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Thursday, April 26, 2012

April, come she will--
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain.
May, she will stay--
Resting in my arms again.

June, she'll change her tune--
In restless walks she'll prowl the night.
July, she will fly--
And give no warning to her flight.

August, die she must--
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold.
September, I'll remember--
A love once new has now grown old.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pretty status quo here; received a slight setback on one of my blood tests last week. My oncologists and I will see where it is heading (up, back down, stabilized) next week- but still feeling TFTAB! Been getting a lil frazzled with some non-cancer related things the last couple of weeks; work, health issues with my mom/dearth (and when was the last time you saw the word dearth?!) of help from my sibs, lack of free time recently, and more- whaddya gonna do...

It's been an early spring here and the city really looks pretty! Flowering trees and shrubs already in mid-season bloom, everything greening up nicely- very pretty! Mornings have been milder, have resumed running outdoors again- still need to increase my mileage a bit more. One thing I plan to shoot for this fall is to run a half-marathon; 26.2 miles is a lil too much for me but I believe if I continue to train well I can handle 13.1 miles, even if I don't set a course record! ;)  And hopefully get in a couple/few 5Ks or 10Ks along the way as time/schedule permits... And yeah, I need to get my hair done again; I had an appointment a week or so ago but I had to cancel due to some unexpected health issues with my mom- hopefully next week!
What I'm Reading Now: Harbor Nocturne, Joseph Wambaugh

Recent download: Little Bird, Kasey Chambers
And 10 more on shuffle...
Lost Beach, The Vanduras
Same Girl, Jack Johnson
The Bad In Each Other, Feist
Keep On Chooglin', CCR (You can take the girl out of the swamp but you can't take the swamp out of the girl! :)
Breathless, The Corrs
So Nice, Diana Krall
Barbara Ann, Beach Boys
Bleed Like Me, Garbage
Will She Just Fall Down, 'Til Tuesday
Mother's Little Helper, Rolling Stones

"And if you take more of those/You will get an overdose..."

Monday, April 09, 2012

Catching up after a Lenten break from blogging...

Finished strong on my college hoops wagering season- yay! On the downside this was my least-profitable season, and I do depend upon it to supplement my income, but whaddya gonna do. Perhaps I was a bit distracted earlier this fall with some other issues in my life...

On that topic I suppose no news is good news! Apart from the chemo-induced neuropathy in my fingers, feet, and toes (as I've probably mentioned before it's like a numbness- makes typing, tying my shoes, buttoning, zipping things challenging, have a heckuva time trying to fasten the clasps on necklaces and other jewelry, dammit!) I feel fine. The cancer still seems to be at bay, no spread or advance as I begin to close in on one year since being diagnosed (May.) My energy level is as good as ever, now I just need to get my running mileage back up there now that it's more comfy to run outdoors again, and I actually could probably stand to lose about 6-7 pounds; yikes! One thing I can't quite tell is if my hair is getting thinner because of the chemo, or finer vis a vis renewed HRT (since October.) The texture is different from what it was. At any rate I need to get it done again soon; at least I still have some! :) Work and all is what it is, but my schedule is more amenable than it has been in, well, in too long; making more time to get out and about, and will even moreso with the nicer, warmer weather on the way! I've done a lil more work on the novel I've been hacking away writing for years, but I still need to get more serious about it, as well as some short story ideas and pieces languishing on my 'puter (need to think about getting a new 'puter as well sometime this year, this beast has seen better days.) I also want to do some volunteer work and/or contributing/fundraising for orgs and issues important to me if/as time permits (PanMass Challenge- I don't cycle, will donate to friends who are riding- Fenway Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Med Center top my list.)

In short I'm simply trying to get as much out of life as I can for as long as I feel well enuf to do so, in all of my walks of life. Right now I feel great!

What I'm Reading Now: The Willpower Instinct- How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More Of It, Kelly McGonigle

Odds and Sods...
The Gay Alternative to ObamaCare Wall Street Journal columnist, William McGurn, wrote about free-market health-care reform and GOProud’s efforts to advocate for individuals to make their own health coverage decisions, not their employers or the government.
Top 10 Overrated Songs of All Time FWIW. Some (anything by Lady Gaga, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Imagine) I agree with, most of the others I don't. Like beauty, art is in the eye- or ears- of the beholder.
Fenway Park Turns 100 The 100 most fascinating characters, moments, and tales in our beloved ballpark's history.
Northeast Saw One of the Warmest, Least Snowy Winters on Record I enjoyed. "Climate change?" Bring it on! (Note: the history of our planet is a history of climate change. Deal with it.)
Government Surveillance Crackdown On Internet Goes Into Overdrive I'll say it again; if this were occurring under the previous Administration many of the usual suspects would be bleating about imminent fascism and the like. But now... nothing to see here folks, move along.
National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012 Read!

"Your deep emotions, inside yourself/They're hard to face but you must try/You had your feelings for the one you love/You got me wondering why..."

Friday, April 06, 2012

Good Friday