Sometimes my dad watches Henrietta for an hour or two after my mom goes to work until I get home. Henrietta doesn't usually sleep on him because she is cranky in the afternoon and she just wants me.

Today when I went to pick her up she was passed out on him and he was really happy with that.

I love this picture.


Apr. 30th, 2011 07:33 pm
1. I went to a Twins game. It snowed. We lost. I got my twitter on the score board. All-in-all, it was memorable.

2. I had an epic migraine on Friday. I had to take a Maxalt and when that failed I ended up taking TWO vicodin to keep the pain at a level that was bearable. I obviously called in sick, which makes it the first time I had to call in sick at my new job. I hate migraines.

3. My dad had surgery on Friday. He had his feeding tube and chemo port removed. Yay! He is pretty happy with having them out. He hated the feeding tube. That should be it for the cancer stuff. He is back to working 70 hour weeks right now (road construction is crazy in the summer).

4. Serinia and I hung out today. I went to Opitz Outlet to look at wedding dresses this morning. They had a couple that fit that looked good if I was either a) wanting a much sexier dress or b) a summer wedding. We then went to Macy's to shop and I ended up getting some stuff for the honeymoon (I have been collecting stuff for a few month for this, all on clearance, because I am really cheap).

5. We also went to Trader Joe's where I was able to get 7 bottle's of wine for $55 dollar. So cheap.

6. Now I am looking at plane tickets for Zach and I to go to Zach's sister's wedding this summer.

7. Next I am going to cut some fabric for my brother's quilt. Then I am going to do a lot of ironing.

8. Tomorrow I am going to start the process to order save the date cards for the wedding and relook at the guest list. I am also going to go over the task list to see if there is anything we could tackle the next week.

Dad Update

Nov. 8th, 2010 08:54 am
My dad is done with chemo and radiation and has been for a few weeks. Last week he had his last appointment with the oncologist until January when they check to see if they got rid of the tumor completely.* Last night he sat and ate dinner with us for the first time in months. He didn't eat much but he had a couple bites of everything which was pretty cool to see.

He is pretty easily tired out right now and the doctors tell him that it will take 3 or 4 months before he is back to his regular energy level. This sort of sucks because he is bored with TV but doing anything is just too much for him right now. Yesterday he folded the clothes and then had to take a two hour nap.

Serinia bought Wii Fitness Plus so Dad could track his weight and would have short exercises to do through out the day until he gets enough energy to get on the treadmill. When my dad went through the initial setup the wii told him that he was overweight and needed to lose 20 pounds. That was the funniest moment of the night since we are using it to track his weight to help him gain the 20 pound pounds that the doctor has ordered him to gain in the next two months.

BTW, the Wii also told Jens that he wasn't his "ideal" weight because his BMI was at 22.65 instead of 22. He needed to lose 4 pounds!!

*They wait that long because they want to wait until all the cells they killed are reabsorbed by the body

Dad Update

Oct. 15th, 2010 07:50 am
Wednesday was my dad's last chemo and his last radiation appointment. Everything is going as expected, the doctor's believe the tumor was killed by the radiation but they can't confirm it for a couple months because it takes that long for the dead cells to be absorbed by his body.

The last week of his radiation they were giving him less and less radiation and my dad's ability to taste things was coming back. He ate half a brownie on Tuesday, which was awesome. I am really hoping that in a week he will actually want to eat meals next week (supplemented by his feeding tube, of course).

The doctors and nurses called him a "superstar" because he didn't need to take a break in the treatment. His skin never got bad and he never really went on pain killers. He took a few to help him sleep but he stayed off of them for the most part.

here is a picture of my family at my mom's 60th birthday party )

It is really good to be at the end of this phase of this. The plan is that he won't be going back to work until January or so because he is pretty weak right now.

Dad Update

Sep. 9th, 2010 10:13 am
Dad is losing his hair. He is making jokes about how he is now going to be bald. Still, since he can't shave because of the radiation and he can grow a very thick beard, he is losing a lot of beard hair.

He is skinnier than I have ever seen him. His weight yesterday was 206, which I believe is less than he weight when he got married. We make fun of him and tell him that he is starting to look like mom. It doesn't help that he sometimes wears the shorts he had before he started to lose weight. He is using a feeding tube for most of his nutrition but he is supposed to eat orally a few times a day. However he finds that nothing tastes the same anymore other than mashed potatoes from KFC.

My mom's birthday party is on the 18th and I am not sure how long my dad is going to make it for the party. He has chemo a couple days before and that was pretty tough on him. Still, my dad loves seeing everyone so I think he is going to try and stay as long as he can. If he can't I am pretty sure his siblings will go over to my parents house and hang out with him for a bit. He will like that.


Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:48 am
1. I have weird cats. Last week we finally finished the shower repair and started started taking showers in our bathroom. This means that Emerson freaks out while we take showers again, which is adorable but I don't like making him worried. He sits on the edge of the bathtub and sticks his head into the shower so he can make sure you aren't dying. If he can't see you he just meows the entire time you are showering. Also, I think he tried to carry a bookend into the bedroom last night.

2. Zach got a job and starts next week. This makes me happy because it is a job that he wanted. He will be working at the U of MN doing some sort of lab thingy. He needs to write a post about it so I can link to it. (hint hint!).

3. We decided that this weekend we wouldn't go out of town but would knock off a couple items from our project list. We are going to replace a fan in our bedroom, finish the woodwork and the desk in my office, and attempt the crown molding in the bathroom. I am going to go through my closet and get rid of all the clothes I don't like anymore and maybe set up another clothing swap. I was thinking the first part of October for a day to have it.

4. My dad is doing much better. He had a throat infection that is making it hard for him to eat but that is what the feeding tube was put in for. Now he is all set up for using that and he is feeling much better. However, he is skinner than I have ever seen him and it is weird to look at him. I wish he could eat because I want to feed him.

5. I am all signed up for a quilting class in a couple weeks at the quilting store just a few blocks from my house. I am pretty excited for this because it takes you through every step of quilt making. Of course, since this is my first quilt, I am pretty sure this will be a quilt for the cats.
The Good:

Zach got a job. He will be doing some sort of lab job at the U. As my dad put it "cutting pieces of people up in a cube". Anyways, it is good because it is at the U so it is close enough for him to bike to work most of the year and when he can't he can take the bus/light rail. The U has good benefits and it doing something that he wants to do. Plus it is the first step to our master life plan. Woo!

The Bad

My dad started chemo and radiation on Wednesday. It is hard to see him like this. I know cancer fighting drugs are poison but you really don't get that until you see someone you love getting them. He is having a hard time sleeping and has no interest in eating at all. Zach is going to get him fast food (which my dad loves) for lunch and hang out with him this afternoon if he can't sleep. I am glad it is the weekend because it means he has a two day break from radiation. Though right now the chemo is much harder for him.


Zach and I are trying to figure out what to do for Labor Day weekend. We need something cheap. I sort of want to go camping but Zach doesn't seem to want to. It is Zach's last weekend before he goes back to work and I hate "wasting" three day weekends. If I stay at home I'll just putter at home the whole time. So I need to have plans.


Aug. 18th, 2010 11:35 am
1. My work computer is still broken. I might get it back today but it will still take a day for me to get it set up.

2. I had a migraine yesterday. It sucked. I hate headaches. I have this fear that one day I will get them as bad as my mom did at my age and I won't be able to work. I know I have much better medication than she did but how would I afford my mortgage if I couldn't work? Plus, she lost the use of her left side of her body for about four months due to her migraines in her late 30s. I have the same kind of migraines. Every time I get a bad migraine and my arm goes numb I worry that it won't come back. It did it yesterday while I was laying on the couch watching Gangland* and I wanted to cry.

3. My dad didn't start radiation yesterday. The room flooded last week because of all the rain so they push it back a week. I wish this would just start.

4. I still love my car. I am about to hit 1500 miles. It drives so nicely and it is pretty and it makes me like driving.

5. I am making Xerxes a webpage. Hopefully I will have time to work on that tomorrow night. I am hoping that it will be awesome and it will win a contest for me. Yup.

6. I need to start going to the gym again. I haven't gone in months. I hate paying for it if I don't go. Plus the yoga classes really do help my body feel better after migraines. I should make Zach a member too.

7. I am going to make more refrigerator pickles tonight. I am excited about this. I love pickles. They are so yummy.

8. I need to get about two inches of hair chopped off. It is so long I can't do anything with it anymore. I also want to get it highlighted again before Zach and I go to California for his cousin's wedding.

*Watching crappy TV shows are the only things I am up to doing when I have migraines. I don't even really "watch" then. I turn them on and listen to them.

my dad

Jun. 20th, 2007 10:33 pm
Today is my dad's birthday. To celebrate his birthday he:

  • went to work at 5:00 am
  • tripped while inspecting a road they were laying asphalt
  • landed with his hands in the asphalt
  • went to urgent care
  • was told they were second degree burns
  • had them wrap up his hands
  • pulled gloves over the wraps
  • went back to work
  • got home at 9:30pm
  • ate his favorite meal
  • promptly went to bed because he has to leave at 5:00 am tomorrow again

So, if you ever wonder where I get my work ethic, you know. Also, sometimes I forget just how tough my dad is. One of our big jokes is that if we were vikings dad would have been one of the best warriors. Well, that isn't just based on looks.

He is going to go into work late on Friday so a burn specialist can take a look at it to make sure his hands are healing well. They can't heal wrong or he won't be able to play golf!

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