Blog title borrowed from poet Ted Kooser
I am a mom, psychotherapist, writer, and cancer survivor. I live in Miami with my half-Cuban, half-Spanish husband, our old-soul three year-old son, our firecracker 18 month-old daughter, and my longtime friend, our dog Trixie.
Let’s say more
I keep thinking about buzz words, like gratitude and beauty and joy. It’s so easy to write those words, but what do they really mean?
I want to say more.
I often say that I am paying attention to beauty, and what that means, right now for example, is that I am sitting in our parked car with Luci, who fell asleep on the way to the beach. I turn around to look at her, and notice the way her lips pout out. I notice a softness inside—a contrast to the tightness I felt before she fell asleep, when she scream-cried for 10 minutes about god-knows-what. I notice the sounds of Latin music and people talking and cars coming and going, and the way this noise isn’t far away, yet it still feels quiet here in the car. I notice the trees and count six different kinds in my immediate view. I notice the way the sun falls through the open window onto my sandaled foot.
I don’t want such important words to lose power because they’re over-used and under-explained.
Let’s say more.
Today I received a statement with billing details for my weekly infusion treatment (which is paid in full by United Health Care). I’d never seen how much it costs, and the amount floored me. Then I multiplied it by 52 doses and, well, shit.
I know that amount is adjusted down before insurance pays, but still.
I wonder how this treatment plays out for people without health insurance—or if it even plays out at all.
We decided on a budget, divvied it up, and sent it here:
I also like to contribute to friends who do walks/hikes/races for a cause.
Which organizations do you love?
We’re supposed to drive to Orlando tomorrow to meet my brother and his family, and my three all came down with a stomach bug overnight.
Fingers crossed that all stomachs settle in the next 24.
And, no joke, I haven’t caught a thing my kids have brought home from school since I started drinking green smoothies for breakfast, eating piles of produce at lunch and dinner, and having a green juice with my afternoon coffee.
Veggies (and coffee) for LIFE.
Hope you’re making this an awesome week!
I just googled myself in order to find a website that reposted one of my articles and discovered that I’m on IMDb for a documentary in which I spoke as a therapist.
I just went into Sephora and put on and bought mascara for the first time since last summer. My lashes are sparse but damn they’re cute.