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Ahh, the holidays. When else might you have the pleasure of eating a gingerbread replica of yourself?

Actually, I mainly ate the arms and legs off of several of my friends, since I’m not so much into icing. (Kudos to the talented Laura on another baking success!)
This year’s holiday party featured new traditions like gingerbread likenesses and Beers of the World, which joined the old standbys of a white elephant gift exchange and candlelight sing along.

Tomorrow we’re off to Minnesota for more holiday fun – from old traditions like Christmas Eve oyster stew, to new traditions like the second annual Kuhnau Staycation.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
~Sonja

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Since my last post about living with CML, I’ve found out I’m in good company – Kareem Abdul Jabbar recently announced that he also has the disease! Sounds like he’s become something of an advocate, and has even started an online support group. The cool thing about my experience with CML is that it’s been so positive, I don’t even feel like I need a support group :)
I had another FISH test a few weeks ago to see how many of my chromosomes still have the translocated  genes that are indicative of CML (basically, the BCR and ABL genes trade places). Sounds like my chromosomes still have the abnormality (so I’m still “FISH positive”), but now only 23% of them, versus 54% in August!  So this is good news.
In another three months, I’ll have an RT-PCR test, which will test for the protein that is made by the translocated genes (the tyrosine kinase fusion protein, to be exact). This will be another good indicator of how the treatment is going. Thanks again, Gleevec!
Thank you to all who have been so kind to ask about my progress!
~Sonja

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With each passing year I enjoy the holiday season more. This year, we’ve been getting in the mood by listening to Christmas music 24/7 (thank you, Pandora!), trimming our tree, and eating comforting wintery food.
This was the loose theme for a meal with our friends the Smileys yesterday (check out BFFs Eliza and Luna above). We picked several recipes I’d been eyeing on blogs for the past few months, and they all turned out wonderfully! (…which was great since we’ve had mixed success in the past with some food blog recipes.)
Several of these recipes I’d recommend as great dishes for holiday entertaining, in particular the salad, soup, and dessert. Check out the recipe links below, if you’re interested!

Warm olives and artichokes                                              Roasted green beans         



~Sonja

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An addendum to our ethical eating post – only if you’re interested: Alex found this blog, which presents some of the relevant issues in a neat way. We thought it was interesting!
(Also, our garden just keeps giving – we found this random December bounty a couple days ago!)
~Sonja

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Thanksgiving