- A is for Aria, my friend with advanced cancer. We had a nice visit and were able to give each other resources and realized that we both think alike because our days are numbered. It is a wonderful friendship.
- B is for bloodwork which I tried to get done for my genetic testing on Wednesday but I was too late to have the sample shipped that day. Now I will go back Tuesday, first thing in the morning. It can’t be shipped later than Wednesday so it can be processed before the weekend.
- C is for crash, as in dirt bike. Stan went out riding with his friend Chuck and crashed and landed on his head. He was worried about his middle back. We were at the ER until 11:30 P.M. on a school night. The CT scan showed no breaks and the doc said, “You bounced good.” Thank you helmet and body armor.
- D is for dentist appointment at which I found out I have more plaque and tartar because I don’t chew anymore. So my dental cleanings will take longer now.
- E is for Easter brunch at Rapscallion with my dad and step mom, Anita, and my step brother Brian. Stan’s feet were too sore from all the walking the day before (See R and Z ) so he was not able to join us.
- F is for Fest, as in uke fest at the Nugget in Sparks. It has become an annual event for us because Stan’s mother and aunt both play ukulele and they stay at the Nugget for this fest each year. Our tradition is to have lunch at noon on Saturday at the Oyster Bar, then go wander around the uke fest.
Sharon trying out a pretty ukulele at the Uke Fest
- G is for G tube: my awesome nurse practitioner supervised Stan changing my feeding tube so now we will be able to do it at home every three months.
- H is for Honda airbag recall.Our Honda Ridgeline had to go to the dealer for recall work on the airbags, meaning Andy had to ride the bus to and from school for a couple of days.
- I is for invitations sent out for upcoming events.
- J is for journey, as in Captain Cook’s explorations, which I am reading about in an awesome book called Blue Latitudes.
- K is for K, as in potassium, which Stan found out from his bloodwork in the ER that his level was perilously low, so now he is on a higher potassium supplement and he is making an effort to eat more potassium rich food.
- L is for license, as in driver’s license, or Real ID, which will be required for domestic flights in about three years. My driver’s license was due to expire in June but I got it renewed to a Real ID this week.
- M is for music, as in piano which I play most days, and as in Bruce Springsteen’s memoir Born to Run, which I am also reading.
- N is for new shoes for aqua fitness which will support my feet better.
- O is for objects decluttered, which I continue to do by filling all my monthly food supply boxes with giveaways and donating them to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters thrift store.
- P is for Peters, our good friends who came out to cheer Andy on (See R).We went out for lunch with them too.
- Q is for Quiet, which I often long for and sometimes find.
- R is for Race, as in Andy’s first 10K (6.2 miles) running race. He did the San Francisco Giants Sacramento Race at the Sacramento River Cats stadium (SF Giants AAA team).
- S is for sloth, as in my 16-year-old son who will stop mid action and stare into space, especially in the morning.I called him sloth last Monday morning when he froze, as I regularly do. Then I told him we could go to the Sacramento Zoo after his race on Saturday to see the sloth (See Z). Stan, who was reading the morning comics, said “Come look at Zits! (a comic strip about a teenage boy)” and this was the comic: (!)
- T is for taxes, due April 18, so I got them all ready to mail on Tuesday.
- U is for Urban Roots, our local organization that educates children on where their food comes from. They teach planting, harvesting, and preparing food that is grown. They donated $500 to the Meg Saunders Macdonald Community Garden, and I was asked to accept the check.
- V is for vicarious adventure from reading a blog about an Australian woman attempting to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, a very exciting read. https://Lisablairsailstheworld.com/blog
- W is for Wellness and Art, a monthly class for cancer patients at the Nevada Museum of Art, which Aria told me about, and which I tried. They didn’t send me away because I don’t have cancer, which is nice because as Aria says, “We all think the same.” The class starts and ends with mindfulness guidance. We decorated eggs using bleeding tissue paper and water or watered down Elmer’s glue.
- X is for Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that attacks the microbes on your teeth and helps prevent cavities. It also promotes saliva production so I can’t handle much of it anymore, but I do use Theramints (by 3M) to rub on the back of my tongue after burning reflux.
- Y is for Yard Work, as in pruned my rosebush, which was given to me by my step mom, Anita when my daughter Anna was born too early and died. I promise a photo of its beautiful roses when it blooms.
- Z is for Zoo where we first went to see the sloth.
And then we covered the rest of the zoo too.
A,B,C, as easy as 1,2,3, two weeks have passed.