Ingrid and I are going out of town for a week to see my dad and go to my cousin’s wedding. Our neighbors will be looking after our cats and our apartment; but while I will be taking the laptop with me, I may not be looking after my blog as attentively as usual. I’ll probably skip some days, and will almost certainly pull some stuff from the archives. Those of you who get cranky when I don’t blog (and there do seem to be some of you — I’m touched), be patient — I’ll be back into regular form in about a week and a half.
Also, I realized that I never updated you all on my dad’s condition after his stroke, and some of you have been asking. The good news: He’s alive, he’s home, his agility is pretty good, and he’s pretty mobile. The bad news: He has some serious language and cognitive impairment that hasn’t gotten better and probably isn’t going to. (The speech problems aren’t the usual slurring people get with strokes; his enunciation is fine, but the words don’t make any sense. Also, he doesn’t always understand what’s being said to him.) The bad stuff is sad and frustrating, but the good stuff is better than we’d originally thought it was going to be, and we’re grateful for it. Thanks, and I’ll be back soon.