AH. Nice long weekend. Yesterday was a holiday for some of us (I had it, but J didn't) so it was an extra day of relaxing. I got the first 2 (of 6) sections of my thesis done, right down to the formatting and am handing it off to my supervisor for them to go over...then it's on to the next 3 sections. Feels good to have it done. Wish I could have done more, but it's slow slogging some days.
J and I got a lot of relaxing in. Went to the farmer's market, went for snowy walks, watched a movie or two at home snuggled up with the cats. AND (meep) I finally started up my very first batch of mead. I juiced (oh dear god it took forever...) 17 Lb of apples and boiled up 4Kg of honey (mostly gifted to me) in water and tossed in some cinnamon and cloves. After an overnight setup J and I went for a long snowy walk and after I pitched the yeast in it last night. I got to use my hydrometer...he hee...home science. Behold the hydrometer...please to excuse the mead making messy kitchen :)
After the elaborate stuff I do in my lab this seems like monkey science and the sanitation is laughable compared to the lab, but with any luck in a few weeks I can rack some golden goo off into a secondary fermentor and ignore it for a few months. I was so excited to do it I still had my hat on from outside :) With any luck in about 8 months I'll have some tasty stuff. I'm hoping things don't get contaminated...we shall see I suppose. I'm not sure if I have the patience for wine and mead making. I'm used to making beer - make it, bottle it and drink it within about 2 months. I see why my dad always has a batch of wine going. This will likely be at least 7 months before I even bother to try it, likely christmas when it's good and ready for drinking. But oh, what a delicious christmas it might be. Crossing my fingers that this midwinter mead is good :)
This morning I came in for spin and sculpt and really pushed myself. It was hard, but good for me. Didn't do much over the weekend other than nap and go for a few walks, but I feel recharged. It's a good feeling to send off a few chunks of my thesis and have a new section to tackle. I feel like I might actually finish this decade :)
Have a great day everyone. Hope you weekend was a good one!