Dribs and Drabs...

I don't think I've ever gone two weeks without blogging since I've started the 500 Mile Blog. So this has been a record of sorts. And it's sad to me that I haven't really missed it. I suppose that's because:

  • I've still been writing. A lot. Not in a blog, but I don't really need anybody reading my writing and giving me feedback for my writing to be satisfying to me. I write for the love of writing. So there's that.
  • I've been hellaciously busy. Truffles by BC is going to have a booth at the local Bridal Fair this weekend. This means there are many many truffles to make because we want all of the adorable brides-to-be to be able to sample any truffles that sound delicious to them. We want them to see what sorts of set ups are possible for them to use the truffles on their big day. And we want our display to be beautiful. There have been other things to prep for the event, too.
  • Determining a living space has kept my brain a little busy. I'm giving serious thought to moving. My lease is month to month now so I can do that. For someone who really likes change I believe a month to month lease is a dangerous thing. I have my eye on two condos and a couple other apartments.
  • And there is the whole issue of spring break vacations. Ideas were put into certain people's heads and so small vacation trips were dreamed up and follow-through is now all that is left for that plan. The hardest part...
  • I've been visiting the Y. Thank goodness for machines like the ellipticals. I don't necessarily have to circle the track 17 times to do a mile if I can use an elliptical machine, as well. So I'm racking up the miles.
There are people I'm keeping an eye on, too. People like our torch-bearer, Grant. He left for Chicago today for a trial study. I'm thinking of him a lot.

And I'm thinking a lot about Monica who leaves tomorrow for Hawaii. I hope you'll provide some good thoughts for the two of them over the coming days and weeks too. Please.

Okay. Enough about what I'm doing. What have you been up to? I'd really like to know. If you're just stopping by for a visit, and don't care to tell me what you've been up to, how about a quick hello. I'd like to hear that too. Is anybody out there anymore?


Song of the Day: Wincing the Night Away the fabulous new album from The Shins - I'm totally addicted...


*sigh* Another in need of your prayers...

From my home town. Little Connor has a very rare form of cancer. Infant Congenital Gioblastoma (you've heard me mention gbm before) is very rare. Connor is only the fourth baby to be diagnosed with it in the world. And he lives right here in river city.

You can visit his web sites here and here. Please do. You'll see one of the sweetest little babies on earth. Seriously. Send your good thoughts and prayers and maybe a donation or two.

Song of the Day: more Joshua Radin on my mind.

Another BT Warrior...

The beauty of the internet is in the connections that are made. Late last week I received an email from a fellow Relay person who wanted to do some exchanging of ideas. She had found me through my blog. She's in Canada and is on the committee of her own Relay. I'm adding a new Brain Tumor Warrior to my list today for my new friend, Kristi. His name is Mike. Amazingly enough (because of how RARE the brain tumor is supposed to be according to all of the statistics), I already have a BTW named Mike on my list. And he's a local boy who owned the pizza joint I hung out at when I was a teenager. So Kristi? Your BTW Mike is Mike 2.

Thanks for adding him to my Inspirations list. And thank you for coming out of lurker land to say hello and exchange ideas with me. Best of luck with your Relay. If you want to send me a link to your online fundraising page, I'll put that on my page, too.

That reminds me, Heather. I'm going to put yours on the sidebar before the post scrolls away.

Song of the Day: Lean on Me



For the latest updates on Grant, please visit his CaringBridge site. If you or anyone you know is going through a medical difficulty, CaringBridge is a great resource. You've seen me link to many of their sites through my blogging years.

CaringBridge offers free, easy-to-create web sites that help connect friends and family when they need it most.

And now I'm off truffling... Have a great Sunday.

Song of the Day: Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk by Rufous Wainright from The Last Kiss soundtrack.


Since we're on the subject of inspirations...

I need to add a few to my list.

If you have some to add, please let me know. My mileage continues even as I neglect to add it to the website. I'll be trying to get it updated here this weekend. We have joined the local Y to combat the cold and Keli and I began visiting this past week. I love circling a track 17 times in order to count a mile. No complaints here.

The first name going on the list here is a local man named Steve E. And can you believe it, he's another brain tumor warrior. What is it in the water around here, people? Steve was diagnosed last summer and has since undergone surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and continues with medication to combat seizures and brain swelling. He has two boys still in school (15 and 9) and four adult children.

The other name going on the list today is a teacher in the school district from which Kel graduated. Hers turns out to be a melanoma inside her body and actually within the sinus. Fundraisers for both of these people are happening within our town in upcoming weeks. And as I read more about Ms. B's cancer in the local paper this morning, I read that her sister is battling ovarian cancer. So as I add Ms. B, I will be adding the name Ms. B's sis as well.

And for KathyK - I'm adding her friend, Sue P, single mom of two daughters who had a biopsy of her brain tumor on her 50th birthday. Still awaiting her biopsy results.

Song of the Day: Paperweight


update on Grant.

From his CaringBridge site because I cannot write it myself...

“The Perfect Trust……….God has a plan, it may not be what we all want, but he does have a plan for Grant.”

Ann called this afternoon with a report on Grant’s condition. They removed the breathing tube last night. Grant was coherent and recognized his Mama and Papa. He did not recall the events of the previous night (seizure, ambulance, etc). He only slept briefly while his mom lay in bed next to him. His respirations and heart rate are calm when his family is right with him. Today has been a difficult day as Grant has been seizuring much of the day. They are trying to control this with medication. The news of the MRI was not good and it identified multiple tumors in the brain. They met with the care team (neurologist, oncologist, radiologist, and pain specialist) to review the results. The primary goal is to control the seizures. He remains in the ICU at Children’s in very serious condition. The family continues to ask for prayers for Grant and prayers for God’s strength to endure this painful time.

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Song of the Day:


For Grant

Please send your best thoughts...

One of our brain tumor warriors is in ICU today. Think your best thoughts for our 2006 Relay Torch Lighter, Grant.

And maybe today is the day you want to head out to the American Cancer Society's flagship program, the Relay For Life and make a donation. Or find out when your local Relay is happening and start your own team. There are a lot of bloggers out here in blogland participating. If you don't want to donate to one of us, you can head straight to the ACS website and find a Relay in your area and donate to that. Or just give a donation to the ACS itself.

My donation page.

The donation page for my team.

A blog buddy who recently signed up to lead a team - Heather.

Or Kathy's sister who is doing the three-day. Another awesome use of your donation dollars.

Anybody else want me to list their Relay? We're in this together. I'm happy to put you down. Just let me know you're out there. All the money goes to a great cause and I don't consider myself in competition with anybody.

Song of the Day: Amazing Grace from Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger...