My initial plan was to stay at the B&B, and just wander around the downtown area at night. That was when it was supposed to be in the 40s. As it turned out, the temps were far colder, so we made a quick dash down the street a couple blocks, had dinner, then came back. We spent the evening playing pool and just relaxing. It's the first time we've been out on our own for almost two years, at least that didn't have something to do with a project or errand to run.
Anyhoo, we woke up and came to the main house (we stayed above 'the carriage house') for breakfast. While there, we were joined by none other than the new Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate of the United States. Of course I had to ask what she did in Washington, and that's when she told us she was the new PL. Wow. Suddenly I worried if I was using the right fork.
A very pleasant and enjoyable young lady, we talked about a wide range of subjects. She was a good conversationalist, and I tried to respect what she seemed willing to talk about or not talk about. Mostly she asked about us. It was nice saying I am actually employed now. Dee could fall back on homeschooling (which Ms. Trethewey seemed very interested in). She was in town to deliver some talks at local Ohio Wesleyan University. Hopefully she'll have a nice, timely, and safe trip back to D.C. tomorrow despite the weather.
So altogether, a nice, relaxing and eventful night and morning. I know, we shouldn't have spent anything with our finances being what they are. But it's been years since we could even afford a greeting card for our anniversary, and I wasn't about to let our 20th go by without something for what has to be the most understanding, patient, and tolerant wife in modern history.
|A dinning room fit for a Poet Laureate
|At night, when we were the only ones there, it was actually spooky