Inktober Zentangle Challenge Update: The First Week

Inktober Zentangle Challenge Update: The First Week

Happy Friday and happy Inktober! You know, if you're doing that. I'm just popping in to update you on my progress with the Inktober Zentangle challenge. So far the response to my videos has been encouraging, and I'm glad I decided to give Inktober a go this year....

It’s Inktober! Zentangle With Me!

It’s Inktober! Zentangle With Me!

For years, I have been watching as my internet friends participate in fun challenges like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Inktober, Well this year, I am finally able to join in the fun with Inktober 2020. I am going to be posting a new Zentangle video on...

Bring on Fall: Life and MRI #19 Results

Bring on Fall: Life and MRI #19 Results

Fall came to Central Illinois right on time. We’ve had the windows open and have been enjoying the much-needed fresh air. A couple of times we have even dipped into the 40s overnight and had to turn the heat on. Of course, we’re expecting a warm-up again for the next...

Chapter 18: Amber

Chapter 18: Amber

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 18: Amber The Wedding Wagon was scheduled to marry us under the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. I had to ask Dan a couple of times before he said yes. There were no huge romantic gestures, and no...

Why I Quit Therapy

Why I Quit Therapy

So when we left off last, I was wondering whether I wanted to continue therapy. It turns out, I didn't. I cancelled both appointments I had in July, and I never rescheduled them. If you're curious why I quit therapy, read on! As I was evaluating the pros and cons of...

Chapter 17: Al’s Run

Chapter 17: Al’s Run

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 17: Al's Run A few miles north of Chicago, I started thinking about food. Stopping at the Lake Forest Oasis on our way to Milwaukee had become something of a tradition, and my body gave an almost Pavlovian signal the second I saw the...

Nothing. What’s Up With You?

Nothing. What’s Up With You?

It’s tempting to apologize for not being around here, or my YouTube channel, much lately. But then I remember I have a brain tumor and that my inability to adhere to my old able-bodied production schedule is never, ever coming back. I don’t like it, but I’m not really...

Chapter 16: The Golden Years

Chapter 16: The Golden Years

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 16: The Golden Years I only saw Rodney once more after the night he picked up his pots and pans. He “accidentally” forwarded all my mail to his new address. To hear him tell it, filing a family change of address with the Post Office...

Chapter 15: The Leave-Behind

Chapter 15: The Leave-Behind

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 15: The Leave-Behind I had to spend close to $7,000 of my folks’ money on attorney’s fees and get Rodney to sign more legal documents, but he finally moved out a few weeks before my 29th birthday. Michael, Rodney’s brother-in-law, and a...

Wasted Noodle Groove: Brain MRI #18

Wasted Noodle Groove: Brain MRI #18

I went through MRI #18 on Monday. It was a regularly scheduled follow-up on my brain tumor. I have MRIs about every four months until further notice. To overly simplify possible outcomes of my MRIs, things can basically go one of two ways: “continue waiting and...

Chapter 14: Stu

Chapter 14: Stu

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 14: Stu Despite the situation at home, I was finding ways to thrive. English degree in hand, I started a new job as an administrative assistant at a synagogue. I knew I was capable of doing more than the job required, but I also knew that...

Jumping Cancer Hurdles: Brain Cancer Diaries Interview

Jumping Cancer Hurdles: Brain Cancer Diaries Interview

Hello, everyone! In lieu of my typical written post today, I'd like to share a video with you. A couple of weeks ago, Rudy Fischmann of Brain Cancer Diaries and I chatted about what it's like to live with a brain stem tumor for his vlog series....

Creature Comforts for Quarantine

Creature Comforts for Quarantine

First of all, how are you? How are things going for you out there? I’m honestly starting to settle into the acceptance phase of this whole thing. Of course I don’t prefer quarantine life, but it hasn’t felt like an outright assault on my mental health the last for 48...

Jen’s Piquante Chicken Corn Chowder

Jen’s Piquante Chicken Corn Chowder

I promise this isn't going to turn into a food blog. Not because I don't like food blogs, but because if I blogged as frequently as I cooked, this site would only be updated a few times a year. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy baking even more. But I don't have enough energy...

How To Make Instant Pot Yogurt | Homemade Yogurt Recipe

How To Make Instant Pot Yogurt | Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Yogurt, like a lot of things these days, has been hard for me to find. So since we own an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker with a "yogurt" button and also find ourselves with quite a bit of time on our hands these days, I thought I'd learn how to make Instant Pot...

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