I was fortunate to pull out of my recent month long illness just in time to play host to a blogger buddy I was meeting (in person) for the first time: Jay from “Jay with an A.” Our visit remained tentative as we both waited out the storm of fevers and fatigue that plagued me over the last few weeks, but we remained optimistic and, as luck would have it, all was well by the time Jay arrived Saturday morning.
We kept it simple and local, dragging Jay on a walking tour of our neighborhood and downtown Albany, then stopping for Ice Cream at Ben and Jerry’s (locally known as “Gwen and Mary’s”) before heading back to the Hamlet where Jay began a day long effort to teach me to knit. Jay had generously brought yarn and knitting needles for me. After hours of false starts, errors and fix-its, we managed to get me as far as an inch wide knitted band (I was trying to make a hat) before we finally decided to take a late night break and headed out to Lark Street (around the corner from me) to have some dinner at a popular Mexican eatery, Bombers. My friend, Tom, joined us. After eating, we headed over to Rocks where we met a handful of some other of my friends (Tony, Jay and Fran) and had a couple of drinks. (I had to stick to soda as I’m on antibiotics until Wednesday. Grrrrr!)
The next morning, we met Tony and Tom at Iron Gate Cafe, a little cafe around the corner from us, for brunch. Before we left for brunch, however, I realized we had taken no pictures, so Jeffrey took a few of Jay and me together on his iPhone:
Jay and I having pre-brunch coffee at the Hamlet.
Jay correcting a dropped stitch while continuing my knitting lessons.
Jay with a look of consternation as he begrudgingly allows me to continue knitting on my own.
Sadly, I screwed this one up, too, and Jay had to start over and get a new band started for me. Then we left for brunch, which was absolutely delightful, before heading back to the Hamlet for more knitting, song sharing, and you tube video watching. Jay departed around 4. It was a really fun visit and it was really great to meet and hang with another blogger.
After Jay left, despite having a very active weekend already and being quite tired, we met our friends Kyle, Bryan and Tony for drinks at El Mariachi’s, another local Mexican restaurant (and my favorite one) just down the street from us, as we had not seen Kyle since before I got sick, and it was a nice opportunity to spend time with his (relatively) new boyfriend, Bryan. Sure, it was bit painful watching them share Sangria, one of my favorite libations, while I sipped on my less enjoyable iced tea, BUT it was totally worth it to get to see them and it was a lovely way to end the weekend.
Unfortunately, we had to turn down an invite to see a movie that evening as I had reached my energy level limit, so Jeffrey and I just headed to home and watched a little TV before heading to bed.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend, connecting with old friends and new ones, and I was very happy to be out and about and getting back into the swing of life.
Today (Monday) I had to start the morning spending 4 hours getting a series of X-Rays to see how things are going inside my abdomen and tonight I meet with my surgeon to discuss whether my frequent intestinal blocks are a reason to be concerned and whether we need to consider some surgical intervention to prevent more of them down the road. Tomorrow, I return to work; Wednesday I take my last dose of antibiotics; and by Friday of this week, I hope to finally put this entire latest health crisis behind me and be totally back to normal, no more meds or appointments or pain for the foreseeable future.