64 days to Venice! Or at least that is what it says on my computerized vacation countdown. It is really important right now to have something so special to look forward to. I’ll get to the reason later.
Here’s hoping it will be warmer in March than it was the December day in 2012 that I snapped this shot of a water taxi on the Grand Canal.
I’m looking forward to Venetian blue skies.
A friendly lion….or maybe two.
I know there is a good bar for cicchetti just around the corner from these lovely lions. And, wow, thank you Google! I just discovered when I was looking up the word to make sure I spelled it correctly that there is a restaurant called “Cicchetti” right here in Seattle. http://cicchettiseattle.com/ I will have to make it a point to get there. And no, they didn’t just use the name….it says it is Venetian inspired. Although the menu on the website looks interesting it is much more southern Mediterranean than anything you would find in Venice. It doesn’t help that the information says the owner was inspired by “Venetian Tapas Bars”….no one, except maybe Rick Steves would refer to them as “tapas bars”….they are just bars that have little plates of things to eat that are called cicchetti….not tapas. They are called tapas in Spain. Sigh!
There will still be many bridges to cross before I get there though. This last week I had an MRI done because I was having some strange pains in my left hip and thigh down to the knee. At first my doctor thought it might be arthritis but he ordered the MRI just so there would be no “surprises”. Actually, I was not surprised with the result as I had been saying that it felt like something was pressing on a nerve, not all the time but at different times and it was worse when I tried to go to bed. It really interrupted my sleep to say the least….let alone walking and stopped any improvement in the neuropathy in it’s tracks. What the MRI showed is that there is a golf ball sized tumor pressing on my lumbar spine. Yes, this is new and was not there when I had a Pet scan in July. Dr. M (the radiation oncologist) feels that he can take care of it with a few doses (then he said 5-10) of a type of directed radiation. Dr. L (regular oncologist who replaced Dr. X) agrees. Both of them know about my trip and Dr. M even hugged me and said “You will be in Venice in March.” I am having another Pet Scan on Wednesday to make sure that is the only “problem”. We are getting treatment underway as they know the importance of getting it done. So, yes, a few more bridges to cross.