Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cancer Sucks Much Like My Writing According To My Sisters

My butt is being kicked on a daily basis these last three weeks. I started my new job as a sales manager which means 50+ hour work weeks. Add grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry and trying to be a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, chicken farmer and good Samaritan on top of it all and you have the perfect storm. I keep waiting for this ship to sink and yet, it continues to bob along the tops of these waves without taking on too much water. The one thing I truly have missed is my blogging time. You know, where I sit and smoke cigarettes, eat bon bons and blog. Ok, I don’t actually smoke although this job has the possibility of changing that. I also don’t eat bon bons any longer. Did I mention I lost 27 pounds? Anyway, I refuse to give up blogging so stick with me. There’s more to come. For instance, ask me about mice or cockroaches. No really, go ahead. Those are stories you won’t want to miss.


Anyway, tomorrow I fly out of Oklahoma City and head down to Houston, Texas. I will be meeting my sister Kelly there at MDAnderson for her quarterly battery of testing. She says she goes there every three months for the last 4 years because she has to in order to keep her cancer under the gun. I am no longer buying that story. I am pretty sure she goes for another reason.



Dr. McDreamy.



I expect my time in Houston to be one full of complete and total mayhem. Why, you ask? Because every time I meet my sisters down in Texas town, it is like stepping into a Tim Burton movie. No really, it is. Think Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and Big Fish all rolled up into one week. Oh yeah, it’s craziness at it’s finest. The good thing is, I will have so much blog fodder, I will be writing like Hemingway. Maybe even while drunk like Hemingway. Who knows? It should be worth checking back for, that’s all I’m saying.


Now about week six of The List. The assignment was to mow my neighbor’s grass. There are just a few small problems I have to overcome like the fact that it is February in Oklahoma and we have had nothing but snow for the last two weeks. Those three points do not bode well for grass mowing. No fear however because spring is right around the corner promising green grass, torrential rainstorms and tornadoes galore. I’ll get the mower out then, I swear. Well, as long as a tornado doesn’t take it out first.


This whole mow your neighbors grass idea is not new to us. It is also one of the simplest things on The List. Bob has mowed the neighbors lawn in the past. It actually brought another neighbor out of his house, asking why. That's a long story but here is the condensed version. The lawn being mowed was owned by a less than nice person. The questioning neighbor along with a few others despised the less than nice neighbor. Seeing Bob mowing this guys lawn not only brought neighbors out of their homes, it got them talking. To each other. Kindly. Nicely played, Mr. Bob. You are a smart man. I think I want to kiss you when you get home. Yes, I believe I do.


Like I said, it is one of the simplest things on The List. You should give it a try. Unless you live in California. I am pretty sure you can get sued for random acts of kindness there. Check with your attorney first, just to be on the safe side.

20 comments:

Not So Simply Single said...

Glad to see you back.

Excuse me, I think Mc Dreamy is mine....tell your sister to move over! I need a date for Valentine's and he will be just the ticket, good looking AND a doctor!

I hope you get some rest this weekend. I can't believe you are working 50+ hours. Dang! Girl, take care of your sweet self!

Sending you sunshine from Maui and some loving energy.

Lisa

Okie Book Woman said...

Whew! I get tired just reading about all the things you're doing. Hope you get some rest as well as a good visit with your sisters.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

I figured you must be extremely busy these days. I pray for a safe and uneventful trip for you and good news for your sister!

Hope your weekend is wonderful.

love the "mow your neighbor's yard" action. i can tell you from the receiving end of it that it is truly a much appreciated blessing. it hasn't happened in a couple of years, but i was very thankful when it did. was wishing this week that i had a neighbor willing to go beyond their own sidewalk/driveway with their snowplows but, alas! no such luck.

Bruce Coltin said...

I want to see a picture of you drunk, banging on a Smith Corona.

Sarah said...

Best of luck to Kelly. You make her life worth living and fighting, I'm sure. At least your blog does, as she has to live to combat your oversharing of her life. :)

Brian Miller said...

i hope you have a great trip and that all goes well...smiles. take time to breath....

Katharine said...

Have a great trip, can't wait to hear your adventures... and what about cockroaches??

Libbie said...

Now here is one we might qualify for :) When it snows my husband usually hits 5 driveways in 3 different cities because people are older or single women :) I love that guy....he doesn't mind it by he lifts his snowblower in & out of the truck by himself at everyhouse! I need to get that guy some ramps!

27 pounds! That is awesome! I have been eating REALLY too healthy lately myself but I don';t think I will lose much until this babe comes :)

Janean said...

ya know, when my honey had to keep off his spider-bitten foot, our neighbor mowed our lawn when they saw me struggle with mr. john deere (i never mowed before). it humbled me.

smokin' and bon-bons? lol. yeah, i didn't think you'd cave.

((((gentle hugs)))))

J.J. in L.A. said...

Firstly (is that a word?)...

"Unless you live in California. I am pretty sure you can get sued for random acts of kindness there."

Hahaha!!! I do them anyway.

I had a crush on my 1st Dr. He was cute! Of course, he was in his late 30's and I was 4...hey, I could've worked!

I could sooooo go for a riding lawn mower but I'll take earthquakes over tornadoes ANY day. ; )

Deborah said...

Good luck with this job! I am envious and happy for your employment.

Your sisters kill me. They are hilarious.

Michelle said...

And I thought my life was busy! Have fun on your trip!

TechnoBabe said...

Yes, California law prevents any random acts of kindness, in particular if the intended recipient is a stranger. You can get jail time for that.

Jen said...

At least there's no snow in Houston. You should come during rodeo...

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Hey there, Superwoman, make sure to keep taking care of you. Your new job, alone, sounds hugely stressful. Give Dr. McDreamy my love. Wait, I'm a Californian, let me check with an attorney before I have you kiss him for me. Maybe we should stick with a high-five - to be safe.
Big hugs to you, and I'm keeping your sister in my thoughts/prayers.
xoRobyn

Mrs. Tuna said...

My doctor's name was McSausage, don't ask.

Nicole said...

Safe travels

Give Kelly a hug from me and tell her I'm only slightly pissed she never calls me back. Cancer or no cancer. ;)

Love--N

Enchanted Oak said...

I've been catching up with you after a long quiet time and I loved all your adoption stories! I gave my firstborn to a beautiful family like yours (well, they were Danish and much more controlled than you seem to be). Annika and I reunited when she was 18 and surprise surprise, she didn't ask to move in with us. Or anything. She just wanted to be part of her birth family, and we were very happy to comply! Her mom and dad are generous and actually encourage the silly girl. She'll be 27 in a couple of weeks. Your girls are beautiful. Have a great time in Texas. Blowing kisses from sunny California, where we have suffered through 70-degree days the whole last week. Lord, I thought I would faint from the heat!

Amy said...

Ok, I didn't want to be the first child to porst on your blog, but I guess I "have to". First of all, that doctor is no "McDreamy" so I do not approve for my aunt. Secondly, I have yet to see a post about me, and we all know that I am extremely superficial and need to read about myself. Lastly, since it's Valentines Day, how about you tell your following about how you suffered through the pain of delivering us three pain in the butts which has ultimately given you a reason a to blog. So, when we boil it down, you should thank Matt, myself, and Andrew for your literical genius. I love you mamacita and I wish we could have been there for Valentine's Day. I'll see you soon!!! :*

Dawn said...

Dr. McDreamy is mighty fine, indeed.

I mow my neighbors lawn(s) frequently. I love to mow and sometimes I just don't know when to stop. =)