If any of you have kids, you know that escaping to the bathroom to take care of business can be tricky at best. I saw this on Facebook over the weekend and it totally cracked me up, because it’s so true:
I finally got around to starting my batch of Mead over the weekend. I had to plan it so that being gone on vacation wouldn’t interfere with the fermentation process.
Isn’t it amazing how a few simple ingredients transitions into delicious wine? Since the initial fermentation in the bucket will take a month, that works. Basically when we get home from vacation it’ll be time to transfer it into a carboy for the secondary fermentation – that will last another 4 months or so. The one thing I’ve found about winemaking, is it takes lots of patience.
I also have a batch of Sangria working – I know what you’re thinking, Sangria wine? Yes indeed. This should hopefully be done just in time for BlogHer, where I’ll be bringing some along for the ride. If any of you are planning on going to BlogHer, let me know – I’ll be sure to bring a bottle for you to enjoy, too.
Hopefully all the partying that will take place won’t make our eyeballs do funny things like this picture does:
On a slightly more serious note, one of the reasons for our crazy decision to drive across the country in 2 cars with 2 kids and 2 dogs is that my dad is having some medical issues. Some of you know that a few years ago he had a stroke (2 months after he retired – proving once again that Murphy and his Law are always up to no good) but now he has water on the brain as evidenced by his recent MRI:
The middle bright “X” in the center of the photo is the portion of the brain that is enlarged due to spinal fluid that is not being absorbed by the body as it should. It’s sort of like a dense sponge that gets saturated, then fluid starts leaching out to the surrounding areas.
The lighter gray areas at the tips of the “X” is actually the fluid that is being pushed out into the adjacent cortical brain tissue (which is bad), which put increased pressure in these areas of the brain and results in classic symptoms of gait disturbance (“shuffling”), urinary incontinence, and mental decline (memory loss, irrational sentences, irritability). Dad has all three of these symptoms, unfortunately.
Luckily my brother pushed my dad to get a second opinion, since his regular doctor didn’t refer him to a very good neurosurgeon, as the two referred lost all mobility after their surgery. The surgeon my brother took him to for another opinion does hundreds of these surgeries every year – in fact he performed four (successfully) just last week. Success rate is 80%, which means in 80% of the time, at least one (but usually all three) symptoms are resolved.
The 20% “risk” represents typical risks you find in any surgery – infection at the point of surgery, bleeding, or things like a blocked tube, or other issue. Most of these risks are easily treated with additional hospital care. The thing this doctor gave dad that the other doctor didn’t was HOPE. The doctor even showed dad an actual shunt similar to the one that would be put in him, and explained the surgery in detail.
Thanks to the encouragement of my brother and the doctor cutting to the chase, my dad has agreed to have the surgery in the next 10 days or so. Our vacation being postponed 2 weeks is perfect, since that means we’ll be there either before or during the surgery, but definitely right after to help my mom out during his recovery time. Any of you that are the praying type, please do keep my dad in your prayers. I’ll keep you posted.
Let’s wrap up this post with another funny, shall we? Here’s a to-do list that my niece posted on Facebook (which my buddy Jan did as well, so it’s obviously funny). I’d love to do any or all of these just to see people’s reactions – especially numbers 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10:
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And one for my non-wino friends:
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