Today.

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:54 pm
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Drove my brother to a medical appointment. Gathered laundry. Ran the dishwasher. Changed the sheets on the bed. Made dinner.

My word, but my life is a never-ending whirl of gaiety and delight.

(On the other hand, dinner came out well. And fresh sheets are always a good thing. So there is that.)

The Umbrella Academy (Spoilers)

Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:16 pm
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I finally got around to watching The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, after hearing lots of mostly-positive comments and reviews. Naturally, I must now share ALL OF MY OWN COMMENTS AND REVIEWS. Such is the nature of the internet…

I mostly enjoyed it, though the ending felt empty and unsatisfying.

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Trifle!

Apr. 21st, 2019 06:33 pm
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Looking good so far...


Onward

Apr. 21st, 2019 12:12 pm
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Happy Easter, for those who celebrate it; happy springtime, for those in the northern hemisphere; for everybody else, may you have as happy a day as you would wish for.

Meanwhile, I am contemplating Easter dinner, which is mostly uncomplicated stuff -- baked potatoes and a spiral-sliced ham, plus asparagus with hollandaise sauce -- except for the boozy trifle I'm planning for dessert. And the only actually challenging aspect of that is the scratch custard, which I'd hoped to shuffle off onto Himself, except that he's taking ambulance duty down in Groveton and won't be home until dinnertime.

We used to make that trifle fairly often, before we had four kids and couldn't justify making a dish that contained a cup of sherry and a quarter cup of brandy when we'd have to say to them, "sorry, this isn't for you." And by the time we'd taken out enough of the ingredients pre-soaking to set aside for the kids, there wouldn't have been enough left to be worth the trifle . . . uh, trouble.

But I've got a lovely glass trifle bowl, and I'm looking forward to using it.

Cool Stuff Friday

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:55 am
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When I check the records for our back yard weather station, I see that the barometer has been heading steadily downward since about 8:30 this morning. This may account for at least some portion of today's increasingly vile mood on my part.

A Timely Reminder

Apr. 18th, 2019 12:59 pm
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(Reposted from my editorial blog, in a spirit of shameless self-promotion)

My annual editorial services springtime sale ends April 21. From now until Sunday midnight, all novel-length edits are 30% off. As always, you can purchase a gift certificate for a writer friend, or purchase one for yourself to be redeemed when your work-in-progress is ready for editing.

Another Personal/Family Update

Apr. 17th, 2019 11:19 am
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We have a slightly more concrete plan for the coming weeks, with the understanding that plans can change from day to day based on test results, scheduling issues, the whims of the insurance companies, and more.

Amy’s currently going through her third round of R-EPOCH chemotherapy (her fifth or sixth total round of chemo, depending on how you count them.) The goal is to do one more round the first full week in May, then do another CT scan. If she looks cancer-free at that time, we’ll move on to the bone marrow transplant step.

I got choked up the first time the phrase “cancer-free” came up. There’s so much hope and fear wrapped up in those two words, and in the results of that scan a month or so from now. We know she’s responded well to treatment so far, but there’s so much unknown…

We got to spend some good family time together for my birthday weekend, which was nice. I ate way too much, which was also nice 🙂

I’d like to believe the end is in sight, and we’re starting to move toward the next steps of her recovery and rebuilding our new normal. The whole family is pretty damn tired of cancer and chemo and all the rest. This crap gets old pretty quick.

We learned something exciting this week, though. Amy’s been using an infusion pump that delivers her chemo cocktail over the course of 3-4 days. But the tubing has sprung a leak at least three different times, all in the same spot. It looks like the chemotherapy meds are actually eating through the air filter in the line. These are the chemicals they’re pumping into my wife’s body…

Well, if they eat through filters, hopefully they’ll gobble up cancer cells even better.

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Or, it snowed again last night. And it's grey and clammy today.

I don't think the snow is going to stick for long, though. We're already getting mud, after all. Nevertheless, any snow this late in April is an unpleasant thing. I just hope that the mud and rain and wind don't combine to make the internet go all spotty again.

Other than that . . . life is back to the usual drag after our brief but glorious visit to springtime Westchester, New York.

Mindfulness

Apr. 11th, 2019 04:29 pm
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I'm on the first day of a mindfulness app. I am somewhat skeptical, especially since the app requires you to sign up for a "free trial" that autorenews after the first week. I had to go to Google Play separately to unsubscribe immediately.

However. It asked me, "What is the one thing you could do today that would make your future self feel better about yourself?"

So I have two loaves of bread rising. I feel peaceful.
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