Mama’s birthday adventures

Today was momentous because my amazing Mama turned 75! Not only is three-quarters of a century impressive, but she wasn’t expected to see this birthday. Having beaten the odds makes each birthday feel more significant. For Mama’s 70th birthday, we took a very special trip to Venice, Italy. Being in that magical city brought Mama…

Mama’s mini adventures

So yesterday we finally had plans — exciting plans to visit with a friend we hadn’t seen in ages. The problem was that I woke up with the kind of migraine that prevents me from functioning. That’s why I didn’t post this #OneGoodThing last night per usual. I couldn’t. Our friend Brett (who used to work…

Our lovely new face masks 

Today we were thrilled to receive a package from an Etsy store we love in Canada: Our beautiful new face masks! I’d ordered one of these pleated, adjustable beauties late last year, and I’ve been wearing it every time I leave the house to try to minimize how often we get sick. They’re way more comfortable to…

The perfect poem

Tonight I got a text from Mama telling me to check my email. She came across a poem while reading her novel, and she wanted to share it with me. The poem is The Mystery of Pain, and it’s by Emily Dickinson. Today’s #OneGoodThing was receiving the perfect poem from Mama — fitting in so…

Back to primary caregiving 

Mama and I have both been sick with a severe cold for about two weeks now. There’s a nasty bug going around that can develop into pneumonia, as mine did a couple day ago. I’m now on an antibiotic and an inhaler so I’m finally starting to improve. Mama, on the other hand, woke up…

366 Days of #OneGoodThing

If you asked me to tell you 366 good things that happened in my life this year, I’d be at a total loss. It was a crap year in a lot of ways. Physically, I felt like shit every single day. That’s right. Every. Single. Day. It turned out that I have a chronic autoimmune disease.…

Boston Terrier earrings for Mama

Tonight was the first night of Chanukah. Mama and I lit the candles and exchanged gifts. I got her these adorable Boston Terrier earrings from etsy; they arrived a few weeks ago and I’ve had such a hard time waiting until tonight to give them to Mama! She loved them (see her adorable grin?)!!! The…