Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pics of the Picnic (From Nancy!)

Thank Nancy!
Here are some pics from the picnic. You can see we were as goofy as ever!

Sunil and I stole Nancy's camera and took this when she wasn't looking so she would have a surprise when she found it! :)

This was Marlon's second face paint, cool dragon right!

We had unlimited ice cream treats, here is Marlon with her spongebob treat. She's imitating what spongebob is doing.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Company Picnic

So Monday was Centre's annual company picnic which has been hosted for the past few years at Victorian Gardens (the ice rink in Central Park that turns into an amusement park during the summer). It just so happens that the only day this week that rained was Monday. We still had the picnic and the rides were still open, and despite the flood we had a great time! The rink has no drainage so the whole thing was filled with water. All the rides suddenly became water rides. Here we are trying to figure out which ride to go on next. Do you like the garbage bag poncho?

Sunil even joined in the fun for a while.

This is us getting ready on the swings.

We will have more pics soon as Nancy, a wonderful woman I work with, took lots of pics "For the Blog" she kept sayin. Thanks Nancy!!! You are the best goomba I know! ;)

It was a wet day, it never stopped raining! Of course the day before and the day after where beautiful with low humidity and not a cloud in the sky. It's funny how that works.

Besides the "water" rides, we also had catering and a face painter/balloon maker. Marlon was able to get her face painted twice because the first one washed off when we went on some rides. She got flowers the first time and a fire breathing dragon the second time!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sunil is done with Radiation!

Last Tuesday was Sunil's last radiation treatment. We celebrated by bringing the radiation techs some fresh Sweet Potato Pie from the Southern Style Bakery from our 'hood. This is Hilary and DeeDee with Sunil. They were really helpful and got Sunil through the 6 weeks with encouragement and optimism. Dr Yamata, Sunil's Radiation Oncologist, said to expect even more exhaustion for the next couple weeks after radiation. So far, he has been right. Sunil is EXHAUSTED. He sort of resembles a cross between a severely hung over person and the living dead. Poor thing.

All in all, we have been extremely blessed through this whole process. Money has been tight, but we always had something to eat. Our families have been very supportive, and my work has been truly understanding. We are going to get through this, but it couldn't have been done with out the help from Sunil's parents, thanks Ma and Appa! Without the Cahill's, you have been amazingly generous, and all the prayer warriors out there! Oh, and all the Pachis and Athais and Mams!! Shout out to all the Memorial Sloan Kettering employees reading this, Ya'll are amazing!!!

Hopefully you will never have to see the radiation process, but I thought I would include some pictures in case you are curious to how it works. It's basically a big x-ray machine.

The techs use lasers to line him up correctly, then attach the mask that was formed specifically to his face so he can't move his head at all during the treatment.

Once the mask is on, and the machine is lined up, a HUGE door shuts and you sit outside with computer screens and a monitor of the patient. It only takes about 5 minutes for the whole process and it's done.

Gonna make my lunch for tomorrow and go to bed. Have a great week everyone!

Friday, July 13, 2007

My Friends and their Babies

I have amazing friends that have or are having amazing children. This is my God-Daughter Madison. She is the coolest kid and obviously, by this picture, a very good fisherman! Her mom and I have been friends since 5th grade. I remember the day that, out of the blue, I got a call from Jamie Chenoweth. It was the summer time and I was hanging out at home, my mom answered the phone and said it was for me. I didn't get phone calls yet so I was very confused. I said "Hello" Jamie replied "Hi this is Jamie Chenoweth" I said "Hi" She said "I was wondering if you wanted to come over and hang out with me" I said "sure" (skip over the two decades of causing trouble together) and now I am the God-Mother to her oldest daughter. Gotta love it.

Jamie has since just had another baby, here is Sofia chillin' in the pool. Sofia was born in December right before Christmas so I was able to meet her in the hospital.(If you look way back in December/January in my blog you can see her as a tiny bundle)

And then there is my friend Emma, if it wasn't for her, I would not have my great job at Centre. Emma is an amazing actor and is about to take on the biggest role of her life, being a mommy. ahhhhhhhhh Lin (co-worker) and I went to have lunch with her yesterday before she leaves the city-working-life and becomes a stay-at-home mom in Jersey City. Here she is with her baby-girl in her belly.

Last but not least is my other long-time friends girl, Clara.
Allison (Clara's Mom) and I have been friends since we were 14. I'm not sure, but I think we bonded over the fact that we were in band together and were not very good. Her on the clarinet and me on the Saxophone. We stayed in band to do the trips which included Chicago one year and Europe another. ahhhh the memories (none of which involved causing any trouble, that was reserved for Jamie) Allison was always my grounded friend. She has a great relationship with God, and I think that her prayers for me kept me out of many situations that good have been bad. Thanks Acid! (her nickname from 10th grade when someone thought I called her Acid but I was just saying Allison super fast)
Anyway, here is Clara the cutest brown eyed blond haired child I have ever met.

For my final mother friend shout out I'm going to direct you to another blog that will introduce you to my friend Melanie's baby. Melanie and I met at a time in our life when God and Dance crossed paths. We started a dance company that brought dance back into the church like, we both believe, God intended it to be. It was great times and hard times, but it ultimately lead to a lot of amazing memories. She is now living with her husband and baby-girl in Idaho! It looks gorgeous out there and I would love to come and visit someday! I have to meet Katherine and her ginormously cute cheeks!

If you ask me why I decided to blog this, I think it is two fold. One, because my friends are amazing women that are all starting to be or already are amazing mothers. and Two, I think if I keep focusing on other people's kids then I won't have an urge to have one of my own. :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Resting with Cody

I was hard at work today, well, I was at work today, when I received a picturemail from Sunil. I opened it, and to my surprise I saw Cody sprawled out on Sunil's stomach and loving every minute of it! These boys have been bonding since Sunil began his radiation treatment. Sunil gives Cody the "Man Love" that I can't give him, not really sure what he does different, but Cody seems to be loving every minute of it.

Sunil has 4 more treatments left and will be done in a week!!!!! SOOO exciting. The Decodron (steroid to keep his brain from swelling) is taking a toll on his body. Every side effect that they list for Decadron, Sunil has. Water retention, weight gain, aching muscles and joints, chest/back acne(looks like chicken pox), emotional, hungry all the time. There is more, I just can't think of them. The frustrating part is that it isn't even because of the radiation, it's the stupid drugs they make him take. But soon it will be over and he can slowly get off Decadron, which will be great! He's been holding up wonderfully, considering all that he is going through.

I've been extremely busy with Improv rehearsals and performances. I'm in a new troupe that had it's first performance last night. It was fun! We performed at a hostel on Central Park West and 106th street. We gave a free performance to the travelers, it started out with about 4 people and ended up with about 30 watching! Not bad for out first gig!