I am at least a week behind here. But the weekend, as it turns out, is a terrific time to sit around sipping coffee for hours and writing blog posts. So there you go!
Last weekend was great fun! It was an adventure for sure. School was closed for me with the impending ice storm, so we decided to take full advantage of it and leave early for Chapel Hill! It was hardly sprinkling in Asheville, but it was below freezing, so we decided to go for it before it got much later. Right as we got to the Great Descent from the mountains on I-40 is where it started collecting on the highway. You know, once we reached the Point of No Return – where our choice was either to go down the mountain and come back up to go home or to go down the mountain and keep going to Chapel Hill. So we went for it! Slowly but surely. It took us about 5 1/2 hours to drive to Chapel Hill, where it usually takes us 3 1/2, and we passed no fewer than 22 accidents. But Sir Patient Driver himself (Scott) drove us, and we made it safely without any close calls, for which I am forever grateful. And I knitted like a fiend in the passenger seat, keeping track of accidents (because someone has to do that sort of thing on a road trip in an ice storm! Geez.), updating my mom on our progress, and giving moral support to the very best of my ability.
We made it to my mom’s house just in time for dinner! The driveway was a veritable sheet of ice, but we made it up with only minor sliding. What an adventure! And the salmon, green beans, and teeny tiny potatoes for dinner were delicious!
The next day we went to Mystery Brewing Company for Scott’s birthday gift from my mom – a brewery tour and tasting for two! The owner told us that the tour was exceptionally smaller than usual due to the storm, and mentioned that there was usually someone from Asheville, so we got a little shout out for coming down for the tasting! Woot! We made some new friends who liked Scott’s Red Sox hat, so that was fun! The brewery is very new and very cool! The beers are all named after literary references. For example, Six Impossible Things, which is a chocolate coffee breakfast stout, is named after the quote from Through the Looking Glass, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” It was an awesome tasting! Thanks Mom!
The rest of the weekend was a whirlwind! We managed to see Dad and Dean briefly, which was wonderful! Then headed back up the mountain on Sunday afternoon. It was a wonderful whirlwind and I am so glad we were able to make it safely!