👐🏾 #AtoZChallenge: U is for unexpected fun, Uncle Frank, and understanding


Wednesday was a good day.

U2020Are you seeing this too? Some days are good. Some not. Like the Raiders’ draft history, there appears to be little rhyme or reason to it. But Wednesday? Wednesday, I felt calm. I felt … vital.

Walt Disney is a dude lots of you know, and he said something kind of profound about making dreams come true.

He cited 4 Cs – curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy. (I’d have added cheeseburgers, but he didn’t ask me.) The greatest of all, Walt said, was confidence. (Again, no opportunity to pimp cheeseburgers.)

I wondered if those things can snap into place even before the dream formulates.

I hope so. I have them all on my best days, and on dormant ones, you know, they’re still there. They’re buried under self-doubt and neglected calf muscles, that’s all. But we can build the dream Cs without knowing our dreams yet.

And I’m thankful for that.


What else am I thankful for?

Unexpected fun. It’s cool when it pops up. Toulouse, Camdyn’s cat, has started the habit of joining me on my yoga mat. He walks under me on my bridge-like poses and chills on the corner of the mat while I go. If he judges me for my cats and cows, he’s not showing it. He doesn’t mind his servants being home all day.

Uncle Frank. What a journey this has been. I won’t give too many details, but he’s doing much better. Fighting like hell and on the road to recovery. This thing has polarized us in the past week. Some clinging to isolation, others ready to kick-start life. I’m a bit wary of this opponent.

Understanding. It’s like the perfect disc golf score or enough Ingrid Michaelson songs. You can’t achieve either. Realizing this is key to happiness. Knowing you can’t have all the answers. What would I do with them anyway? I’d ignore them. I’d rather see my path and what’s in front of me and let that be enough.

What are you grateful for this week?


A is for Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Adam and Avril, and Amidala

B is for Bonnie Marie Williams, voiceover superhero, a #GirlsRock interview

C is for Conversations, Camdyn and cookies (#GratitudeAndShit) 

D is for Dorsey Standish, yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, for #GirlsRock

E is for End-of-your-career awards

F is for Frank, my uncle

G is for 💇🏽‍♂️ Go Ask Daddy about what you GET to keep on Flea Market Flip, if I’m GOING to sit in a racecar next time I get my hair cut, and how high basketball scores GO

H is for ✊🏻 haiku (my quarantine journal)

I is for being IN progress, IMMUNE system meditations and INSIGHT (for #GratitudeAndShit)

J is for Jess Cohn, an interview with a senior acquisitions editor, for #GirlsRock

K is for Kelly Calhoun, an interview with an influencer, reporter and model, for #GirlsRock

L is for learn

M is for middle finger, mercy rules, and mating (Go Ask Daddy)

N is for Nancy Kempa, realtor and translator, for #GirlsRock

🎡 O is for observing, opportunities, and optimism (#GratitudeAndShit)

P is for purify your mindset

Q is for quarterback

R is for Rebecca Reid, global development globetrotter, for #GirlsRock

S is for still alive, stolen things and (green) screen (#GoAskDaddy)

T is for teacher book review – Schooled, by Stephanie Jankowski

Amiel quote gratitude


  1. beth says:

    i love your ‘U’s” – especially uncle frank still fighting and who doesn’t love unexpected fun?

  2. Great and inspiring post, Eli. So happy to hear that Uncle Frank is doing well. Cats are just awesome little creatures, aren’t they? 😍🐈

  3. Janice says:

    Yay for Uncle Frank!! My cat judges my yoga too.

  4. Kathy G says:

    I’m thankful for lengthening days, which make my bedroom bright when the alarm goes off and make my living room bright long after dinner.

  5. Glad to hear about your Uncle Frank. Yes, the list needs some kind of sustenance on it.

  6. I loved your 5 C’s cheeseburger should definitely be added. Glad to know your uncle Frank is doing better every day.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you – cheeseburgers should never be excluded. I’m enjoying daily text updates from Uncle Frank himself, which makes my day.

      1. Excellent, it’s great that he’s onto the road for recovering. 💪

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        It’s been awesome to be in contact with him and see that his sense of humor has fully recovered, too.

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