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...

Chapter 13: Two Write Hands

Chapter 13: Two Write Hands

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 13: Two Write Hands Rodney didn’t refuse to leave 6838 Eagle Creek Path because deep down he wanted to be with me. He just wanted all our mutual friends to think I wanted to be with him. So inflated was his own opinion of himself, he...

I WON MY LONG-TERM DISABILITY APPEAL AGAINST LINCOLN FINANCIAL Group!

I WON MY LONG-TERM DISABILITY APPEAL AGAINST LINCOLN FINANCIAL Group!

Just popping in briefly to share some good news with you all. Though I shared already on Facebook and Twitter a couple of days ago, I just realized I forgot to make an announcement on my blog! I won my long-term disability appeal against Lincoln Financial Group! My...

Give Me Hope, Help Me Cope

Give Me Hope, Help Me Cope

So many people, sensing something profound and historical is afoot, are blogging and journaling and tweeting their way through the stress and confusion. "Isolation: Day 12" someone writes, and you know what? It kinda throws me. And it kinda throws me that it throws...

Someone on the Internet Told Me Not to Get Political

Someone on the Internet Told Me Not to Get Political

Welp. It happened. I got my first YouTube comment asking me not to “get political” today.  I wish people understood what an awful request this is to make of a fellow human being. It’s not appropriate to ask of your favorite celebrity, much less a small-time...

Relaxing Zentangle Art for Beginners

Relaxing Zentangle Art for Beginners

https://youtu.be/qPpaj73Yiyk About This Zentangle This video shows you the relaxing Zentangle art for beginners that I created using tiles and materials from Project Pack 08. The two-tile setup was taught in the official Day 2 video. I changed up the pattern, as...

Outbreaks and Breakouts: A Survivor’s Log

Outbreaks and Breakouts: A Survivor’s Log

Whew! Is it just me or is this week like a thousand years long? Lately I've been thinking about outbreaks and breakouts. I don't want to talk too much about THE THING that has Twitter wound tighter than a Jack Russel Terrier these days, but because this blog is, among...

Weekend Update: Nobody Knows Anything

Weekend Update: Nobody Knows Anything

I saw my primary doctor yesterday. It was supposed to be just a med check to note how I was doing on nortriptyline for my chronic pain. And while we did discuss that briefly, we talked mostly about Pal, the off-the-charts fatigue that has overwhelmed me since...

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