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The privileges of motherhood
Friday, June 19, 2015      4 comments

I spent half the day in the hospital with our kid today. She had minor surgery - a ~foot-long titanium rod threaded through the center of her ulna had to be removed. About a year ago, we also spent half a day in the hospital, when she had the ... Read more
Under the knife
Thursday, June 18, 2015      6 comments

It's been two months and the bump on the top of my foot is still there, so I went to my orthopedics appointment yesterday. She had me take an X-ray, which predictably showed nothing wrong. Then I had an ultrasound, which confirmed a ganglion c... Read more
New resolve
Wednesday, June 17, 2015      3 comments

A week away enjoying all my favorite foods and witnessing the ravages of cancer on a beloved mentor, and getting back to the stress and frustrations of work, mean that I have slipped back into bad nighttime snacking habits. Clearly, this has be... Read more
An unexpected workout
Tuesday, June 16, 2015      5 comments

We had a torrential downpour after dinner - we sat in our living room marveling at the sound of rain pounding on our siding. Until the husband shouted for help from the basement. The kids and I rushed downstairs, and found the husband frantica... Read more
Family matters
Monday, June 15, 2015      3 comments

I hadn't seen my family since the beginning of the year, and hadn't told them about my weight loss. So the range of responses was interesting. My sister was the most gracious and sensitive: "You look great!" My mother was the funniest: "Don... Read more
Knackered
Sunday, June 14, 2015      2 comments

4 hour bus ride + 5 hour dinner with old family friends + interminable airport waits + cross-country red eye = totally spent this morning. Trying to stay awake to get back on schedule but it's looking like a losing proposition since I can bare... Read more
Back to reality
Saturday, June 13, 2015      2 comments

It's been such a nice, too-short visit with my mother. She's recovering from her fall last week - she's still bruised and swollen, but not so scared to leave the house. I've taken her for walks yesterday and today, and she has plans to resume ... Read more
Crabby madness
Friday, June 12, 2015      3 comments

I love crab. When I come home, it is what I crave. Today I took my mother to the market and we got an energetic large live dungeness crab, which I cooked for dinner, along with a couple of other dishes. Later in the evening, two very good... Read more
Better left said
Thursday, June 11, 2015      4 comments

The second day of our mini-reunion with my former boss who is being treated for advanced cancer included another fresh, healthy, satisfying lunch and almost four hours of rambling conversation sprinkled with laughter. And somewhere in there... Read more
A memory to treasure
Wednesday, June 10, 2015      4 comments

When my ex-boss arrived home from his radiation appointment, we had helped his wife cover the dining table with a lovely lunch, and we were sitting in his living room as if nothing were out of the ordinary. He opened the door, saw us sitting th... Read more
Setting the stage
Tuesday, June 09, 2015      6 comments

I'm sitting in my motel room more than 2000 miles from home and trying to control my excitement for tomorrow. My ex-boss' wife and I have a plan: my two former co-workers and I will go to my ex-boss' house tomorrow morning while his daughter i... Read more
Planning delinquency
Monday, June 08, 2015      3 comments

Tomorrow I fly across the country for a surprise visit to my ex-boss. He has advanced cancer which has spread from bladder to thyroid to brain. Time feels precious these days, so I organized a mini-reunion and I along with a couple of former c... Read more
Hypocrisy
Sunday, June 07, 2015      6 comments

I am trying hard to eat healthier, and since I'm the cook in the family, the hub and kids are eating a little healthier now too. They don't always like the extra veggies on their plate but they don't complain all that much (anymore!). This... Read more
Strange concoctions
Saturday, June 06, 2015      2 comments

So her formal title is "behavioral nutritionist" but she's a licensed dietician at the local hospital who I've been seeing regularly since November. She's been turning me on to low calorie foods with high nutrition content that I would never ha... Read more
Moving that rubber tree plant
Friday, June 05, 2015      4 comments

Tonight I've got the "High Hopes" lyrics floating around in my head. They're silly lyrics but still somehow motivating and reassuring in their familiarity. I've been sitting here not quite moping but sort of dwelling on the tedium of tra... Read more

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