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It’s My Birthday

Today I turn the ripe old age of 48.  The guys got me up early and gave me my gifts.

  • Oliver gave me some Pink Kiss perfume,  a new shoulder bag, and some Saskatchewan Roughriders ear rings.
  • Mark gave me a Starbucks mug that will keep my chai tea lattes warm until I am done with them
  • Jordon gave me a House of Marley Get Together Mini speaker.  It sounds amazing.  If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker with great sound, I’d get one of these.

Houe of Marley Get Togther Mini Speaker

  • Speaking of audio, Gloria and Jerry gave me a Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald record and a relaxation candle.
  • Our Aunt Pat gave me two Christmas plates.  Perfect for entertaining over the holiday season.
  • I also got a fun birthday morning call from our Aunt Bev. 

By noon, we had to go to RUH for Jordon’s chemo treatment.  It was a long three and a half hours but we made it through it together and with the help of the always amazing Cancer Clinic staff.

Supper was a bit of a challenge.  Jordon was super sick by that time and we tried ordering some fish and chips but Jordon couldn’t handle a bite.  Even cake and ice cream were a non starter with him.   The reality of cancer.

Thanks for everyone who called and talked and was a part of a great day.  I appreciate all of you.

Taking Stock of November

Making : Lefse.  It’;s a Cooper family tradition and we need a lot to get through the holidays.

Cooking : Potatoes.  It takes a lot of potatoes to make a decent batch of lefse.

Drinking : Anything that isn’t pop.  I drink pop, I break out in hives.

Wanting: More vinyl for my record player.  That being said, Spotify does a bang up job.

Looking: At nothing.  I am done Christmas shopping.

Deciding: On Christmas Eve plans but Mark will probably working.  So we’ll wait until his work schedule is decided.

Wishing:  I had a fireplace to chill out in front of.  Until that happens, I have the SaskTel Fire Log.

Enjoying: Marley.  She’s a great dog who is always in the mood to goof off or cuddle.

Waiting: Until my birthday comes.  I turn 48 this year.

Liking: Jordon decided we needed a holiday wreath so we went out and got one.  It is hanging on our front door now.

Wondering:  Jordon’s chemo review is next week.  That is always is a stressful couple of days.

Loving: Our front door.  Jordon replaced our decade old tea light lanterns with some new ones.  The old ones are going to illuminate our front step with some 8 hour tea lights this holiday season.

Watching: Star Trek Discovery.

Hoping: It gets warmer out.  Saskatoon deserves more chinooks.

Cringing: The Saskatchewan Party leadership race is starting to look like a train wreck that I can’t stop watching.

Needing: That new 45mm f/1.2 lens from Olympus.

Questioning: How to get more time for more fun projects.

Smelling: Gingerbread Cookie candles I have burning.

Wearing: More layers.  Baby it’s cold outside.

Following: All these sexual harassment allegations. It’s surreal that people are finally facing consequences.  Eventually they will hit Western Canada, the home of Canadian rape culture.

Noticing: How articulate Tina Beaudry-Millor sounded on Civically Speaking last week.  She sounds like a Premier I could follow,

Knowing: We wouldn’t have made it this far without some amazing friends and family.

Sorting: Christmas gifts.  Shipping dates are arriving soon.

Bookmarking: Christmas and holiday recipes.

Feeling: Relieved. The road ahead is uncertain but I was told that Jordon wouldn’t make it till Christmas.  I know stage four cancer is a bomb waiting to go off but hopefully we can have this Christmas and many more until we have to deal with the terminal part of his diagnosis.

Snacking: Lefse when no one is looking.

Hearing: Diana Krall’s Christmas album over Spotify.

My Anniversary Gift

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III (Silver)

For our 20th Anniversary, Jordon gave me a Olympus OM-D E-M10 III.  It is so new it was backordered at Olympus so I had to wait a week to get it.  It arrived today and it is fantastic.  As an upgrade it isn’t a huge upgrade over what I had but this one does have 4K video and a faster autofocus system.  I love it.

For Jordon, I made him a necklace out of stone beads and gave him an aviator watch from Invicta.  I think he was as thrilled as I was.

20th Anniversary

So Jordon I have been married 20 years today.  We checked out of the Holiday Inn early this morning and headed to RUH where Jordon was scheduled for a surgical procedure to fix his port.  Once that was done, we went to the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic for his chemo treatment.  While we were there a pharmacist and dietician came up to chat with Jordon and I.  It was good.  They are changing his medication a bit… he will get a new ant nauseous pill and they talked about medicinal marijuana which Jordon doesn’t want to try.

After chemo we often go for lunch but Jordon just wanted to go home.  He really wasn’t feeling well and was really nauseous today.  After he had a nap, we took the kids out for dinner.  Jordon wasn’t up for a fancy meal and only ate a bite and a bit while out tonight.  He would have wasted a nicer meal.  He also had some serious problems with his hands and mouth with the chemo neuropathy.  Like a lot of cancer patients, he is super sensitive to cold to the point where he can’t drink cold drinks early in his chemo cycle but tonight, even the cold air bothered him and caused his tongue to swell.

We dropped the boys off at home, went to Lawson Heights Mall and then Peavey Mart where we picked up some LED string light for the tree.  These will blink and fade in and out and basically make the tree more animated.  Jordon and our local councillor later were mocked by Peavey Mart’s social media person which was pretty funny.

Gord Downie died today.  It drove home that this could be the last anniversary we might have together.  I really hope it isn’t.  It was still a nice day.  I hope we have many, many more.

20 Years

Jordon and I have been married 20 years this Wednesday.  We were going to go to Banff National Park to celebrate in a great little hotel but then he got cancer and it really hurts him to drive that far.  Instead we are doing a staycation and staying in the downtown Holiday Inn in a great suite.  We learned after Edmonton that if we drove to Banff Jordon would be in overwhelming pain by the time we got to MEC in Calgary and in serious pain by the time he got to Banff.  He would be exhausted the next day which would be a lost day.  It also meant he would be exhausted and in pain by the time we got home to Saskatoon.  That is the reality of having cancer.

Jordon Cooper

It’s going to be a challenge because Jordon can’t eat much other than salads for breakfast and he abhors the taste of coffee.  That was something that seemed to start when the tumor was growing on his liver before he was diagnosed with cancer.  It has continued on with the chemotherapy.  Or it is because the tumors aren’t dead yet.  Either way, he hates coffee now.

Monday we are free all day and may head out of town.  It depends on how he feels in the morning.  He is at the end of the chemo cycle but that doesn’t mean he feels great, especially in the mornings.  I think the sleeping pills are a part of that.  He may just sleep in until we need to check into the hotel.

Tuesday Jordon has to go get his blood work down and have a chemo review with an oncologist (she is one of the oncologists on his team but the only met once.  I am sure she will be great like his other oncologists he deals with).  We will stick around Saskatoon Tuesday and go out with some friends Tuesday night.

Wednesday is the BIG day.  That is being spent with Jordon being hooked up to IVs and his headphones as he has chemo for much of the day.  He goes in early in the morning and won’t get out until early afternoon.  The good news is that he has a window after chemo where food doesn’t taste horrible to him so we will go out for lunch before heading home and seeing the boys and the dogs. 

The hotel has Wifi so I will bring a laptop along and update each evening.

Around here

  1. It took four hours (four hours!) but I managed to changed our booking for our anniversary from Banff to Saskatoon with Airmiles.  We are married for 20 years this year and while Jordon was willing to drive to Banff, the end result is that he would have been exhausted and slept for most of the vacation.  That and we have chemo on our anniversary date.  So we are spending a couple of nights at the downtown Holiday Inn and then heading to the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic when we check out.  It is going to be a brutal chemo for Jordon that day which is why we are celebrating a few days early at the end of this chemo cycle.  I am not sure if we will have an anniversary date that night but it doesn’t take away from 20 years of marriage.  A few months ago I (and some doctors) wasn’t sure if I would take him home from the hospital.
    1. As an aside, they have taken Jordon off his steroids which allow him to sleep better and stop degrading his immune system but make it much harder for him to get through the day.
  2. Oliver is back at karate which makes him excited.  He went from nothing to his green belt so he is pretty pumped to try to get his purple belt this year.
  3. Jordon’s chemo is working but he is paying the price in terms of side effects.  He is suffering from horrible neuropathy in his hands and mouth from anything cold right now.  It is also leaving his exhausted.  The good news is that he went soup shopping last night with me and picked out a bunch of soups he thought he could eat and keep down.  So far so good.
  4. I know most of you haven’t started your Christmas prep yet but ours is well underway.  We are using Google Keep to keep track of our Christmas lists and it is working well.  If you share a list on it with another person, your updates are shared real time via the app for phones and tablets and on the desktop version.  It works really well for Jordon and I to keep track of all sorts of things from family birthdays to Christmas lists to Christmas events going on in the city.
    1. For those of you who do all your shopping on Amazon.ca and not local, you are paying more for the convenience.  We have the Amazon plugin on our browser and I am shocked at how many times Amazon is more expensive than local. 
  5. So yes, we were broken into the other night.  Luckily the burglar saw Jordon (who saw him) and left but it was unnerving and scary at the same time.  So we are being extra cautious with locked doors and windows.  The police officer who took our report in the morning told us that four other homes were broken into on our block that night and a car on the block over was stolen.   We have some new motion detection lights being installed and some extra security for the back door being made.
  6. That isn’t the only thing being stolen.  An animal is getting into our compost bin and making a mess.  I think it is a cat since I have never seen a stray dog nor does Saskatoon have raccoons.  Our compost has a front door on it so you can take the compost out but we emptied it completely a few weeks ago and took all of the compost out so now there is some food scraps down there and that is what the animal is going for.
  7. Jordon has become a big fan of 2Cellos which is basically two guys playing rock music on their cellos.  It is a quite a fusion and I have come to like them quite a bit.
  8. My friend Hilary inspired us to set up our bird feeder last winter and not a seed was eaten.  This summer it has been busier so we will see what the result is this winter.  She has a good post on feeding birds on her blog.  Despite our lack of success with it, we bought a new bird house and have it hanging nearby.  We’ll see what happens.