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Bozoette
Philly-ish
Aging hippie, married 35 years, with a son who's in law school.
Interests: Online journaling, origami, scrapbooking, juggling and circus arts, technical communication, Washington Capitals hockey, Zentangle
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Well, September and October just slipped right past me! To catch up, here are ten things that happened. I had my first followup appointment with my oncologist in late September. The verdict? I'm in complete remission! I tell you, when your oncologist walks into the exam room with a big smile on her face, you can be pretty sure that it's good news. My blood work was good and my CT scan showed no enlarged... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Red Nose
Ronni Bennett, of the wonderful Time Goes By blog, asked: What I am wondering is how you experience yourself in dreams. Are you ever older or younger or different in some ways from what you are when awake? Has that changed as you've gotten older? Interesting question. I remember some of my dreams, both good and bad. I have recurring dreams - mostly where I'm trying to climb up or down staircases that become high... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Red Nose
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Happy Labor Day! Here's a sampling of this week Sunday Stealing questions - I liked the idea of "firsts," so here you go! Who was your FIRST date? My first official date was Charlie, who went to the all-boys Catholic high school, as opposed to my all-girls Catholic high school. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. We met on a parish Teen Club trip to Hershey Park, where I hung out with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Red Nose
Wow! I'm rich, thanks to Melania Trump! I mean, seriously, I got the following email just now: I am Mrs. Melania Trump and i am here to inform you that your SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUNDS from white house here in Washington DC is the sum of $20,000,000,00 twenty million us dollars. and the funds will be delivered to you as soon as you get back to me with your Deliver information to avoid wrong delivery..... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Red Nose
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As I've said before, one of the disadvantages to living next to a river (besides motivational speakers living in vans and people shooting their babies) is the possibility of flooding. The Great Flood of '14 has made us a tad skittish when heavy rains fall. The weather lately has been heavy on the rain. And I do mean heavy. Like torrential downpour heavy. On Monday morning, there was an amazing heavy rainstorm in this area... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Red Nose
I simply cannot post only once this month, so I declare that it's time for a Saturday 9! Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) This week's song is the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a sitcom that originally aired from 1970 to 1977. Were you a fan? Of course! I loved Mary Tyler Moore. I also liked the premise of the show - that a woman could go anywhere, get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Red Nose
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As soon as I saw that Cirque du Soleil's Volta was going to be performed under the big top in nearby Oaks, PA, I knew we were going. I mean, c'mon now - the site in Oaks is a grand total of 4.4 miles away. It's like an order. I love Cirque du Soleil. Joe and I went to the first show way back in the 80s in (I think) Tysons Corner, VA, before the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Red Nose
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The day after I finished chemotherapy, we threw some stuff in a bag, dropped the cats at the vet, and jumped onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Our destination? The Omni Bedford Springs Resort, where we spent our 35th wedding anniversary. This year is our 38th, so we decided to celebrate the end of chemo and our anniversary with a big old splurge. So we went back to Bedford Springs. Our room was in the historic wing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Red Nose
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I have rung many bells in my time - school bells, dinner bells, silver bells, Taco Bells - but the bell I rang today was the best bell of all. See, there's a tradition in the chemo world that you ring a bell when you finish your last chemo treatment. Who am I to buck tradition? Ringing the best bell. See that lovely tiara? It's not mine, even though I bought it. Actually, I bought... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Red Nose
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Here's an interesting little piece of history from World War II - a War Ration book. It's only the cover, because Mom used the stamps to buy rationed goods, like sugar, meat, and canned goods. I'm guessing that each family member could get one, because this book is for John Wise, my older brother. (He died before I was born.) What I find fascinating are the instructions on the back, particularly the warning on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Red Nose
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So, I've been writing about the Thing since 2008, wishing for it, wanting it, hoping against hope, only to be disappointed every year. The Thing, you see, is the Stanley Cup, hockey's Holy Grail. I've been a hockey fan since 2004, when my sister took me to a game and I was instantly hooked. Joe and I became season ticket holders in 2008, and didn't give them up until we moved up here to enemy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Red Nose
Well, it's been quite a week. Here are ten things about it. My great good friend Judy arrived on Sunday. She was delivering the keynote address and conducting a workshop in nearby Conshohocken, so she came in a couple days early for a visit. Judy treated us to a live taping of the Lovett or Leave It podcast at the Merriam Theater in Center City - it was fabulous! Before the show, though, we had... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Red Nose
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Today I decided to switch out the winter clothes for the summer clothes. Out came the sweaters and long-sleeved tops; in went the tee shirts and short-sleeved tops. Then I decided to go through my clothes and get rid of stuff that I hadn't worn, had worn out, or no longer wanted. I'm not a slash-and-burn clothes culler - someone who can go through drawers and closets with the "If I haven't worn it in... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at Red Nose
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Remember I wrote about our trip to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival and our purchase of the fabulous maple syrup from Berkshire Sweet Gold? Well, we've been using the syrup quite regularly, mostly on pancakes and waffles. But I've been casually looking around for other ways to use it, and boy oh boy, I found a real winner today. It's the recipe for Maple Pudding Cake from Smitten Kitchen. It looked really easy and delicious, so... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Red Nose
How about some Sunday Stealing? Why yes, let's! 1. Would you ever try Fear Factor for one million dollars? Why or why not? Nope. Even though I'm sure that the TV crew would not let any harm come to me, I still wouldn't want to put myself through those sorts of things. 2. If you use hair spray, what brand do you use the most? I haven't used hair spray in about a zillion years.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Red Nose
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It's quite a lovely day today, still a little chilly, but perfect for a nice long walk. We drove over to Pawling Farm (where we saw the Witness Tree), part of Valley Forge National Park, so that Joe could show me a really cool trail that he's hiked before. I figured we'd be walking the River Trail by the Schuylkill, but we veered off the main trail onto a wee trail that ran along the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at Red Nose
So, I have to get blood work done before each of my chemotherapy sessions. Normally I make an appointment at the lab up the street from me. I try to get in pretty early because I don't particularly enjoy fasting and abstaining on the day appointed. Well, I waited a little too long this time and the earliest time I could get was 10:00 Thursday. Oh well. Then I realized that I work obligations on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Red Nose
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It's April, the weather is crazy (80 degrees today! 40 degrees tomorrow! Thunderstorms on Monday!), and so of course I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. Camp is nice because you can set your own goal: words, hours, minutes, pages... whatever works for you. I chose 30 hours as my goal, but I'm not writing for all of that time. A lot of what I'm doing is figuring out the sequel to the sequel. I know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Red Nose
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) It's estimated that there are more than 200 separate streets called "Broadway" in the United States. Does your town have a Broadway? Not that I know of, but Philadelphia does have a Broad Street, which is a main thoroughfare through Center City. Locally, I don't think Norristown (or Audubon, or Eagleville) has a Broadway. 2) Think of the last time you celebrated well into the night.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Red Nose
My pal LA did this meme - it originated with her friend Dawn - and she challenged all and sundry to hop on the bandwagon. So here you go! Waiting for Columbus (Expanded Edition) - Little Feat If I were stranded on a desert island, this is the album I'd want to have with me. I was at one of the concerts where Little Feat recorded this live album; it was the. best. rock. concert.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Red Nose
Well, it wasn't exactly our Chicago problem, as in Joe and Mary's Chicago Problem. No, it was really American Airlines' Chicago Problem, and they solved it quite nicely. We were on our way home from Weetacon (more on that lovely weekend later) and connecting to our flight to Philly. We had a rather tight connection at O'Scare O'Hare and had to make the trek from Concourse L to Concourse H quickly - not quite a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Red Nose
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Today we went to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival, one of my favorite ways to spend too much money! But before we did that, I went to the eye doctor for a checkup, particularly a check on the pressure in my eyeballs. The doctor wanted to see if my chemotherapy was affecting my eyes, especially given my diabetes. Happily, all is well! Then Joe and I went to lunch at a very nice tavern. In honor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Red Nose
One of the best cheesesteaks in the Philly area is two miles from us - Affamato's. And Dalessandro's - probably THE best - is a fairly short drive!
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2018 on Four Years! at Red Nose
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Four years ago today we loaded up the truck and moved to Bev-er-ly! Oh okay; we let some very good movers load up a truck and we moved to Pennsylvania! "So - after four years there, how's it going?" I hear you cry. Well, it's going just fine. Here are ten things about that finery. We still love our apartment; in fact, we just renewed out lease! We now have a different sofa (Ikea, EKTORP),... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Red Nose
On and On (1977) by Stephen Bishop Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here. 1) This song describes the plight of "poor ol' Jimmy," who caught his girlfriend kissing someone else. Have you ever spied on a romantic partner? Nope - I never had a reason to, thankfully. 2) In this song, Stephen Bishop sings that he "smiles when he feels like dying." When did you recently put on a happy face, even though... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Red Nose