Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Super Glue

Brain cancer is...

...super glue.

When Darrell helped me set up for class this morning at the elementary site, the principal remarked to Darrell, "You're still here!"  Darrell just shook his head and lowered his eyes.  Everyone works. 
Then, when he helped me pack up to go home at 1:30, he had the chance to say hello to Block 4 candidates, who love him already.

Of course I told Block 4 about Darrell's diagnosis; it's my life and who I am.  When I told them of Darrell's 18-month success record, they spontaneously applauded.   Brain cancer is super glue.  I feel like it bonds us immediately to new loved ones--and to the "human" in the human experience.

When Darrell and I talk about our experience, it opens us to others and their experiences.  It cuts through all the small things I formerly worried about (due dates, points off for late assignments...) and allows us to focus on what counts:  loving and learning.

Above is the beginning of the "mathematics in our lives" art installation that will hang in our classroom. 

Here's to the super glue that holds us all together!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Long Days and Pleasant Nights

Brain cancer is...


...enjoying a line from the Gunslinger.

The Gunslinger, as you probably know, is a book series and now a movie by Stephen King.  Our kids and Andi enjoyed the whole book series together, and this weekend we saw the movie with Tiana and Alex.

The quote holds true today:  Long day, pleasant night. 

Above you see that Darrell remains underpaid.  He escorted me, and schlepped my materials, to the two school sites where my classes meet...starting tomorrow.

Fortunately he was distracted from the pay issue by our pleasant night with Melanie and Gail.  Date night!

Longs days and pleasant nights, Sai!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fun with the Sun

Brain cancer is...

...appreciating the solar eclipse and all the people appreciating the solar eclipse.

The Great Solar Eclipse: And the awards go to...

For coolest eye protection:


For the highest altitude (5,500 feet), the greatest velocity (150 mph), and the best old school sighting:

Melanie!  She was in a helicopter using the classic "punch a hole in a card and check the image reflected on fabric" technique.

And for the eeriest, most complete darkness--no eye wear required--sighting:

Brenda and Jay!  They drove for five hours to catch this pic in South Carolina.

And that concludes the 2017 USA Total Solar Eclipse awards.  See you for the next such awards ceremony in 2024!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Season's Last Guillaume Game of Thrones Gathering

Brain cancer is...

....loving these chances to watch a frightening show with family.

Next week is the Game of Thrones season finale, but we won't be able to get together for it given various schedule differences.  Today was, therefore, pretty special.

Alex made dessert, and, as is common in Alex World...

 ...wore it on his head.

Everyone was back together on the patio...

...before the tasty feast.

The feast included two items on Summer's and Andi's "Must Do this Summer" List:  chicken chilaquiles and homemade ketchup. Phew!  We finished our summer list just in time, as all Titans start class tomorrow.

Happy Game of Thrones!  Happy Family Times! Happy Fall Semester, Titans! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Successful Saturday

Brain cancer is...

celebrating a successful Saturday.

As you see above, Darrell's stones passed his inspection at the park today.

We were productive together (getting in 6 miles and enjoying meals at home), and we were productive separately.  Darrell completed lots of work at home, and Andi made solid headway in getting the semester rolling.  Everyone works!

Happy Saturday, Friends.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pickles, Park, and Passwords

Brain cancer is...

  ...having a "P Word" day.

After the intensity of yesterday, today offered a perfect balance.  Above Darrell displays the pickles he made.  

For our walk at the park...

...Darrell parked the way the cool kids do.

Shortly before the Help Desk at CSUF closes, I discovered that I had been locked out of the Portal, and Darrell and I needed to hustle to campus to show my ID and update my password.

The Help Desk is located where I formerly worked when I was part of the Faculty Development Center.  It was like a reunion.  I saw several friends I haven't seen in more than a year.  Better yet, I got to show off Darrell to them. My friends were thrilled to see him after all this time, doing so well.  It was joyous.

We hope your Friday was...perfect.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Love wins.

Brain cancer is...

...soaking up every drop of love.

Andi had a hard day today.  I don't know why it would be difficult, but going to "work" for another academic semester brought Darrell's cancer to center stage in a huge way.  I want to thank my College of Education faculty and staff for every drop of love you gave me (us) today. 

I especially want to thank my Elementary and Bilingual Education family for lifting me up.  You and your love have truly provided the support that has kept us (me) ahead of the wave for the last 18 months.  Where would we be without you?  Love wins.

In the larger scheme, we find love nationwide.  Our niece, Eva, is starting her graduate studies at the University of Virginia (located in Charlottesville) this semester.  She and her mother, my sister Meridyth, arrived in Charlottesville for move in just as KKK rally erupted.

We texted today, letting them know that the nation is thinking of the city and of us as a people.  What Meridyth texted back was so important for us to hear. 

She added that last night there was a gathering of 4,000 UVA students in support of peace; they lit candles and sang spirituals.  Love wins.