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Wednesday Update: 11/11/09

I found out recently that an old friend of mine has breast cancer. It’s pretty shocking to know someone in my age group going through something this, well, scary. I think sometimes I somehow separate myself and Matt from groups of people who’ve gone through major life changing experiences…I don’t always acknowledge how profoundly different our own life is from what it once was…or how most everyone we know lives today. It must be because I strive to always see the good in our situation…to project to the world, and to myself, how normal we really are…even though how not ‘normal’ our life really is. I think about all the things that my friend will be going through in the coming weeks and months and it really just kind of shakes your core. Amy and I have both been impacted by the news of our mutual friend’s cancer journey…and as a friend you just feel so helpless. One way Amy thought we could show our love and support, and possibly achieve some personal goals, was to train for and run th…

Monday Update: 11/09/09

So we’re sitting on the couch last night getting ready to settle in and watch some TV. I hand Matt a bowl of homemade chex mix and a glass of eggnog (yes, I succumbed to the pressure and bought him some at the store on Saturday), and he turns to me and says ‘You know, I’ve been thinking. Even with everything that’s happened to me, I’ve got it pretty good.’ I smiled and asked him what made him think that (besides the obvious answer…eggnog!). He said while yes, the eggnog was nice…it was more of a feeling of contentment with things…the fact that I make him yummy snacks, and buy him his beloved eggnog are just part of it…but I think they all sort of sum up to just being grateful…for all the good things in the life we’ve made together. I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel to hear him say things like that…and how much I really love doing what I can to foster that feeling of contentment. It makes me feel like I am somehow fulfilling my purpose…by working with Matt to make the most of…

Tuesday Update: 11/3/09

Wow – November already. It’s hard to believe! October came and went without much fanfare and now we find ourselves making plans for the upcoming holiday season. It’s crazy to be thinking about holiday get togethers, lists, shopping etc...but here it is, just around the corner. Matt had his first call from his dad that their beloved AE eggnog was in the stores and of course he whined and gave me his best pitiful pretty-please face each time I went to get groceries until I finally caved in and came home with some. As ridiculous as I think it is that anyone would want to drink eggnog (on a regular basis) from October through January…how could I refuse him ONE half gallon? I made sure he understood that I would not be buying him eggnog each time I went for groceries…that he’d have to savor the eggnog and once it was closer to Christmas and more acceptable to be drinking it, then I’d pick it up here and there. A week or so later his folks came down for dinner while I was out shopping with…