Sunday, March 28, 2010

Welcome, spring!

As I sit here listening to the sound of the lawn mower running, I can't help but feel excited about the upcoming months.  Our house is officially for sale.  Boxes are officially packed and in the garage.  Flowers are in bloom everywhere.  Spring break is officially a week away and I'm totally stoked for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

The camera cord has been located and our green smoothie is here in all it's green glory:

It's more of a dark pastel green than a bright grass green.  It's definitely not the mint green of a shamrock shake.  But it was very very tasty and very healthy.  Sweet and refreshing.

Remember how I posted that I lost 42 pounds?  Well, it's more like 43 pounds now--and it's because of choices like this.  It also makes me happy to know that we're giving good stuff to our kids--I'm hoping they never have to cope with battling cancer/obesity/diabetes/etc.

This week, we're planning to make pad thai.  I have never made this before (I'm not even sure if I've eaten it before) and I don't have a recipe--any suggestions?  I'm going to check out one of my favorite recipe sites for ideas.

Monday, March 22, 2010

QuatroDos = 42

To many people, 42 is not a very significant number.  It's not typically viewed as the most exciting birthday.  Relatively speaking, 42 dollars isn't all that many.  Unless you're Douglas Adams, famed author, 42 doesn't mean much at all.  The same was true for me...until today.

Now, I'm not saying that 42 is the meaning of life or anything.  BUT it is today's magic number because it is the amount of weight I have lost since Sept. 1st, 2009.  Hooray!!!  I definitely have a way to go yet, but it is reassuring to know that our healthy habits, choices, and actions are making these changes happen.

Also, another reminder--there are only two months left until the American Brain Tumor Association 5K in Chicago.  My kids and I are gearing up for this adventure and we're training as much as possible (when we're not sick).

Want more information on how to join the team or help?  Refer to my previous blog post "Brain Tumor Mamas and Papas" for all you need to know.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

St. Sickies Day

Yes, I had great plans for a St. Patrick's Day feast.  Had.

And then the sickness descended on me with full force.  And it has been quite difficult to shake it off completely.  Therefore, my St. Patrick's Day "feast" consisted of saltine crackers and chicken noodle soup. Bummer.

BUT, there IS a tiny pot of gold at the end of my rainbow!  I made my lovelies a healthy green smoothie!  Spinach, grapes, banana, strawberries, vanilla almond milk...and quite delicious.  I took pictures...but I can't find the camera cord.  I will post pictures as soon as I find it.  Oh being sick.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A celebration and flowers!

After our good MRI news, we went out for a great dinner at a restaurant called, Cantina 1511.  Having never been there before, we weren't sure what to expect.  Luckily, it was amazing.  Family-style tacos and guacamole made fresh at our table were a couple of the highlights of the meal.  Another highlight?  Having a relaxing meal out together as a family.  Ahhhhh...

Next, I'd like to say "thank you" to my mysterious flower-sender.  I don't know who you are, but the flowers are absolutely gorgeous and took me (and Adam) completely by surprise!  They are a bright and friendly reminder of our good news.  And we are doing our best to "celebrate life" every day.  Thanks again!  :o)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Good news!

Ahhhhh...we are all breathing a sigh of relief here because we had good news at the doctor's office, thank God!

1. No new tumor growth (yay!)
2. Perhaps some tumor shrinkage? (really, really big yay!)
3. My next MRI doesn't need to happen for 6 months (yee-haw!)

The doctor was hesitant to be excited about the tumor shrinkage.  This was the result of a second opinion--a second opinion that may have been a little skewed.  Buuuuuut, I'm pretty excited anyway.

We are going out to eat tonight for an exciting celebratory dinner!  I'm not sure where we are going yet, but I'm really looking forward to it!  I just want to thank ALL of YOU for your support, prayers, good vibes, and amazing words of comfort as we go through this.   :o)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Hey dudes!  I had my MRI yesterday and I can't thank ya'll enough for your supportive emails, texts, and phone calls.  Opening up my email and seeing all of those messages before I left for the hospital was like having a friend holding my hand while I was being scanned.

As promised, I documented the MRI with my camera.  It looks like pretty much any old MRI machine...but with me inside!!!  :o)

The MRI technician took these while in the lab office.  A camera can't be taken IN to the MRI room because it would probably explode.  So, the tech took these pictures behind the glass of the office, which is why the picture isn't that great (and you know...our camera...well, you know).

It may not look like it, but I'm actually rocking out to some classic rock tunes...Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, CSNY, and more.  Of course, I have ear plugs in and head phones on to reduce the noise of the airplane.

Now we are just looking forward to finding out the results.  Thursday morning at 10 am!!!  :o)  Woooooo!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

MRI tomorrow--so excited!

Yes, I have an MRI tomorrow!  It's exciting to go and lie down in a big tube and close my eyes and try to listen to music over the sound of an airplane engine (aka MRI machine) while not moving a muscle for 45 minutes.  Yes, exciting.  

BUT, the excitement is minimal compared to finding out the results on Thursday!  It is quite a big week for me.  However, nothing compares to the excitement of cleaning the house and getting it ready to sell.  Woohoooo!

I will do my best to remember to bring my camera and capture it all on film.  The place where I get my MRI is actually quite check in via computer, there are lockers for your belongings, and there is a room with toys and games for kids.  I guess that's where all of our insurance money is going.  :o)

Gooooooo MRI!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

Oh we have our German saurkraut and our Syrian hummus.  We also have Italian polenta and Polish kielbasa and pierogis.  But somehow, every March we wind up saluting our non-existent Irish heritage.  Although we don't have a drop of Irish blood between the four of us, there is something in me that just gets enjoyment in St. Patrick's Day.  I don't think it is the green because I've gone many a St. Pat's day without wearing the color.  And I'm pretty sure it's not the drinking.  I think it must be the FOOD!

I'm about to do some reminiscing...imagine reminiscing music playing now...

The last two St. Patrick's Day celebrations were marked with the most DELICIOUS corned beef and cabbage.  The beef was so tender and the flavor was vinegar-y and salty and meat-y and potatoes and carrots and cabbage galore!  (pardon my drool)  Did we follow it up with a green milkshake from mcdonald's?  Yes, yes we did.  Was the green shake the most disappointing part of the meal?  Yes, yes it was.

But here we are in 2010.  Trying to eat healthy foods.  Organic beef.  NO milkshakes.  And I have yet to find an organic piece of corned beef anywhere.  So this year, I'm taking on a new challenge.  The healthier St. Patrick's Day dinner!  Will there be green?  Possibly.  Will you, dear reader, be green with envy at the deliciousness of it?  That is yet to be determined.

So hold on to your lucky charms because I'm planning an exciting one on St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ahhh...sweet bliss.  Finally, a moment to myself to sit quietly and collect my thoughts...and share them with the blogging world!

These moments are so rare, that I really have to savor them when they happen.  The children are on completely different napping schedules, so time to myself is a treat.


Which reminds me of a delicious soup we made recently.  Actually, we've made several delicious soups recently.  A thick lentil, a soothing chicken noodle, and a vegetarian tomato tortilla soup.  We were able to capture the tomato tortilla one on the was just so pretty.

It was the perfect starter to our mexican food feast!  Based on the ease of cooking and the taste, we give it a 5 star rating.  Picture a chicken-tortilla soup that you would order at a restaurant.  Now take away the chicken.  Add a bit of "very inexpensive--wow it's cheap!" to the mix.  And you get this soup!  Yummy!

Of course, a child is now awake and quiet time is over.  I'll be back soon with more interesting foods and definitely next week with MRI results!  :o)