Daily Archives: April 22, 2011

What’s up? Everything.

Yesterday, when I began this post, I was looking out the window at a sudden snow squall. It’s the final week of April. Will winter never end?

There are subtle signs. In the past week I’ve seen a snake, a butterfly and a cardinal. The forsythia is ready (but waiting) to burst forth. Today I walked past some freshly spread mulch; it certainly smelled like spring.

Sigh. It is not as if I’ve had much time for frolicking even had the weather been beckoning. In two days I travel to Colorado for a brief visit with family and then I will attend the National Lung Cancer Partnership 2011 Lung Cancer Advocacy Summit (what a mouthful!). Before I return, David will have begun moving boxes into our new home.

Last week my sister Bink was here for a visit. We had a wonderful dinner at Mary and Raleigh’s one night and attended a housewarming party at my friend Michael’s as well. Michael is a sculptor, and he had all sorts of new work up, including the bubble wrap squid in one of the photos above.

I took Bink to our own house-to-be, and she made some measurements for a future renovation (Binky is a very talented designer).  She never ever goes ‘shopping’, so we did a bit of that as well. She bought us the little tin and iron bird (above) as a housewarming gift. It was sure great to hang with one of my siblings.

It’s been a busy time for Pete, who found out a little over a week ago that he was accepted to the Academy for Science and Design (woohoo). His proud sister bought him a Kindle in celebration. On Wednesday he turned fourteen and was the recipient of some really cool clothes from assorted aunts and uncles and godmothers, checks from grandparents (he’s saving for his first car already) and a cell phone from his parents. I prepared his favorite meal for dinner (sirloin tips) and a film at the cinema was postponed until the following evening due to a heavy load of homework.

I had my appointment at MGH on Tuesday and Alice (Dr. Shaw) and I talked about my mutation and treatment options in greater detail. More about that in a day or two, when I write a real meat and potatoes post (read:  I try to break down the science in a way I can understand).

Speaking of science, that was my husband’s field of study. He is  currently working in the next room. In the midst of all the activity, I have had a difficult time focusing on blogs. A  few minutes ago I told him that I now realized that my relationship to a task was such, that although I had a lot of trouble getting started, once I did, everything was hunky dory.

His response: “I know. You have a very, very, high activation energy barrier.” Well now. Glad we got that figured out.

Speaking of, the sun is actually shining which gives at least the illusion of warmth (as well as raising my spirits), so I think I’ll get motivated for a walk. Once I get started, it’s all good.