A Visit From Heidi & Jamie, Scott & Chali
Yesterday the house suddenly got quiet after a busy Labor Day weekend. I've always been sad when my kids leave and I was this time. But mostly I was blissfully exhausted and happy. A week before I'd been excited and worried about their visit. It's scary greeting your kids for the first time since chemo. Will I look sick? Will my wig look stupid? But mostly I worried that I wouldn't feel well enough to keep up with all the fun we had planned.
But I felt better than I have since chemo started. Labor Day luckily came at a good time between treatments. But mostly, I think I got my energy from the kids.
I got the wig debut out of the way and then I was fine. I was too busy getting excited about the first thing on our agenda, to fret over my head. On Saturday we had a girl outing. Heidi and I got to help Chali with a little wedding dress shopping! What a treat to watch Chali try on gorgeous dresses. Best of all, we got to be with her when she made the final decision!
Home Time... Music and Games
Besides our big outing, most of our weekend was spent at home. One night, we did some jigsaw puzzling, while some old LPs played on the turntable. Then we hit the big game closet and discovered some oldies... some favorites and some stupid ones that need to be tossed. But this group can make the worst game fun. On the last night we had 5 ukuleles playing. I wish I could say it sounded wonderful.
Lately, I've been making use of the pool for exercise, but I don't remember the last time the kids were here to enjoy it together. In memory of Labor Day pool games long ago, we had a little Splash for Cash competition. There was lots of lounging and best of all, 7 month old Lola had her first swim!
Food and Drink
I've been steering clear of alcohol, so my Mai Tai was mostly juice. But I did have a sip of champagne cocktail the next night when we toasted to Scott and Chali's engagement. And luckily my appetite has been good, so I didn't turn down any of our BBQ feasts!
The other day I discovered a collection of scarves that I once used in movement classes with children. The colorful scarves will eventually make it to Goodwill, but I decided I'd wash all 30 and wear a few. On our last night, we had a "contest" to see who could dress most creatively with scarves. These photos don't come close to capturing the craziest, but I have to be fair to my family when posting. Don and I are wearing sunglasses to conceal our identities.
All 3 evenings involved lots of silly games. No photos or films to capture the funniest, which involved lots of debate, theatrics or singing. We found some good ways to wind down on 2 evenings. Heidi brought Sephora face masks for one night. It would be just too scary to share photos of our group, lounging with our eerie, yet heavenly spa masks. The last night we soaked our feet in tubs with lavender products. Even Lola became calm with the relaxing scents.
Not Happy List?
So this is a lot of happy talk for a Not So Happy blog. But seeing the empty pool and house is kind of sad. And I guess I'm tired.
But I wasn't overworked. Everyone pitched in with cooking and cleaning up. I guess I'm tired from having fun! I sure can't complain about that.
100 days ago when I was first diagnosed. I never would have guessed I could enjoy a celebration like this in the middle of chemo! I think that's worth sharing.
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!