This weekend we escaped down to Lake Anna, VA for a 24 hour mini-vacation. The lady’s brother-in-law’s family has a house right on the lake and they invited us to join them this weekend. After having met BIL’s family during the wedding, I was looking forward to getting to spend some less-hectic time with them.
Friday night, we had some tentative plans to go out and about, but instead decided to stay (VERY) close to home and visit an old favorite, Vaso’s Kitchen. It’s a Greek restaurant that reminds me so much of the one that I worked at in college. And it’s only like 5 blocks from our apartment. That post will be up later this week.
We drove down to the lake early on Saturday morning. We had hoped to beat some of the traffic on 95, but were not so lucky. A trip that should have taken 1.5 hours took just over 2. Not too bad, I suppose.
We met the lady’s sisters there and spent the morning on the dock sunning ourselves, swimming, playing with the dogs, and waiting for everyone else to arrive.
The family trickled in slowly. Once most everyone was there, we all piled into the boat and went tubing! The kind where your tube is being pulled by the boat, rather than the leisurely drift. It was my first time doing any sort of boat-powered water sport. I was sort of nervous, but it ended up being a lot of fun! I didn’t drown and got minimal water up my nose! Success. I was (and still am) a little sore. Really gotta work on my shoulders and core a little bit!
After boat fun, we were treated to an awesome dinner by the in-law parents and spent the evening relaxing in the house. I meant to get back down to the dock after dark to catch a glimpse of the stars, but never made it. We were all in bed by like 9:30.
The next morning, I took my coffee down to the dock and enjoyed a few minutes of the absolute silence of nature in the morning. The water was calm and everything was fresh and dewy. Those few minutes were what made it feel most like vacation.
I wandered back up to the house and thoroughly enjoyed a pancake breakfast provided again by in-law parents. Once everyone was awake, we again piled into the boat, this time for the wakeboarding/water skiing. I wasn’t feeling brave enough for that just yet. Although, after watching several people not die or be maimed, I think I’ll be willing to give it a shot next time. It was nice to get to hang out and ride around the lake on the boat.
Once we got back to the house, we packed up our things and headed back toward home. I would have liked to stay to spend a little but more time with the family, but we had a new cat to finally bring home from the shelter! So we raced home, got everything set up, said hello to the current cat, and giddily drove down to the shelter. We had quite the time getting our new guy into the carrier and I have the scratches to prove it. But! We did and finally got him home. Now we’re just going through the arduous and patience-requiring process of acclimating everyone to a two-cat household. Let’s just hope it goes smoothly and everyone is eventually happy with the new situation.
No one felt like cooking and we didn’t think it wise to leave the apt for too long to go out to eat on Sunday, so we just picked up sushi from Momo for dinner. Always a delicious idea.
So now, back to the grindstone! A super busy week ahead! Dinner at Vermilion for Restaurant Week, visiting with some family who will be in from out of in town, attending our first Bookalokal event: Home Bartending Basics , and a weekend chocked full of events. It’s going to be awesome, but I’m already ready for a nap!