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How People Respond to Cancer

If you know much about me, you know I’m a student of human behavior. Admittedly, I have been too distracted to pay much attention to what anyone else has been doing through certain parts of this process, but other times I have actually used the behavior of the people around me as a distraction from my own issues. 

Here are some of the things I have concluded:

{Warning: You should not read this post if you are easily shocked or offended. I’m not, which makes it possible for me to not be terribly bothered by many of these things and prevents this from being one long list of complaints. I’m actually more fascinated by the reactions and curious about what drives them.}

1. Some people want to make a joke of everything. 

My husband got dressed a little nicer than normal when we went to the hospital for treatment this week, and when my sister gave him a hard time about it, his response was, “I have to start looking for the next one.” {Insert shaking of heads and rolling of eyes} I’m not one to b…

Detours

I attended a retreat recently - really just a girls getaway. While I was there, I was doing some reading and I came across this quote by Christa Wells on her blog: Today and for the past week I’ve fought hard to stay present and emotionally-armed as I am reminded at every turn of a painful detour in my life. My friend said a week ago: “The detour is the path.” It’s been bouncing around in my head ever since.And making me angry, too. I mean, some detours could be avoided, right? Some detours become necessary only because people are selfish and put up roadblocks that affect everybody on the road. Right?Yes.So what? Here we are. What are we going to do about it? Here I am taking this unexpected route, a route I didn’t see on the map, and have no knowledge of or interest in. Taking this route is going require re-arranging and will make me miss some beautiful things I’ve looked forward to. I’m tired and my pack is heavy and the view ain’t that great.This detour hurts. A lot.
Oh, how those …

Stop Planning

Please don't mistake the following ponderings for pessimism - they are not - but you can't go through a situation like this one honestly, with your head held high and your eyes wide open and not ask yourself questions like:

If my time is more limited than I once thought, if I don't have 70 years to plan for, what would I wish I had done more of? What would I wish I had done less of? What would I desperately want to be different?
I certainly don't have all of the answers to those questions, but I do have some ideas. 

Ask anyone close to me what the last couple of years have been like and they will tell you - hectic, crazy, non-stop, successful, impressive to some, busy, too busy. Ask me and I will tell you a slightly different story if I am willing to be transparent - they have been frantic, panicky, driven by a desperate fear of failure, life-sucking, unfulfilling, lacking in almost everything that gives life to me and makes me - well, me. 

I haven't felt like I could …

Cancer . . . A Roller-Coaster Ride

For those of you who don't know, I was diagnosed with Papillary Carcinoma, or Thyroid Cancer in December 2017. 

The ups and downs of this journey have already made me feel as if I’m on a roller coaster ride in the dark . . . and, let me assure you, that isn’t something I enjoy.

I didn’t feel all that badly coming out of the initial surgery - even though the results weren’t the best they could have been. We were settling into a routine of medicine and rest when I realized that my lips weren’t moving correctly as I tried to talk to my parents . . . almost like I’d had dental work done. Then, I remarked to my mom that something was wrong - my arms and legs felt tingly and heavy from the elbows and knees down, from the collarbone up everything felt wrong about how my neck and face felt. I might be the world’s worst at ever admitting that I feel funny or that something is wrong. Somewhere deep down, I’m convinced I’m imagining it or over-reacting to things others would think was no big d…

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Visited the Texas State Fair Yet? {4-Pack of Tickets Giveaway}

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We're down to the last week of the Fair . . . if you haven't gone, you are about to run out of time!



If you haven't had a chance to go to the Fair yet - or you just want to go again - you can win a 4-pack of tickets for FREE admission right here:
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Comment for each entry and include your email address so we can let you know if you win.  Contest ends at midnight on 10/19/2017 and the winner will have 24 hours to make arrangements to get the tickets. 

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Pirates . . . {Giveaway}

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It's that time . . . We're giving away the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie!
If you don't win, you can now purchase the Blu Ray DVD or catch it on-demand as of this week.

This is such an amazing series. My boys can't get enough of it, and I'm thrilled about adding this one to our collection.

If you would like to add it to your collection for FREE:
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Comment for each entry and include your email address so we can let you know if you win.  Contest ends at midnight on 10/8/2017 and the winner will have 24 hours to respond by ema…

State Fair: Insider Tips and Secret Savings

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By now, you're beginning to see all of your friends post about their trips to the State Fair.  If your mind automatically defaults to visions of dollars flying out of your wallet, you're not the only one. Thankfully, with a little planning, it doesn't have to put you in the poor house or run up debt on your credit card.

First, get a discounted rate on admission.

THEN, use these special insider tips to save in lots of little ways that will add up big.
Bring Your Own Food and Drink Many people don't realize you can bring in your own food and drinks as long as there is no alcohol, no glass and no knives. If you're pushing a stroller because you have littles with you, this is a little easier. Lugging a cooler around the Fair doesn't sound amazing to many of us, but there are other options . . .
Cheap Ways to Avoid Being ThirstyGet bottled water for $1 at the Continental Daughters of the American Revolution House (by the front entrance gate).Soda Refill Stations offe…

State Fair of Texas: Thrifty Thursdays

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Once you get into the Fair at a discounted rate on Thursday . . . now it's time to save on other things like funnel cake and cotton candy!

Did you even know that was possible? It is.

Sometimes you may get a miniature version, but some are full-size and they generally range in cost from 2 to 7 coupons.

Here's the list of products and the discounted rates for Thrifty Thursday:

Let us know which ones are your favorites!









State Fair of Texas: Save on Your Admission

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Our whole crew is getting excited about the Texas State Fair. It's a HUGE event in our family each year. The problem is that as our kids get older and our "crew" expands to include some other super special people, the cost of the fair can sky rocket. We've found a few great cost savings ideas over time, so I wanted to share them with you.

First, you have to get into the Fair . . .

Admission:You can buy them ahead of time at several retailers

If you buy them online at the State Fair website, they are $1.50 cheaper.

You can buy them on the DART GoPass app - $16 for adults and $12 for children and seniors.

Kroger sells one-day tickets for $16.50 and a season pass (which includes one Bring-a-Friend ticket good from M-F) for $34.95

Bringing Dr. Pepper cans will you get half-off the gate price after 5 p.m. on any week day.

McDonalds is offering discount coupons that will give you $5 off an adult admission or half-price children's admission with an adult admission.

First Respo…