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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.

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.

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.

The Big Test

Today I spent the day at Oliver’s Shotokan karate dojo where he took in a karate seminar and more importantly was tested for his green belt.

This morning Oliver was so nervous about karate, he almost was sick.  When I took him to his test, he did fine.  He will find out how he did next week.  Here are some photos.

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Shotokan karate seminar in Saskatoon

This year he has been a senpai which means he helps out with some aspects of teaching others.  He didn’t tell us at first because, “You don’t brag about karate Mom!”