Sunday, June 25, 2017

Life at the Speed of Flight

Brain cancer is... proud of Melanie!

Today Melanie and Gail hosted a barbecue to celebrate Melanie's success:  She is back in California after completing her Commissioned Officer Training in Alabama as a Captain in the United States Air Force. 

Melanie, you inspire us all with your approach to life, always tackling big challenges. 

Way to go, Sis!

Family on both sides (Munns and Dodge) were there to celebrate.  Sorry, party goers, that I didn't take many photos of the day.

The best sentiment of the day goes to my mom, LuAnn.  She told Melanie, "Your Grandmother would be so proud of you.  She was born in the era before flight, and here you are a Captain in the Air Force."

Talk about how quickly the world changes.  What a privilege to celebrate each other as we change along with it!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What's the Bravest Thing You've Done?

Brain cancer is...

 ...thinking about difficult things.

Thank goodness for Saturdays.  I'm working now, but we took the first part of the day off to see LuAnn then Gordon.  We talked about important things--like parenting--with LuAnn, and we talked about difficult things--like bravery--with Gordon. 

We had quite the conversation about our own lives and bravery, including this question, "What is the bravest thing you've done?"  It took us about 20 minutes to come up with some tentative answers, but we're still thinking.

How about you?  What's the bravest thing you've done?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Institute Completion!

Brain cancer is...

...back at the park.

I finished the Institute and we headed for the park, after a week hiatus.  Good news.  Life there continues as per usual.

With co-leader David Pagni, I had an amazing week at the institute, and I am honored to call the participants my colleagues.  Here they are:

They are practicing K-8 teachers from around the Southland who came together for the week to improve their (our!) mathematics knowledge and skill and our skills for teaching mathematics through problem solving. 

Here is a summary of what I told them when I said goodbye:
  • The work of every single person in that room is critical.  Education is key to our democracy.
  • Their work as math teachers is essential.  When our children learn mathematics, they gain knowledge that is powerful in our society and our world.  Mathematics is key to our students having choices in the future, and it's key to a wider range of contributions they can choose to make.
  • Their work as individuals teachers is essential to the success of their students as humans.  How many of us can point to a teacher and say, "I am here because you believed in me"?
Thanks, Darrell, for making it possible for me to have this opportunity.

On to the next Life 3.0 adventure.

Happy Friday, Team D!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hitting Our Stride

Brain cancer is...

...very busy!

When I texted Darrell during a spare moment at today's institute, he texted back, "Too busy to talk." Funny, funny Darrell.  It's taking some time, but we definitely feel like we are hitting a new stride with me working.  Apparently it involves a lot of sugar (above). 

Adjustments that are working for us are simple things like, after Darrell picks me up, we drive around in the cool (and, might I add, freshly washed) car and talk until we have both made it through our lists.  And I stop working at a set time so we can hold hands in front of an episode of Law and Order.

Today the family even carved out the time to have a tasty, conversation-filled dinner at California Pizza Kitchen.

Tonight we finish the day content.  We hope your day ended well too.

PS...Did I mention sugar?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Super Shopping Skills

Brain cancer is...

 ...never going to go thirsty! 

With me at the institute during the days this week, Darrell is sharpening some of his skills, namely his shopping skills.  Above you see that he took full advantage of Ralph's special sale on our favorite, LaCroix water.  Also here:

And here, with his favorite, Diet Dew.
Now you know where to go if you get thirsty during the hot days of summer.

Happy Summer Solstice, Everyone!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fight on, Sisters. Fight On!

Brain cancer is...

...supporting the fight against breast cancer.

After the math institute today, Darrell accompanied me for my annual routine mammogram. Every direction we turn in our lives, we find breast cancer faced by the women we love.  It's probably the same for you.  Here's a shout out to all the women (and men) who have faced this disease.  We're in your corner!

And to my "sisters" who haven't yet had a recommended routine screening, Darrell would now like to pull the guilt card.  He would have given a lot for a screening that could have caught his cancerous tumor earlier. 

(Okay, okay, we know that doesn't even make sense.  But if it motivates anyone to get a routine cancer screening that's available, then the illogic is worth the price. Get your screenings, friends.)

Bonus Content

At 16 months post diagnosis and 501 blog posts, we are taking great pleasure in writing about things this year that we also wrote about last year.  Examples include Father's Day, Math Institutes, and mammograms.  Here's to "one more time!"  Until the next time!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Our Dogs Are Barking

Brain cancer is...


...needing a foot rest!

Despite its success, this weekend took a toll on our feet, what with the long Long Beach walking miles and the many hours spent in dress shoes.

Today didn't help.  Andi (with colleague D. Pagni) launched the annual week long summer institute of the California Math Project--Fullerton.  It was great to be back with some of the original Team D members from last summer's institute.  (You know who you are! Also, I missed the Institute members who couldn't make it this year.  Thanks for reading.  You're still on the team.)

Darrell kept up his usual high level of family care, including the packed lunch, complete with a note, and rides to and from the Institute.

The feet, they must rest.  We hope your feet are happy on this warm Monday.