It’s true what they say…

…absence makes the heart grow fonder. It’s also been proven that it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. In addition, you should never look a gift horse in the mouth. But, all joking aside, they also say that you don’t truly appreciate something until it’s gone.

 I’ve moved a LOT in my lifetime.  Family friends jokingly refer to us as the “nomadic Haddock family”. And if they don’t, they should.  Here’s the run down, even though I’m sure you couldn’t care less right now. Trust me, I’m building to something.

 Move #1 – From Casper, WY to Gillette, WY (no, they don’t make the razors there) when I was a wee lass.

Move #2 – From Gillette, WY to Grand Junction, CO when I was in 4th or 5th grade.

Move #3 – From Grand Junction, CO to Gillette, WY 14 months after we moved to GJ

Move #4 – From Gillette, WY to Anchorage, AK when I was in 8th grade

Move #5 – From Anchorage, AK to Gillette, WY after I graduated from high school

Move #6 – While I was in college, my family moved from Gillette, WY back to Anchorage, AK. Needless to say, I had a hard time figuring out where the spoons were that Christmas break.

Move #7 – After I graduated and stayed put in CA, my family moved from Anchorage, AK to Katy, TX

Move #8 – When my Grandma passed on, mi familia moved from Katy, TX to Morgantown, WV. They lost my sister, Lindsay in that move – she remained in TX.

So…after all was said and done, I have 2 sisters in as many states and have experienced my fair share pen pals, first days at new schools, and can navigate time zones with ease. Plus, as an added bonus, I learned that even if you DO move back to a state and the friends you left before, life still won’t be the same. People move on, stay put but everybody changes to some extent throughout the years.

It is with this noted and profound experiencial evidence under my belt that I would like to tell you the following: moving sucks.

You can imagine my surprise, then, when I willingly subjected myself to the changes of a move 2 years ago August. I think it’s especially important to note that I moved WHEN NO ONE MADE ME. 

 When I first got out here to Colorado, I was a wee bit busy dealing with living on my own, establishing a new church, group of friends, navigating the 8,000 blizzards that Jack Frost threw my way, buying a new car after my first was totaled, getting my car broken into, etc.  It was a tramatic, but rewarding experience, to say the least. There were ups, there were downs. I missed my friends. I missed my family to the extent that I seriously considered moving home. I missed my church. I missed knowing the street names and the fastest route to get to my end destination. I missed my old apartment. These were mostly familiar feelings to me, but there was ONE feeling that I’d never had before.

I missed my grocery store.

I know it sounds crazy. But before I moved to CA and lived in the Pink Palace with my roommate, Holly, I had never before experienced Trader Joe’s.  On the outside, it’s like one of those clown cars – you never know what surprises it will hold.

I could go into Trader Joe’s as a burn-the-toast, ruin-boiled-water kind of girl and come out a gourmet chef. They made it so easy with their frozen easy to re-create meals, their name brand juice, their pre-made marinated meats, their dried fruit. And don’t even get me started on the flower selection. *sniff

For those of you that have never been inside a Trader Joe’s, I feel that there should be a support group for you.  For those of you that HAVE and go on a regular basis, count your blessings. For those of you that used to be able to go that now can’t and go back to visit – please let me know. I’ll do anything to be a part of the magic again.

I’ll leave you with this thought – as it relates to grocery stores, is it REALLY better to have loved and lost? I ask you.


6 thoughts on “It’s true what they say…

  1. Katrina says:

    This is the second blog entry this week I’ve read about Trader Joe’s. I fall into the “never been inside” group, and I’m starting to really wish we had one! It sounds like a magical place…

  2. Jenn says:

    I completely understand! We have no Trader Joe’s in the Kentuckiana area:( And the only thing close that we have is a Whole Foods, which is very expensive (and NOT TJ’s!). I’ve been going through withdrawals as well. Sad. I think we might need a support group too!

  3. Liz says:

    I, as well, fall into the never been inside one–and while I hear they’re fantastic, don’t know that I need a support group yet. I think it’s much more likely those of you who have loved and lost TJ are more likely to need the support group. But I am willing to support you in whatever way I can, Amy. 🙂

    But you may have lost your TJs, but at least you gained the best cube-mate EVER! 🙂 Go team humble!

  4. Jenn Hughes says:

    Hey Amy-
    I had to laugh when I just read your post… I, thankfully, am lucky enough to enter the glorious doors of TJs whenever I so please. I just don’t take the opportunity often enough. Today, the girls and I had a morning outing there and picked up some beautiful flowers for Vday. It really is the best grocery store ever. REALLY. I’m sorry it’s not in CO. Or TX, which my MIL laments often. (She always stocks up when she comes out to CA for a visit.)
    Anyway, not sure how I found your blog, but I enjoy reading it and keeping up with your life! I’ll think of you every time I enter TJs from now on! 🙂
    Jenn Hughes

  5. Natalie says:

    HA! I am with you. I miss Trader Joe’s and lament often that we do not have one. Unfortunately, the stupid liquor laws of CO prevent them from coming since something like 40-50% of their sales come from wine (or at least this is what I’ve been told). I have heard of advernturesome people that like to trek down to NM, as there is a TJ’s about 4 hours or so from here. As to your question, in this case I almost think those that don’t know what they are missing are in a better place!

  6. Dad says:


    It’s not so nice to see your child sometimes shows spirts of your character flaws. Fortunately for you, that doesn’t happen much!

    That being said…you’re introduction was longer than your point! Hmmmm….sounds like your dad’s character flaw to me! 🙂 I’m frequently told my your mom that I have too long an introduction to my point! Get it together girl!!! For help to get it together…

    Although I’ve never darkened the door of a Trader Joe’s, your mother and I visited a store called “Wegmans” in Fairfax, VA. We will take you there and let you enjoy THAT place of pure delight! You will be able to “Get it together!” 🙂 Once we expose you…

    Then you’ll have to visit us more often for the experience! It’s an enticement M! 🙂


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