Okay, okay! I'll get back on top of these. Let's see... what's been happening since the 15th?
Well, Jason and I weren't able to go out then, but that weekend we had a nice quiet dinner at Truluck's. What a place! Its a refurbished diner with an art deco interior, jazz in the background and fantastic food! We're definitely going to head there again. We also went to Austin on the 20th. It's such a contrast to Houston. Small, new skyscrapers, clean and hilly - without very much sprall. We stayed in the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental - a beautifully refurbished hotel that's a historical landmark. We also saw the local bat colony do its nightly emergence at dusk. Really! Its very touristy and about 200 people watched with us. Almost a million bats roost under the main bridge in Austin and at dusk they all come out in this massive cloud that takes about 30 minutes to complete. It was very cool and I have a (very non-professional) 30 sec. video clip if anyone wants to see! Jim and Kim Nix, and his parents, (all Pittsburgh transplants but for Kim) were kind enough to offer us their Texans tickets for the most recent pre-season game. Although we didn't stay very long (there's so much walking involved!) we had a terrific time. Football, beer and a hot dog can make anything ok. Thank you! I didn't have a telescope handy, but was able to view Mars very well over the last week. The skies were very clear here and it was so bright and red! Tom Klose, I hear you have a terrific telescope. Tell me you took it out! And Jay's parents got back from their 1st visit to the 'burgh since February. They said they had a wonderful time seeing everyone and actually sleeping in their own bed. But its great to have them back. All the better to help Jason get better sooner!
Well, enough of the chit chat... How's Jason? He's hanging in there. His counts took a serious dive over the past 2 weeks, but seem to - for the time being - have stablized again. We wanted to wait to send an update until we had some news and not just a lot of worry and speculation. That may offically take until next week or so, however. Jason's really had a tough time over the last few days, but I know if his counts remain the same (or with any luck, increase) on Tuesday at his next clinic visit we'll all be able to heave a big sigh of relief. It's so easy to get caught up in the momentum of coming home, that sometimes we forget this is an extremely slow process.
Oh - one last item on the agenda... Click on the link above for information on the Light The Night Leukemia-Lymphoma Walk that will be in Pittsburgh on the 1st of October. There are walks all over the country in Sept. and Oct. to raise money and awareness. Jason and I still plan on being there and would love to have you join us (and give a little money for the cause.) If you can do either, please click on the link and see how you can help. We'll be providing more info on walking with us closer to the date.
Thanks for keeping tabs on us! Take care, Mel