Archive for March, 2008


Yep.  It’s time for the ol’ Friday Feel Up!  So ladies, (and men too.  Yes it happens.) go do your thing.  The statistic is 1 in 8 my dears.  Think of the last birthday party you went to.  One or two (depending on how big the party was) of those women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  And don’t forget, when you’re younger than 40 this is realistically the ONLY way you’re going to find it.  We don’t get mammograms yet.  So go on.  Git er done.  (I can’t believe I just quoted Larry the Cable Guy.)

Not shocking.

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Your Result: Musician

Doo doo de doo waaaa doo de doo! (<– That’s you playing something.) Everyone appreciates the band/orchestra geeks and the pretty voices. Whether you sing in the choir, participate in a school/local band, or sit at home writing music, you contribute a joy to society that everyone can agree on. Yay! Welcome to actually doing something for poor, pathetic human souls. (Just kidding.)

Drama Nerd
Literature Nerd
Social Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Anime Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

Now that’s kind of funny.

Typecast Yourself!

Um. Where’s the green?

Not here.

snowy day

 Ah.  Here’s a little green.

oblique cast on

Even though I have other projects I should be working on (Cable Luxe Maxi!), I cast on for my Oblique last night.  I am in love with the yarn.  Ultra Alpaca by Berroco.  It’s so soft and easy to work with (so far).  I do have a knitterly question for you all though.  What is the advantage/purpose for the twisted 2×2 rib?  The pattern calls for that (knit/purling half the stitches through the back loop) and as far as I can tell, it’s a little tighter, I guess because of the twisted stitches, but I don’t see any aesthetic difference between it and regular old 2×2 ribbing.  I’m so excited to work on it though.  Whee!

Just checkin’ in.

I think the thing I’m most surprised about is the muscular achiness.  I was prepared for the nausea and the general yuckiness.  After I had the Neulasta shot on Wednesday, I was so sore.  Like I’d been climbing a mountain instead of passing out on the couch.  I feel better today.  Still not much appetite, but I have been eating some.  Monster headache!  So that part sucks.   The kids are gone today and it’s really quiet.  Too quiet really.  I didn’t actually sleep any better with them gone, still woke up every couple of hours anyway.  My sister called this morning.  Sounds like J slept like I did.  I’m sure L is having a great time on her princess weekend with her aunt.  J’s always been a homebody/mama’s little boy so I’m not too surprised he had a tough time.  I’m so grateful to them for taking him though, I know it’s rough when they have a baby and an almost preschooler too.  Anyway, I’m trying to psyche myself up for a little walk round the neighborhood before the crappy weather sets in.  It’s hard to tell in the picture but it’s really sunny in the backyard and really grey off to the east.  And yes.  There is a plastic bag stuck in the apple tree. 

grey day

The Day After

I realized after I titled the post that “The Day After” actually brings some horrific mental images to mind for those of us “lucky” enough to view the 1980s miniseries.   Heh.  Truthfully I mostly feel like I have the flu. Chemo itself was pretty uneventful.  I guess some people even take naps during it.  Apparently one guy even snores pretty loud so they have to wake and turn him.  Mostly it was just DH and myself in a comfortable room with recliners, blankets and pillows.  First time is the longest, the Avastin itself took an hour and half, then another hour for the Adriamycin and Cytoxan.  My I.V. pole is named Jethro.  Apparently they’re all named Jethro to avoid confusion.  The nurses watched in awe as I worked on my hand warmers.  (Yes another pair from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.)  Working with double pointed needles always makes me feel like a rock star (or an idiot depending on the pattern.  I hate it when you realize that the cast on you did is too loose and the needles just fell out.)  I felt pretty good yesterday until the evening and that’s when the nausea kicked in.  Took my Compisine (don’t know how to spell and too lazy to look it up) and drank more water and felt good enough to go to sleep.  Woke up every two hours but then that’s nothing new with toddlers around.  As I said before, feel like I have the flu today.  I understand that will probably get worse with the Neulasta shot this afternoon.  Woo.  🙂

Sassy Hat

I had this weird feeling today.  Like I needed to get as much done possible before chemo starts.  Logically I know that’s sort of absurd as it’s not like I’m going to be bed ridden or anything.  So because I had this feeling, J got a haircut, I did some staple grocery shopping, and got the oil changed on the car.  Since it was lunch time, the oil change took a little longer than normal so I decided to go for a walk.  Lunch at McDonalds (oh so healthy!) and then a walk around the strip malls.  I found a Ross (Dress for Less) that I didn’t know was there and that’s where I found my sassy hat!

Sassy Hat

Let me tell you.  It says One Size Fits All, but I’m not believing them.  It’s a little snug.  I’m hoping it will fit better sans hair.  What a weird thing to think, no?  It’s amazing what cancer does to your logic.

 Oh yes.  And because I’m a great big old copy cat.  I got this off of Joan’s blog.

You Are Apple Green

You are almost super-humanly upbeat. You have a very positive energy that surrounds you.And while you are happy go lucky, you’re also charmingly assertive.

You get what you want, even if you have to persuade those against you to see things your way.

Reflective and thoughtful, you know yourself well – and you know that you want out of life.