my nightstand runneth over

Say what you want about me, but I am a rule follower. I’m also a thorough researcher and boast an insane appetite for detail. In order for me to fully comprehend something, I need to get the entire situation explained to me so I have a clear picture of what we’re dealing with.  Most of you know this involves packing lists, television timeline continuity, or pop-culture accuracy in movies.

“Okay, your Hawaii vacation was 5 days, so that meant how many shoes did you bring?”

“If that movie was supposed to take in 1987, why were they listening to Thriller as if it were still popular when that song was released in ’82?

What can I say I’m a stickler for detail. Guilty as charged.

And so it should take no one by surprise that I have completely immersed myself into research with my CJ. Books, memoirs and blogs – oh my!



Here’s a small sampling of what I’m reading now:

BLOGS: Fashion blogger Shana discovered she had DCIS and in addition to sharing her CJ journey she also continues to provide informative and relevant fashion advice for moms. I was reading this before she was diagnosed this summer, and this was the original inspiration behind PINTNB since she manages to effortlessly combine cancer and clothing in an entertaining blog.


Cancer Vixen: The New Yorker Cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto shares her CJ through her iconic cartoons. “What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta slurping, fashion-fanatic …finds a lump in her breast?” Yep, you had me at hello.


Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer Sounds promising. I’ll give this a try.


The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book The no-nonsense essential reference that is chock-full of nitty-gritty medical facts, myths, treatments, and history of breast cancer. I can’t say it’s exactly a page-turner but it’s packed with information that’s presented in an easy to understand way – even for us rookies.

To those of you who are worried that I’m neglecting my ever-piling-up-copies of US Magazine, People, In Style and other highly insightful reading….fear not. I am rotating them in.

And to the rest of you thinking – Where’d she get that totes adorbs tray on her nightstand? Target people! Similar one here.




One Response

  1. Hi Jen,
    Your Mom forwarded your blog to me. First, I am so impressed with your computer skills. I am totally jealous. I knew that you were organized by listening to your Mom tell me about how you planned to the Nth degree the Family Trip to Europe this summer.
    But your wonderful ability to multi task all that you do, with wit, cleverness, and strength is beyond impressive. I have followed your journey through your Mom.
    I am glad for you that you have a surgery date soon, so that you can get on with renewed good health.
    Please know that I think about you all the time. May your wonderful attitude continue to carry you forward.
    With Much Love and Big hugs,
    Gail (Hart)

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