Thanksgiving Debrief

That moment that I found myself in the hospital the week before Thanksgiving and it finally hit me; 'I can't do this'. So, I made an executive decision to cancel Thanksgiving meaning that I could not possibly host those we'd invited. My husband has an international travel component to his job as a software engineer … Continue reading Thanksgiving Debrief

Repondez S’il Vous Plait

Repondez S'il Vous Plait, French for 'please reply', is one of the most frequently violated rules of etiquette of our time. According to *Emily Post, the appropriate response to a formal invitation is to respond according to the manner indicated on the invitation itself. If no method is indicated, then a handwritten note or a … Continue reading Repondez S’il Vous Plait

Black Friday and Organ Donation

Black Friday is not for the faint of heart [or] the compromised of immunity. I was out Wednesday morning for an appointment and a little retail therapy in preparation for the holidays. What time was it? 10 am. Why? Because at 10 am, I am likely to be the ONLY customer in the shops which … Continue reading Black Friday and Organ Donation

Pace Yourself

When I woke up from my heart transplant, I had these wires called pacing wires that would pace my heart rate up or down depending on what was indicated at the time. There are times like the holidays that I wish I had pacing wires to slow me down when I am exceeding my limits, … Continue reading Pace Yourself

Thanksgiving: Canceled

These last 3 weeks have brought me face to face [yet again] with a reality that I prefer to deny; my stamina, physical, emotional, and mental, takes a hit every time something goes awry within my body’s terrain. Three weeks ago, my husband was out of town for 10 days on business. I spent every … Continue reading Thanksgiving: Canceled