Monday, July 21, 2008 me some peanuts and cracker jacks!

Yesterday, we took the train to the San Francisco to go to a Giants game. It was so much fun. The weather was nice (just a wee bit chilly), the croud was great, the food was greasy (aka awesome!) and the park is beautiful. They built the Giants ball park 8 years ago. If you are ever in town, I highly recommend catching a game....and a hot dog of course.

I spent most of my time up at the big coke bottle slide. There are 4 slides in this big ol' super cool coke bottle and boy did my kids enjoy them. They even got me to go down a few times.

The only problem with watching a ball game (with kids) is for the first half of the game, there are a ton of vendors walking up and down the isles and my kids were freaking out wanting every single food item that they carried...."Mommy, I want peanuts! Mommy, I want cotton candy! Mommy, I want a chocolate malt! Mommy, I want beer!" (that was my husband chiming in). Uhhh, it got so old! They even tried the ol' "I am still hungry"...yet they had had a hot dog, snack bar, tons of peanuts and a soft pretzel the size of their head...."I ain't falling for that, let's go ride the slide again!"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Puzzles.... a lesson in patience and healing

I spent a few hours at the Cancer Clinic at Stanford today while my Step Father received "the cyber knife" (crazy fascinating technology) radiation treatment. This treatment will hopefully zap that damn lil' piece of %$#@ tumor on his Pancreas. Keep your fingers cross. If nothing else, this one time treatment will buy us some time with him....we will take it!

At this clinic there is a room where patients wait to get their radiation treatment. We waited there while my step father got his. In the middle of the room is a table with a puzzle on it. When we walked in, there was one woman working on that puzzle. There she was in her hospital gown, her body showed all the signs of chemo and multiple radiation treatments. You could just tell that she ached from her skin down. I found myself drawn to her. She had this gorgeous and kind aura about her. She sat there patiently working on that puzzle with a very slight smile on her face. So I decided to join her. We sat, chatting lightly about nothing much but mostly we just sat in silence and worked on the puzzle. She said that particular puzzle had been finished a few weeks ago and they were starting over. I sat with her, to be near her but at first sight of this puzzle I thought "this looks so hard, it's futile, how will I ever find even a few pieces that go together". It was one of those puzzles with lots of muted color but the colors just blended together with no sharp and easy to define patterns. My new friend worked away and said "it's easy, you just need to be patient and keep trying". I did that. I was patient and kept trying, then one by one I built a row of 6 pieces. It felt like an amazing accomplishment....6 pieces wow! She said another patient who works on these puzzles with her, lets out a little squeak each time she successfully finds and connects a piece. So there we sat, in silence mostly, sprinkled with little squeaks (followed by a giggle of course) every now and then. I enjoyed sitting next to this squeaking lady, who smiled constantly, who took a grueling 2 hour train and bus ride to get to this place of medicine to receive this treatment. She was beautiful and she inspired me.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

I'm still here....

Wow, I have been slacking on this blog! Sorry about that! I have been so busy at Beaducation that I hardly have time to eat let alone blog (and exercising is OUT!). We have added a gabazillion new products...and more coming all the time!

I just wrote about our fabulous time at the Bead&Button Show on my beaducation blog. Check it out if you wish!

More soon...