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American Cancer Society – Sponsored Video

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society. All opinions contained are my own.

Quick – what color is the support ribbon for lung cancer? Any clue? Well, it is white/clear/pearl. You know why you didn’t know? Because people don’t always support the fight against lung cancer because smokers get it and “did it to themselves.” There is even the thought that only non-smokers should be supported with the white/clear/pearl ribbon. Nice.

You know after my mom died of cancer in 2007, people invariable asked me what she died of and after I answered cancer they would follow up by asking what kind. I would answer lung and without missing a beat nearly every single person would then ask “did she smoke?”

And yes, she did.

I got this far in writing this post tonight and then I read Angelina Jolie’s op ed in the New York Times tonight and I felt a bit of a record scratch moment. I think it is amazing that Angelina Jolie had an elective double mastectomy for personal cancer prevention to promote her own health and try to ensure that she will be around for her children for a long time. And chose to share her story. That’s like the exact opposite of smoking two packs a day. And while not all smokers get lung cancer, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.   Birthdays_0

So. Let’s not smoke, ok? It isn’t worth it. But this isn’t supposed to be an anti-smoking psa, it is supposed to be about how cancer touched my life and for me the two are irrevocably intertwined. Luckily, smoking rates are on the decline and with them lung cancer rates as well. The American Cancer Society has been instrumental in the 50% drop in smoking rates since the 1960s (just look at Mad Men! So. Much. Smoking.) But, Amy, you say, you smoked! I did. For many years, but I quit before I got pregnant and haven’t smoked a single cigarette since having Spencer. Nope. Not a one.


While I have always been aware of the American Cancer Society, I had no idea that the organization was turning 100 this year. What an amazing feat! It was started by a core group of physicians and it has grown so, so much. My parents volunteered at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for many years and I think it is a great fundraising program. I try and get a luminaria for my mom most years, but since I stopped working at the hospital I have missed some years, but I think I still have time to have one lit for this years event.

Please take a moment to watch this video.

We had some options for which video to embed and I picked the Josh Groban one. My mom pink-puffy-heart loooooved him, going all the way back to his Ally McBeal days.

This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Wordless Wednesday: A bit of yellow

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I live in Southern California; this means I can grow many traditional bulb plants (daffodils, tulips, and the like), but they bloom super early. Every year, without fail, I get the first bloom of the year with in a few days of my Mom’s birthday (Feb. 5th). These two popped up on the 6th and made me smile. Happy Birthday Mom! Miss you!

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Flashback Friday – Mom!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

It is my mom’s birthday tomorrow. I thought I would share some photos from the 60s that my cousins sent me when they cleaned out my grandmother’s house. I had never seen most of these before that envelope of awesome arrived. Because it was my dad’s mother’s house, most of the pictures were of him, but there were a ton of pictures from right after his wedding up until he went to Vietnam, which puts most of these 1968-1970.

This picture cracks me up because we had the ship painting, the picasso print and those encyclopedias in our house my whole life.

They took a trip to Washington DC in the spring on 1969. I love how fancy they look for sightseeing. These days we would just be in jeans and T-shirts.

I adore shift dresses. She’s so cute!

This is from what was known in my family as the Big Mama Frizz era, also known as the early 70s. I think that is my sister in the picture which means I wasn’t even a glimmer yet.

I loved this kind of lawn chairs when I was a kid and how they made the weird pattern on the backs of my thighs.  I never see them anymore. People all seem to have wooden chairs or the smooth fabric ones.

This is by far my favorite of the bunch! I love it. So many vintage photos seem posed and this is such a candid and she looks so happy. By the hair, I am guessing this is right after their wedding in 1968.

When I think of my parents from my childhood, this is what they look like. I think it is from Yosemite, which would put this at 1983.

Happy Birthday Mom!

The Best Gift I Ever Gave

Friday, December 17th, 2010

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I have been mulling this over and having a bit of a struggle with this topic. See, I LOVE shopping for presents, but I tend to give perfect, but useful or slightly ordinary presents, not memorable ones. I asked my husband what the best give I ever gave him and he could only even name one, single gift. Ever, In 6 years of marriage, including Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and the like. Our three weeks of dating, and 4 month engagement did hit any major holidays I was a little annoyed, to say the least. One gift? Out of maybe 25. That is not a track record for super awesome memory making.

But then, I started thinking. Maybe my best gift was to my sister? I could only think of maybe 5 gifts in 30 plus years of gift giving. My parents about the same. So, basically, I suck at gift giving. I excel at things like work gifts and secret santa, but certainly not the big flashy ones. That’s ok with me. My husband, when he gives a gift, is the big gesture guy. I’ll be the practical sock and sweater giver in the family. Besides, I rock at stockings. Even Suzanne, the Christmas Tsar,  would approve, except our must list includes: chapstick, pens, gum and post-it notes.

So, I thought I would do some different perspectives on the “Best Gift I Ever Gave.” A photo essay, if you will. So, here you go, my greatest hits.

Best Homemade Gift: Skittles Vodka, Hands Down

Cheesiest. Possible. Answer. (but also true)

Also a very cheesy answer

Husband's actual answer

Actual Answer

I was going back through ye old photo archives for the wedding picture (oh and by the way, the gift in that one isn’t me, it is the wedding. No one wanted to get married less than me. Well, maybe my sister. We were both married in 2007. Heh.) and I found this picture. This picture is SO many things. It is the last picture taken of me and my mom, taken on her last birthday. My sister and her husband flew in from Michigan and we threw her a birthday luncheon, with her favorite foods and her favorite people. She knew it was her last birthday. All she wanted from me was a cake with 7 minute frosting like her mom made her when she was growing up. And that is what she got. And is, in fact, the best gift I ever gave.

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