When it came to the awkward years, I was the perfect role model.

It was going to be a big day. My graduation from 7th grade. Next year, I would be in high school. With the big fish.

I was done with my awkwardness, I was going to emerge a beautiful butterfly.

I decided to take my time and beautify myself before the graduation.

I ran the bath…I even added some of the Jean Nate’ bath oil that my Grandma loved so much.

I soaked. I soaked. And then I soaked some more.

Finally, it was time to dress and dry my hair. No time to lose now.

I dressed in my new terry cloth striped dress. It was so pretty.

A few spritzes of my Loves Baby Soft…I am really something.

I got out the blow dryer and my round brush. Watch out Farah Fawcett.

I dried.

I dried.

I dried.

My hair was not really drying.

So then I got out my fancy dancy curling iron.

My hair still seemed kind of wet. Oily.

What could I do? It was time to go.

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Apparently you should not soak your hair in Jean Nate’ bath oil. Lesson learned.

greasy gross mess.

And for me, this really was just the beginning of my awkward years…things would get much worse before they got better.

Dads; The Regular and The Sweet!

My Uncle has been busy cleaning out some of my Grandma’s things and sent me a boatload of old photos this week.

This one, I have never seen before:

Dad and Suz Wedding

I don’t think it is flattering of me at all (Jay Leno Chin) But I love this photo just the same. We looked so darn happy.

My Dad and I did not have an ideal relationship…but it was what it was. I know he loved me the best that he could…he was just a man who struggled with a lot of internal demons.

Sadly, this may have been the last time we had a photo taken together.

Happy Father’s Day Dad. I really miss you!

And even though he is not my Dad…Happy Fathers day to Coach!!!

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Linds and Daddy

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{Well, some days, I like to call him my Sugar Daddy!! Don’t we all need a sugar daddy?}

If half the men on the planet were as good as you…this would be a much better world to live in!

Happy Fathers day to all you Dads…fur dads, Uncles, Grandpa’s…good men help to make this world go ‘round!

Now, go grill something! BooYah!