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Cinq Choses…

…aka “Five Things.” Just trying to make this blog live up to provincial French/English bilingual standards. Har har.

1. Yoga yesterday was fantastic! Thank you for asking (let’s pretend that you did). I haven’t been able to do yoga since before I shattered my elbow in February of this year. I was actually planning on getting back into it the week I was admitted to hospital with cancer. Go figure. After that, I was afraid to do it because of the germ-infested classes and my restricted blood flow. I didn’t want to catch a death cold or pass out.

After a little researching however, I found a very small weekly class with just me and two other people. It’s 30 minutes of “beginner” postures. The only pose I needed an alternative for was downward dog because I can’t straighten or put weight on my left arm. Followed by 15 minutes of guided meditation. A far cry from my favourite 90 minute Ashtanga class in Toronto. But my goal for this class is also a far cry from what my intentions with yoga used to be. It was absolutely perfect for me, I am so happy I found the class!

2. Smoked paprika. I’ve been putting it on everything lately. It adds such a nice, warm, smoky kick. It was one of the stars of my “CSA salad” this week.

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For two servings it contained:

  • 1/4 head shredded red cabbage
  • 3 large shredded carrots
  • 1 shredded green apple
  • 1 ear of corn, sauteed in smoked paprika <–
  • 1/4 large thinly sliced white onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 baked chicken breast, chopped
  • Poppyseed dressing to taste

3. This is a really cute movie!

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I share this because it’s a Canadian movie that I found on Canadian Netflix. And finding good movies on Canadian Netflix can be difficult.

4. Don’t ever put Hemp milk in your coffee.

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Baaaaaad idea. Hemp milk is only good in things that will mask its gross flavour.

5. I am getting a PICC line!! In other words, a “peripherally inserted central catheter” in my arm. It’s a little tube they insert inside one of the main veins in my arm, all the way into my chest. With an attractive tube that hangs out my arm ALL THE TIME like some kind of alien science experiment.

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This is good news because it means no more IVs and needles for chemo and blood tests. They can do everything from the hanging tube, and my veins won’t get burned up from the chemo anymore. It also means my oncologist believes the cancer has shrunk enough that it’s no longer putting too much pressure on my veins.

I’m scheduled to get it put in next Wednesday before my next chemo, provided my tests on Tuesday look okay. Even though this is a good thing, I am irrationally scared for the procedure. It’s done by a radiologist and with a local freezing on the skin. Which doesn’t make sense to me because won’t I feel it going up through my vein?

It sounds a lot like my two needle biopsies which were hands down the worst experiences I had in the hospital. I actually started hyperventilating when I had my bone marrow biopsy despite the anti-anxiety meds, painkillers, and freezing. It just hurt and I was scared, and I freaked out thusly. Why can’t they just put me into a sleepy happy place for all of this stuff?

Anyways! Those are my Cinq Choses for this Friday. I had a more serious post scheduled for today, but my brain needed the break. Maybe I’ll put it up over the weekend. I am doing some cooking, baking, and exploring a farm over these next few days – should be fun. Enjoy yours!

A Labourless Day

Happy Labour Day everyone! Hope it’s been a fun and relaxing weekend! I am at my cottage on the north shore of Nova Scotia

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This is probably my last trip out here for the summer, so I am soaking up the fresh, salty, grassy air.

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Squeeze your eyes – can you see Prince Edward Island in the distance?

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It’s been a wonderful trip because I had BOTH of my big sisters here with me. It’s not often the three of us are all together, only lately since I’ve gotten sick.

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I’m feeling particularly tired after chemo #4 last week, so I’ve been more subdued than usual. Lots of resting, but making sure I get my daily walk in!

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And losing at solitaire. I always lose at solitaire.

Admittedly, one of the other great things about this particular visit has been the food. We’ve been eating like royalty thanks to all of the fresh, local goods in the area.

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I mean, if I’m going to eat beef, at least I can see where they raise ‘em.

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Meals have included brisket, home grown green beans, local potatoes, and heirloom tomato salad made with basil picked by this guy…

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A lot of people in the area keep large gardens and put up signs on the side of the road. I wish Canada had such great weather that we could eat like this all the time!

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Leftovers: Brisket, white cheddar, donair sauce, CSA lettuce and green onions, all on homemade German rye.

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Walks have taken place in the woods instead of on the beach. I have to wear shoes on the beach so I don’t cut myself, and it’s just not the same when I can’t get the sand between my toes.

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As well as a walk around Amherst!

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Seeing as my main form of exercise is now walking, I’m always excited to explore some new scenery. Including a trip to a nearby town.

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What is it about small towns and murals?

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And what is The Great Amherst Mystery?? I am so confused and intrigued.

That’s just a snapshot of my weekend. We are headed back to the real world later today.

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I woke up with a sore throat this morning which is another one of those normal symptoms that becomes a not-so-good symptom when chemotherapy is involved. A common cold can turn into deadly pneumonia. So you know, just becoming a hypochondriac over here.

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Going to spend my last few hours soaking in the fresh air and reading the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Catch ya on the other side!

Snapshots

I secretly love looking at the random photos people take on their cellphones. Not everyone carries a camera on them, so when life or the mood strikes, the cellphone is often the one that captures the moment. The photos are random and don’t typically string together to tell any kind of story. Compared to say, photos from a vacation. But that is the part I love about them. Tidbits from life that aren’t “important” enough to bring a camera for, but I think are special all on their own.

So today I open up my iPhone for you. I admit, I’ve already shared a lot of these photos of Twitter and Instagram. Some I forgot about, or got too lazy to post. Others are just too good not to put up on the ‘ole blog for everyone else to see.

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Woke up one morning to my step-sister's cat staring at me from on top of the closet door.

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My step-dad's birthday with my two step-sisters.

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The sinkhole soon-to-be swimming pool in my mom's driveway. It's crazy!!

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I'll take them all please.

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How did this full carrot get through?

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Scenes from an afternoon walk.

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The many tortures of physiotherapy. Learning to straighten my arm by pulling it down with weight.

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My baby nephew!

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Waiting for the doctor after I found out I had a blood clot. Forgot to ask him for the Bieber sticker after.

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Peanut butter chocolate cupcake my family brought me after being admitted to hospital.

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This stuff saved me from getting an extra IV when I had the stomach flu.

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I am never too sick to eat potatoes. And they're chock full of potassium!

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Best/funniest "Get Well" card I received, courtesy of my Aunt Jane.

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Found an old picture of my cousin Ellen and I circa 1990-ish.

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Board game from my fellow foodie ex-roommie. One I actually knew the answers to!

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I do not miss the hospital food AT ALL.

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Cuddling with the poodle.

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Harry Potter with my sister Sara and step-sister Sarah! Yes, I have two sisters named Sara(h)

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Fuel to get me through chemo from the Clif company. Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo is the best EVER.

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I stick two of these in my stomach every day. I am a human pin cushion.

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A common view from where I sleep.

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Bird in the oven.

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Schnitzelhaus in Aulac, New Brunswick. Mom and I stopped for a roadside lunch.

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Schnitzel with spaetzle. Ie flattened and breaded meat with soft egg noodles.

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First time schnitzel experience was a very, very good one.

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Falafel crepe? Pita is better.

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I usually have to share my bed with these two misfits.

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My wig! Still haven't started wearing it yet.

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Buddy with a star on his chest.

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Still get a surprise when I reach for socks and grab a cat instead.

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Get even more surprised when she hops out of there unexpectedly.

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My Nana puts orange marmalade in everything she bakes. Even chocolate chip cookies.

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Sometimes she snores.

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My dad's grocery list.

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Knitting!!

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Untangling said yarn because of cat.

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Yet another coconut flour pancakes fail.

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My sister Jane and her band.

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Under cover.

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Progress made over the past two months on the arm with the broken elbow. I can see my palm now!

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Story of my life.

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Burgers stuffed with brie, sundried tomato, and portobello mushrooms.

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My Dad, posing with some of our best burgers yet.

P.S. Thank you for the feedback on my last post! If you haven’t left any yet, I encourage you to do so. It’s been fun, helpful, and super encouraging :)

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