Sarah Grant

Musings on Poker and Other Stuff

Pop Quiz

December 28, 2011

I always read these Quiz sections in my trashy magazines. I love them. This week I decided to pull one out of Allure, October and answer the questions myself.

Scent on a man: Whatever my boyfriend wears. I think it used to be Aqua di Gio, but now he got a new one and I love that one too.

TV Show: Family Guy

Time of Day: After I get done working out....then I'm free!

Shoe: honestly, flip flops. But I wish it was f-- me heels.

Swear Word: Fuck (obv)

Music: songs that always get me going: Journey 'Don't Stop Believing', Black Eyed Peas 'Boom Boom Pow', T-Pain 'Apple Bottom Jeans', Robyn 'Dancing on my own', What is hot right now: Gotye, Youth Lagoon, Cut Copy and I LOVE Chromeo/Steve Aoki

Beauty Product: ugh, unfortunately I'm not great at this.....I guess I would say a good night time moisturizer. Nothing like cleaning your face of the day and putting on some moisture. My mom used to always have the wet face look at night from her many moisturizers. I think it reminds me of her.

Drink: wine (but I'm exploring other options)

Vice: Drinking (but I'm working on that)

Spa Treatment: Deep massage (what kind of question is that?)

Way to Spend Money: On others.

Villain: The Prince who sells out William Wallace in Braveheart. What a chicken shit! And Cruella Deville--I was her for Halloween when I had short black and white hair

Color: Orange, used to be yellow but I switched


December 21, 2011

Just got back from my cruise last night. What an incredible experience to share with my loved ones. There were so many moments when I was like, "yep, these people definitely share my genes." There were other moments when I was thinking, "I can't believe I share a similar genetic code as these people." Good and bad, that is the wonderful thing about family. You don't get the luxury of writing them off with every disappointment or insult. You can't break up with them. I actually think that it might be God's best trick yet. Only through the act of being forced to love and forgive, do you really get to see a person. And in really seeing someone, you discover the greatest love. I think we imagine that we find perfect partners, or imagine that we are treasures as spouses. But really, loving your family is the guide for how to love everyone. With forgiveness, with honesty, with compassion, with empathy and commitment.
My grandpa introduced me to someone he has been friends with since 4th grade on the cruise. At 75 I imagine most people haven't maintained relationships that survived so many years and so much distance. We also went with his cousin whom he is still close to. I hope desperately to still be in my cousins' lives as we near almost a century of life.

(my grandpa's cousin Jimmy Wallace) And my grandpa hasn't always fit the mold his family set out for him, but he always handled everyone with kindness and respect. And thus, after all these years, he still has a close bond with people from all different periods of his long life.

(my grandpa on his 75th birthday Col. Paul Grant)
Being around my younger cousins, my older parents and my even older grand parents I could sense the invisible line we are on to the grace that only age reveals. I got into it with one of my cousins one night at dinner. Only to have Heath knock me under the table and remind me that she is only 18 and clearly not hearing anything I was saying. I looked over at my grandpa who stared back with tender eyes at me and I realized that I was an idiot. I can not teach her things that she will have to learn herself, just like my grandpa can't give me his wisdom and patience. I guess the older you get the more you live by example. And the older I get, the more I realize I know nothing.
But simultaneously the more I look at the people around me, I know that they are having the same experience. They are making mistakes and looking around them for help and answers and insight. And the only way to provide them with a solid reflection is to always look upon them with love and forgiveness. Hopefully they will do the same for you when you look out.

(my daddy who has taught me loads about compassion & empathy)

(my partner who has shown me love & forgiveness)

On the Road again

December 09, 2011

Yippie!!! It's finally here. I'm leaving in 30 minutes on a cruise. Now if you are picturing pina coladas pool side, you've got the wrong picture. I'm going to spend some quality time with my family. My grandpa invited Heath and I in May to come on a cruise with him and my grandma. Soon pretty much my whole family on that side was on board. No pun intended. Tongue My dad is coming with his wife, my cousin and her husband, my other cousin and her mom, a total of 22 people!! My grandparents are cruise professionals. Heath and I on the other hand have never been. But secretly I've always wanted to. More than anything though, I am so looking forward to spending some quality time with my grandma and grandpa. They have played such an important role in my life.
Then of course, Heath and I will be going to the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL, to play some pokers!!! Just wanted to give you guys the heads up and expect a long blog with all the details upon my return. Hoping this gorgeous sunset is a good omen!

Sin City Fun

December 04, 2011

Tags: Las vegas, Sin city, Fitzgeralds, Ballys, Marriage can murder, Price is right, Sarah grant, Heath herring.

One of the pleasures of living in the City of Entertainment is all the, wait for it......Entertainment. Poker Face Heath and I have enjoyed so many awesome shows and days of fun. I remember one of the first days we lived together officially he asked me, "Do you like roller coasters?". Ummmmm, obviously! We hopped in the car and rode the coaster at the New York, New York until we were sick. I've seen almost every CIrque show, tons of comedy and lots of good bands. One of the recent things Heath and did was sign up for Fillaseat. Basically you can see shows in Vegas for free because they want the audience to be full. It makes the people who paid feel like they got a better value.
On Friday we went to see The Price is Right. I never really watched it growing up so I wasn't sure what to expect. But Jerry Springer was hosting, so I was clearly chanting, "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry." He did not disappoint.

I had a blast! Just like the Marriage can be Murder we saw at the Fitzgeralds the week before.

So many things that I expect to be kitchy or lame are actually so much fun.
I guess part of it is having a partner that is down to do those things too. It is so important to find someone who can let themselves be silly and do something not "cool." I love that. I Love doing things that people don't expect. I love being in an audience where the median age is 65. And still laughing my face off. I can't wait for what is up this week.
Oh this week, I'm leaving on friday for a cruise so I might be missing a blog or two while I'm gone. Be back before Xmas!!