Maybe you've noticed that it's been approximately four weeks since my last post here. Facebook noticed, and keeps nudging me to post something! They've done the hard work for you of missing me. … Read More...
Since the beginning of this month I've been teaching a Zentangle® class on Monday evenings, right at the time when I'd normally be cooking dinner. As I mentioned that week, it's required a new strategy to get dinner on the table once I returned home from class feeling tired and hungry, and without the patience or time to cook anything that required much effort or even a recipe, unless it could be prepared entirely in advance. At first point Annie volunteered to make dinner Monday nights since she's home for the summer but, unfortunately (for me at least), she has had work hours on Mondays and needs to decompress for a few hours before working on her summer class. Plus, if preparing dinner is tiring for me after teaching, I wouldn't expect her to have the energy and focus to cook after her work shift. There's always a standing offer from Joe to bring home dinner on the nights that I … Read More...
Life used to be very structured when our family was younger. I really enjoyed that. Structure is dependable, predictable, reliable, and comforting. My zodiac sign is Cancer, the crab, and those words are happy words for Cancers when it comes to their family and home. It's a funny thing though, kids insist on growing up and, very slowly, the structure begins to crumble around the edges. Slowly, ever so slowly after school activities chip away at a carefully planned day. Then college pulls a birdie from the nest for weeks at a time. Oh, and then friends and boyfriends complicate my carefully nurtured, desperately protected structure, and before you know it, life resembles unpredictable chaos much more than structured coziness. I plan delicious dinners, like the Southwestern Skirt Steak with Cheese Grits you see above, assuming everyone will be home to enjoy it together. The day … [Read More...]
I haven't forgotten you. But there have been spring breaks and spring snowstorms and in the middle of the chaos I just couldn't figure out how to transition from the serious conversations we've been having on this blog to the more mundane. I promised you and myself that this would not be only a cancer blog, and yet I find it difficult to go back to writing to you about what Joe and I had for dinner last night. It was good, by the way. I made … [Read More...]
Yesterday I received my second chemo treatment and the time was reduced down to 5 hours instead of the 7 spent during my first treatment. I guess I'm taking it well, or as well as chemo can be taken. The side effects are in full force now, including losing my tastebuds and my hair. You know, the ordinary things that we generally think about like what do we want to eat for our next meal and is it a good or bad hair day. But I will elaborate on both of those topics in a future post. For now, I just want to say that I was as busy as a person could possibly be for those five hours. People often think I'll be bored to tears sitting there but not me! I'm now experienced enough (it only takes one treatment to figure out a lot) to come prepared. And yesterday I brought my Kindle with a new book; my lap desk; my Zentangle® supplies and Diva Challenge; as well my iPad to attack my lengthy … [Read More...]