Saturday, June 30, 2007
Imagine having a beach such as that right out your front door! What a view!
Book: Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson
Music: Fragile by Yes
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Miko's plate was almost bigger than he was!
- Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
- Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?
- Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?
- Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
- Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?
- Why is it that to stop Windows 98, you have to click on "Start"?
- Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid- made with real lemons?
- Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
- Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
- Why do we park in the driveway and drive on the parkway?
- Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
- When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?
- Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
- Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
- You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?
- Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
- Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
- If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
Book: Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan Music: A Hundred Miles or More - Alison Krauss
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
This all puts me on line for one more "induction" chemo treatment in a week or two prior to the heavy dose chemo about four to six weeks later, leading to the bone marrow transplant. This is sooner than expected - three "induction" chemos instead of five or six.
There will be side effects from the heavy dose chemo which will likely involve a hospital stay of around 7 days or so where they can monitor possible fevers and so on, but the rest of the treatments will be on an out-patient basis. I'm quite anxious now, given this excellent news!
Book: Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan by Douglas R. Gilbert, Text by Dave Marsh
Music : On an Island by David Gilmour
Monday, June 25, 2007
Book - "The Black Book" by Orhan Pamuk
Music - "Sky Blue Sky" by Wilco
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Almost finished my book - "The Black Book" by theTurkish Nobel-winner Orhan Pamuk. I must say as difficult as it was to get into, and as repetative as it seemed to be at the start, it nevertheless has proven to be an interesting read overall. The pace of it all is a little slow for me, but I find in moments when I'm not reading it, I'm thinking about it, about different aspects and developments and stories within stories. I can see the author put a lot of time and thought into writing this. The Times Literary Supplement calls this "Pamuk's masterpiece." Not a bad endorsement.
Today's a very big day around here. It's Mikayil's 1st birthday. Maryse and I are off this afternoon to Megan and Selo's for the big event. We got Miko a big red wagon. It'll be interesting to see how he responds to it all - and according to his mother it will be the first time he's ever had cake.
Me and my diabetes, I'll have to pass (ha, it'll be the first time I haven't had cake.)
Looking 'birthday cakes" up on Wikpedia, it says: "The birthday cake has been an integral part of the birthday tradition in Western cultures since the middle of the 19th century.
The cake, or sometimes a pastry or dessert, is served to a person on his or her birthday, and is often decorated with small novelty candles, with the person's name and/or a message of congratulations inscribed with icing. The phrase "Happy Birthday" did not appear on birthday cakes until the song Happy Birthday to You was popularized in the early 1900s.
Tradition holds that the person with the birthday may make a wish, which will come true if all the candles can be blown out in one breath. As with Christmas puddings there are various traditions of coins or Touch Pieces being added for good luck."
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Book: see above
Music: The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset" from The Kinks - The Ultimate Collection
Friday, June 22, 2007
Maryse's mom arrived from Kelowna Wednesday. She spent a quiet day reading and resting Thursday, telling me it felt like a real vacation for her. That's great.
Me, I'm still having sleeping problems. I tend to lie awake at night and thus nod off during the day time. Poor, Therese. She must think me very rude!
Last night I went to bed at 7pm, slept until 11:00pm or so, then pretty much through to about 4am. And now here I am, posting some info after having surfed the net for a couple of hours. Believe me, I'm right up to speed on the American election! Until next time...
Book: The Black Book - Orhan Pamuk
Music: Planet Waves, New Morning, Knocked Out Loaded, Street Legal - Bob Dylan
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Got caught up with the kids last night as we celebrated a belated Father's Day. Matt gave me video collections of Alfred Hitchcock and Sherlock Holmes - hours of viewing!
Meg gave me the book "Forever Young - Photographs of Bob Dylan" - photos from the mid 60s when he lived at Woodstock - what a collector's item; cool. Thanks guys, love ya. Oh, yeah and Miko too - days away from the big celebration - his first birthday!
Book: The Black Book - Orhan Pamuk
Music: Solitary Man - Johnny Cash
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
My head's starting to kinda look funny - to me anyway. After a month of growing in it's looking a lot like a peach! A quarter inch white fuzz is an odd look, believe me, especially when you consider the frequency with which I normally visit the barber!
A slight dark cloud on the horizon: the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit nurse called yesterday to tell me my creatinine levels were up (kidney problems) and that Dr Ansti wants blood work done this week. Other than that, things are on the up and up. (I think - and hope.)
Guitar: What guitar?
Book: The Black Book - Orhan Pamuk (Nobel winner)
This one's a challenge. It is the Turkish author's first book. I started it several months ago and then put it aside. Chapters/Indigo says: "The Black Book is a brilliantly unconventional mystery, and a provocative meditation on identity." Elsewhere, it is referred to as "complex". Indeed, it is. But I'm determined to get through it, though it is not your conventional novel.
Music: Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
So I've got a pen and the whole kit and caboodle to inject myself as needed - 4 times a day: before each meal and before bedtime. This is just what I was doing in 2004 when I was taking dexamethasone with thalidamide. So this isn't new and it helps keep my blood sugar down while I'm taking dexamethasone. As Martha would say, "It's a good thing".
Guitar: will still get to it
Book: advancing rapidly through From Beirut to Jerusalem
Music: Fool (If You Think It's Over) - New Light Through Old Windows - The Best Of Chris Rea
With the transfusion though, I have to tell you I slept like a...
(Hi Mikayil! - I'll use any opportunity to show a pic of grandson Miko.)
I slept close to 12 hours. And knowing of the insomnia that's coming as a result of the dexamethasone, I'll take it when I can get it.
Guitar: I'll get to it.
Book: From Beruit to Jerusalem (read a lot in hospital yesterday)
Music: "Dreamer" (of course) Retrospectacle - The Supertramp Anthology