Last year, for our 30th anniversary, we traveled to beautiful Hawaii - kind of a bucket list thing! Earlier that summer, we had gone on a Winshape Marriage Sailing Adventure in the Bahamas that had actually ended up surprisingly docking at the resort we stayed at on our honeymoon, and included a vowel remewal ceremony on the beach we had gone to - so great! When we got married we couldn't decide if we wanted to go to the mountains or to the beach - so we did both! We left our wedding reception and drove up to Pigeon Forge where we spent the 1st week of our honeymoon, and then we drove back to Tampa and flew to the Bahamas for the 2nd week of our honeymoon. So we decided for our 31st anniversary, since we did the Bahamas thing last year, we would travel back to Pigeon Forge this year. We had the added bonus of our dear friends, Scott & Laura Hoffman joining us, and we had a blast!! Here are some pictures from our time together!
After I received the news of needing to have my bladder removed and the fact that I will be wearing a bag attached to my belly for the rest of my life I decided on the last day that you could sign up about a month ago to compete in Fred Astaire's IDC in Orlando with my dance instructor, David. Didn't know if I'd be able to wear the right clothing for this in the future, or do the flips in the dance routines. I had a a little less than a month to practice, but we were just doing 2 dances - the ones I did for Fred Astaire's Showcase event back on 5/31/19 (check out my blog entry for that date with pictures from the event). Nicole and Tim came to cheer me on, and I just had a blast - so glad I did it! I even got to meet Tony Dovolani who used to be on Dancing With The Stars (wish I had had the guts to ask him to get a picture with me!). I didn't get any pictures of my first dance in my red dress, but we did take some pictures after my 2nd dance, so here they are!
I had the special treat of a last minute visit from my dear friend and former college roommate, Sheryl (aka Weasel because she always affectionately called everyone weasels when we were in college!). She lives in Orlando but had to come to Tampa for a work thing and was able to swing by and spend a short time hanging out together at my house. We used to kind of be twinning it but not so much since I've been growing out my gray hair! Loved the time with her and grateful we snapped this 1 shot together just as she was leaving.
Well, today was the last day of the existence of The Egg and I at Winthrop Plaza and the last day of work there for Nicole and Nicholas. The Egg and I was bought by First Watch, and Nicole and Nicholas didn't want to work for First Watch so they gave their notice and today was it. Nathan and Noah came into town so we could visit The Egg and I one last time and support Nicole and Nicholas on their last day. We were able to steal them away from work to snap this picture of them (don't mind Nicholas' hairnet head - lol!).
After we got home I was able to capture this adorable picture of the kittens that I just have to share:
And the birthday celebrations continue! Today was my dad's birthday, so we met him and his girlfriend at the Cracker Barrel about half way between our homes to celebrate him! Meatloaf is one of his favorite dishes, and nobody makes it like Cracker Barrel. Happy Birthday, Dad!
So - I stopped coloring my hair completely when I lost so much of my hair and wore a wig for the first quarter of 2018, and then I've been putting temporary color on my hair since the hair grew back enough that I could ditch the wig. But after the news of me having to lose my bladder I just lost all desire to try to cover my natural color anymore (don't really understand the correlation, but it is what it is). So, while I really like my hair to be all one color, preferable dark brown and not gray, I'm embracing au naturale and doing away with the coloring. It's pretty cool to be doing at this particular time since many younger women are actually dying their hair gray and many women are doing the ombre thing, which this is actually turning out to look like. So while I'm still not used to it and don't really like it that much, I'm feeling very grateful to be off the hair coloring wagon!!
My sweet friend, Hollyhead (since she calls me Jodiehead), had a birthday yesterday, and I was able to take her to lunch today to celebrate as has been our tradition of celebrating each other's birthdays over the years. Here's a picture I snapped of her with her little birthday treat at Bahama Breeze. Happy Birthday, Hollyhead!
The kittens are now a month old and getting cuter every day! Here are some of the latest pictures we've taken:
We received the results of my biopsy on Monday and 2 of the 4 biopsies taken were cancerous so the recommendation is bladder removal. Not at all what we were hoping for, as you can imagine. At least my kidneys and ureters looked good. I contacted the doctor in Gainesville on Thursday for a 2nd opinion and he concurred that is the best route to go in. The surgery will be scheduled sometime mid November, and I'll be in the hospital for 3-5 days with a 4-6 week recovery after that. I'm pretty sad about it but peaceful and pretty ready to have this season of constant checkups and scopes and biopsies of my bladder over with. Still wish the outcome was different but it is what it is. Will keep you posted.
There are no pictures on this one - just an update that I had promised back on July 1st. Here's a little timeline:
We drove back yesterday from visiting Nathan, and then I got dressed up and went ballroom dancing at my dance studio. When I arrived home at about 9:30pm our very pregnant cat immediately greeted me and ran to the box we had prepared for her to deliver in. She was trying and pushing, but all we saw was a little tail trying to come out. I called my neighbor, Pam, who had wanted to be there for the delivery, so she came over. When we realized nothing was happening despite all the pushing our cat was doing Pam suggested we contact Fetch Emergency Veterinary Hospital. They said if none of the kittens were coming out we would need to bring her in for a c-section. Sure enough, that's what we had to do. So thankful for Pam's suggestion, because Fetch was fantastic! They called a surgeon in from home, and when she got there she met with us and explained what she was going to do and showed us the x-ray where it looked like there were 4 or 5 kittens in there. I also requested she spay our cat while she was in there, and she agreed. The surgeon then suggested we go home and get some rest (by now it was well after midnight) and they would call us in the morning. The crazy thing about it is that we had to put down a $3000 deposit, and we have always kind of joked about those pet owners who spent thousands of dollars on their pet! Goes to show - never judge! Anyway, they called us this morning and she didn't have 4, or 5, or even 6 kittens. No - she had 7!! But they said one was a runt and probably wouldn't make it. We bought kitten formula and a bottle and went and got them and brought them all home. (by the way, Fetch said it was less expensive than the deposit we put down and they actually gave us a $150 refund!). We started feeding the little kitten right away, and needed to feed it every 2 hours. Tim and I had planned on going down to Port Charlotte for the day to visit my dad and sister, so he encouraged me to go while he stayed behind to feed the kitten. Tim said the kitten took less of the formula on the 2nd feeding, and even less on the 3rd feeding, and then passed away. He and Nicole and her friend who was over gave it a proper burial and while it was sad, we're glad we at least tried to save it's life. Here's a picture of mama cat before delivery and then the kittens, and then a picture of my time in Port Charlotte. Great visit with the fam!
Nathan has been at Trinity College for the past couple of years, but he came home most weekends to lead worship at a local church and even spent the night a lot. Not so for this year since he is an RA and has so many responsibilities on campus. So we (Tim, me, and Nicole) decided to go to him today! We drove out to Trinity, picked him up, took him to lunch, then walked aroud the 5 below store and got him a few things (the dog mask was NOT one of the things we got him and thankfully he didn't get it either!). We spent the larger part of the day there and I only took these 2 pictures, so that's all I've got to commemorate our time. So here they are:
Tim & Jodie