A catch-up post has been long overdue. Since my last detailed posting back in April, there have been a few other changes besides Louisa's move-out which I discussed last week. The Medical Update On the health front there has been more work done on my foobs (for those not in the breast cancer community, that stands for "fake boobs"). The plastic surgeon's goal is to make the reconstruction as symmetrical as possible. My goals are to make it less obvious that there's anything weird going on under my shirt when I wear a light tee shirt or something with a scoop neck -- or look in the mirror. After this latest round of reconstruction surgery there's been some improvement, but it hasn't met either my surgeon's or my goals yet. We will try again next year. I regret the decision I made to … 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...
Our weekend ended with a bang, just before I served last night's dinner. And this wasn't the good kind of bang I had planned after an afternoon of cooking for our Labor Day meal. It had been a long holiday weekend and we had spent it enjoying the final days of freedom before the grind of the new school year began today. It's funny, when I was younger the school year was so exciting - new subjects, new teachers, reuniting with classmates and last, but not least, all of those freshly sharpened pencils and new composition books. Now it just means back to routines and the grind. I guess when you're not the one returning to school the fun parts aren't there. On one Saturday we visited Annie and went to an outdoor art show in Smithville, NJ, where one of her summer coworkers was exhibiting. It was a good break for her after the first week back to college and the reality that sophomore … [Read More...]
The holidays seem to come earlier every year. Pause. That sounded like an old person speaking to you. Hmmm. Have I crossed that line? Well, I'm older than my college age daughters who don't have the same frame of reference that I do about when the holidays "should" come, so I guess that makes me "older" if not "old." I was conditioned to believe that the holidays began at Thanksgiving. After all, few of us go to the trouble of cooking that big bird for any old day. Over the years, retailers slowly wore me down, however, and I began to accept the holidays beginning at Halloween. The Halloween candy doesn't even make it into the sales bin before the Christmas items begin to make an appearance on store shelves, and the Boos turn into Ho, Ho, Ho's. But this year, I was in the local Barnes and Nobel over a week before Halloween and there was no pumpkin spice anything to be … [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...]