June 12th, 2011
We found some hail while we were down in NO. Big concord grape sized bits of it hammering down. Beautiful.. Glad though that we had just made it home when it really opened up!
The first leg of our trip went well. In North Cakilakee, Hill’s grandparents had their 60 wedding anniversary (!!), and managed to gather the whole family for the event, including the New England contingent (me). It feels as though I was there pretty recently, but it had actually been almost 2 years. The time warp of cancer treatment. I think it sucks so bad, that your brain just erases that entire period of time and compresses it. Merciful memory.
Down in NO, we ate. And dodged hail. Got to visit my little sister who is renting a super beautiful shit hole of a house in Bywater. Her BF, Octo-papi (ak Octavio.. a prince among men), and I made a couple types of ceviche and some steak tacos. The bath tub in the back was my grill. Po Boys to fine dining at the place that employs the two of them (domenica), we sort of did it all. One of the best stops was actually on our way to the airport.. a place called Cochon Butcher. They make all sorts of great sausage and cured meat.. good pickles as well. GREAT sandwiches. Thanks, mouse, octo-papi, leah, hope, jeremiah.
Now back in NYC, to do a couple of loads of laundry. This morning I’ll go pick up a rental car, and we’ll take off for NS. It’s a bit of a haul to get up there, but by tuesday evening we will have arrived, gotten the boat in the water, the motor on the boat, the house opened up, and we’ll be sitting on the dock eating mussels (likely in the pouring rain, but it won’t matter a bit).
I’m feeling pretty well. My big toes still haven’t healed up from the erbitux. I have pretty persistent sciatica on the left side. And I’ve developed a strange new sort of neuropathy in the hands and feet. Swollen (can’t get my wedding band off.. right after surgery it was FALLING off on its own!), and tingly. Hmm. Hope that goes away. All told, though, I’m better by the day. Energy is coming back. I’m back to my incredibly burly 145 lbs (kidding aside, I think all that lifting of heavy machines jump-started my return to some strength. My level of fitness, on the other hand.. I still get winded climbing the stairs to the bedroom). Pain, of the particular sort that came with the chemo, is gone. One quick flash of it while I was in NO, after a long day of travel, but other than that, nothing. I am off all meds. Nice not to have to take any pills at all. Two weeks of real rest in NS will do wonders, I think.
Off to get the car.