I've been gone a long time! Almost a full year.
Had a lot happen in that year too.
Last year, I was working a ton of hours, so I had no time to brew or do anything else for that matter. It was work, eat dinner, sleep, rinse, repeat.
Last summer, I lost one of my dogs after 13 years of loyalty and great friendship. This was Cali:
Not wanting to leave our 6 year old lab without a friend, we decided to get her a friend: This is Tofu
We got her this little dude. Here he was at 6 weeks old, dumb as a box of rocks, but SO cute. His name? Oberon. aka Obie Very appropriate name for my household.
This was Obie this past April as I redid the floors in my house.
Great supervisor, isn't he?
And Tofu with her new buddy
Then this past winter, I took my wife to a Lions/Jets game (rare that my Jets come to town, so I take advantage of it). She hates football, but I took her at her request. I think she wanted to tailgate more than anything.
When we got inside and took our seats, I was sizing up the crowd of Lions fans, realizing I was the ONLY Jets fan in our section, when my wife hit me with this:
That led to this:
Then on 6/14/2011 at 2:11am, we had a little girl. "Lily Marie"
This was about 5am. That's me working on about 35 hours wide awake.
It was the greatest fathers day ever, as I sat on my couch 6 days later, watching the Masters with my daughter.
I've been a dad for almost 7 weeks now.
We waited 15 years for this gift. While it would have been great 15 years ago, I can't help but thing it was totally worth the wait.
But, now i'm itching to brew again. I think it's because I know i'll have an assistant soon