August is the best
Whew. We’re back from an epic vacation. It was awesome. I can’t find the card reader for Brad’s camera, so all I have to offer you is this phone photo which sums up what this trip was all about. I love my family!
You know that tingle-y, slightly-sun-burned feeling you have after a great day out at the beach? You have salt on your lips, some sore muscles from playing hard, a face that aches from smile-laughing, and you can count the new freckles on your child’s nose? That’s how my soul feels today after a more than a week of playing hard. It’s a great feeling.
Now for some catch-up topics…
I have straight hair. Last month I finally realized that my hair is long enough that my curl should be there. It’s not: I think it is straight and maybe wavy in some sections, but a far cry from the old curls I used to have. My tried-and-true method of product-and-air-dry may need to change as tousling straight hair and walking out of the bathroom does not work as well as it does with curly hair. Either way–it’s better than bald, right?
Last week I got to shop with the director of Komen Cincinnati for some new New Balance Running shoes from Fleet Feet. Those three groups came together to bless me with fresh feet for my racing challenge. Thank you! She and I had some great conversation about continuing to celebrate Stage IV living in the breast cancer world. As breast cancer dictates so many minutes in my weeks as it is, I’m very, very, very choosey about which events, celebrations, funerals, fundraisers, and marches I attend. (I could attend multiple events a week if I wished.) I’m really pleased with how Komen Cincinnati is being intentional about reaching out to me to help write and create language that is more inclusive of all thriving with cancer. If you want to support Komen’s effort towards me in particular, you can join me for the Race for the Cure on August 28. I’ll be giving a short speech sometime in the hour right before the race. You can also donate funds here (click through to Donate to Race participant: Jen Anderson).
Running is going surprisingly well. I’m logging runs using the MapMyRun app, and I have about five friends that are also logged in. So far I know three friends (1 local, 2 out-of-towners) who are officially signed up to do the half-marathon with me. (We may not actually run together because of pacing, but we’re very much in it together!) Anyone else? Regardless of who is doing that particular race, it has been encouraging to “run with friends” since when I’m actually on the trail, I can’t speak because I’m too winded. During our epic travel day which fell over a weekend, I watched my friends log miles and it was really motivating to me to get a run in ASAP. My username is JenDoTodayWell on the app if you want to find me and see my runs. I need recommendations for a running belt that holds my big-ish phone and some water, good earphones for running (wireless? Is that possible?), and any songs with particularly good mojo. Brad, Maren, Greta and I are going to do the Back2Back 5k (link) over Labor Day weekend, and we’re targeting to raise $300 as a family, so that is another way you can “run with me” if you wish. (No pressure to donate for any of these events though–I’m re-posting the links because specific people asked me to, not because I expect blog-readers to donate.)
I’m coming off a week with no wifi; if you haven’t heard from me that’s why. Also, I found out right before I left that iMessage (which is somehow different than regular texts?) had been turned off since May (maybe before then). If I haven’t replied to texts from you… I wasn’t getting them. (Sorry!) Believe it or not, there was a time in my life that I was technically savvy. Most of you know this: if I don’t get back to you within a short amount of time, please don’t hesitate to send me the same message again and/or remind me. I am sorry I’m not more organized with life; I’m doing the best I can and fear I’m still neglecting many messages/notes/emails. I worry about the implied messages my poor communication sends and I keep trying to implement systems and reply-right-away policies, but I can’t seem to stick to it. Grace, right? Grace, please!
Maren started her summer homework yesterday, four days before school starts. (This is entirely my fault as I needed to set up the web-based service for her.) Whoops. Excuse me while I polish my SuperMom badge so it is bright and shiny.
My oncology team gave me a cell search test right before I left for vacation. (They check my blood for cancer cells). This time I got a 1 instead of a 0 on the test, which means there was 1 cancer cell in the blood they checked. Rockstar told the nurse to tell me, “Don’t freak out. It’s a 1, and anything less than 5 is considered stable.” This test could alternatively come back: too many [cancer cells] to count, so there is peace in knowing we don’t have a cancer-running-amok situation going on. We stay the course: I’m praying for cancer stability, cancer regression, cancer vanishing. Please God.
I am the queen of hats. I probably have more than fifty. At the start of summer, I found that all of my hats felt too tight. Why? This summer I have hair. Voluminous hair and also a big head, apparantly, because none of my fifty plus hats fit without giving me a headache. Thus began the quest for a great summer hat. I found it, and I’m passing it along to you: Sunday Afternoon’s Sun Tripper Cap. It’s a great cap if you are looking for one.
I’d like to be able to add some things to the side of my blog: semi-permanent links to the races I’m running, recommendations for things like that hat on Amazon, and maybe a running log–especially if it can be done through the app I’m using. Any experts interested in helping me with that? Remember–I’m technically incompetent in this arena. 😉 I would take a class on it though… Hmmm….
Tomorrow night (Tuesday 7/8pm) I’m going to the Funny Now! Comedy showcase. I’m going because it’s being hosted by the guy who created the video featuring my mom and I earlier this year, and it supports the Karen Wellington Foundation for LIVING with Breast Cancer–they send cancer families on vacations! If you want to go with me, please message me!
I love August–now off to enjoy it!