Week in Review: Week 86

After my week of feeling cranky, then my week of getting out Every Damn Day…the pendulum swung back to the middle this week and I just had a nice quiet week and enjoyed it.

Peeking. Always peeking.

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This is what I’m currently reading. It hasn’t really grabbed me yet but I read so many good reviews on it that I’m trying to stick it out. I never read “The Jane Austen Book Club.”

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I puppy-sat a couple days this week.

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Last show of summer…

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First show of fall.

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This lil guy found a warm spot in the sun.

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I came home Friday to a leafless tree.

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And now it’s weekend. Continuing to feel a little better every week. Taking it easy today, tomorrow I hopefully have plans with friends. And you??

Bettye xoxo

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I’m Feeling a Little…

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Okay, a) lookit my cute boy!

b) I’m feeling a little Sporty Spice in this outfit

c) A little spunky

d) A little…NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER-Y!!!! Yup. Got my scan results back and finally heard the words “no evidence of cancer,” which is what you want to hear at this point. That’s not the same as “cancer free,” they can’t say that yet. Once you’ve gone five years with no evidence of cancer THEN they can declare you cancer free.

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So, yeah. Good news. Funny thing though, I don’t feel like I’m as excited about the news as other people! Honestly, I never felt that this cancer at this time was going to be the end of me. Not in a “I’m such a positive person” way, just in a “in my bones” way. Like when I knew I was going to have a girl when I was pregnant with my daughter. I just KNEW.

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So, the chemo stuff hasn’t worked its way out of my system yet, my blood cell counts are still low so I still don’t have much energy and they have me going back weekly to monitor my bloodwork…but I’M ON WAY TO FEELING BETTER. And I don’t have to have anymore *(*%&(*!! treatments, YAY.

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So Caleb and I are getting out a little more.

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The one-eyed kitty was distracting him.

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And perfect for a little stroll around the neighborhood is this Junarose dress from Alexis Krase at plusBKLYN. I love pairing the blue tie-died dress with the grey thermal knit cardi from Avenue and sneakers.

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Thanks everyone for all your thoughts, prayers and good wishes throughout this year – I appreciate every one of you. And now I just want life to go back to NORMAL!!!

Pictures by my friend Karen.

Til next time….

Weeks in Review: Week 83-84

Hey, cats & kittens! Sup??

I’m sort of over my cranky hump of last week because I’ve been forcing myself to go out, for better or worse. When you don’t feel well for a long time you just sort of get used to staying home…but I had finally hit the wall. So, while my legs are not really any better at carrying me around, I’m making them do it anyway even though it’s a struggle. Eventually I get home and collapse on the bed – for hours. But til then…I’m gettin’ out, baby!

I read “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting & Fishing.” It’s not my usual MO, but I liked it. I liked the characters, it was an easy, fast read…and I’ve already bought something else by her which I will hopefully like as much. I give it a 3.5 out of 5. That’s pretty good for me. I think I’ve given like 3 books a 5 in my adult reading life: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Power of One and All the Light We Cannot See. If you think we have similar book taste you can follow me on Goodreads.

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I puppy-sat two weeks ago. It was a beautiful day but no one wanted to sit outside with me.

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I started taking advantage of the beautiful area I moved to recently.

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Caleb is such a peeker*

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Just another beautiful sunset.

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Finally made it to a beach. It was just in time for the sun to go down, but still…

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I love this picture. Now, this has NOTHING to do with having cancer. But do other people see pictures of themselves and think “I have to tell someone I want this picture in my “life collage” at my funeral?” Maybe that’s just a regional thing where family members put together big photo collages for display at the wake or funeral service. I actually have a folder on my computer where I’ve started putting pictures I want displayed. Hey, that’s the last time I lot of people are going to see me – I’m not leaving THAT up to someone else. I have a *lot* of plans (guidelines?) for my funeral – and this goes WAY back before the cancer.

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Oh, it’s just a dog driving a BMW.

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I can’t resist a good sky.

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See above*

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A good friend made this beautiful bench for me. He’s calling it a bench. I’m using it as a table. It’s so smooth. I keep petting it.

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This bunny comes to the front yard every day.

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My friend Johnna and I went to a “doggy brunch” this morning. Cute concept but it was a little rough on Caleb. I brought a little rug for him to lay on but it was so busy he couldn’t really settle in. Getting up and down is hard for him these days so it can take him awhile to decide to lay down. Johnna’s 5-month-old Italian Mastiff , Shine, was *such* a good boy! He’s all velvety and loose-skinned and sweet.

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And that’s that! I plan on continuing to get out as much as possible. I have to start getting a LITTLE fit again so everything is not SO hard for me.

Have a good week, yo!

 

Weeks in Review: 68-74

Week by week it doesn’t feel like I do much…in fact, I’m doing a whole lot of Not Much. But when I looked back at the past 6 weeks since I last posted a Week in Review…yeah, there’s some stuff. So I’ll share.

I finished radiation. 28 treatments. That really felt like an accomplishment. I hope to never be back for more.

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I got my appetite back.

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I was so sure this baseball tee dress was going to be a win. But it wasn’t. I thought it would be cottony but it was more polyestery. And too long.

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This floral silk Lucky Brand top from Gwynnie Bee was a win.

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Nope.

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Got my blood clot filter taken out.

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I left on a jet plane. I did come back again.

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Florida! I stayed overnight with my daughter in her cute Tampa apartment.

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Cool bathroom where we had brunch.

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Katie found Tommy.

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I found the ocean. I floated and bobbed for hours. A manatee swam right past us!

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There was a beautiful sunset every night.

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My fambly ❤

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My grand-niece Annabelle is the sweetest.

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My boy was happy I finally came home.

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I got a present!

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And started real chemo.

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Meet Bruce: IV site gone wrong. One of several unpleasant issues. 9 days out from Treatment #1 I’m back to feeling almost normal. Just tired.

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Caleb got some new meds and feels good.

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Janey had a bath.

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And today I will be…PACKING…because my exciting news is I’M MOVING!!! More details and pictures to come….

Week in Review: Weeks 64-67

Wow, I’ve essentially lost the month of May. May was the bulk of my radiation treatments – I still have seven left to go so they’re reaching a little into June as well, but hopefully I’ll be able to reclaim some of June for myself. I’ve been too tired to do much of anything, but here’s what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks.

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I photographed our 5k Jack’s Run for Autism up in Port Washington. It was like The Windiest Day EVER. We couldn’t hang signs or put out balloons to mark the course or anything. But the runners didn’t seem to mind. Those athletic types don’t let *anything* stop them. Respect.

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And then I went for my first chemo treatment. Scary. They kept referring to it as an “all day treatment.” SCARY. But in reality, it was a lot of prep, counseling, two hours of IV hydration and anti-nausea meds before and another two hours after…and the actual chemo was only one hour. But it *was* a long day of not really knowing what to expect so I had my bag well-stocked with activities, snacks, water, super soft kitty blanket, book, etc.

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I was anxious all day waiting to feel awful…but that really never happened. I felt *queasy* for the next week or so but never really nauseous. I will be repeating this procedure on Monday. Hopeful for same outcome.

Ugh. This dress. Not good. It went back to Gwynnie Bee immediately. You win some, you lose some.

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I brought some lilacs in from outside our office door. They smelled so so so so good. And I haven’t killed my succulent terrarium plants yet! Yay Me!

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Caleb is such a sneaky-peeker.

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I found a rock on the beach that looks like a heart. Or a butt. You choose.

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Ahhhhh. I need more of these.

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Don’t work too hard, Caleb.

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Sunrise outside my door.

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How fun is this beachy cake? I just looked, I did not touch.

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A family from the school brought me this card. They’re having their own struggles and yet they took their time to do this for me. HUGS TO YOU.

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My kooky kid.

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Her kooky mom.

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Sunrise out my girlfriend’s door.

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I dog-sat last weekend. They’re a tough pair to handle. Not.

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We had lots of lovely porch time.

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Some things never change.

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Ruh-roh. I killed one of the succulents. It rotted away. I think I overwatered. I put a turtle in its place. That will be harder to kill.

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Here is a pic of me at 10. It was part of a video I just saw for the first time, so I apologize for poor quality due to screen grab. I guess my father filmed this back in 1970? Isn’t it weird to see pictures of yourself from the past (well, duh, all pictures are from the past but you know what I mean) that you have No Recollection of? You know it’s you cuz you can SEE you, but. I have no memory of this day or this dress or even my father having a movie camera! And this is funny, in 1970 girls were not yet allowed to wear pants to school. But we were wearing dresses this short (you can’t see the groovy white Jan Brady knee socks I had on but they’re there). How did THAT make sense??

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For some reason this “I Am the Champion” muscle man bicep pose was my go-to photo pose around that age. Who knows. That’s my sister, cheery in yellow.

And there you have it. This month was a LOT of laying around, staying close to home. Hopefully I’ll be able to venture out a little more this month. Fingers crossed!

On another note, I have STILL not switched out my winter clothes for summer! It’s been just cool enough that I haven’t needed to. Maybe this weekend. I kind of think that was the same last sentence from my LAST Week in Review post!

xoxo Bettye

My Week in Review: Week 13

Ooh, Fashion Schlub is a teenager at 13 weeks!

This week was sort of all over the place for me. I keep meaning to NOT MAKE ANY PLANS NEXT WEEK because I’m exhausted but the next thing I know I have something going on every night. This week I’m REALLY trying to not make any plans…but my daughter is coming home so I’ll certainly see her one night…and there will be a photo shoot one afternoon…and I’ll take the dog to see the sunset at some point…and the carnival’s in town…and…before you know it, the week is full.

So…the week started out with a loosely-planned girls’ day out, “let’s just get in the car and drive and stop wherever we want.” We went into this antique mall where I saw this Rosa Park jacket. What?? That would be so fun to style. On someone else. I would love it over a midi-length black pleated skirt and red lace-up wedges. Cute, right??

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We stopped into Little Nook Cafe where I’ve been wanting to go for a long time because they have vegan pizza and pastries. Of course on Saturday they were all out of everything fresh, sadface, so I’ll have to go back another time. But it was still a nice stop to sit in a dark cafe w ceiling fans cooling us, sipping on iced coffees while catching up.

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A colorfully painted Victorian house caught our eye as we were driving, and it turned out to be an artisan gift shop with a garden shop outside. I almost bought a bracelet…I kinda wish I had…I may have to go back.

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Caleb and I walked in the preserve. I ended up with many ticks on me…and I found none on him. Go figure.

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Little wild roses.

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Caleb resting in the Starbucks drive-thru line.

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My girlfriend and I went to the mall one night and I was introduced to Charming Charlie. Gasp. I got the minty green druzy necklace on clearance for $4.99 (!!!) …and the aqua beaded bracelet below it for a big splurge (for me) of $10. I like it cuz it’s an easily adjustable band. I made the two bracelets on the right. One day I wore them altogether over a navy dress. It was a bit much for me. I don’t generally like so much matchy-matchy.

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Photo shoot night was So Windy! We’d wait and wait for the wind to die down so my hair wasn’t blowing all over the place…we waited so long we both got the giggles. I forgot to acknowledge My Friend Who Shall Remain Nameless for photographing this dress. I made her go near Main St. People saw us. It was horrifying (jk, you know I love you).

This dress was funny. Three people that day commented on the “patriotic” dress. I’m well aware that it does have red white and blue in it, but to ME it was a PINK and red dress…with a contrasting pop of blue. I love sort of clashing pink and red together and that’s what drew me to this dress. Isn’t it interesting how differently people see the same things?

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We met another friend at a diner that really goes all out with its holiday decorations. My daughter used to love going there when she was little. It was like a fairyland.

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I went to see Me Before You. If you haven’t seen it or read the book…read the book. It’s a great story well told. The movie was good enough, but trying to cram a detailed emotional story into 90 minutes…it’s hard to do that well.

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And finally, Friday. It was another rough day at the office 🙂 Seriously though, we were manning an an agency table at a Bike to the Beach rest stop. This is a great organization that manages century bike rides on the east coast with a fundraising component, and they donate the proceeds to different autism organizations, of which we are one.

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This is the first year we had riders from our organization actually riding in it, and we had not one, but two teams riding on behalf of NSSA – I’m in awe of these guys – both their riding and their fundraising. They did an amazing job.

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Especially my amazing BFF Stacey! You rock!!! xoxo

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And so ends another Week in Review…I’d love to hear about *your* week…!