‘gaming’ Category


Two days ’till first chemo

The weather the last couple days has been unseasonably warm, so it seemed like a great opportunity to put some blue icicle Christmas lights up! Kat did most of the work, since I have no interest in being 20 feet up a 28 foot extension ladder. We’re going to try to extend them the rest of the way around the garage roofline in the next day or two. We’ve also got a 6-foot lighted inflatable Homer Simpson on the lawn :-)

We’ve created a St. Lucia photo gallery with over 100 photos from the vacation on our main web site. Even though the weather here isn’t too bad for late November, we’re definitely missing the Caribbean weather!

Still no luck finding a Nintendo Wii. We got to Best Buy in Reston just before they opened on Sunday morning, but there was already a line of at least 30 people, and all the in-stock units had already been spoken for. We’re gonna give it a rest for a week or two and then see where things stand.

Today was my pre-chemo blood test, and on Wednesday I get my first chemo treatment, so I should have plenty to write about after that! I also picked up the results of the blood test I had about a month ago, which showed low white and red blood cell counts. That was just two weeks after my surgery, so hopefully my counts are closer to normal now. I need to have normal (or at least close to normal) red counts, white counts, and platelet counts before each chemo treatment in order to proceed.

It’s good to be home with the dogs again! Max (photo, right) is his usual goofy, cuddly self, and Sheba is still the spoiled princess who has to have everything done her way. We heard from her sitters that Sheba was a big hit at the elementary school bus stop every morning.



Yesterday we prepared the traditional Thanksgiving feast of… lasagne! It was quite yummy, and a lot less involved to prepare. We’ll be doing turkey at Christmas, so we don’t mind waiting a little longer for it. Besides, can you really prove that the pilgrims didn’t have Lasagne with the American natives?

Nintendo Wii shopping today was a bust… everyplace was sold out really early, and most places have no idea when they’ll be getting their next shipment. Still, we weren’t about to get up at 5am to go shopping. It’s just not that worth it!

In one of those freakish coincidences, Kathie and I went to visit Caleb and Val today for lunch… Caleb was cooking for us, and wanted to make something that we probably hadn’t had recently, so he did some thinking on “what food do people probably NOT eat around Thanksgiving?” and came up with – you guessed it – lasagne! It was quite excellent, so we don’t mind having it two days in a row, plus it made for a pretty funny lunch discussion. It was good to see Caleb and Val again, and their son Emory for the first time, since we haven’t been able to get together since their wedding!