Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Paris was a hoot with Mike and Candi

This post is long overdue, but there are always so many things that need to be done, and updating the blog sometimes has to take a backseat.

Monday evening Judy and I returned from a long weekend trip to Paris with Judy's brother, Mike, and his wife, Candi. The two had never been and had asked us whether we'd mind playing tour guides. Since we make almost annual pilgrimages to the French capital, we jumped on the opportunity to show them the city that we love so much. Last year it had been Emily who was our protegée, and this time it was the in-laws.

We had a truly great time. The Paris museum pass must be one of the greatest buys of all time, and we saw lots and lots of different things. The weather cooperated so that we were able to have our traditional picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens, and in the evenings we had some outstanding meals, courtesy of Mike and Candice.

Judy was in much better shape this year than last, when she had spent more than half the time in the hotel with a bad case of bronchitis. This year she was as spunky as ever, and her energy level was 200% higher than last year.

Unfortunately, these cool trips always end much too quickly, but we took with us great memories. I am sure that Mike and Candi won't forget this vacation for a long time.

The upcoming days will bring more medical stuff for Judy (next Tuesday the stent will be changed, and there will be another CAT scan) as well as a local road race this weekend: The Texas Tech Cycling Team will host a two-day stage race, and we will be the Chief Referee and Chief Judge.

A bientôt,


Monday, February 15, 2010

(A slightly belated) Happy Valentine's Day!

I meant to write this several days ago but time, once again, slipped away. We hope that you had as nice of a Valentine's weekend as we did. On Saturday night, Wayne, Lorane, Judy, and I had a beautifully relaxed prime rib dinner at our friends' house. See for yourselves how beautiful it all looked.

On Sunday, Judy and I had a little more celebration going, and we exchanged a few gifts. Here I had been married to her for 20+ years and had just found out that she really, REALLY wanted one of those heart-shaped Russell Stover candy arrays. For once, I came through!

On the medical front, things were a little less great. After enduring chemo #15 last Tuesday Judy learned on Thursday that her CA-125 once again is on the rise. Major bummer after the good news following the last few rounds of chemo. We are at the end of this chemo cycle, and we will see how Dr. Phillips will adjust the treatment.

This week will be an exciting one: On Wednesday we will meet up in DFW with Judy's brother Mike and sis-in-law Candice—and then continue together to Paris! Mike and Candi have never been, and we love to play tour guides. Last year, when we took Emily for her graduation trip to Paris, Judy had physically a lousy time, so she is really looking forward to being able to enjoy this trip much more. I will try to update the blog in the next few days, from Paris.