Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Never Ending Birthday

Sometimes love makes you do funny things.  

Take for example, the poor male praying mantis.  Or the poor male scorpion.  These dudes sacrifice their lives to provide nourishment to their mates--all for love.  Well, this month in the name of love I have celebrated Adam's birthday all month long.  I baked the apple of my eye TWO from scratch birthday cakes (pineapple upside down cake and sweet potato cake with maple icing) and made him the dinner of his choice, twice (home made fried chicken and moussaka).  But can you believe we're still celebrating the big 2-8?  His mom, in a stroke of pure brilliance got him tickets to see Trey Anastasio, one of his (and my) favorite performers.  So, last night we put our dancing shoes on and rocked out.  As you can see, we were pretty darn close to the stage.


I'm pretty sure Trey could see me from the stage.  Here is a picture where I think he is looking straight at me.  What do you think?


Ohhh, the things we do for love.  I know you can tell it was a major sacrifice on my part but I'm fortunate, at least I didn't have to eat Adam to prove my love for him.  Whew!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Mystery, a Poem, and a Mistake

After riding my high of energy, I was smacked with another round of nausea like a train hitting...well anything, frankly.  So we are attempting to solve the mystery of why I have nausea today, but not yesterday or Sunday.  I ate salad and rice on both nights before I woke up with nausea, so I'm thinking one of the things I ate is interacting negatively with my medication (vinegar in salad dressing?).  Maybe this mystery isn't as intriguing as a best selling Sue Grafton book but we'll probably be able to sell a copy to my mom.

I want to share a poem for all of you who have a child in your life (or if you yourself are child-like). 

I've Been Working So Hard

Shel Silverstein  

I've been working so hard you just wouldn't believe,
And I'm tired!
There's so little time and so much to achieve,
And I'm tired!
I've been lying here holding the grass in its place,
Pressing a leaf with the side of my face,
Tasting the apples to see if they're sweet,
Counting the toes on a centipede's feet.
I've been memorizing the shape of that cloud,
Warning the robins to not chirp so loud,
Shooing the butterflies off the tomatoes,
Keeping an eye out for floods and tornadoes.
I've been supervising the work of the ants
And thinking of pruning the cantaloupe plants,
Calling the fish to swim into my nets,
And I've taken twelve thousand and forty-one breaths,
And I'm TIRED!



Finally, my awful mistake.  I completely forgot to credit the heart-shaped (chicken and) dumplings to my brilliant mother-in-law.  I thought it was so adorable that I had to take a picture of it!  Wasn't that perfect for Valentine's Day?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!


Here's to the day when Hallmark, Kay, and Esther Price are happiest: Valentine's Day!  Since my daughter is now in school, we have the good fortune to celebrate these holidays with flair.  Therefore, we got out the good ol' cookie cutters and have been making everything into heart shapes!  Cheese, tortillas, and even dumplings (see above) don't stand a chance against our advanced cutter-y skills.


Another holiday of note?  Adam's 28th birthday!  The light of my life celebrated this not-so-momentous, yet still important day with all the panache his 28 year old self could muster.  Above is our family picture, depicting how great we all are at looking at the camera!  Happy birthday, Adam!  


Finally, for those of you keeping track of my 28 day cycles, you will know that I am currently in a chemo cycle.  This one has been both better and worse than the previous cycle.  Worse, because it started off with horrible vomiting and sickness.  Better, because after the vomiting, I've felt a lot more energetic.  I took the kids to story time this morning and am hoping to get my little Valentine to her preschool party tomorrow morning with bells on her toes.  Mornings always seem worse for some reason.  But, we're all making it through alright and feeling mighty grateful that it's not worse (which it could be).

I hope that you all got a chance to check out the American Brain Tumor Association's Path to Progress info that I posted last week.  If not, please check out our team's site at:

http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/ABTAEvent/PathtoProgress?team_id=14171&pg=team&fr_id=1840

Please consider joining the team (Ohio folks--we'll car-pool!), donating (we've already reached 18% of our goal--thanks Aunt Susie, my Goetz family, and Aunt Kelly!!), or just cheering us on as we raise money for a cause that could literally save my life!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Path to Progress 2011

And we have lift-off!  Our fundraising team, the Brain Tumor Mamas and Papas is now up and running (literally).  If you would like to join us in Chicago on May 14th, please consider joining our team by clicking the following link and clicking "register":

http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/ABTAEvent/PathtoProgress?team_id=14171&pg=team&fr_id=1840

The more participants, the merrier!  And folks of every ability are welcome.  Last year we had a 5th place winner, a first-timer, and babies too!

If you can't make it to Chicago, please consider donating to our team's efforts.  We are trying to raise $1000 and need every bit of support to reach that goal.  If you are interested in donating, please click on the following link and click "Support Brain Tumor Mamas and Papas":

http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/ABTAEvent/PathtoProgress?team_id=14171&pg=team&fr_id=1840

As always, if you can't make it and you can't donate, please consider being a team cheerleader!  We can use all the support we can get.

Thank you and I hope to see you on the 14th!

The Brain Tumor Mamas and Papas, 2010