to be with my aging f-i-l (Katy Widrick’s Grandpa Joe, he’ll be 98 in January) as he needs more and more help. It is a time to celebrate their lives rather than focusing on their ultimate death. Hugs!

  • Lorin December 18, 2011, 9:30 pm

    My grandpa had a seizure a few years back and he had to be in the nursing home for a year and now he’s finally back home but isn’t always coherent. I definitely understand the suckiness you are feeling. I hope everything gets better!

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