It was ten years ago tonight that I had that cancerous tumor removed from my colon. The tumor that got so friendly with my left ovary and fallopian that they were excised as well. Casually reading over posts from years past I see a lot has happened and much has changed. Bear with me, some of this is old news, but I like lists.

  • broke up with Todd, who is still like a brother to me
  • my dad died (Feb. 4, 2010)
  • met and married Chris Anzalone (and took his last name) - in April we’ll celebrate our 6th anniversary
  • Chris went to rehab for alcohol
  • my cat, Lucy, died (Oct. 2011)
  • started getting migraines
  • Chris and I adopted two big adult boy cats at the ARL, Mr. Tibbs and Carew
  • my brother, Michael, got married
  • I started flying down to Nashville approximately 4x year as my mom’s health wavered
  • my BFF Mel got married in Philly to a fantastic fella, Jules
  • Todd moved to San Francisco and the band is no more
  • started taking annual vacations abroad with Chris (Paris, Madrid + Barcelona, Milan + Lake Como)
  • leased a Smart Car, had it for 2.5 years and then traded in for an electric Smart Car (the first one was named Buster, so the 2nd one’s name is Buster II, Electric Boogaloo)
  • my mom died (May 24, 2016)
  • held a memorial for mom in Nashville in September
  • I’ve gained about 50 pounds - clearly don’t go to the gym like I used to
  • finally got to see Duran Duran after all these years thanks to my best friend Melissa’s husband, Jules
  • Zack came back into my life when Todd got an allergic girlfriend

That’s all I can think of at this moment. When tallied as such, it doesn’t seem like a lot has happened, but there are some big events in that list. I’m a very different person than I was ten years ago, but mostly it doesn’t show on the outside. My attitude remains the same - always look at the bright side.