Life, Family

  1. I am Becoming Vain!

    Improving my smile has changed my life; I am now happy to smile for a camera rather than running from it.
  2. Twelve Days Later

    Back to work. Healing very well. Smiling big!
  3. Don't Say a Prayer for Me Now

    Actually don't ever say a prayer for me. But please do send good thoughts my way. In Scottsdale... having major dental surgery under general anesthesia in three hours. If you don't hear from me by Friday, you can start to wonder if it all went belly up. Right after surgery... first post-op selfie...
  4. Phoenix: One Bite at a Time

    Outside of Cucina Cucina Modern Italian in downtown Phoenix on 8/10/16. Dinner with son; my entree Salmone Affumicato:
  5. Me.at.Work

    Just took this--my first selfie from my office.
  6. Stepfather

    Stepfather. Step qualifies father... as if to emphasize it is not the same as plain father. Does it mean a step down, though? Or is it a step up from mere father? When it came to Charles Petrelli, my stepfather, it was the latter. He was a man who stepped up to the plate and performed the role of father with greatness. Charlie came into my life when I was fifteen. I am now forty-eight. I was blessed to have him in my life for thirty-three years. I miss him already. But there are so...
  7. Have Passport Will Travel

    I love my job but I took today off because it is my birthday and I want to treat myself to a nice present. I have an appointment at 1:00 PM to have my passport renewed. Got my photos yesterday so I am good to go. My tentative plan is to go to England this coming August. I'd like to visit Cornwall, the Cotswolds, London, Manchester and York. If time permits, I would also love to go to Paris and Barcelona. Dream a little dream with me. *Update 11/7/15: Passport came in the mail yesterday....
  8. Mom Gone Wild

    Phoenix was a trip—back—to my twenty-one-year-old self. Sunday, early evening, David, his girlfriend Hannah, and I are having drinks and starters at Chili's. I had won a gift card and thought I'd take us all out. A beer in, David asks, " Would you be down for a party? It's Gustavo's birthday and the guys (skater pals) are having a party for him." I could just picture it: anti-social stonerheads sitting around playing video games on a large screen TV. Not my idea of a fun night out. David...
  9. If You Need Me, I'll Be Here

    It seems like forever since I last blogged. Work is so mentally stimulating that all I want to do when I get home is plant myself in front of the TV and watch mindless shows like Project Runway and Face Off. But as we all know all work and no play... will lead to burnout or even insanity. We don't need any of that. And so, I am taking a three day vacation. Booked my hotel several weeks ago. Staying at the same place my parents stayed when they came to Phoenix last. It was so magical I just...
  10. Pretty Certain It's Happening

    Tucson/Puerto Pensaco, Mexico trip August 13-17. Tampa FL trip October 14-20. Woo-hoo. Can't wait.
  11. Success is the Only Revenge I Seek

    I am not superstitious and I certainly think Karma is bunk. But something makes me hesitate shouting at the top of my lungs, "life is good," out of fear that I will jinx myself—that the hubris police will come cracking down and put me back in my miserable place. Maybe I am simply not used to success. It feels different. I feel vulnerable. Could I lose it all in a moment's notice? I should feel I deserve this chance at greatness. Haven't I suffered enough? I don't want to be a victim...
  12. Give Me a Break

    I need a break. Wow, has it been a taxing and intense last six weeks. My training ended last Friday. I have been set free to sink or swim. Yesterday was Crazy with a capital C. Five appointments! Fortunately all were pleasant and patient—while I got my footing. Everyone has been telling me it takes years to learn this job and they still don't know everything. I think that is reassuring. I still haven't decided. I will still be traveling to Flagstaff on Thursdays to meet with clients...
  13. Survivors' Guilt

    I'm a survivor. I have survived two major medical illnesses. Why have I arrived on the other side whereas others with similar illnesses have lost the battle or are continuing to fight for their lives—daily, hourly? Why me? Why not me? When I got spinal cancer at age 16, I could have felt pity for myself. Instead I decided not to be a victim but rather a warrior. I was going to live, dammit. Thirty years later, I remain cancer free. I have a few scars—battle wounds—but I am walking and...
  14. Holy Tomato!

    *Updates at bottom of page. Whoa, my plants are huge—both standing over four feet tall! Bud has twenty tomatoes so far. Ben has 19. Update June 20: If my babies survive this heat I will be a lucky mama. It is going to be 107 today. Just gave them two gallons of water each. Four yesterday. Leaves are frying in the dry heat. May only get one run from these plants. But... looks like I will have some juicy, ripe tomatoes for the 4th of July. :) June 26: June 28, after three months...
  15. Yumfreakin'liscious!

    Have a V-8 spritzer! In a very large glass with lots of ice, mix a 12 ounce can of V-8 Low Sodium with a 12 ounce can of seltzer. Drink with straw. :) Have one at lunch and one mid-afternoon. Will keep you full, hydrated, and satisfied until dinner at 6:00 pm.
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