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...
It's so easy to get caught up in the seriousness of life. Adults have their goals, objectives, and schedules and, at least for me, it's hard to break away from the path. But when you have a kid who will argue relentlessly for what she wants, it becomes a lot easier to ignore those adult concerns, if for no other purpose than to make it stop - Louisa!!!! The girl could wear a stone smooth with her incessant pleading when she's on a mission. "Mom, Emily and I want to go to New York this Friday now that school is done." No, Louisa, I have too many things to do, plan it for later this summer. "Mom, we won't be able to go later this summer since we'll both be working and then getting ready to go back to school." No, Louisa, I have too many things to do on Friday. Text message: "Mom, can we go?" Text again: "Mom?" Finally, the pleas turned into knowing looks that I could read … [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...]