Carrie and I hit the road this morning to visit our old stomping grounds in Columbia. We had lunch at a favorite restaurant, and then visited campus, where I got my shop on at the school bookstore. I needed a new Mizzou Law tee since mine is filled with holes, and I’m happy to report I’m now the owner of a brand new one. I also picked up some swag for the kids since they both have talked about maybe going to Mizzou. It was great to be back there and remember all the things from such a fun and carefree time in my life.
We had so much to talk about and I feel like we talked non-stop all day. It was perfect and so very good for my soul.
I was going to write a long, epic post about the trip, but I’m just too tired to go into details. What I will say is that the last two days have been incredible. Being with Annie fills my heart and soul with joy. She is an amazing person and friend. I’m thrilled we got to have this experience together. She ended up staying the night last night and we watched two movies: “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Beaches.” There was laughter and tears and it was perfect.
We stopped at three wineries on the way: Montelle, Mount Pleasant, and Röbller.
Röbller was very remote, and incredibly beautiful. It was the only place I hadn’t been previously, and was my favorite by far. We ended up chatting with the owner, an elderly man who lives on the grounds. He recently lost his wife of 62 years and he told us all kinds of stories about her. He ended up inviting us to his 200 yo home to look around and to view her many amazing quilts. It was an unexpectedly lovely experience. That said, it was also sad. He is obviously so lonely and heartbroken, which triggered D pretty badly. It was hard to bounce back to the previously carefree vibe of the day.
It’s early Saturday now. Around 430 am. We are staying at this gorgeous inn. It’s comfortable, but I’m having a hard time sleeping. So here are some pics:
Also, that whirlpool tub is a fucking delight. I stayed in there for an hour with the fireplace going.
I’m going to try to get some more sleep. Today will be another long day of drinking, though I’m also planning on hitting up some of the antique shops. 🥰
Anyway – I got the tire fixed this morning, and we spent the afternoon exploring the River Market District here in Little Rock. Now we’re resting up before heading back out tonight. I just can’t party like I used to – lol.