A full day . . .

15 Aug

I went to the fair Saturday. . . turns out that the Orange County fair has essentially become one huge concession stand, dotted with carnival rides. Still, it was fun. Especially since the price of admission was free (a friend of mine from high school gave me free tickets). I indulged in funnel cake – never had that before – it is deep fried, sugared goodness, that is what it is. 🙂 I enjoyed it. I followed that up with a five dollar orange juice (the fair can set you back a bit). All in all though, it was a good time . . . perfect weather – sunny, but a nice ocean breeze. After the fair, I went to use a gift certificate for a pedicure . . . nice 🙂

I then met up with friends to hear a band I have been wanting to hear for a while now: Sugah Daddy’s. They played outdoors at a mall not far from where I live. It was an upbeat concert, really fun. My friends decided to go have sushi about halfway through the concert. So I stayed by myself, had a slice of pizza and met a really interesting gentlemen . . . 84 years old, served in World War II and the Korean war, amazing stories. And . . . he taught me a little bit of the jitterbug if you can believe that.

What a fun night. Life is full of surprises and wonderful people.

I got a really special treat too . . . my friend Tuan and his baby girl showed up at the outdoor concert . . . it was my first time meeting Kyla (Tuan and and his wife Ly’s baby), Kyla is a beauty. I got to hold her (she is quite comfortable around strangers, what a baby doll. Pictures were taken, so as soon as I get them, I will post some here. Just a doll that little one is. The last time I saw my friend Tuan was last summer. He and his wife Ly (who was pregnant at the time) came to hear me and my blues group play at the Orange County Fair. At that time I had one more chemo to go . . . I was bald and tired. Fast forward to a year later and I had the pleasure of bouncing their 8 month old baby around. Such a joy . . . and to think last year I didn’t know if I would see them again. So surreal really.

This past week is the best I have felt physically in a long time and I know it is only going to get better. I feel strong and physically able to do things now that I could not do even a two or three weeks ago. And, it helps to have a car again. 🙂 I am looking forward to this surgery.  I can’t wait for it to be over with . . . to think that I really do get to move on with my life . . . amazing. I guess it has taken a while for it to sink in. You get used to thinking about yourself as being sick and as having limitations. And, others . . . especially family, get used to seeing me as sick too. I realize that I have to help my family make that shift from seeing me as sick to seeing me as well. I think it has been a source of conflict at times. It has to be hard to go from being my caretaker (back when I needed so much care taking) to seeing me as capable and physically well. So, I need to help some of my family make that transition.

Naturally, with this upcoming surgery, I will need help again. But, I will have help and I will recover from the surgery. And, hopefully, since I am stronger now than ever, my recovery will be faster than the last surgery. I am not counting on recovering more quickly, but, I do think it is realistic to think that I might . . . here’s hoping that I do, but, either way, I will be fine.

The band, the Sugah Daddy’s, has asked me to learn their music and fill in for them on the bass when they need a bass player. I am stunned really. I haven’t played well this past year or so as I have only played when I could (in between treatments and surgeries) and that just never allowed for any rehearsal time. But, I played Thursday night in with the Sugah Daddy’s drummer (he filled in for our regular drummer). The guy is really great on the drums. He and his wife are two of the members of Sugah Daddy’s – a mostly swing band. Very fun, upbeat music. Anyway, they gave me a cd last night so I can learn their music and then come in and work on some stuff so that I could play with them some time. They have a regular bass player who is THE bass player for the band . . . but, he often has conflicts with gigs, so they always need to have back ups in mind. I am incredibly flattered, and, pretty excited about it too.

Well, I have had a nice weekend. I missed some people I wanted to spend time with . . . one person in particular. But, it was a good weekend . . . AND, the weekend is not yet over. I am on my way to have breakfast with my folks. Looking forward to that. Then I think I am going to go to the beach with a book and an umbrella and maybe even run for a little bit. I just want to do as much as I possibly can between now and September 9th. I can’t believe how many wonderful people are in my life. Thank you to all of you who make me feel so loved.

Love and peace,

Lisa

2 Responses to “A full day . . .”

  1. Sally August 16, 2010 at 6:33 PM #

    Dear Lisa,
    I just caught up with your postings of this past week. I’m SO glad you are feeling better, or were, before today’s expansion. I love and marvel at your sense of appreciation and awe–your writing of your angel women at the Angels game, your delight in holding a friend’s baby and listening to an old man’s war stories, your feeling of being flattered to be asked to play with the Sugah Daddys. Congrats on that. I am so very proud of you, Lisa. You to girl!!!
    Love, Sally

  2. cancerfree2b August 17, 2010 at 7:33 AM #

    Dear Aunt Sally,
    Thank you for your message and kind words. I am feeling much better these days. The only glich in that is the expansion time . . . last week’s expansion limited me for a couple of days, if that. The expansion from yesterday seems like it is a bit more intense, but, I am hoping that today I will recover from it. I really just want to be able to get as much done as I can between now and my surgery on September 9th. So, hopefully these continued expansions will not interfere with those plans. 🙂

    Thank you, as always, for your continued prayers and love, it means so much.

    Love always,
    Lisa

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