New England was fun -- we hung out in southern Vermont and New Hampshire, and also western Massachusetts. Kathy entertains thoughts of moving back to the Northeast (dragging me along), and this region had caught her eye on the Web, so I figured we should actually visit. Much of it is affordable, but that's based on our current incomes, and we have no idea what we'd do up there, or how much we could make, so really it doesn't sound quite so affordable. Must figure out some niche in which to freelance.
Did lots of brewpubbing, enjoying McNeill's in Brattleboro, VT and Milly's Tavern in Manchester, NH the most. The hardest part of the beering was when I found a package store with so many beers that I hadn't tried, knowing that we could only carry so much on the plane back to DC. Fortunately my sister-in-law was with us for a couple of days, and she took some of the beers with her, for us to collect them over Christmas.
This weekend hearkened back to six-and-a-half years ago, when Kathy and I got married. First was the fact that we stayed at a B&B for the first time since our honeymoon. It was a lovely place, and the breakfasts were great. The only complaint we had was that the rooms aren't particularly sound-proof, so we heard our neighbors, and tried to be as quiet as possible. The other thing was that I think we can finally close the book on our wedding presents, as we received what should be the last one. One of the friends we saw this past weekend had been holding onto it lo these many years, through moving and everything. We'd seen her a couple of times in the interim, but she always forgot to bring it. This time she called while we were en route to meeting her for lunch, saying she would be late, as she was halfway there when she remembered it and needed to turn around and get it.
In other news, my mother-in-law had an emergency appendectomy Saturday night. She's out of the hospital and recovering nicely. What's weird is that my brother's mother-in-law had an emergency appendectomy just a couple of weeks ago (also doing fine). As long as everyone comes out ok in the end, I figure it's ok to note odd little coincidences like that.