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Okinawa Overview
Saturday, September 27, 2014      2 comments

I'll probably talk more in depth about the Okinawa trip as time goes on, but it was absolutely wonderful. Firstly, I'll refer to my trip companions as TJ & H. Both are black belts and far senior to me. TJ is my sensei, and has been for the ... Read more
Edging Toward a New Normal
Friday, September 19, 2014      4 comments

A lot has happened since my last update. Rob did indeed get into the trial, and was assigned to the second experimental cohort, meaning that he's getting the PDL-1 drug by itself. This is exactly where we were hoping he would end up, so that's a... Read more
A Little Experimentation
Saturday, June 07, 2014      2 comments

Things have changed some more since the last update. Not the diagnosis, unfortunately, still stage IV renal cell carcinoma. However, we've been tromping all over creation talking to specialists, and the treatment plan has changed considerably. ... Read more
Cancer update
Sunday, May 11, 2014      5 comments

It looks like we're in for the long haul. The official diagnosis on my husband is stage IV clear cell renal carcinoma - aka metastasized kidney cancer. He had his left kidney and adrenal gland removed three weeks ago - the main tumor was a full ... Read more
Gone for a While
Thursday, March 20, 2014      8 comments

I didn't want to vanish completely with no explanation, but I don't expect to be on SP much if at all for the foreseeable future. My husband has a large kidney tumor, and we are in all-hands-on-deck emergency mode, while we try to find him the r... Read more
We Have Tickets!
Wednesday, January 08, 2014      5 comments

Looks like I'll be leaving for Okinawa on June 8 - Sensei Gauntner confirmed the ticket purchase! Sensei and I are starting to have serious conversations about what to bring, how much spending money we'll need, and all the other things related t... Read more
Back Again
Tuesday, January 07, 2014      2 comments

Recovering from the holidays - with any luck things should be back to routine by Wed. - right now we're still on "holiday" because even though Winter Break officially ended Monday, the schools have been closed because of this lovely cold weather... Read more
Thanksgiving
Monday, December 02, 2013      5 comments

Well, that was one of the most pleasant Thanksgivings I've had in a long time. It used to be that Thanksgiving was my mother-in-law's holiday. We could go anywhere else for any other holiday, and she wouldn't take offense, but Thanksgiving ... Read more
Recipe: Chicken with Artichokes
Friday, November 22, 2013      5 comments

Improvised this one off of a slow-cooker recipe, and was really happy with the results. My husband would like it spicier, so those who like it hot might want to add some cayenne, or perhaps use half-sharp paprika where I used sweet. Chicken... Read more
Book Review: It Starts With Food
Thursday, November 21, 2013      4 comments

It Starts With Food is the book that goes with the Whole9 site, run by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (who also wrote the book). Whole9 is a site dedicated to trying to get people to make healthy choices, not just about food, but about pretty much e... Read more
Recipe: Strawberry smoothie
Sunday, November 17, 2013      9 comments

Posting this here, largely so I don't forget. I love smoothies, but when you use no dairy, no sweeteners, and are allergic to bananas, it gets really difficult to get ones with decent taste and texture. (And no, I don't use fruit juice eith... Read more
Book Review: Well Fed
Friday, November 15, 2013      4 comments

As promised, the next book up is a cookbook, Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. Melissa Joulwan is from a restaurant family, and an avid and experimental cook. All of this pays off in her cookbook. Well Fed is strictly Paleo - no grains, legumes,... Read more
Onward!
Thursday, November 14, 2013      3 comments

This week has been my re-entry into weight training. For once I'm taking it fairly slowly, with the pleasant result that I've been mildly stiff the morning after each workout instead of screamingly sore. The personal trainer has given me a very ... Read more
Book Review: The Paleo Solution
Monday, November 11, 2013      2 comments

This is one of the biggie's in the Paleo world. Robb Wolf was a student of Loren Cordain, who is the primary founder of modern paleo. He has the science/medical background to know his stuff, and he's got a very popular gym (Norcal Strength & Fit... Read more
Dairy and Me
Saturday, November 09, 2013      4 comments

Well, I guess dairy really is out of my diet. Mind you, I love dairy. Cheese, milk, kefir, ice cream, custards - I love it all. In my previous eating, I have generally done in about a gallon of milk a week, just as part of my normal eating ... Read more

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