I’m Still Around

My poor mother had to call me today because I haven’t been keeping up with my blog so she didn’t know what was going on with me. Sadder words have never been typed! So I’m going to give you a bit of random…

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We had Chinese food the other day and check out my fortune:

Todd was pretty smug when I read it to him because every time I complain about my weight or any other cruddy side effect of having cancer he says pretty much the same thing. This is the part where I usually say something flippant and roll my eyes, but Mothers with Cancer lost one of our own last night so I’m going to embrace these simple words and be grateful for what I have.

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This upcoming Friday I am going to the spa with my friends; Kris, Laura and Sheri. Last year for each birthday we chipped in and bought a gift card for a one hour massage and we’re finally getting around to cashing in on them. It’s going to be exactly like Sex in the City, except there will be no sex going on and the spa is actually in a pretty rural, yet quaint, little town. But there will be four exceptionally beautiful and fashion savvy women. Really.

Laura made the reservations for us, but we each had to call in and give them our GC number. So I called and gave my number to the receptionist and then I took a deep breath and said, “I have a rather embarrassing question to ask you.” She was very nice as I told her I had breast reconstruction a couple of years ago and am unable to lay on my stomach. My obvious concern was that I wouldn’t be able to get the massage. After relaying the information to the massage therapist she came back and told me it wouldn’t be a problem.

Here again I would like to complain about the inconvenience of cancer, but I remember Lisa and my fortune so I won’t.

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Sookie is much better. Poor, neglected dog.

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Todd, on the other hand, is still sick. His fever broke a week ago and his doctor put him on a steroid dose pack to clear the chest congestion so he could breathe, but he’s still under the weather. He’s going back to the doctor on Monday and I just hope he doesn’t have pneumonia because: A) He has another business trip next week and he gets to visit his brother’s family; B) He’s tired of feeling miserable; and C) I don’t do well with sick people in my house.

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We had a little taste of spring yesterday. It was delightful. First of all, I have instituted a new “below freezing” rule which says if it’s not below freezing I’m not driving the kids to the bus stop. Now the bus stop is only a half a block away and it’s not the walking in the cold weather I’m opposed to. It’s them standing there for 20 minutes in the below freezing temps that I don’t like. Let’s face it – I’ll always be a Southern California beach girl at heart. But yesterday morning it was around 38 – well above freezing.

And when I opened the back door to let Sookie out it smelled wondermus. I don’t remember this smell in California, but you Southerners know exactly what I’m talking about. The smell of early spring. It’s in my top ten favorite smells ever, maybe top five.

It was just nice to leave the house for some Homie Hang time and not have to bundle up like Randy in A Christmas Story. But guess what. We are now expected snow. Not just a little, either. Depending on who you listen to we could get up to 10 inches of snow between tomorrow night and Monday morning. Of course, I’ll believe it when I see it.

I have mixed emotions here. On one hand, we’ve had a lot of snow events this year, but no measurable snow to speak of. It would be nice to have one good sledding snow. On the other hand I’m ready for spring. I’m ready to have the windows open and take the dog for walks without freezing.

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There is much more random in my life, but this is all you get today. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write more tomorrow!!


  1. Gretchen on March 1, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Well, I enjoyed your random. I am sorry for your loss at MwC. Enjoy your pampering, friend. I’m ready for spring, too. Our dogs are definitely more sausage-like than they should be because I’ve been too wimpy to walk them.Praying for Toddster. And now going off to bedster.

  2. Brandy on March 1, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Wow, that smell thing has me intrigued! I cant even imagine temperatures like that. *shudder* Oh, and I am jealous of the spa thing. Have fun!!!

  3. Cora from Hidden Riches on March 1, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I’ve always loved the smell of spring, too! And I LOVE the smell of rain!I know what you mean about laying on your stomach!!!!! Just had my mastectomy and haven’t been on my side or stomach in a LONG time!!!!It was great to read your random thought today, and LOVED the shadow pictures a few posts back!!!!Cora

  4. Suzanne on March 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Glad to hear something from you. So sorry to hear about your friend. Praying for Todd (my husband hasn’t been feeling well either and I know it’s not fun when they’re sick!).

  5. Lynilu on March 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Spring with the smells and sights brings hope, doesn’t it? I think that is what I like most, the sense of a do-over. Yes, I like that.

  6. beans on March 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Glad things have been ok . . .and good for you for finally getting some pampering yourself!I have to say, I always thought it was kinda weird that folks lined up at the bus stops and dropped their kids off, and then drove home like two driveways away . . .i remember walking almost a half mile to and from my bus stop in all kinds of weather . . .maybe i just had a meanie pants for a mom . . .ugh that todd is still sick. i hope the good doc will have some idea of how to help!have fun with the snow! i want some slightly warmer weather, but not enough to make mud . . .

  7. His Girl on March 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    awwww, i love the randomness… so awesome to share a slice of your life with you 🙂

  8. Pink on March 2, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I love your fortune cookie pharse! Those are surely words to live by once we have been thru the BIG “C”…I have to remind myself daily that today is a gift from God and that I should make the best of it.I am sorry to hear about your friend. It just never gets any easier to hear that cancer has taken another life….I will be in prayer for the family and for you as you process it all.

  9. radioactive girl on March 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Lisa’s story has been hard for me to follow. I “met” her a while ago and it is just so scary to me that it so easily could have been me. Why her and not me, you know? It really hits home for me to see that and when I heard the news this weekend it really made me sad (but sad isn’t even a strong enough word). I’m sure you know what I mean.I hope Todd feels better soon! The steroids usually work fast for me when I am that sick so hopefully they will for him too!I love the smell of spring and I know just what you are talking about.

  10. The Daily Bee on March 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I love these random post. Sorry about your loss at MWC…LOL on the Sex in the City remark. Heehee! Lucky you! I need a massage…=)Sweet pictuers of the Sookie. Makes me miss my Tiff. I just went through the whole “pumping yourself with steriods” yuck! Hope Todd feels better soon. We’ve had really warm weather the last couple of days. Feels like June. I would love to smell Spring…

  11. Shauna on March 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Ooh, I love the smell of spring, when you fing open the windows, curl up in a blanket and just drink in the smell of promise.I’m so glad Sookie is feeling better. I will pray for Todd’s full recovery as well.Enjoy the time at the spa. As someone who gives massages, it is totally possible to get an amazing massage without laying on your stomach. Some of the best massages I’ve done have been for people who have to lay on their sides and back. Just take those deep, cleansing breaths and let the stress and tension flow out. I’m sure it will be FABULOUS!

  12. Becky on March 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Bummer that Todd is still feeling so sick. Ugh. I’ll pray he chirks up again soon. And for the family of the mom from MwC.Way cool on the Spa getaway! Luckyyyyy!Ahhh…the smell of spring. Something we’re just getting a taste of around here the past couple of days. The birds are all back and chirping like crazy from dawn til dark.My mom is probably wondering what happened with me, too. This past week was rather busy for the Frumps, too, lol.

  13. CindyS on March 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    So sorry about the loss of your friend. I can’t imagine.I hope Todd starts getting better – being down and out is horrible.Also happy to hear Sookie is feeling better – I so miss Cody and seeing Sookie is heart warming. You could never post too many pics of Sookie ;)I still want to live in a place where it is always summer. I wonder if I would thrive or miss the seasons. CindyS

  14. Sing4joy on March 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Your poor mom. And me too. But we’re all better now because you have updated. Phew. *wipes brows*

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