About a year ago, I shared my cousin Eric’s love story about meeting a boy and his dog and love at first sight.

This morning, I was saddened to learn that this love story didn’t have a storybook ending. In December, Randy went back for another stem cell transplant. It was an up-and-down battle as his immune system was destroyed by the prep for the transplant, and he caught the flu while simultaneously recovering from the transplant.  He went through a brief coma, then a ventilator, then finally breathing on his own & starting PT.  We all followed his progress through FB updates, leaping to “like” every sign of improvement and talk of going home as he began to finally recover from the one-two punch of a transplant and H1N1.  Yeah, he was beating this thing! He was gonna do it.

Unfortunately Randy did go home last week, but only because the cancer came back despite all the best medical efforts, and he was done with the fight. 

Once again, f*cking cancer had its way and Eric’s partner and best friend, Randy, left this world.  If there’s any good news, he was able to do it at home, with Eric and the pups by his side. 

It breaks my heart - obviously because it’s f*cking cancer which no one deserves.  He and Eric deserved to grow old together.  The less obvious reason is because I never met Randy.  As I mentioned before, there was always a bit of silence in our family about Eric’s “friend” Randy as  it was hard for the older generation (my aunts/uncles) to fully accept it.  So, Randy wasn’t present at Christmas or other family events like other spouses were. 

It is bittersweet over the past few months to learn about their love for each other.  It is another one of those stories that makes you wonder how anyone could say their love is wrong or undeserving of recognition.  Love is love is love.  I find comfort in this poem that says “Love doesn’t die, people do. So when all that’s left of me is love, give me away.”

Nice Legs. #pdx #bike #spring

Nice Legs. #pdx #bike #spring

cheating-on-you:

Tina Fey is the living proof that there really is hope for all of us

Love too much not to re-blog.

Best April Fool’s move so far

My friend on FB posted an ultrasound pic announcing her pregnancy & everyone was like haha, good one, April Fool’s.  BUT, it’s for real!  (I think?).  She posted a 2nd one as proof & you can see her name on it as the patient.  I’m impressed!

Because it’s Friday!

Because it’s Friday!

helloyouhellome:

briefwondrouslauratastefullyoffensive:

If It Fits, I Sits [via] Previously: Cats Stuck in Things

Just what I needed this soggy Friday morning to crack a smile.
helloyouhellome:

jonwheeler4:

Taco cat spelt backwards is taco cat

Hello genius.

too perfect.

helloyouhellome:

jonwheeler4:

Taco cat spelt backwards is taco cat

Hello genius.

too perfect.

(Source: u-gotta-kik)

Things I don’t understand

  • Why people answer their cell phones when it’s a bad time to talk (such as driving) - especially when it’s not someone I regularly call so my number doesn’t come up as anyone they might know.
  • Why my co-worker has to mutter out loud or pant so often. She is recovering from a broken ankle, but everything is high drama with her.
  • On my hometown’s FB page, there is a photo posted of one of the downtown streets.  One lady commented that she’s lived there all her life but doesn’t recognize this street.  Seriously, lady?  There are about 5 streets, and the photo shows the movie theater & one of the few restaurants. 
lifeoftheabsolutelyoptimistic:

talesfromthecrypt:

thepieshops:

Just reblogging one of my favorite pictures: My Aunt and Uncle and their pizza/beer wedding cake from 1968.



Perfect. 

So yup, new wedding idea.



Well, if that’s not a symbol of forever love…

lifeoftheabsolutelyoptimistic:

talesfromthecrypt:

thepieshops:

Just reblogging one of my favorite pictures: My Aunt and Uncle and their pizza/beer wedding cake from 1968.

Perfect.

So yup, new wedding idea.

Well, if that’s not a symbol of forever love…

(Source: bridalsnob)

sharkchunks:

This may be the greatest facial expression ever captured on film.

a-maaaaaazing….

sharkchunks:

This may be the greatest facial expression ever captured on film.

a-maaaaaazing….