Let's make a conscious effort to make Thanksgiving meaningful again. Here are some simple steps we can take to make that happen.
The holidays are usually a pretty stressful time for most people. Back in 2013, 3.08 trillion dollars was spent in the U.S. on holiday retail purchases. There's quite a fair bit of shopping that needs to get done in 2-3 months, since most stores don't begin offering holiday promotions until Oct. 1st. Between shopping, get-togethers, … Continue reading Keeping God First During the Holidays
On Saturday, we impromptu celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary! We woke up early-ish Well, actually, Mosha woke up early while I woke up just in time for us to take Milo to his vet appointment. He hasn’t been eating the past few days and also urinated in the house once, which is definitely out of … Continue reading Tacos in Wonderland
Hello everyone! I recently had a new medication added to my regimen, and I let my husbeee Dnoch give me the injection. Here’s a quick, impromptu video from the first time he administered the medication. (PS — Excuse the mess and my scrubby appearance! 🤭) Be sure to like and subscribe to receive updates on … Continue reading Letting My Husbee Give Me My Injections
Hey y'all! Check out my latest vlog where we talk about chemo and drop a special rubber ducky into the CTCA fountain. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/kTT-WPgEoEk
I woke up early on Sunday, and Mosha had gone to the lake to fish some more, so I went back to bed for a few hours. Once he was back, we both showered and checked out of the hotel and headed off to Bearizona, which was only one exit away off the freeway. Bearizona … Continue reading Sunday at Bearizona
This past weekend Mosha and I took a trip up to Williams, AZ, which is located about 30 miles NW of Flagstaff, and 1 hour south of the Grand Canyon. Our original plan was to go up there to take Andrew to Bearizona, an open wildlife park, but Friday night/Saturday morning Andrew came down with … Continue reading Saturday in Williams, AZ
I had a lovely brunch with Mosha today at Southern Rail, next door to Changing Hands Bookstore. BT Original Grilled Cheese: four cheeses, cheesy focaccia style bread, red pepper tomato soup and roasted chicken Buttermilk Biscuit & Chorizo Sausage Sandwich: fried eggs, apple slaw, tomato and aioli
“Make sure you rest today. I want to make sure you’re feeling well enough to handle tomorrow.” The tomorrow that Mosha speaks of is the Veteran’s Benefit Car Show downtown where KGDM Life will be performing. The show is from 10am-3pm, and they will be performing around noon, multiple sets if I’m not mistaken, with … Continue reading Prepping for Tomorrow’s Show
Decided to take these two rascals out for a walk this morning. I learned my lesson that they need to be walked separately because Nicki is wild, wanting to chase after everything, while Milo is calm and stays by my side.
I am grateful to have a hubby who pushes me and supports my craft. I am also pretty excited to participate in The Sketchbook Project, where my sketchbook will become a permanent part of the Brooklyn Art Library’s (BAL) collection beginning June 2018! I will be working on my sketchbook from now until April, when … Continue reading The Sketchbook Project
Vet checkup for his arthritis.
Good food, good people, good times.
Cancer hurts those who fight from the sidelines, but it cannot cripple love. Thank you @monabeille @brittyzombiehunter @finchstacey for campaigning for me. Click here to visit fund.
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
When you are faced with terminal cancer, one of the things that you inevitably end up doing is evaluating the things you want to do before you die. I was fortunate enough that my family accommodated one of my last wishes by planning a family trip to Disney this last May, where I was able … Continue reading Help Me Complete This!
Sometimes unexpected complications arise, but that's when you draw closer to one another and God, and hold on tight till you make it through. https://youtu.be/59b0KuZEGi0
Well after having numerous emotional breakdowns over the past few weeks, we (My medical team, Mosha and my parents) have decided that its best for me to try to regain some independence. Relying on other people for every little thing has taken a toll on me in many ways, and while I cannot control other … Continue reading Regaining independence, one step at a time
Today was emotional for me.I don't really have a reason for being emotional today, other than the fact that I just woke up feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and anxious without cause.Radiation went well, considering the fact that you know, its radiation. Afterward, I was scheduled to see Dr. H (my psychiatrist at the cancer center), … Continue reading Emotions are fickle
I had a really good day today.I absolutely cherish days like today: the ones where I'm happy, feel decent, get to do things I enjoy with people I love, and for the most part, forget that there is a disease threatening my very existence.Our day started off the best way possible, by Mosha and I … Continue reading The outside world!
The worst feeling is when your doctor suggests that your parents aren't suited to be your caregivers. Its not for lack of willingness, but because mum herself is ill, and I worry for her health. I get stressed about her well-being and feel guilty when I know she isn't feeling well but is slaving away … Continue reading Something I didn’t want to hear
Celebrating today with family!
Yesterday I decided that I wanted to have a ladies' night out with my mom and Stacey, a night where we could dress up fancy and get dolled up to enjoy ourselves. While thinking of what we should do, I remembered that my favorite chef Scott Conant (known for his work as a judge on … Continue reading Ladies’ Night at Mora Italian
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This last Saturday night my honey (Deven, known to me as Mosha or Honey, and to others by his stage name Dnoch) had a performance at an event called Exile, sponsored by Spittaz For'Em from Las Vegas. The event was scheduled to start at 6:30pm, which was perfect timing since on Saturdays I try to … Continue reading Spittaz For’Em Presents: Exile
Today Andrew and I went on an adventure to partake in the festivities at the annual Festival of the Arts put on by the Herberger Theater. There was live music, performances, children's activities and food/shopping -- oh, and of course, lots of art!Our first stop was to the food court area where the live music … Continue reading Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts
Well, it has been one heck of a day. Ups and downs for sure… I had an appointment this afternoon to do some follow-up testing. (I completed a similar set of tests at the onset of diagnosis.) The tests were extensive and focused on various brain functions. I’ll tackle each area one at a time. … Continue reading I’m Angry at Lyle
Man! It's been one heck of a day, and I know the next three days will be pretty busy, too. Last night mom and I spent time together talking and watching our favorite cooking shows (Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay & Halloween Wars). We ended up staying up until 3am before we decided we should head … Continue reading 10.29.16 Recap
A/N: I decided yesterday that I need to write more. Not just more, but daily. I know that this is something that I've told myself to do plenty of times, and clearly, I have never stuck to those goals long-term. So what makes this day any different? Honestly, I don’t even know if I have … Continue reading My 500 Words — Day One
Words cannot express how grateful I am for my family. Throughout this trial in my life, they have come through for me like I never could have imagined they would. Today, I was supposed to be in NM with my nephew @ben.morfin watching him race in the Junior Olympics. I couldn't be there because of … Continue reading My favorite athlete.
I have come up with an idea that I think will yield interesting results. So, my birthday is approaching quickly and inevitably, I know that people will ask what I want. Well, I’ve decided that I would like my friends and family to buy me a copy of their favorite book, and if they choose, … Continue reading An experiment.
It's been 5 years since my Tata Chon passed away. Well technically it was 5 years to the day on March 8th, three days ago. However, I was reminded of the anniversary when I logged into Facebook this morning, and an old post from today in 2011 appeared, one where I provided a link for … Continue reading In memorium
In the past 6 months, I have been to three vastly different funerals. It should have been four funerals, but due to circumstances, I wasn't able to attend my uncle Bob's services. It's fascinating to me how people from different walks of life handle loss and mourning. You can learn so much about people from … Continue reading On loss
It's funny, we came to the cabin so I could rest, and I still was wide awake in the middle of the night and up early. There is a difference though; I feel more rested than I do at home. It's still early, and I don't have to be up for a few more hours … Continue reading Early morning thoughts
Robert "Big Bob" F. Guglielmo, 86 years old of Tucson, AZ died on Saturday 7:11 p.m., January 30, 2016. Bob lived large. He was gregarious, living a life full of love and adventure. He died peacefully of natural causes in the comfort and care of his wife, Ramilda "Millie" Guglielmo and his children. Bob is … Continue reading Robert F. Guglielmo (07/10/1929-01/30/2016)
Tonight my uncle Bob, my dad's eldest brother, passed away. I called and spoke to my pops, and he was so broken on the phone. It was hard to hear his voice cracking, to hear him at a loss for words…I kept trying to reassure him that with time, it won't hurt so much, and … Continue reading My heart breaks for you.
So my family and I have decided to do a 21-day challenge together, where we each give up something(s) and replace them with something healthier, and set a goal for what we would like to accomplish by completing this challenge. Today was our first day. For my personal challenge, I decided to give up soda, … Continue reading 21-Day Challenge
It's been a hectic day already, and it's only lunchtime. I woke up early, around 9:30am, early considering the fact that I have absolutely nothing to do today. I had two strange dreams, both dealing with church, which was new and weird. I told Mosha about them, and he also thought they were intriguingly odd. … Continue reading Manic Monday
Mosha and I were finally able to smooth things over during our car ride home. The snow storm was pretty bad, and I will admit that I was terrified. I don't have 4-wheel drive in my SUV, and neither Mosha or myself had ever driven in the snow before. At certain points the wind was … Continue reading The Day After Christmas, Part 2
I guess this is how Christmas will end, with me sleeping alone downstairs and you upstairs, stewing over something that you think is my fault, when it's completely out of my control. I wish that when it came to your music, you would realize that all I ever try to do is help you. Why … Continue reading Christmas Doesn’t Always Equate to Cheer
Fresh fruit, quiche and pancakes.
I'm not sure if this will come through or not since my emails before were not working, but I'm praying it does. I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I wish you were here with us and the family. It's never the same without you, and I always remember the last Christmas we … Continue reading An email to my brother
We have a tradition in our family where we stay up till midnight on Christmas Eve and then have our White Elephant Gift Exchange, open our gifts and stockings. Here are some of the photos from this year. I didn't take more, likely because I got too distracted by opening things and someone eventually yells … Continue reading Presents time!
I am so proud of Mosha for his accomplishment. His journey was arduous, but he never faltered. My hero and inspiration.
Today was a good day. It started with being able to sleep in until 9am. I was still tired and sluggish from the night before (we stayed up playing Hand & Foot with the Finches until about 2am), but I knew that I had to get up and get to cooking. To my surprise, my … Continue reading Dia de Gracias
I went on a wild hunt for my collection of stamps and my embossing heat tool, which led to me pulling out all of the Christmas decorations and putting them up. I'm missing some...particularly a set of moose stuffed animals that I put out on my entertainment center. (My mom and pops gave them to … Continue reading Progression.