A Day at Epcot’s Food & Wine Fest

Friday I headed to Epcot with Rhonda after my radiation treatment, with the goal of seeing Night Ranger, who was that night’s Eat to the Beat concert. The concerts are free with admission, as part of the annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Michelle Snow at Epcot

We met up at Disney’s Boardwalk resort and decided to have a slight snack for lunch since neither of us had eaten that day. We stopped at the ESPN Club restaurant on the boardwalk since they were offering an extra lunch discount for castmembers.

Not wanting to be too full, we split the pulled pork nachos, with the jalapenos and pico de gallo on the side since she won’t eat them. The chips were average bag chips, but the pork was moist with a sweet flavor, and they used both liquid and shredded cheese. The dish was a bit on the expensive side for nachos ($14.49), but was tasty and more than enough to fill both of us up.

Pulled Pork Nachos at ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk


My Cancer Fight Has Been Extended

Art found at B Resort Resort

Art found at B Resort at WDW

This week there was a changeover with the doctors at my cancer treatment facility. I had the option of going with the doctors to their new practice, which would interrupt my treatment schedule, or I could stay at the facility and get new doctors treating me.

Since most of my daily treatments involve the staff and nurses, and not the doctors, I opted to stay with the facility, with people that I knew and felt comfortable with.

Yesterday I met with one of my two new doctors, and in discussing my treatment plan I was informed that they would be adding on a different treatment when I was done with the external radiation.

Apparently the two doctors, in going over my chart, decided that because I was stage 2 uterine and cervical cancer, it would be in my best interest to also do internal radiation treatments for a few days.


Warner Bros and DC Comics Announce Movie Release Calendar Through 2020

DC Comics Justice LeagueIn the wake of rumors about Marvel heading into Civil War, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have announced a slate of superhero movies through 2020.

In today’s Time Warner investor’s meeting, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed a slate of ten DC Entertainment films, many previously unannounced, that will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.

Most exciting to me is a Wonder Woman solo film, due June 23, 2017. So far Marvel has yet to announce a solo female character film, so unless they can squeeze one in before that date, DC wins the round on getting a solo female character to screen first.

There are also 2 Justice League movies on the slate. Those were my favorite DC Comics series growing up, and it’ll be interesting if they can turn the movies into the well-balanced multi-character story that Marvel’s Avengers was.

The press release also states there will be more movies added to the schedule, including stand-alone Batman and Superman movies, in addition to the already announced Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Here’s the list of movies announced so far by WB and DC:


Marvel Heads to Possible Civil War as Talks of Robert Downey Jr Joining Captain America 3 Surface

Iron Man vs Captain America - images courtesy of Marvel

Variety, a credible Hollywood news source, posted Monday (10/13) that Robert Downey, Jr, is in final negotiations to join the cast of Captain America 3. Several other fairly reliable news sources have also been posting to that effect.

Downey is already slated to appear in the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as the future Avengers 3. If the rumors are true, and Downey appears in Cap 3, this could possibly set up The Civil War comic story line to take place in Avengers 3.

The Civil War plot would pit Downey as Stark against Steve Rogers/Captain America (played by Chris Evans), as they feud over a law called the Superhero Registration Act. It requires anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities and agree to use their powers for good and help the police.

While Stark supports the SRA, Rogers doesn’t and sides are taken among the superheroes. Those who support Rogers’ side are forced to go into hiding to avoid being arrested.

Coincidentally, Marvel announced this week plans to reboot the Civil War comics in a tweet. This could introduce legions of new Marvel fans to the storyline, just in time for this possible Cap 3 dust-up between Captain America and Iron Man.


Progress Update on the Cancer Treatments

As of today, I am half way through the radiation treatments for my cancer. 15 down, 14 to go.

I would’ve marked #16 today, but my radiation clinic is changing out doctors, so all patients got the day off yesterday (Monday) while the new docs acclimated themselves to the staff and such.

Radiation treatment machine

This is the machine I get my daily radiation treatments with.

The treatments are going better than I expected. The worst of the side effects have been constant fatigue and mild intestinal distress. Of course, as the radiation builds up in my system, that will get worse. But for now it’s manageable.


Target Shopping Trip: $60 Worth of Groceries for $20

As some of you may know, I am a couponer. I spend an hour or two every week matching up sale prices to coupons in an effort to be able to eat well without spending a lot of money.

Target shopping trip Sept 2014 - $20 for $60 of food

Last week, I had an awesome trip to Target, where I managed to spend $20.55 for $60.86 worth of groceries. That’s a savings of 66%!

Here’s the breakdown of my shopping trip:


Straight Talk About Straight Teeth With Invisalign Teen #InvisalignTalk

Straight Talk About Straight Teeth With Invisalign Teen

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Invisalign Teen is also better for overall oral health care, since they can be removed for brushing and flossing, and there are no food restrictions either.


It’s Not Easy Trying to Be Cancer-Free…What’s Next?

It’s now been a month since my cancer surgery, and there’s been some minor complications. If you’re squeamish, skim forward a few paragraphs.

Purple flowersLast weekend I started bleeding lightly and it was painful to sit or walk. Since they removed everything in the surgery, that shouldn’t be happening. On Monday, the cancer doc examined me and it seems somehow I tore a few of the sutures. Three on the bottom and one on top. Not good, but I’m told it happens.

She prescribed some antibiotics (which I keep forgetting to take on a regular schedule), and said I was to go nowhere and do nothing for a week until I heal inside. Apparently even walking can aggravate the sutures, so I’m couch-bound until at least Tuesday.

There goes my Labor Day weekend plans.

Next month I have a meeting with a radiologist to schedule the radiation treatments I mentioned last time. The good news is no chemo, so far, but the length of the radiation has gone from 2 weeks to 5, because I turned out to be Stage II.

Five weeks of daily radiation. *sigh* Maybe for Halloween I can put on something green and go as a glowstick.