How to talk to people who are hurting
When confronted with someone's grief or pain, someone's terror for a sick child or other loved one, someone's own illness, it is common and understandable to want to ameliorate that grief or pain or terror by cheering them up.
STOP DOING TH... Read more
Struggling with faith
I have gotten lots of comments and messages from people who are praying for Becca and her family. And I deeply appreciate those messages and those prayers. I am certainly praying as well. It's a comfort to know that people are sending so much he... Read more
I want to punch the universe in the throat. Repeatedly.
Pathology report in. It's the bad kind of tumor. With 6 weeks of extreme radiation treatment and another year of chemo, Becca has a 50/50 chance of seeing her 10th birthday. I can't even process it.... Read more
Dear 2013: you are fired
Thursday my husband and I were only 45 minutes from his family in Connecticut, just crossing the TappanZee Bridge on our way through New York when we received a call from the father of our godchildren, Eric. Their 5-year-old daughter, Becca, who... Read more
Tragic news; trying to hold it together
My husband's cousin was killed in a freak and catastrophic bicycling accident. On Monday, he was riding on his mountain bike and lost control when the terrain changed. What should have just been - and has been many times in the past - a bruising... Read more
My new baby!
In all the excitement and exhaustion of races, I totally forgot to introduce my new baby here! This is Shasta:
She's an informal rescue (we got her from someone who co... Read more
Well, I didn't get to bed until 1am. Daughter learned that her granddad is probably going to die this week, and so needed Mom support.
Alarm went off at 4:30, but I was already kind of awake. Got out of the house in 20 minutes. Arrived at t... Read more
Only in it for the T-shirt
So, BT-dubs, tomorrow I'm doing a triathlon. For which I have to get up at 4am-ish to make the drive. At which I don't know whether I'm going to be early enough to be able to get my car on the ferry, or abandon half my gear in the car and just t... Read more
Pedal to the Point: Success--mostly
I rode all but the last 10 miles of Pedal to the Point, a total of 140 miles over two days. I didn't ride the last leg because it was a steep hill and I am nursing a very sore Achille's tendon. Even the slightest rise was painful, and I couldn't... Read more
Back from Hawaii
Had an amazing vacation, but I'm absolutely braindead right now. Couldn't sleep on the plane, only let myself sleep about 3 hours this morning so that I will sleep tonight. Today is just staring at the TV and vegging.
Saturday, Pedal to the... Read more
Yes, I'm nagging.
But I'm also running out of time. This is the last post I'll make before leaving on vacation.
Did you know that, last year, Patti's Paladins raised more money than any other team? Even more than the big corporate teams. We were all very pro... Read more
Finally letting go
Because I've worked really hard at scheduling everything away from the vacation, I have almost no work to do today or tomorrow. I am therefore declaring today a cleaning day at my house. In the course of working hard and being sick, this place h... Read more
I'm running out of time!
Pedal to the Point ought to be *hilarious* this year. After breaking my foot and having a disastrous ride, I got sick. And Friday I leave for 10 days of vacation. Which means that I will not be around to make appeals for donations and, more impo... Read more
Turning a corner!
Erin's throat is finally getting better. It looks like she will avoid surgery for now. Which is good, since she is getting on a plane on Thursday.
Her dad had serious problems with strep and tonsils, but finally got over it without surgery... Read more
The continuing saga
Doctor appointment today. He wants another CT scan tomorrow morning, and if things aren't improved from the previous scan, we might be looking at surgery in the afternoon.
At least we have the power back on.... Read more