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A Little Bit of Planning

Published September 18, 2017 by lynn k scott

It’s no secret that I am planning on my own funeral.  It’s really not that morbid and it allows my A-type personality to see myself through to the end.

Having personally planned three funerals, I really wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.  It’s not that it’s difficult, but death brings up feelings that people probably aren’t prepared to deal with or don’t deal well with, in general.

Why shouldn’t I lesson their burden?  I know what I want:  A Celebration of Life.

I have already chosen:

  • The person I want to officiate the service
  • The music to be played and sung
  • The location
  • The food
  • Cremation because I don’t like people looking at me.  Plus, if people were staring at me, I wouldn’t be able to tell them to stop (well without scaring them to no-end lol)

Being a native New Yorker, who transplanted to Northern California, I can’t have a generic gathering after the service, right?  So, I’ve planned on using a local, little pizza joint (fellow NYers, of course), to provide pizza, calzones, submarine sandwiches and Buffalo wings.  Then, there will have to be bagels and cream cheese.  Lastly, we’ll add some cheesecake for good measure.  No diets will be observed at this Celebration of Life.

People should embrace my Irish heritage and eat, have coffee (my life blood right now) and share humorous stories of how I despised the Evil Empire, acclimated Californians to how NYers spoke and their expectations.  They can share the memory of the poor guy who chose to tell me I was only in Mets gear because they were in the playoffs one year.  A decision he would come to regret when he realized I was truly a NYer.

Either way, thought I would share.  Perhaps someone else may take this as a sign to start thinking about the inevitable.  One day, I’ll have eternal life and I want those I leave behind to remember my time here on Earth; the good and the bad.

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Planning my 50th

Published March 8, 2017 by lynn k scott

Something I have been doing lately, is setting goals for myself. I am vocalizing my dreams in order to turn them into reality. I am sharing them here, on Facebook and with friends. I am holding myself accountable to make my goals happen.

Today, another dream, has turned into a goal.  While I am only heading toward the ripe-old-age of 46, I am planning something extremely special for my 50th birthday.  You see, I have this incredibly talented, yet humble, friend; someone I’ve yet to personally meet.

I’ve written about Dan before:  “He is my rainbow…”.  I hadn’t thought about it, but I would actually have to consider him my writing muse.  It’s often said to tell people you care about them now, because tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.  Seeing how my family was ripped away from me, how Dan was there, I couldn’t imagine not knowing him.  Other people have come and gone from my life.  Each has taught me something; whether it was good or bad.  Where Dan is concerned, it’s as if his paintbrush has touched my soul and brightened it like the water colors do for his paintings.

The link we originally shared was my sister, Kathi.  Our friendship has blossomed like one of his paintings.  It started out small, details were added, life was breathed into it and now, here we are, years later, special friends with such an emotional tie. I know my life wouldn’t be complete without his positive influence.

“Sprouting New Beginnings” by Dan Angeles

Now that I have a few years, I can work on figuring out how to surprise Dan.  There are some logistics to plan, after all I’m in CA and he’s in TX and I will need some inside help. I don’t foresee that as an issue though.  It will be my first trip to TX (outside of the airport, that is).  I want to visit the Craighead Green Gallery, where is exhibits are shown.

In fact, if you are in the Dallas area, Dan will be opening a new exhibit, “Removing the Veil”, on April 1, 2017, and you’ll be able to see his amazing work first hand.  If you happen to meet him, please tell him, “Kathi’s sister sent me”.

Here is a video previewing the upcoming show.  One day, I will attend one of Dan’s opening.  I have always wanted to attend an art opening, but refuse to do so, until I can see his work on opening night.

I wish my friend much success and know I will be offering a long overdue hug for all his success, support and friendship, when we finally meet.

A simple text

Published January 8, 2016 by lynn k scott

My daughter has chapel every Friday morning at her school.  They sing songs, say a few prayers, etc.

I noticed a text from her teacher.  I immediately thought something was wrong.  When I opened the text I was pleasantly surprised.

There were two pictures of my daughter, with a few other students.  Everyone’s head was bowed.  The caption read,

Singing and praying over (the lil miss) for her birthday.

Just reading that misted my eyes.  How thoughtful of her school to recognize her birthday that occurred while they were on Christmas break.

We are absolutely blessed to have found such an amazing school!  Every day I am thankful we have found a safe, enriching, encouraging place for my daughter’s education to bloom like a flower in Spring.

Rose

Completed the Relay for Life (2015)

Published July 13, 2015 by lynn k scott

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I completed my first 24-hour Relay for Life this past weekend (July 11-12).  Next year, I hope to serve on the committee for the planning and running of the Relay.  I was fortunate to have a great co-captain.  Nicole and I kept each other motivated and we worked really well as a team.

It was a good “get your feet wet” type of event.  All in all, I walked a total of 17+ miles by the time we completed the final lap.  My nine year old daughter stayed with me the for the entire event as well.  She completed about 3 miles on her own.  I’m very proud of her for sticking it out.  She was enamored with sleeping outside in a tent for the first time.

With each lap completed, you get the opportunity to pick up a bead to represent that lap.  You choose the color(s) that work for you.  I chose beads to represent the cancers in my family:  Stomach, Breast, Lymphoma, Brain and Lung.

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The wind was not our friend.  It tried to take out booth and chuck it at the fire department across the track.  Thankfully, our neighboring booth, had someone who staked it down for us.  Next year, we will be prepared for the wind with weights and our our own stakes.

I also learned, I am not meant to sleep on the ground.  Since I don’t go camping much, I will invest in a good sleeping blanket and a cot to put that sleeping blanket on.  Being as this was my first time captaining a team, I think we did rather well.

One of the really fun parts of the Relay was the “Mr. Dixon” contest.  Guys and boys dressed up as women, many donning pink, and walked around collecting money.  The won who collected the most, was then named, “Mr. Dixon”. I couldn’t resist a photo and actually got a picture with him!

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The luminaria ceremony was especially difficult for me.  We heard two speakers; both survivors.  The second speaker was 18 years old and a 12-year survivor.  Her words were moving and powerful.  When she read the poem, “What Cancer Cannot Do”, the flood gates opened.  I had read that as the closing of my sister’s eulogy.  Then there was the slideshow.  Seeing her on the screen sent me running for the bathroom.  I was sick to my stomach because of all the emotion.  I really am glad it was at night. There was no one to see my tears.

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We woke up around 3:00 a.m. and started our morning.  The nice part of waking so early is you get to see a beautiful sunrise. A reminder that it’s a new day with new opportunities.  Another day to make a difference.

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I did enter a raffle for a painting that moved me as soon as I saw it.  It’s an acrylic painting that was done by a local artist.  I paid my $5.00 in raffle tickets and put them all in the painting raffle.  After I woke up the next morning and resumed my laps around the track, the entire team stopped me.  They remembered me and why I entered the raffle; told them about my sister.

They were so pleased to inform me that I had won.  I started crying again.  The person I had spoken with about why I was drawn to it, actually cried when my name was pulled.  She knew it would mean the                                                                                        world to me.  I received several hugs from that team.

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It’s amazing the love and support at flows freely at the Relay for Life.  There is no judgement.  We are all there for such a great cause.  Whether you are there to help set up, work registration, are a survivor, a team captain, walking a few laps, making a donation or simply encouraging others, your dedication to the cause is valued.

Gong Hey Fat Choy!!! (Happy New Year in Cantonese)

Published March 6, 2015 by lynn k scott

It’s time to celebrate the New Year this weekend.  Yes, I’m perfectly well aware that we’re already into March.  However, I’m almost elated to learn I didn’t miss the Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco this year.  It’s taking place THIS weekend!!!

Tomorrow will be the parade and street fair.  Sunday will just be the street fair.  We go in on Sundays.  It’s very crowded, but I can actually handle it as there are side streets I can move to when I need a break from the massive amounts of people.  It’s one of the few CA traditions I have.  I’ve only missed a few Chinese New Year celebrations.  Once I was on crutches, once it was raining (downpour) and wasn’t chancing it with a newborn and the other time I had the flu.  Not bad 3 out of 17 times.

Taken by Michael S. - Yelp website

Taken by Michael S. – Yelp website

We will stop by my favorite bakery:  Eastern Bakery on Grant Ave.  If you ever get to San Francisco, this tiny bakery has the best butter cream rolls and (my all-time fave) baked bbq pork buns.  They are so fresh, soft and the bread melts in your mouth.  I wait all year to eat these.  It’s worth a gluten attack.  Last year it took me a week to recover.  I’m going to use a bit more moderation this time around, but I’m still going to have those baked pieces of goodness.

Then we will stop in one of the stores and buy a good luck charm; another tradition.  As it is year of the sheep, I should be fun to see what I can find.  I’m not Chinese, but I am white as rice.  My daughter, who’s nine, loves this celebration as much as I do.  I love the cultural exchanges she gets to be a part of.

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