A Kick in the Shins and Big Sloppy Kiss

August 9th

Do you know anyone who can insult you and compliment you at the same time? Like, “Wow! Your hair looks so great, for being so short and choppy.” Or “Have you lost weight? Or do those pants just not fit you?” Nice.
That’s the kind of week I’ve been having. On Sunday, I found out a friend has cancer. He’s 64 and has been my running partner for 3 years. Five weeks ago, we were covering 15-20 miles a week together on the dusty canals of Tempe, sprinting, chatting, arguing about politics. Today, he’s hooked up to machines and has a cantaloupe sized tumor on his hip. (Side note, why do they always compare tumor sizes to fruit?) Words like “chemo” and “radiation” and “mother of all things holy, this sucks” have been rolling off my tongue with ease lately.
So, while I side tracked you with my “ha ha! Look at what a generous friend I have” obnoxious post, in truth, I’ve been having a bit of a hard time. After a good hard cry Sunday, I went to my trusty mail box, where the Goddess of Parcels and Kindness wrapped me in her arms and gave me a big sloppy kiss.

My new favorite bag, from Beki

The first package to take me by complete surprise was a beautiful new tote bag from Beki. I’d seen this on her site last week and even commented on how fabulous I thought it was, never guessing it was headed my way. It’s now happily stuffed with my iPod, knitting, book, etc, and has already gone on its first road trip. I love it Beki. And my favorite colors no less.

Super thoughtful gift from Jessica of Funky Finds

The second package was another surprise gift from Jessica of FunkyFinds. I’ve found such a special friendship with this Texan that I’m not even going to hold her statehood against her. She is sweet, friendly and generous. Love the fabric and the cards! Those little stamps are African animals. It was incredibly thoughtful and made me smile.

Awesome some from Rebecca

And finally, good grief, the mother load of surprises: a package of supplies for my upcoming trip to Bolivia from Bekka. Bekka included two fabulous books, stationery, a little passport of soap that will be perfect for my adventure, more Polaroid film and a kind note.

Just when I thought the universe was going to permanently take up a spot kicking my shins, you lovely ladies took care of me. I needed a big dose of happiness and your gifts couldn’t have arrived at a better time. It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself and cry when you’re dancing with glee in your living room with a super cute new tote full of goodies. So, thank you.

Rex, my running partner, is going to be okay. He’s got a long treatment and recovery in front of him. Soon enough, though, I know we are going to be right back out there running and arguing and debating why Fox News might as well just change its name to the Dubya B.


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23 Responses

  1. Great gifts, Kelli!
    So sorry to hear about your friend – I hope he has a speedy recovery.

  2. God I love that when the universe takes care of one of it’s own. I’m glad that there are bright spots through some pretty gray days.

    Wishing your friend a healthy recovery.

  3. Lovely & thoughtful gifts!!

    Your friend is in my prayers & I wish him all the best to a quick recovery.

  4. Sorry to hear about your buddy Rex.



  5. So sorry about your friend! But your mail goodies sure are nice, I really have to do more swaps!

  6. Oh, Im so sorry to hear about your friend. Please let him know that we are thinking of him (if that would not be too weird for him to hear). I hope you both are running together again really soon. And Im so glad that some little surprises were right on time to lighten your mood even for a minute or two. I love the bag…such happy, happy colors.

  7. i have a good lady friend in her 50s with breast cancer. the best thing you can do is offer to help: i run errands for her, buy groceries, help clean, change kitty litter etc. she’s single and i know she really appreciates it. anyway….good vibes to rex! if he’s running that much at that age, i’m sure he’s a trooper!

    oh….and there’s more goodies coming your way. just you wait.

  8. I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Cancer sucks! There is simply no other way to say it. Having had it, I think it’s harder for those who have to watch you go through it because they feel helpless and that sucks too! I’m so glad you have people taking care of you as you “walk” along side your friend. Your terrific for not running away from him, that will mean more than anything. You both are in my prayers.

  9. Wow! Those are such thoughtful and fabulous gifts that they even made me smile! I love that everyone is taking such good care of you.

    It also reminds me that I have a pile of fabric that I promised you one million years ago that I need to get in the mail. Sheesh — in all this crafting I’ve yet to figure out a way to craft time.

  10. Your friend is lucky to have someone who cares so much for him…and he will get through this – with you by his side a big help, I’m sure! And what lovely pressies you got…always a big way to cheer up. Thanks for your note, by the way, it came in the post last week.

  11. Aw, you made me well up! Such a sweet post. I’m so glad that all these goodies were there to brighten up your day when you truly needed it most. And we will all be sending our positive energy towards Rex while he endures the journey to recovery. And even though I am a (proud) Texan, I totally take your side when it comes to Fox News. Sheesh!

  12. you are too funny with Dubya B.

    sorry to hear about your friend. i hope he responds well to treatment and is back running with you soon. and, i’m super glad the package i sent had positive effects upon your day!

  13. I’m so glad you had such wonderful mail, prayers for your running partner – Juliax

  14. You have some lovely blog friends! Sending healing thoughts toward you and your friend…

  15. dear kelli…a big hug for you and for rex….may the cantaloupe shrivel to nothing…your goodies look wonderful…enjoy.

  16. Kelli – I’m really sorry to hear about your friend. My best to him and his full recovery. Last month, one of my best friends found out his older brother, who’s just 34, has mid-stage lymphoma. And again, the fruit analogy. His was a grapefruit-sized tumor in his stomach. He was intially petrified and had written himself off, but now with the support of all his friends and family, he’s determined to fight it every step of the way. As will your friend.

    And glad to see you had some good karma come your way.

    I will now quote from one of my favorite Monty Python movies: Always look on the bright side of life (whistle whistle, whistle whistle whistle)

  17. So sorry to hear about your friend. We’ve had several people we care about kicked in the teeth by life the last couple of weeks also. I’ve been feeling very burdened for them. Hang in there.

  18. Hey Kelli – big hugs to you sweetness. You’re such a giver and generous lady, so glad to see you receiving. Rex will be back running with you in no time. x

  19. Hang in there!

  20. Good vibes to your friend and a big hug to you! Keep your chin up, kiddo. All comes right in the end. 😉


  21. I am so very sorry. My prayers are with your friend for a full recovery.

  22. sorry about your friend. cancer stinks!!!! (my father has it and he’s still in his 50’s.)

    i’m glad you’ve been taken care of with goodies. you deserve a few good smiles.

  23. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. Great to see you have such lovely and supportive people looking out for you though- what fantastic presents!