The second thing is that I was called back in after a yearly mammogram for a second look at what appears to be a calcification. I have an appointment with a surgeon next week and look to be headed toward a biopsy. I'm treating this the same way I've treated an abnormal pap result; I'm "concerned" lower case, not "CONCERNED" all caps. My mom and my husband inform me they're doing the worrying for me. I have very good people in my life.
The third is that I received an email from my dear friend, Jean, of Stimeyland. I will always be grateful to blogging and to the universe for putting a person such as Jean in my path, She is a good person. She is smart, funny, caring, enthusiastic, energetic, self-effacing, and did I say wickedly funny? She is the person you want in your corner. She's got your back.
To wit: the email explained that a mutual blogging friend, Susan at Toddler Planet was going in for another round of surgery to address, heal, and kick cancer's ass. Apparently, cancer didn't know who it was dealing with the first time. Susan is yet another truly good person. I had the pleasure of meeting her at BlogHer last year in Chicago. Susan is an astrophysicist and a mommy. And has cancer.
Jean came up with the brilliant idea of a Virtual Science Fair to show our support for Susan but not for her (rat bastard) cancer. So here I am, doing what I can on all three fronts of
1. I send money, support, and love to Jason.
2. I make appointments and follow-up, and stay positive about my own health
3. I submit my sons' and my science project. (I hope we get an Honorable Mention)
After cutting stems, place white carnations in a cup of water and add food coloring. What will happen?
Mom: What do you think will happen to the flowers?
HRH: The flower part will turn the color of the food coloring.
Gremlin: I don't know.
Mom: How do you think it happens?
HRH: The water will come into the bottom and be sucked up into the flower and by my calculations, you will be able to see that color.
Mom: How long do you think it will take?
HRH: Maybe about a half an hour to three quarters of an hour
Gremlin: Don't know!
Mom: Do you think it will make any difference if the stems are longer or shorter?
HRH: Maybe if the stems are longer, it will take longer to absorb.
Gremlin: You're a fast writer.
Mom: Do you think it will make any difference which colors we use?
HRH: Oh! My food coloring dropped.
Gremlin: Mom, when can we start?
HRH: Mom, when can we start?
Natives getting restless. Time to move on to the doing:
Start time: 2:59 pm
Beware the dangers of food coloring.
4:17 pm - Change occurring in tips of petals!!
9:30 am (18 hrs, 31 minutes)
To Susan, I offer you this lovely bouquet of cheap-ass, $1.00 carnations now filled with all the colors of the rainbow. I also send strength, healing, prayers, love, and good wishes. We've got your back.
Head over to Stimeyland to check out all the fabulous science-y expressions of love for Susan!