Trivia night madness!


Trivia night was awesome. We raised $2,133 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and I'm pretty sure most everyone had a blast. Now I'm thinking we're gonna do this every year. We had an eclectic crowd, from Sam's friends and family, mine and Hap's friends and family, to MSW students, my PhD cohort, a bachelorette party, WU physicians and faculty...a packed and rowdy crowd! Thanks again, everyone, for making it such a great night. The MC, Matt Kull was a riot. I highly recommend him for your trivia nights. Or maybe just to hang out with you and make funny comments as you performing your activites of daily living...

Now Sam and I really need to get back on the training. We've been a little undisciplined the last few weeks, and I can feel it. But, the semester's over in two weeks, and I can focus again on work and training. are some photos from the night!

MC Matt

Sam the bartender

Team Voltron!

International Team of Trivia

The Morrow table

Sam's family and Hap's friends (the second table here)
tied for second place -- The Long Hairs team!

These are the smiles of winning first place...My family!

The S.P.s, tied for second

Team Castro's Lunchbox

The bachelorette party!

Julie, Patty and Matt

Julie and Mark

Patty and Matt

Brooke and I scoring rounds

Cuter than the Easter Bunny


Ringing the Easter Bunny bell at Aunt Mary Ann's,
while Uncle (and godfather) H.R. and Daddy look on

The Schroeder - Us Clan

Finding an egg at Grandma M's

And good news!


Several VERY cute things happened this weekend:

I put Baby Girl to bed Friday night, and as I was walking out the door saying "goodnight, Ophelia" I got a two-handed goodnight wave accompanied by a heart-melting smile...

As I was putting her to bed Saturday night and I was waving goodnight to the animals and quilts on her walls (as I always do), she waved goodnight to Jenny's quilt...

As she was SCREAMING Sunday night at 4am (not cute), Mutt had gone into her room and sat on her rug, staring at the crib making sure she was okay...

Most of the time, I just love living in this home with all these wonderful creatures. That even includes Sam. And Chewy. I guess.

And I'm not sure what to make of these:

Sad news.


Uncle Hap passed away quietly Saturday morning, my dad and mom at his side. He fought chronic lymphocytic leukemia for years, and it was finally beyond treatment.

Saturday, we did a practice swim in our wetsuits at Innsbrook and a 24 mile bike ride. The water was FREEZING, but we dedicated the practice to Hap, and yelled out his name with our "Go Team!" before we ran, screaming, into the frigid lake. One of my teammates dubbed a particularly dastardly hill "Hap's Hill," because he said there was no way he was gonna give up trying to get up it. Hap's death provided motivation for all of us that day, and continues to do so. It reminds all of us on the team of why we're doing this -- to provide research dollars and patient support services to people like Hap, and my brother, and my grandmother.

Let me take this time to remind everyone reading: get screened for cancer, and engage in preventive behaviors like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and protecting your skin (yeah, go ahead and laugh, I know I'm not the best with this one). One of the reasons I'm happy to be raising money for LLS is that, while my career focuses on cancer prevention and screening, I can only promote cancers that are preventable and for which there are screenings. There is very little prevention or screening behavior for blood and lymph cancers. BUT, get a regular checkup, and have the doctor do routine blood work and check your lymph nodes.

Please, do breast self-exams and get mammograms and Pap tests regularly, vaccinate yourselves or your daughters and grandaughters with the HPV vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer, get colonoscopies, talk to your doctor about prostate screening, and, to prevent not just cancer but heart disease and stroke as well -- QUIT SMOKING and don't let people smoke in your homes and cars. If you can't afford a doctor, there are programs in Missouri to get every one of these screenings for free.

You can find cancer screening recommendations (how often to do these things) here.

That's my public health soap box for the day. :) Stay healthy so you can live and love longer and better, and do the things you enjoy for as long as you can.

Long overdue -- more Ophelia!!


I know I've been slackin' on the photo posts. You may not believe this, but my life is pretty crazy busy at the moment. But it's no excuse for failing to appease my daughter's fans. So here you go!

Cool milestones of note: playing patty-cake, clapping, waving goodbye, standing while leaning on something, saying "da-da" (although she doesn't actually mean daddy, it's still really cute), eating finger foods, talking incessantly, squealing and screaming with delight. Awesomeness!


Chewy helps Daddy give me a bath

Our secret to a strong, lean baby? Clif Bars!

Please, Papa, tell me more about the rice cake pixies!