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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.

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.

The weekend

  • The Huskies Store in Circle Centre Mall is closing out and moving to Preston Crossing.  The end result is that we picked up a sweatshirt for Oliver and some shorts for myself for almost nothing.
  • We worked out some weekend trips for the this summer.  I think we are going to camp at Fort Carlton Provincial Park and then a weekend up at Prince Albert National Park this summer.  Mark and Oliver plan to go camping at Pike Lake Provincial Park this summer as well.
  • We don’t have a lot of plans made for Easter.  I am working Good Friday.  After work that day we will go to Draggin’s Rod and Custom Car Show.  It gets us later at night but the crowds aren’t so bad then.  We’ll go and grab some “rink burgers” at Prairieland Park for dinner.  I know it isn’t a rink anymore but it used to be.  The spirit of the rinkburger lives on.

Draggin's Rod and Custom Car Show in Saskatoon

  • Oliver is sicker than anything this weekend.  He never gets an ear infection but he has one this time.

2016 Festival of Trees at the Western Development Museum

On Saturday I took Mark and Oliver to the Western Development Museum where we not only checked out the Eaton’s Once Upon a Christmas exhibit but we took in the 2016 Festival of Trees.  We did not stay for the Minions Dance Party.  Oliver wouldn’t be caught dead at something that childish.  Despite being there a few hours before the dance party, some parents and kids were already sitting down waiting for it.  Keeping a toddler entertained that long?  Good luck.

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