Day 195…

9.29.12

Good morning Saturday.  Up early (though I think that I could have slept later) as I have to  take Riley out, hop in the shower and then head to the store with my Mom so we can pick up last minute items before the crowd arrives this morning…it’s already busy in the house, but boy does it seem like we have way too much food for the amount of people that are due to arrive.  Not surprising that we overbought – it’s what we always end up doing (I foresee leftovers galore)…

The spread in this house is insane.  To start off the day we have bagels, eggs, cream cheese, more eggs, fruit, yogurt, cheeses, etc.  It’s out of control…first to arrive are Mindy and David and as they arrived, so did Tim and Corrine and their two pups.  Riley is going crazy.  She’s running around the house and chasing Tim’s dogs.  Everyone is having a good time watching all three of the dogs in the house…the next large wave of guests have arrived (Erin, Peter & Anna, Duke, Lisa, Ingrid)…more food (if I listed everything that we have in the house this would be my longest post ever), more fun…Barry and Caroline have arrived and Curt and Amy and their kids and Chris and Betsy…very full house and hopefully soon we have very full stomachs…

Riley and Tim’s dogs have taken over the backyard and are running wild and chasing each other…next thing I know, Jordan is bringing Riley back into the house and she has changed color – she is 100% covered in dirt and mud from running through the bushes and she has the biggest smile on her face - tongue hanging out…seriously, she looks like a little kid who ran through every puddle possible (just like I did as a kid)…she needs a bath asap and Jordan has volunteered…

Everyone is hanging around, great conversation, having food and drink…the afternoon wears on and some folks have to head back a bit early as some have travelled great distances today just for the gathering…

As I enjoy the company at the house today, I am able to soak in just how overwhelming the support and love that my colleagues have provided to me.  Really makes me feel like I’m part of an amazing family.  Work is of course important, but it goes beyond words when you can call your coworkers your family.  The environment at my office fosters the best of both worlds – growth professionally, but growth as a person.  I’m a very lucky man…

Having dinner and hanging with Ted and Drury.  Really great they were able to make it out as well since they have so much going on.  Great conversation and we see them off.  Cleaing up at the house and sitting down to relax.

It was an amazing and unforgettable day and one that I will always cherish.

Night all…

Day 194…

9.28.12

Here we are, it’s the morning, but you really can’t tell what time it is because it is still dark – looks like the days are really getting shorter already.  I can’t tell if it is because of that and rain, or just rain, but either way, it is rather tough to pull myself out of bed this morning.  Forcing myself to get up and go walk Riley before getting ready for work.  All signs point towards a cool and likely rainy day, but I hope that doesn’t mean we aren’t productive because it’s bleary day…

At the office, having my newly standard breakfast of oatmeal and catching up on emails and seeing what the day likely has in store for me.  I’m hoping it won’t be too bad so that I can make it back to my apartment with enough time to pack up some stuff before heading out to LI (I’m having my Agency out to the house on Saturday for a BBQ as a way to say thank you for al their amazing support)…We are busy, but it is not as bad as yesterday…

Having some lunch and working on finishing up a few things that we need to get out before the close of business today…it is not going to be a race to the end, but we are making a lot of tweaks to some creative because we keep looking for improvements…I like where we’ve landed.  The work is good.  Now to send off to the Client and hope that they agree…

Wrapping up at work and heading to the subway which is crazy packed.  There is a problem on the 4/5 so the 6 is overloaded with people.  Worst kind of ride home.  So it is.  I’m home and relaxing with Ri.  Waiting on Jordan to get here and then off we go…

Lots of traffic immediately once we hit the LIE…thankfully it clears up and we are moving at a good clip…until…the sky just OPENED up.  This has to be one of the worst rain storms that I’ve ever driven in in my life.  All the lanes of traffic have merged into one since no one can see 10 feet in front of them.  The windshield wipers can’t get the rain off the windshield fast enough and the sound of the rain hitting the car is really loud – funny thing is that RIley could care less.  She just goes back to sleep…Obviously the traffic has slowed to about 15mph, but as long as we are staying safe, that is all that matters….Jordan and I finally make it to my parents (where it thankfully isn’t raining yet)…Riley runs around the yard and we all sit down to a late dinner…

Everyone is turning in on the early side as we have to be up early to prepare the house for the BBQ tomorrow…

Night all…

Day 193…

9.27.12

Blink and the week is almost gone.  That is what happened when I woke up this morning.  It’s rather tough having a holiday smack in the middle of the week because it throws off all rhythm or momentum that one may have gotten into on Monday and Tuesday.  But, here we are and Riley and I are back to our normal routine of morning walks as she has come back home to NYC with me after spending a few days at my parents…

I’m oddly hungry considering that we had a huge meal at our friends house at 5pm yesterday.  But when I consider that I didn’t eat dinner, I guess it isn’t all that strange that I’d be hungry when I woke up.  Will have to make some oatmeal when I get to the office…

Subway was quick and I’m at work and immediately jumping into two decks that I have to finalize and send off to my colleagues for feedback as we have two big presentations in Boston next week and I want to finalize them as soon as I can to eliminate any last second stress…this means a lot of work this morning and I’m doing my best to not get distracted…

I’ve made very good progress on each of the decks that I feel prepared for the review calls this afternoon…calls are going well, but are somewhat exhausting.  I begrudgingly am thinking that I need one of those headsets as 3 straight hours on the line makes ones ear hurt…so it is.  Thankfully there isn’t a whole lot of work that has to be done to fix the decks so I am feeling better than I was this morning about next weeks meetings…

We are wrapping things up at work before heading out for a quick drink as a group and then I’m off to meet up with Jaclyn and a few of her TNT co-workers at the opening of a gym.  I’m looking forward to talking to the owner/task-master to hear about her experience working with cancer survivors as I’m really excited to get back to the gym and build my body back…the owner was very nice and put me at ease that she can get me in shape and ensure that we take any necessary precautions in the beginning to ensure that that we don’t push things too fast (as hard as that will be for me)…

Heading home to Riley and to make dinner and relax…I’m pretty tired, but more than that, I feel like there has been a lot going on this week and I’m looking forward to just relaxing…

Dinner was good, talking the pup for a quick walk (it’s starting to rain)…and then to the couch we both go to watch TV.  She is funny, it’s almost as if I can’t get on the couch fast enough for her to jump in my lap – what an awesome pup…

Getting tired…

Night all…

Day 192…

9.26.12

Today is a day to reflect upon all that you have done over the last year.  It includes the good and the bad and you are to think about how you can improve moving forward and what you want to do/be.  While I’ve used this blog as an outlet to express my inner thoughts/feelings, I am going to opt today to keep the post short and reflect within as it has been a very challenging year for me personally as you all know.

I will be with family and close friends today, as is tradition.

Tomorrow will be back to normal with my posts about life and all things related to it.

To those fasting and reflecting, I wish you the best today.  To everyone else, I wish the  same.

Until tomorrow…

Day 191…

9.25.12

I slept really well last night which I’m attributing to the 4 miles that I ran and my overall fatigue.  Maybe the answer to getting sleep is lots of exercise, which would be totally fine with me as I can’t wait to be back in shape like I was pre-diagnosis.  Taking the good night of sleep and getting ready to head to work.  It is a drive to work day as my sister and I are leaving in the mid-afternoon to NJ for the holiday (have to be home by sundown for dinner).  With all that, it is going to be a race to the finish of work as we are yet again, quite busy…

Jumping right into work and seeing that it is going to just be one of those days where there is a frenetic pace in the office (it feels like a quarter of the Boston office is here today) and that always adds a new energy/vibe to the office.  I’m doing my best to get things done and add value where I can.  We are all still getting used to the new life post-Nicole so it is an adjustment for sure…

Having a working lunch and starting to get some things done…I’m very excited to get to my parents and see my pup.  My Mom told me earlier that Ri is doing much better so I’m really happy to hear that…back to focusing on work.  It is really tough to have the holiday right in the middle of the week because it makes everything feel rushed.  We will prevail as we always do…

Wrapping things up and heading to get the car…Jordan met me at the garage by my office and off to NJ we go…there is some traffic, but really not bad considering one could bet that everyone that needs to be home when we do has left at the same time…

At the house, doing some more work and hanging with the pup…she is so excited that she is running all over the house and of course threw up because her stomach is still not 100% – at least she did it on the floor and not the carpet.  Small victories I say.  Small victories…

We decide that instead of my Mom cooking dinner that we will pick up sushi from our favorite place in town so I can finally sit down to a huge sampling of one of my most missed foods.  I’m really excited…taking Ri for a walk while my Dad picks up the food…we got back at the same time and I am salavating just looking at the spread…first bite…oh…so…good…

I ate a ton of sushi and am stuffed…my Dad, Ri and I are off to watch the end of the Yanks game and then off to bed I go…

Wishing everyone an easy fast tomorrow…

Night all…

Day 190…

9.24.12

Good morning to the top of the week to all.  Tired as usual, but up and getting ready to head to the office.  It is absolutely gorgeous out.  There is a cool enough temperature in the air that I can wear a sweater – and I LOVE that.  Walking to the office and I’m promising myself that if I have no plans tonight that I’m going to go for a run.  I’m desperate to get back into an exercise groove and I know that the temp tonight will be perfect…

Very busy at the office today.  There is a ton to do.  My list of things seems to get longer and longer, even with my checking things off.  Unfortunately, my computer has died a quick, but sadly not unexpected death.  I’ve lost more than an hour and a half this morning with no working computer…I’ve commandeered Nicole’s old computer as I wait on IT to come and see if my computer is salvageable, or if I should just use Nicole’s moving forward.  It is very frustrating to have this happen on any day, but especially a Monday as it’s the start to the week and you don’t want to be delayed…

As I wait on IT I call to get an update on my pup who has a stomach infection.  My Mom says that she seems to be doing well, seems to have energy, but isn’t 100%.  Today we are trying a chicken and white rice diet, which goes against my philosophy of never giving her human food, but this is the vets orders so I supposed I need to listen to him….yep, just like I thought, my Mom said that Riley loves the chicken…as long as she feels better, than I’m happy…RIley being with my parents is a nice stroke of luck as she got sick and they could watch her and she wouldn’t be alone in her crate in my apartment if she had an accident…

Back to work and the tasks at hand.  It is going to be a bit of an adjustment getting used to Nicole not being part of our team anymore.  We all have to pick up the slack for her absence and just ensure that things run as smoothly as possible…eating lunch while working, but happy to be eating a salad – especially after yesterday and all of the gluttonous food that we ate…IT is here and they are partitioning Nicole’s computer over to me so this will now be my new device.  Thankfully the one she was using is rather new and in good shape, so my hope is that moving forward I won’t have any issues with productivity…

Day is starting to wind down and I’m getting ready to head home, quickly change and go for a run.  I can’t wait to be on the road, hearing the rhythm and patter of my shoes, pushing myself to get in good miles and hopefully push a bit on the time front…starting my run through central park…it’s dusk, but there are a lot of runners and there is a nice energy to things…first mile is somewhat rough – just getting out there and starting off the run, but as each mile is clocked, I’m getting stronger and stronger.  In fact, the last mile I run (mile 4) is my fastest of the day.  I feel like I could go for another mile or two, but remind myself that I’m still just two weeks into remission and that I need to be smart about pushing the limits.  For now, I’m incredibly happy with the distance and time I’ve run…

Showering, making dinner and catching up on my DVR (I started watching Revolution, which isn’t amazing, but isn’t bad and I think for now, worth the investment of time to see where the show goes)…

Time for bed…

Night all…

Day 189…

9.23.12

Where shall I start…I slept really well last night, though you can easily argue that is because I went to sleep at 3am and had to be up by 10 this morning…I’m certainly tired, but ready for what we are calling “the day of gluttony”.  The day is going to entail eating a whole bunch of things that I wasn’t able to eat, or eat a places I was told not to go.  It’s going to be a long day…

Starting it off with bagels and lox at my apt with Andre, Linds, Terence and Blitz…great breakfast and we are all already exhausted, so we hit the couch for an episode of LOST before heading out on the rest of the days journey…

My parents called to tell me that Riley is sick again and that they have to take her to the vet because she is vomiting and has other stomach related issues (I’m sure you can figure out what those are)…the vet says that she has a stomach virus, but should be ok…she is dehydrated and just apparently really tired and sad…always breaks my heart…I can’t wait to get her back from them and see how she is…miss her :(

Taking the subway down to Corner Bistro for rare burgers.  I am really excited about this.  Not only is Corner Bistro one of the best burger joints in NYC, it’s also in a bar, so killing two birds with one stone…yep, that burger is fantastic, but incredibly filling.  Hope my stomach can handle what it’s in for today…we decide that we should walk a bit before heading to the next bar for football, beers and wings…

At the downtown Galway Hooker, watching football and finding a place for beers and wings…I’m really full, but I’ve given my stomach specific directions to be stretched today, so thankfully it is complying…wings and beers are just what I needed…we are going to take a long walk all the way from the west village to alphabet city to meet up with Rene and crew for drinks…

Awesome time seeing everyone out…at this point, I’m exhausted, but willing to have that one last meal of glutton.  Blitz and I head to Numero 28 for pizza (Andre, Linds and Terence have left)…I know already this is totally unnecessary, but hell, why not, right?…pizza was great and now I’m totally finished…

Heading home and straight to bed I go…

Until tomorrow all…

Day 188…

9.22.12

Another not so great night of sleep and I’m up early taking the pup for a walk.  It seems to be a bit overcast which I hope clears up for golf later this afternoon (side note – can’t wait to play golf – really excited to get out on the course and enjoy a stress free day)…making some breakfast and getting ready to meet up with David (Mindy’s boyfriend) for the drive out to his club in LI…

The weather seems to be clearing and today has all the looks of a beautiful day to be outside…there is an odd amount of traffic out to the course, but we are not too concerned about getting there in time to play…at the club and having some lunch before hitting the links…I have a good feeling about the round…

Hitting a few before teeing off and starting to wonder in the back of mind if I am going to play well – if the range is an indicator of things, it could be an ugly round…teeing off on 1 and right away things (ie the ball) seem to be going awry…trying to gather myself (and the ball) and regroup on things…it isn’t pretty out there…I won’t lie, I’m struggling today…my golf swing has totally abandoned me…

Making the turn to the back 9 and hoping that means better things to come…nope, still struggling – it is just going to be one of those days…so it is, I couldn’t be happier to be out on the course and having a very good time with David…

We finish up the round and start the drive back to NY…I’m pretty tired from the round, but need to make a quick turnaround on things (shower up) so that I can meet up with Al who’s in from Chicago and our other friends from growing up (and some from college)…

Made my way downtown to have dinner and drinks with my friends…as of now, the night seems to have designs on being a late one, so I hope that I can manage to stay awake…yep, getting really late…details to come (or not)…

Until tomorrow…

Day 187…

9.21.12

I’m exhausted.  I really didn’t sleep well at all last night.  Whatever this cycle of not sleeping is, I don’t like it and I’d like it to kindly leave as it was uninvited.  Dragging myself out of bed, walking the pup and off to work I go.  The bright side to the day (literally) is that it is gorgeous out so I enjoy my walk to the subway and remind myself that each day is a gift and to enjoy it the best I can…

Work will be no different today than the rest of this week as we are quite busy and we need to make sure that we have everything in the right place for Nicole’s departure.  She is the gatekeeper to a lot of information, so we’ve been spending the week having her brain-dump as much info as she has.  To top it off, we are still looking for someone to fill her shoes, so we have to make sure we have all of her work covered in addition to our normal work.  Will be a challenging few weeks for sure…

Day is moving along nicely, busy as I mentioned, but there is that Friday energy in the office.  A fun distraction today was that two co-workers got the new iPhone so we all were checking it out and secretly (some not so secretly) having envy over it.  It’s a pretty cool device – not so different than the 4 or 4S, but the screen is definitely nicer (and bigger) and it is incredibly light.  I’ll get it in December when I’m up for my upgrade…

I have been approached by a very interesting and compelling company to do a Q&A for them and be featured in their magazine based on my experience and my blog. Just had a great conversation with them about what the feature will be and how it will live once published.  It is incredibly flattering and I’m excited to take part.  Not sure when it will be published, but stay tuned for updates!…

Saying goodbye to Nicole :( and wrapping things up for the day.  Excited to get home to Riley and my couch…

Until tomorrow (golf day!)…

Night all…

Day 186…

9.20.12

Woke up a bit on the groggy side as I didn’t get a ton of sleep last night.  I don’t think I could say yet that there is a pattern developing, but this week hasn’t been the best when it comes to sleep.  Again, it is a work in progress and I know it will get better, so for now, I deal like always, get up, walk the pup and head to the office…

Today begins a sad two days as one of my favorite colleagues is leaving us on Friday and her loss will be felt for sure.  Aside from her great work, she’s just a great person to work with and even better person to call a friend (and she too has a pup named Riley!).  I am going to take her to lunch today to relive the good ol’ days and to just talk about life and work in general, but before that, lots to take care of this morning…

We have a presentation at 530 today that we have to finish up and there are some outstanding items that need to get fixed before the final form takes hold…some back and forth on the creative, calls and emails in between.  It is another busy morning here…getting hungry, so Nicole and I head to lunch.  We decided to try Rye House as I’ve heard the food is good, but I’ve only been for drinks…yep, food was really tasty, so we head back to the office with fully stomachs and smiles…

Looks like it will be a race up to 530 for the presentation as we are not only trying to get that finished up, but I’m also loaded up with meetings almost up until 530.  In a way, I always love this aspect of the advertising game – tons of multi-tasking.  And, it makes the days go by really quickly…

Presentation went really well and we are off to the bar for Nicole’s send-off.  This is the first ‘bar’ that I’ve been to since treatment began.  It smells like a bar.  It sounds like a bar.  It is so great to be in a bar…

It’s getting late and I’m tired so I’m heading home to hang with Riley, take her for a walk and then to bed…

Tomorrow is another busy day…

Night all…