Thursday, February 14, 2008

Not TOO Shabby.....


this is what I spent my whole day (well 3/4 of it at least) doing - making the Dessert of the Month from Martha Stewart's Living - Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake with Cashew Brittle!!! I had the best time - once the cake was finished, I made lobster-stuffed salmon pinwheels, roasted new potatoes, and salad for dinner. This might seem like a lot, but you should see the b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. COACH bag Pete gave me this morning!!! He came in the bedroom this morning and casually asked if I wanted to have breakfast with him -like he does every morning- and when I walked into the dining room I see this giant box on the table, with the kelly green bag I saw at the mall last week inside!

I got home yesterday from a (less celebratory) trip to Arkansas to visit my parents - my mom, specifically. She was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma at the end of January and started chemotherapy last Friday. I wanted to be there to support her and offer my assistance if she became ill or had other side effects. Luckily, her only major symptom of chemo was fatigue. We went shopping on Saturday, she rested on Sunday, and Monday she went to the hospital with dad for another round of chemo. The drugs the oncologists wanted to use are called R-CHOP. The CHOP portion was given Friday, and the R part was to come on Monday. It is so strong that it has to be given separately. Unfortunately, after about 6 hours at the hospital, mom's reactions to the R were too adverse, and they had to stop trying to administer it. Luckily, the CHOP itself is pretty strong, so her rate of remission is still a pretty positive 70%.
Tuesday morning mom and I headed over to the Reynolds Cancer Support House to see what kinds of services they offered and try on some wigs. My mom might not lose her hair, but if she does it will start in about 3 weeks and she wants to be ready. We had a pretty good time - trying on some different styles and colors, and finally deciding on one she would take home.

This bottom one is the one she ended up taking (I did NOT keep the Laura Bush wig, however).
We ended up having a good time trying to put some humor into what is a pretty crappy situation. The Cancer House is a wonderful facility with broad program offerings - I'm hoping my mom will take advantage of them.

11 comments:

pete said...
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jenni said...

The cake looks fantastic!
Good job - and WOW what a menu!

*take 2*

Tammy said...

That cake looks fantastic!!!! Great job. Love the wigs. Yep - definitely Laura Bush - too funny. Glad there is a place to go to like that in her area. YAY to Pete for such a nice V-Day gift too!

Pocket said...

Your mad cooking and baking skills are to be commended. Except you make me look bad, so I can only commend you a wee bit. Your Mom looks hilarious in the short, spiky wig. I loved that one. I left my phone at school so I'm getting ready to go get it and call you right now!

lesli said...

your cake look FABU! yummm! and your mom is darling in her new wig=)

Karen & Dave said...
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Finally an Abrigg..... said...

You are sweet to go support your mom. Man...I HATE cancer. I'm sure your family hates it more than I do. I'm so sorry you guys are having to go through all of this!
The wig is amazing....

My kitchen....well..it is my dream kitchen. I will take advantage of it as LONG as I can.

Pocket said...
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Pocket said...

no snow day tomorrow, if you ask me. We put our chicken eggs in the incubator today. Here's a conversation I overheard at one of the tables:
Caleb: I don't think they're real chicken eggs.
Daija: Yes they are real chicken eggs.
David: I wonder if we're going to eat them.
Scottie: Well what's the point in hatching chickens if we're not going to eat them?

Pocket said...

I checked out Bakerella. Totally cute cupcake lollipops! Jenni's snitch cake was amazing as well. I'm telling you - you need to check out Ace of Cakes!

Julia said...

Yum! That cake looks really wonderful. Bravo!