Lazy Sunday.

Day 19 – January Daily Blog Posting Month


Had a wonderful evening with my girlfriends last night.  My husband cooked us up some fabulous pasta – a sweet vegetarian marinara and a spicy italian sausage marinara.  So, so, so good!!!!


And of course, there was wine.


And then this…

Photo on 14-01-19 at 10.16 AM #2

Wake me when it’s Monday, k?

EtoH, QD & PRN.

Day 11 – January Daily Blog Posting Month

I needed some inspiration today, so off to Pinterest I went and found me this little gem.

For those not in the know:

  • EtOH is ethanol, which is alcohol
  • QD is Latin (quaque die), or every day
  • PRN is Latin (pro re nata), or as needed

I may have said this before, but I do enjoy wine.  I kind of grew into my taste for wine.  I used to only drink the sweeter reds and you couldn’t get me to touch a glass of white.  Ew!  But like a fine wine, one does get  better with age and my tastes have certainly matured.  I prefer my reds on the drier side these days.  I am no wine aficionado, but I do know what I like and what I don’t like.

Over the years, my husband has also discovered his love for wine and has done extensive reading and even started his own wine blog which sadly has fallen by the wayside.  I keep telling him to get back to it, but his modular synthesizer is occupying his time these days.  Anyway, we have amassed a nice collection of wine which is being stored in a closet under the basement stairs.  I would love to have a proper wine cellar but for now the “wine closet” will have to do. There is my 40th birthday wine a 2005 Mission Hill Oculus from British Columbia.  My husband’s 40th birthday wine was a 2004 Alion.  His 40th was last year.  Sadly, my pregnancy got in the way and we didn’t open it. Perhaps we will for his 41st?

In any event, I like drinking wine and I like buying it!  Our “everyday” wine supply was suddenly depleted (I have no idea how that happened!), so the other day we went to the liquor store and stocked up.

So, I’m curious.  What do my readers drink?  Tell me about your favorites. I am always on the look out for new wines to try.

Guess who hijacked my dinner?

The other night, I bought a  wonderfully cheap bottle of wine to try before my monthly wine club night.  Ogio Primitive Puglio IGT, 2010.   For $8.90, it is a fantastic bottle of wine.  So fantastic, in fact, that I plan on picking up several more to keep on hand as my “house wine”.

My husband and I have been trying to eat healthy during the week with salads and light dinners but last night I really wanted a steak, so I stopped by the local butcher and picked up a great rib eye.  I was really looking forward to having a glass of that Primitivo with dinner.   I put son to bed quite easily, but daughter had had a nap so she wasn’t quite ready for bed until 7:30pm.  We read some books, brushed her teeth, and I tucked her in.  Husband went up to tell her a final bedtime story while I prepared some vegetables and mashed the potatoes.  About 8:10pm, husband comes back to the kitchen and starts cooking the steak.  I prepared the table in the basement, got our wine glasses ready, turned on Netflix and was starting to browse when I heard the distinct sound of daughter getting out of bed and stomping down the stairs.

I ran up from the basement in time to see her coming down the hallway into the kitchen, exclaiming, “What is Daddy cooking? It smells so yummy!”.  We told her it was a steak for mommy, then she proceeds to get a chair from the dining room, brings it into the kitchen to get a better look at the steak.  “I want some too. I’m hungry!”.

Really?  It’s no wonder, she didn’t want her dinner when it was offered to her two hours earlier.

So, rather than eat our steak dinner quietly in the basement, I set the dining room table and daughter joined us.  What ensued was a rather hilarious encounter.  She ate a few pieces of steak, “I don’t like the red part, mommy”.  “Daddy, where does steak come from?”.   “I want more corn.”  It was a wonderful half hour of non stop talking and questions.  Husband took some video while she showed us that she knows how to write numbers, which was a surprise to us.  We watched in awe as she meticulously wrote 1, 2, and 3.  She butchered the number 4, and forgot how to write 5, but then wrote a 7 , 8, 9 and a 10 (albeit, it was backwards).

(From left to right).  You can clearly see the backwards 10, the 9, the 3 and 8; then a proper 10, a 7 (under the 8), and then 1,2,3, n (supposed to be a 4) and 2 (supposed to be a 5).

As much as I love the peace and quiet at nighttime when the kids have gone to bed, it was pure joy to have had my steak dinner hijacked by my wonderful 3.5 year old.  I just hope it doesn’t happen every night!


Boo to WHO and Alcohol Study

I like to drink.  I enjoy a glass of wine (or two) with dinner a few times a week.

But ever since medical school, it has been drilled into my head that the “safe” limit of alcohol consumption for men was 14 standard drinks per week and for women, 9.  For those who may not know, a standard drink is defined as: 5 oz wine, 1 bottle/pint of beer, 1.5 oz liquor .

So, I try to abide by that recommendation for myself, and for my husband.  All in the name of keeping us healthy.  After all, moderate consumption of alcohol has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, right?

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But recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement that for the prevention of cancer, there is NO safe limit of alcohol consumption.  So, no longer is it “safe” to tell patients to limit their alcohol consumption to the above-stated guidelines, for if I do, and that patient develops cancer, I could be held accountable.  Of course, there is no known cause-effect, but if the standard of care changes, I could be in a lot of hot water.

“Although guidelines are currently practical for health professionals and health authorities, the time has come to reconsider them using a scientific basis independent of any cultural and economic considerations and to discuss the eventuality of abandoning them. Considering our current knowledge of the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer risk, national health authorities should be aware of the possible legal consequences of promoting drinking guidelines that allow consumers to believe that drinking at low or moderate levels is without risk.”

So here I am, taking away yet one more vice from my patients, and myself.


Now, where is that glass of wine I was just drinking?