remission!! I’ve made it to the two-year mark, my friends. Two years without recurrence. I met with my oncologist today. She confirmed that Friday’st CT scan was clear, and that I don’t have to come back for six months!! This is statistical milestone, the point where the odds start tipping in my favor, where the stars align, where I feel the abundance of God’s grace and mercy.
rain! It’s July, and we’re still green. There are still tomatoes on the vines and flowers blooming!
blueberries, watermelon and peaches
praying for Jenny and her family, for peace and comfort as they grieve the loss of her Grandfather
praying for patience, my own and others’
praying for Grace, for peace
::excited – I’ve been quiet here at the blog, because big life shifts are happening again. I have left my job as a consultant engineer, and accepted a senior position at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. I actually interviewed for the job back in May; it has taken several months to complete the security clearance, wrap up projects and hand them off to other managers, and to tell all of my clients. I am now on vacation until the end of August!! Longest vacation I’ve ever had!!
::wistful – We’ve signed a lease for The Architect’s apartment. He leaves for college in just a few short weeks.
::healthy Biking is happening! Now that the rains have let up a bit, I’ve had a couple of long rides (20+ miles), a handful of middling rides (15-ish miles) and dozens of short sprints. I’m adapting to the decreased lung capacity (chemo related pulmonary toxicity) and my legs are returning!
Garlic Lime Salmon, Salad
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Grilled Sausage and Green Beans
Grilled Pork Chops and Ratatouille
Turkey Panninis, Strawberries
Grilled Veggie Pizzas
::fun – It’s summer time! Both The Architect and DirtBike are working. I’m starting up a BIG project – redecorating our bedroom. I’m talking about a serious re-do, with new tile work, flooring, paint, light fixtures and other hardware. We’ve been married for almost 30 years, and have always had someone else’s leftover furniture, curtains, bedspread, etc. I’ve decorated the kids’ rooms several times over as they were growing up, but never my own. It’s going to be grand!!
my children, as they take even bigger steps towards adulthood
::pondering – time. Egads, it’s been months since I’ve published any minutes. I feel like a hamster on a wheel, running at full speed but getting absolutely nowhere. I’m pulled between caring for my family, tending to Mom Pea’s ever increasing physical needs, and work. I’d like to have 30 hours in a day, please, and to be able to function and stay healthy on only four hours of sleep.
::healthy – It’s been one year since my last chemo. I have hair again, and it’s super curly now. I have scans coming in up in the next week or so, along with my one year checkup. Please keep me in your prayers for continued remission.
We haven’t been biking much this month. Most of the bike trails and favorite road routes are still under water from the tremendous amount of rain we’ve had. Have you heard? Our drought is over!
Steak, Ranch Potato Salad, Spinach Salad
Adobo Chicken, Pinto Beans, Spinach Salad
Turkey Panninis, Strawberries
Grilled Salmon, Asian Slaw and Peas
Veggie Soup and Sandwiches
::fun – The Architect graduated from high school, and my parents were able to join us. Commencement was a wonderful day with lots of friends and family around to share it. See all those ropes, medals, and collars thingies draped around his neck? He graduated summa cum laude, has been handed a full academic scholarship to college (YEAH!!) and is ready to fly!
Left to Right: Cherry Ames, DirtBike, The Architect, Princess Pea, Me, Mr. Pea, My Parents, Mom Pea (in the wheelchair) Ignore the random guy in the background!
::this week – Mr. Pea and I have been married for Twenty Nine Years. TWENTY NINE YEARS!! We did manage to sneak away and go out to dinner on Saturday evening at our most favorite “special occasion” restaurant, the Lonesome Dove. Chef Love was in the house that night, and sent us champagne with our dessert.
comfort for our friends as they grieve the loss of their mother
maturity and common sense for certain teen boys
::pondering – household dynamics. Mom Pea has moved in with us, and Mr. Pea and I are now parents all over again, sort of. I’ve discovered that you need a PhD to understand and navigate the world of Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, pensions, and elder-care. Mom Pea wants to contribute to the running of the household, but she’s so physically limited. I bring her baskets of laundry to fold. I’m trying to figure out a way she can help in the kitchen (what she really WANTS to do!!) that doesn’t involve standing for more than 15 minutes, lifting anything heavier than a quart of milk, or bending over. I may need to re-arrange the cabinets and pantry to make things more accessible for her, as well as invest in some regular aluminum pans. (I cook in cast iron and stoneware, and those babies are HEAVY!!) I’m open to suggestions, my friends, if any of you have any ideas.
::healthy – Guess What? I got a Road Bike! Watch out Bombshells – I have skinny tires and bigger gears now! It’s amazingly light and so much faster (with much less effort) than Princess Grace. I still love love love Princess Grace and biking on dirt; I’m just going to be a more well-rounded cyclist now!
Meet Dorothy – named after Dorothy Levitt! Dorothy Levitt was one of the first female motorists in the United Kingdom, holding women’s land records and outright water speed records. She was known as “the fastest girl on earth”. In her guide to women motorists, The Woman and the Car, she combined fashion advice with instructions on how to rebuilt a carburetor.
Hamburgers, Spinach Salad
Swedish Meatballs, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans
Chicken Curry, Brown Rice, Samosas
Pesto Pasta, Spinach Salad
Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Mixed Veggies
Fish Tacos with Asian Slaw
Pulled Pork Sliders, Pinto Beans
::fun – It’s lacking lately, at least for Mr. Pea and me. The kids are having plenty of fun – preparing for robotics, R.C. cars, biking, mudding with my Spare Son. I told Mr. Pea that we need a date night. One that includes a movie or live music.
::this week – Confirmation for the boys – The Architect is a peer minister, DirtBike is attending. Facilities Committee Meeting. Haircuts. Making a year’s worth of appointments with eye doctor, dentist, counselor. Calling a plumber to fix leaking toilet that Mr. Pea just doesn’t have time to get to. Buying plane tickets for Mr. Pea and Mom Pea to return to the northeast for a week for Mr. Pea’s Godfather’s memorial service and to continue the process of sorting through Mom Pea’s belongings. Walking and Yoga daily. Biking as the weather permits.
these guysThat’s The Architect and Mr. Pea, on Christmas Eve…as we were walking from the parking lot to the church for Christmas Eve Mass. I’m not sure who snapped the picture – either Princess Pea or DirtBike.
good health for so many friends and family
Fireman Dan – he starts his new job today!!
::pondering – a nickname for Princess Pea’s young man. It’s becoming clear that he will be a permanent fixture, so he needs a nickname on the blog. And no…they did not run off to Vegas and get married. Princess Pea went with him and his family for New Year’s. She said it was an ‘interesting’ place…fun to see for sure, but that once was probably enough for a lifetime.
I’m also still searching for my name for this new year. It’s coming, but slowly. May need to pull out the thesaurus.
::healthy – Well then. I’m officially recovered, so it’s time to reclaim my strength and endurance. I actually started this back in November; I’m making it official by claiming progress in the minutes. I’ve been practicing yoga regularly – like every day – which has been a tremendous help working the kinks out of the damaged joints. I’m getting on the bike as often as possible, working up to a 20 mile ride at a decent pace so I can tag along with the Bombshells. I don’t mind being the sweeper, I just don’t want to always be the slowest one in the bunch! I have some very specific goals for this year…more on those later.
Roast Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Broccolini
Buffalo Chicken Soup
Sloppy Joes, Spinach Salad
Butternut Squash Soup (yeah, it’s been on the list frequently, but ohmygosh I love the stuff!)
Baked Ziti with Eggplant, more Spinach Salad
Chicken and Hatch Chili Tamales, Rice, Beans
Cilantro Lime Tilapia, Mixed Veggies
::fun – The Hobbit! I finally, finally watched the two new Hobbit movies. Now I need to head to the theater to see the last one. Maybe this weekend. Or next.
::this week – Back to School and Work! I love the holidays, with long days of visiting, eating and resting. I also love getting back into a solid routine – it makes me happy!
This week I’m focusing on planning for Mom Pea’s 90th Birthday Party this Sunday, researching a new bicycle purchase, uncluttering the homestead and laying out some new gardens and landscaping. On paper, because it’s too cold to dig.