Monday, May 31

Remembrance Day

I've always thought that Memorial Day could be better served with a better name, but I can work with it. :-)

My family and I are spending a relaxing holiday weekend at home, visiting friends and getting ready for the last week of school. Why we must go back to school after the unofficial start to summer is beyond me, but I don't get to make the rules.

I hope you and yours are enjoying this holiday weekend as well. Please remember to take a moment out of your festivities to truly remember the reason for the holiday. Give thanks for all the soldiers past and present that do such a tremendous job on their missions. While I have not always agreed with some of those missions, I have always admired the ability of servicemen/women to do their jobs honorably. And I have also equally admired their families for all the sacrifices they have given to our country as well.

Thank you, veterans and soldiers, for all you do!

Wednesday, May 26

Bloggy luv

Every morning I read through a few favorite blogs. They really don't have much in common: some are political blogs, some are cooking blogs, and some are random. This morning as I read through the list of them, I realized the ones I look forward to the most are the random blogs. You just never know what you'll find when you get there, and I tend to get some great conversation starters from them.

One of my favorite "random" blogs is June Cleaver Nirvana. Holly is a Mom of 3 boys, and always has something to say about those kiddos. She has random stuff on her blog, like Potluck Mondays, What's in Holly's Fruit Bowl Today?, and Commenter of the Week. LOVE it!

So, for the record, I've got a bit of a blogger crush on Holly. Love the stories about the kids and Mom life, love the randomness of what she chooses to post, and just wish I could be a bit more like her on my own blog. Alas, I'm not much of a writer, and I don't even think anyone reads my blog. It is, however, the best place for me to work through my thoughts on various things. Hopefully someday I'll say something here that resonates with someone out in webville. But maybe not, and that's ok, too.

Every now and then I'll be posting about some of my favorite blogs. Feel free to click on over to them, check them out, and come back here and let me know what you like/dislike about it. Or even share your favorite blogs. I love finding out about new places, new ideas, and I know there are so many out there that it's hard to find all the good ones.

Now I've got to come up with a good name for these posts, so you will always know what I'm about to talk about. I'm open to ideas from you guys. What do you think it should be called? Bloggy luv? Good bloggy things? (Martha Stewart might sue me over that name!) I'd love to hear your ideas, and I know that there are more creative people out there than me!

God knows you all don't want to hear about cancer ALL the time!

Monday, May 24

LOST, and how I've been there already

Well, now everyone in America seems to be talking about the LOST finale. I was a late adoptee of the show, but loved it, and watched the last episode AND the Jimmy Kimmel show after. (I even had to run out and buy a new tv so I could watch the show last night, but that's another story for another blog post!)

As I was surfing through my regular web haunts, ahem, I mean, blogs, I kept reading everyone's own interpretation of the finale and the show. (One of my favorites is Jane's over at This Week for Dinner.) I love reading what others thought of what it all meant! I don't know if I have an opinion on it all yet, I think I'm still mulling it all over.

One thing that strikes me as I read all these opinions, however, is that I've already been where all the characters in LOST were. Not literally, of course, since I'm not dead yet. But I have had to face my fears, and think about my life. I've had to be "awakened" in a sense with my diagnosis. I took time to re-evaluate my life, what I'm doing with it, how I'd like to change it, and started making changes. And the great thing is, I didn't have to die to do it!

I sometimes feel like something's been taken from me, with my awareness of just how fragile life can be. But other times, I see it as a true gift. When someone you know passes away, there is always a reflection of your own life, and a realization that it is not something to be taken for granted. There are the moments where you think to yourself, "I need to appreciate every day, every person, in my life." My advantage is that I truly do think these things every day since I was diagnosed. I take time to listen to my friends and family, and to tell them just how important they are to me. It's something that has made my life more meaningful, and certainly more colorful.

Have you had these same feelings? Do you feel like you've had an awakening? Or maybe I'm just losing it a bit, now that LOST has left. I'd love to know anyone's story. Post your comments and let's talk.

Monday, May 17

New and improved... hopefully

Welcome to the new Cancer Mommy site. The old site was being changed in a way I didn't much like. That is, it was going to start charging me $$ to have my little community there. So, I switched to blogger. I don't know yet how much things will change, as I'm still figuring out the whole blogger thing. Anything new is a challenge, right? I hope to have things up and running very soon, and I hope I still have readers that make the switch!

Thank you so much for your patience, and for your interest. Well, at least enough interest to switch your bookmarks to the new site! :-)