• 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 44 (Ways to Help Meghan – Guest Post by Erica)



    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Day 44 of 100 Days of Good Karma.

    {Today’s post was written by my friend Erica. I badgered her into invited her to write a blog post, so she kindly put together a list of ‘Ways You Can Help Meghan’. Thank you, Erica! ~Meghan}

    Before anything else keeps me from doing this, here is the list of ‘ways you can help’ Meghan because she is too humble/stubborn to ask for it.

    So, I tried to find a way to relate, but I couldn’t.

    Because cancer kinda takes the cake.

    So instead I tried to think of ways I could make this better.  Or at least make it suck less.

    {editor’s note:  I’m a big fan of making cancer suck less. ~Meghan}

    I thought about needs:

    • Food
    • Shelter
    • The affects of cancer:  I.e. being drained of energy, needing to eat but not wanting to cook.
    • Wanting to make the most of everything.

    With that in mind, let’s take care of the basic needs.


    Cook a meal in a container that Meghan doesn’t have to worry about returning.  Something she can heat up or freeze for later.

    Get some staple grocery items to bring over when you visit or just drop them by.

    {editor’s note:  Think organic, please.  Thanks!  ~Meghan}

    • pasta
    • sauce
    • salsa (she’s an HEB That Green Sauce hoarder, by the way)
    • fruit
    • fresh veggies
    • high fiber, low sugar cereal
    • whole wheat Mac & Cheese
    • lunch meat
    • whole wheat bread
    • frozen pizza
    • chicken
    • bottled water

    {editor’s note:  I’m trying to cook from the book One Bite at a Time.  Check with me if you’re interested in picking up some ingredients and I’ll send you the recipe I’d like to try.  Thanks!  ~Meghan}

    If you don’t cook or shop, pick a night and bring over some Taco Cabana, Panera Bread, Olive Garden, or even a gift card to Subway.  Nothing says ‘I love you’ in the south like food!


    Mow the yard, pay some kid to do it.  If Justin and Meghan have a yard guy, pay him one month.

    {editor’s note:  We have a yard guy.  He charges $45 per visit.  ~Meghan}

    Clean the house, gift card for a maid, book a service.

    {editor’s note:  When we need it, we have a preferred cleaning company.  Check with me.  ~Meghan}

    Do the laundry.


    Walk her dog. Take her to the groomer (Tilley needs a good shave).

    {editor’s note:  Dear God, doesn’t she just.}

    Clean the car.  Fill the tank.


    Tickets to a kids museum would be a nice treat for the family.

    Maybe a decaf coffee date to Starbucks.

    Meghan likes banned books, star trec (nerd), vampires, aliens and those trashy magazines at the check out lines.

    {editor’s note:  In the spirit of non-censorship, I did not correct the egregious spelling error above.  ‘Trek’, woman.  TREK.  Sigh.  How are we friends?  ~Meghan}

    I’m a fan of gift cards, with personal notes.  Like ‘hey you can have this Barnes & Noble Gift card if I can run an errand for you’.

    Whatever you are good at, do it.

    • Organize
    • shop
    • talk
    • lend an ear
    • make a scarf
    • scrapbook

    Everything you do, great or small, is an act of love, and it means Meghan won’t have to spend her energy cleaning, cooking, etc.  Instead she can spend time with her family.

    I hope this helps Meghan, and I hope it helps someone who wants to do something but isn’t sure what to do.

    {editor’s note: Today’s silver lining is my awesome friend Erica for thinking of so many things I never would have.  Thank you, Erica! ~Meghan}

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!


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12 Responsesso far.

  1. Wow I wish I lived closer, I would love to cook and clean for you but there are 3000 miles between us..
    Erika has alot of good ideas so I will take one of them and run with it, so you will be hearing from me.
    Love You,
    Auntie Minute

  2. Kathy says:

    What a great friend and what a good idea. I love her and the list. Hope everyone makes the most of it

  3. Kathy says:

    By the way. Raisan bran, high fiber-low carb all grain tortilla (9 grams of fiber per totillla) and apples are my new best friends. Just thought I would share that with you

  4. Tina Smith says:

    I love this guest blog! Thank you, Erica!

    • Meghan says:

      She doesn’t know how great she is. I mean, who knew that someone who didn’t like Star Trek could be so cool?! I had to blackmail her into writing it. And it was, of course, awesome. 🙂

  5. pwsquare says:

    I was thinking about cooking until Erica said organic… hmmm… I don’t know if I can make healthy food. But we can make a decaf coffee run tomorrow if you are up to it. (Then you can assign me other tasks 🙂 P.S. Erica I forgive you for jacking up Star Trek, I realize you are under a lot of stress – just kidding. Great post.

    • Meghan says:

      Actually, I said ‘organic’. I’m trying to make that leap. It’s a long, long, LONG leap, but I’m trying.
      I’ll let Erica address the Star Trek comment. 😉

      • Erica says:

        It’s not that I dislike Star TreK, I do like the newer movies with the hot guy, I’m just not a HUGE FAN, as in, I don’t watch the old reruns.
        That aside, spelling is my nemesis so I fully blame spell check for not catching that over site… I know it’s TreK, dammit, I know this one! 🙂

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