Covet of My Life: My dad alive and well to watch my kids grow up.
As a handful of you know, my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February. Even though it had not spread to his bones, it was growing. He underwent 42 (yes, 42) radiation treatments - radiation that doctors tripled during the final 14 sessions. My dad, by the way, spent more time cheering up other patients in the waiting room than worrying about his own situation.
Now I am beyond thrilled to report that my dad was declared “cancer-free” by his oncologists on August 20. He’ll need to return for blood tests and x-rays three months down the road, but right now, he’s healthy. We are over one hurdle on the way to my covet, which is good considering I don’t even have kids yet.
Thanks again to Matt and my friends for supporting me through this apprehensive time.
PS Why, yes, that is me with a bowl haircut (thanks, mom).
Our language is experiencing an epidemic: Words are disappearing from lack of use.
But never fear! The Oxford University Press and Oxford Dictionary have set out to change this decline into lols and omgs. Now you can adopt a word to bring it back into our everyday use. Simply visit savethewords.org, select a word, and click “adopt.” Then promise to use your word any way you can. I already adopted my word. It’s “nidifice” which means “the nest of a bird.” Fancy, right? Well, now it’s your turn to be fancy.
“For people like me, there were only two options. One was to abandon all dreams, which would lead to a quick, hopeless death; the other was to struggle without arms to live an outstanding life.”—Lui Wei, who learned to play the piano with his feet
I love the planet. Who doesn’t? The beaches, the trees, the elephants. I could do without the mosquitoes, but nothing’s perfect. In an effort to show the Earth some love, I made cloth napkins to cut down on my paper towel usage.
I bought two packs of Ikea Elly dish towels, which contain eight towels. I used three to make a table runner and the remaining five to make napkins. I simply cut them in half and sewed the ends. Voila! Ten cloth napkins - final size for each was 13x20 inches:
Total cost for the table runner and napkins: $5. If you feel like making your own, click on the photo to link to the Ikea towels.
This past weekend, the boy was out of town (Boston, baseball game, etc etc), and I decided to take over the kitchen and attempt to teach myself how to bake/make food. Here are two recipes I tried and loved: