Thinking Out Loud #8

I am just coming off a three day weekend and have not managed to blog. So there is that. At least, I can try and throw a little update together. You’d like that, right?.

+ I had planned to publish the first road trip recap post this week, but I think this will have to wait until next week (hoping that I’ll get around to writing this weekend). Do you ever have all these grand plans for writing and then nothing happens? Yeah, me too.

Instead, I cleaned our house and grocery-shopped and did laundry and all the things that you have to do after your normal routine has been thrown off by traveling (but it was so worth it, no complaining here!)

+ Sadly, we had to say farewell to baseball season last weekend (the Red Sox didn’t make it through the playoffs and as of yesterday, John Farrell is gone, which makes me sad. He was a good manager and I liked him as a person.).

+ I received news yesterday that my bff’s cancer is back and I just about had it with the cancer news from friends. My bff has been dealing with this brain tumor for the last 9 years and it’s just so incredibly unfair. I am a bit scared and frankly a little pissed off, but also can’t help to be incredibly positive and hopeful that she’ll beat this sucker once again. What else could I even think right now?

+ My heart is breaking in a million little pieces lately with all the natural disasters wreaking havoc on all different parts of the country. Right now it’s ‘our turn’ here in California with catastrophic wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties and the foothills. So many homes have burned down, so many people have been evacuated, some have lost their lives. It was super-smokey yesterday morning when I drove to work. I just don’t know what do with all the bad news right now. I feel really unsettled lately.

+ On a positive note, I had a couple more orders from my Etsy shop and I guess, I should be gearing up a little bit for the holiday season. It’s been fun to make cards again. 

What’s a random thought on your mind today?

I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud.

  1. I am so very sorry to hear about your friend’s cancer coming back. Sending positive vibes to Cal.
    We had our share with wild fires. The beautiful Columbia River Gorge was/is on fire and we had to deal with tons of ashes in the metro area after we came back from our trip to the MidWest.
    Other random thoughts: It is Halloween Season, oh so my favorite! Can’t wait to see all the little trick or treaters coming to our house and doing the same thing with our LO.

    1. She’s in Germany, but yes, I’ll send on the good vibes. Thank you.

      Hope you won’t be affected by any more fires and that you can enjoy fall!

  2. I’m sooo sorry to hear your BFF has to go through this again. Fingers crossed (as you know, I don’t do the “sending prayers” thing) that she has the strength to win this fight again!!!!
    Unfortunately the south of California has to deal with fires as well.. a couple of friends had to be evacuated but were able to return to their homes.
    I have to admit, I was a bit freaking out when spending a long weekend on the east coast not knowing I will still have a (just recently purchased) house when returning. Luckily we weren’t in any real danger and the wind changed direction.
    My heart goes out to all who have been effected by these fires :(

    1. Thank you, I’ll pass on the good thoughts. I think positivity helps a lot!

      Oh yeah, I know there are more fires all around the state. I am sorry that some of your friends were affected. I really hope we’ll get this under control soon. So scary to be away on travel when something like that happens.

  3. Oh I am so sorry about your friend’s cancer! That is terrible news, but I hope she will beat it again! The wildfires are breaking my heart too. The Earth just needs to chill out desperately.

    1. Thank you, Beth. I appreciate the good thoughts.

  4. First off sending you a big virtual hug! I’m sorry to here about your friend’s cancer, cancer sucks! My brother had a brain tumor, thankfully it was benign, but he still has to keep an eye on it. It’s been years.

    All the news of the world has had me in a gray space lately…
    I hope you’re safe where you are. I’ve seen devastating news coming out of California. My heart just aches lately.

    I’ve been the worst lately when it comes to my Etsy shop!! Also, my blog. I thought the three day weekend might help, but no.

    1. Thanks so much for the virtual hug, Dean (and for stopping by!). I appreciate it.

      Luckily, I am not directly impacted by the fires (but we do smell the smoke, it’s harsh!).

      Oh, and now I have to check out your Etsy shop :) :)

  5. All of these natural disasters- and just awful news in general – is definitely depressing. We just have to try and focus on all the GOOD in the world too. I’m so sorry to hear about your best friend though; that’s awful that her cancer has come back after she’s already dealt with this for so long. I just hate hearing the word cancer. I wish it didn’t exist.


    1. Yeah, all the bad news lately… it’s just so derpessing. I am usually a very positive, glass-half-full type of person, but even I get down sometimes :(

      Just hoping that my bff will pull through again. Thanks for your kind words.

  6. What an honest post. Sending prayers for your friend and for you have the strength to help her through it.

    1. Thanks so much, Penny. I appreciate that.

  7. i’m so sorry about your friend! that’s incredibly tough. luckily she has an amazing person like you in her life.

    i always throw blogging to the side when i have other stuff to do around the house! be safe in cali, take care of yourself first.

    1. Thank you, Justine. I am trying to support her as good as I can from afar.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend having to go through this again. I hope your friend will beat it again.

    1. Thank you, Emily, I really hope so too. :(

  9. Oh lovely, I’m so sorry that hear about your friend’s cancer returning :( it’s awful and terribly unfair but love that you are staying positive for her <3 she needs all the good thinks she can get!

    And yes, the news has been devastating lately. So much sadness in the world and sometimes it’s hard to bounce back.

    Sending many well wishes your way and hope for a beautiful weekend ahead!! Xoxo

    1. I agree, we have to stay positive, even in the face of adversity… it’s usually one of my strength, so I am trying to focus on that.


  10. I”m so sorry to hear that your friend’s cancer is back. Gosh I hate cancer so very much. My cousin recently got diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She has 2 young kiddos so it’s a lot to process/tackle. I know several women who have gotten breast cancer in theirs 30s and beat it so i hope and pray that is the case for her.

    This has been such a horrible fall for natural disasters. I, too, feel pretty dismayed and depressed when I think about all the challenges people are facing across the country from the fires to the hurricane damage. :(

    1. Ugh, I hate cancer, too. I am so sorry that your cousin has been diagnosed with this horrible illness as well. So many young people have been affected… :(

  11. Oh, I am so very sorry to hear that your friend’s cancer is back. I know you’d felt hopeful about her health recently, & this is a terrible blow. Sending love to you & positive, healing vibes to her.

    1. Yes, my friend was doing well, so I was very hopeful for her… so it was devastating to get the news. Thanks so much for the positive, healing vibes that I will definitely pass along!! xo

  12. I’m sorry to hear about your best friend! What awful news in a year that just seems to pile on the terribleness. I’ll be thinking of her and praying for a strong recovery.

    I’ve been following the wildfires in California and it’s breaking my heart. Someone I follow on Instagram was talking about helping his parents evacuate from their home and deciding what to take with them and what to let burn. I cannot imagine having to make that kind of decision! <3 Stay safe, friend.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for my friend, Stephany. I appreciate that so much!

      The fires in Napa and Sonoma county were truly awful… I could not imagine evacuating from my home, knowing that everything I won’t take with me will be destroyed. :( Luckily, the fires are almost contained!

  13. So sorry to hear about your friend’s cancer. I feel like this past year has been absolute shit for cancer news and it’s heartbreaking. Fingers crossed and happy thoughts sent that she kicks cancer’s ass again!

    1. I know, right? So many people I know had cancer diagnoses… so scary :(

  14. Oh San I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Wishing her all the best in this fight.

    I have a major writing hick-up and can’t really find my mojo. But I am trying to get back by reading blogs and commenting so I’ll be ready for NaBloMo as I pledged in January. Not sure if I will but writing anything will be a major success.

    Happy day to you

    1. Thanks so much for the well wishes, Tobia. I appreciate it.

      I am hoping that you’ll find your way back to writing… I will follow along for NaBloPoMo for sure!!

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