This was the day I threw out my back. Actually woke up where it was my left shoulder that was bothering me, as I could barely raise my arm without it hurting. Then as the day progressed, all of a sudden it was my lower back. Not sciatica as I know exactly how that feels, but right smack dab in the lower back. Obviously stress-induced, but it makes it no less painful. Sveta came over today for the evening. Fran and Joel made steaks (they were too well done for Larry’s liking since they weren’t used to our grill). It was a very nice time – a bit emotional which isn’t surprising as I did lose it a little while talking to her. It basically comes down to me raging and ranting about how unfair things are. I’m very glad to have my friends, as they’ll be a huge part of getting through this.
Yep, the first week of Larry’s chemotherapy is complete. It’s been a whirlwind, a rollercoaster, and exhausting, and I don’t recommend it for anyone. But it’s all in service of the fight that we will be winning, and I am frankly glad to get it started. No more quarter for these fucking cancer cells in Larry’s liver. No. More. Quarter. Get the fuck out.
The beginning of the week was when Larry had to go and sit in the treatment center for about 3 hours hooked up to an IV. He’s taking the Folfox treatment chemotherapy which is the standard method of treating colorectal cancer. We didn’t do Avastin this round, which will likely be back for Round 2. With this therapy regimen, Larry will go every 2 weeks.
On day one of each cycle, he’ll get chemo in the center. Before he leaves, the staff then attaches an infusion pump that attaches to his port and he carries around with him, which keeps administering the chemo. He keeps the pump with him for the next 48 hours, and after that, can then go back in and have the pump removed. His regimen is then over for the next 1.5 weeks. All things considered, it is something he has to deal with for like a full 2 days, but after that, he can get back to just building his strength and living his life.
Obviously it doesn’t come without side effects. Neuropathy, nausea, and fatigue are the main ones we experienced, but I don’t think they were too overwhelmingly bad this round. I don’t know what we can expect as this continues, but I do know the key is to keep him eating, drinking, and exercising. So that’s what we’ll be doing, dammit.
To prepare for naps and relaxation on the couch, we got some help from Nicki to go to our storage unit and grab the chaise part of the sectional couch. We’d put it away as our apartment just really wasn’t big enough to have it present…but now it’s like, fuck it, we want to be comfortable!
Honestly, while the walking space was intruded upon, you can still get by. And it’s amazing to have a full couch again. You can truly sit a few people there now to watch TV! And I like having a chaise option to sit in. Sometimes you don’t want to chill in the chair, right?
On the weekend before chemo, on Saturday, July 14, Larry and I happily made it out to the Hollywood Bowl. We’d had to miss our first planned show around July 4 as we just weren’t feeling good enough to make it, but Larry’s made huge progress in feeling back to normal, at least as much as he can. It was a huge happiness to make it to the Bowl this time though, as the performers were Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins, and Michael McDonald. Yep, the Kings of Yacht Rock were all together, and the songs and performances were amazing. AMAZING! And that place was sold the fuck out, as obviously many are unashamed in their love of smooth pop rock!
Anyway, that concert was a nice thing to have right before heading into chemo. We got through the week of chemo with its ups and downs, but this isn’t really the place to go into all of that. Just know that Larry made it like a champ, and he will continue to fight to be free of this cancer. His youth will be an asset and we’re going to take advantage of that in this fight.
So on Friday night, Mila and Sveta dropped by and it was just a blast. We had dinner, talked, drank wine (well, Sveta and I did), watched TV (showed Sveta the first episode of Pose, which is one of our favorite recent shows as it’s glorious) and just overall had an amazingly fun evening.
On Saturday morning, Larry & I went for a brisk walk around Glendale, and Brand Blvd was shut down in advance of the annual car thing they do here. So here are some pics of that:
This weekend, we had yet another Hollywood Bowl concert in store! On Saturday, July 21, it was a screening of the movie Jaws accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl orchestra. As a reminder, Jaws is a fantastic movie, and even with it being 40+ years old, it still thrills and kicks ass. Seeing it with a giant crowd makes it even more fun, as it was clear there were some who weren’t ready for some of the scares. Chief Brody’s snap to attention when the shark nearly takes his arm off is still fantastic.
And now it’s today! We just came back from seeing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! and gotta say…it WAS FANTASTIC. So much fun, they got some of the deeper ABBA cuts into the song (“Andante, Andante” was a particular delight), the new members of the cast portraying the younger versions were amazing, CHER was wonderful, and the story ended up being very poignant. The ending scene might have made me cry just a LOT. But then there were the upbeat numbers to “Waterloo”, “Dancing Queen”, and happily, “Super Trouper” that just made my heart swell with happiness. ABBA is the fucking best and will always be. And I’ve heard that Cher is going to release an album of ABBA covers and that just makes me so happy. Anyway, go see it, you’ll be very happy you did so.
Finally – I have to share that my Daily Double clue from my game way back in 2016 ENDED UP IN THE 2018 JEOPARDY DAILY CALENDAR!!! And it’s today! And I’m so stoked. I had seen my super bestie from the taping (Vicki) had posted a few weeks back in the J! group that her clue had showed up in the calendar. I had bought the 2017 calendar thinking maybe my clues would be in it, but I think that the production schedules of that never would sync up – so it makes sense our clues wouldn’t show up until 2018. So I was motivated to find a copy of the calendar (got it on eBay) and quickly flipped through it to find anything that looked familiar…and there it was on July 22! It’s not correct that it was a Final Jeopardy (I WISH), but still, I’m psyched that my question made it:
Today was a fun day. Â Larry & I had an oft-delayed brunch finally with my two fave dahlinks, Mila & Sveta, at Edendale. Â The food was of course good and the companionship was quite amazing, as they really are the best people to do anything with. Â I may be biased. Â I then got them to watch my 2 favorite episodes of Broad City from this past season, “Wisdom Teeth” and “Knockoffs,” and I think I have added more fans to the collective. Â How could you not?
After that, we then took a quick drive up the Franklin Hills to where Mila’s brother Ken just bought a home. Â He’s been wildly successful in his career and can afford the purchase of a home here, which is not chump change by any stretch of the imagination. Â He plans on doing some work on the interiors as it definitely could use some sparkling up, but my god, the views from his home are jaw-dropping. Â We could see the ocean, for chrissakes. Â And we’re very far from the ocean. Â A wonderful vista from Griffith Park and all across Hollywood and the West Side. Â Stupendous. Â It makes me happy for him while also coveting, a little, what he has. Â Soon enough, I think!
Pics from Brunch and of the VIEWS
That’s the title of one of Britney Spears’ new songs and if you say it just right, it is also highly juvenile yet HILARIOUS. I can’t believe one of her songs is titled that.
WELL! Here’s where things stand now that it’s 2009 –
- I now have TWO apartments and ONE house. I have officially become a real-estate mogul. Okay, that’s taking it a bit too far. But right now my name is associated with the Riverwalk apartment in Jersey, my soon-to-be swank UWS apartment, and my house in Colorado. Oy. A lesser person would pass out from the stress. Me? I just develop panic attacks! LOL.
- Concerning the oh-so-awesome new apartment, I got the keys last week before New Years. Before I went home to Los Angeles for Christmas (more on that later), I bought a new 52" Samsung flat-panel LCD TV which is effing AWESOME. I was going to buy it from Best Buy, but those bitches had a) the nerve to not have a delivery date for it before JANUARY 20 (yes, still in our future) and 2) not even have the TV I wanted in stock in any of the 6 stores around the NYC area and iii) I know I mixed up the listing increments. I did that for Jenny. She has a love of the Bart that is the ultimate in unrequited love so I thought I’d give it some appreciation. BWahahahahaqhahahahahahaha1!111111111!!!!!
- I ended up using Crutchfield.com and man, I wonder why anyone would buy big-ticket electronics anywhere else. I got the same price I would have paid for a lesser TV for the much higher-end model, FREE shipping, and no sales tax. SahhhhWEEET. They ended up delivering that this past Friday (Jan 2nd) to my empty apartment. And it is awesome to behold. I also bought from Crutchfield a matching TV stand and Larry & I built that yesterday and today, having fair to satisfactory success. I say that because the floor in my apartment is not what one would call ‘level’. It took a bit of work to make it okay. But once I put a lot more stuff in the place, it won’t look wrong.
- Yesterday we went to Macy’s where I bought a new couch since I had sold all my previous couches before moving away from Colorado. I got a Macy’s card and got it on 12-months same-as-cash, which is YAY! Free shipping on the couch too, which is a 4-pc sectional. Comfy. I’ll get that this upcoming Friday, after…
- …the movers come move me out of my current digs in West New York! I set that up for Thursday which is all sorts of stress-inducing for me. I hate moving with a passion. I wish it was just over. It soon will be, but still. Hate it.
- So come this upcoming weekend – well, I think I’ll have a pretty fucking awesome place.
- Christmas in Los Angeles! Yes – I flew back to Los Angeles from the 23rd through to the 28th. It was so great to get back home and see Mom and Harv, as well as a whole lot of other friends and family.
- The first day back, Harv picked me up and for dinner Mom had got us El Pollo Loco!!!!! I heart El Pollo Loco and really wish it existed out here in NYC, just like I wish the Noodles chain from Colorado Springs was out here too. <sigh>
- The first family outing was on Christmas Eve when we partook in the Sperske annual Christmas Eve celebration, although many of the cousins/kids didn’t make it this year, so it was a relatively quiet time. Doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good time though seeing all my aunts and the cousins who did show up. It’s always fun when this family gets together!
- On Christmas Day, we went over to our friends EB & Andrea’s house in Monrovia, and of course had EB’s world-famous prime rib. I ate far too much and literally had a food headache after getting back home that night. It’s a good thing, but not really. But it was so delicious!
- The day after Christmas, I got to spend some time with my buds Mila and Sveta. Mila came over in the early afternoon and picked me up and we began our Memory Tour ’08 in style, first going to Target. Mila likes to pretend she celebrates Christmas and definitely enjoys the after-Christmas sales on all holiday items. Then we went to BURGER BASKET(!) which is one of our cherished childhood places to eat. We would eat there all….the….time. We also swung by MHS and took some pictures (all my pictures are still on my camera for a little bit longer – sorry!). We then headed out to North Hollywood where Sveta lives and we crested the Hollywood Hills and drove around West Los Angeles and ate at our spot, The Stinking Rose ( a great garlic-y restaurant). It is never a dull moment with all of us together. I really really hope those two can make it out to visit me this spring. It would be redonk. After dinner we drove around some of the Hobie highlights, including around and in UCLA and Westwood as well as various locales throughout Los Angeles. It was so strange to see that Bookstar Beverly Connection was actually gone and replaced by an Old Navy!!!!!!!
- Finally on Saturday, we met up with some of Harv’s brothers and sisters-in-law at Mimi’s Cafe which was awesome as I hadn’t seen them for literally five years. Then that afternoon my stister Stacie and her husband Phil and two of their boys came over for some Christmas fun.
- As you can see, it was non-stop and it was EXHAUSTING. I loved it, but seriously, that was not what anyone could call ‘relaxing’.
- And of course, New Year’s in New York! This year was a whole lot better than last year’s (and the year before that, and so on and so on…..) as one, I had someone to kiss that wasn’t family or a friend. Two, it wasn’t spent alone, which I’ve done far too many times to count as an adult. Third, it was a blast to celebrate it in New York City. Shelly’s co-worker (and our friend, of course) Claudia had invited us to where her husband, Gualti, is the head chef at, a restaurant called Revel, in the Meatpacking District. So Shelly, Larry, and I went along with Claudia and it was a great time. It was definitely cold as hell outside, and I feel bad for those poor schmoes who felt that Times Square was their place to be to ring in the new year. No gracias. But inside the restaurant, where we had a full four-course meal and fantastic wine, the atmosphere was fun and exciting. And warm. It was nice to not be crammed into a place where you can’t even sit. It was especially nice to be amongst friends and of course, Larry. So yes, I hope this New Year’s celebration was a sign of good things to come.
- These last few days, it’s just been a matter of getting everything lined up for the move. The TV is there and the cable guy was there this morning hooking up my high-speed internet and HD-DVR service. Yay! Thursday will be moving and Friday I’ll get a couch. Saturday night is the loft party!!! Be there or be square (this is what cool people say when they throw parties….) Larry & I even cleaned the windows today – ugh, those bad boys were Le Filthy.
Normally I do a wrap-up of the year, and I think I still will. Probably tomorrow. But I at least wanted to let you know I was still kicking around and hope that everyone is doing well too. Here’s to a fantastic 2009!!