news from the doc.

I found out today that the pain in my back is NOT due to any cancer mets in my bones. Bones are clear–yahoo!

Apparently, however, I continue to suffer from DFS. This is what I’ve had since I was a kid. If I don’t get enough sleep (over 8 hours a night), I get flu-like symptoms, often immediately, but sometimes I can last until the next day until I fall apart–fever, chills, nausea, you get the picture. As a college student, this ruled out any “all-nighter” study session and seriously curtailed my social life.

When I was working full time, I had a few sick days due to DFS, which was at that time unnamed. Having coffee with my friend, Jeanne, and talking about this mysterious syndrome of mine, she said, “You seem so strong, but really you’re just a delicate flower!” Thus, Delicate Flower Syndrome (DFS).

DFS has gotten me a few times over the past few weeks as I’ve had some anxiety over the possibility of bone mets, but I plan to sleep well tonight!!


The girl who pitched her tent in my heart has apparently been living there for SEVEN YEARS!

We celebrated with a polka dot party…

dining roomeating

ready and waiting…. polka dot cupcakes with dip’n dots


playing Twister….. a great mound of sugar


the hardest part was waiting for the party to start!

Mark and I were spent by the end of the festivities. But we’re still glowing over how kind and lovely Zoe’s friends are. And how happy we are to be Zoe’s parents.

Magic Meyer trip

In celebration of a whole lot of things–Dad’s retirement, his military career, Mom’s retirement, the panache with which she was a military spouse, and much more–Dad and Mom gave us the Magic Kingdom treatment.

A far cry from the family vacations of our youth which involved the culinary delights of Banquet fried chicken, soy-bean pancakes, Tang, Spam, and other unmentionables and were conducted from the comfort of a pop-up trailer that Dad had tricked out in every possible way but his attempts to make it a) comfortable and b) waterproof were always thwarted; this trip involved a heated pool, comfy hotel rooms, and eating out. The best part, of course, was being together and watching the cousins have a blast.

magicmark with mousehandsriding dumbo

1st magic night…Mark with mousehands…Mark and Zoe on Dumbo

favorite charactersfireworksclassic sister photo

our favorite cast of characters..Zoe watching fireworks…sisters reunited
lovely meyer ladiesjim and beckimudge's wedding

lovely Meyer ladies…Becki and Jim…Mudge’s destination wedding

alison and henrychris and henrygood bye mickey

Alison and Henry………tourguide and assistant……goodbye mickey

mom and dadeveryone

the happy sponsors and their full bird herd

happy z

that’s about how we all feel. We are still a wee bit giddy.