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After the drive from San Francisco to Napa, we rolled into our delightful accommodations and were all -- now what? We were all that kind of tired where your eyes are burning and you think you're hungry and you barely know your name.
Ellen went to exercise (she is SO GOOD). Nancy took a nap (she is SO SMART). That left Mandy and I looking at one another with our crazy, tired eyeballs.
The conversation went something like this. I don't remember who said what, because Mandy and I are basically brain twins, so it doesn't matter.
One of us: What should we do?
The other one: I don't know.
One: Should we take naps?
One: I kind of want to explore. You know, get the lay of the land.
The other: Yeah! Me, too.
One: Find stuff. See where downtown is.
In unison: Totally. Let's go.
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We toured downtown Napa (cute!) and found Oxbow Market.
Oxbow Market is an industrial building converted into an open marketplace filled with outstanding gourmet food vendors, restaurants, and the like. I could basically live there.
We walked in and saw an Italian restaurant, with a bar. And I instantly could not believe that we HADN'T HAD ANY WINE YET.
So, we fixed that.
We decided that a selection of deliciousness from Oxbow would make a great dinner for us at the hotel. Meats and cheeses! Breads and olives! Yes! (Seems logical, but we were so tired, this was a pretty big idea for us.)
Rather than have too much fun without our friends, we drank our wine and then responsibly head back to the hotel, but not before stopping at the grocery store to buy (obviously) Diet Coke and water for our rooms.
And then we had this conversation:
Me: You know, this is exactly what Morris (my dad) did every time we went somewhere. Left us in the hotel to rest and then went off to "get the lay of the land."
Mandy: Um, that's exactly what Chuck (her dad) did, too. "Just gotta scope it out."
Me: We are turning into our dads.
Mandy: We are turning into our dads.
[smiles and silence]
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If taking a 40th birthday trip to Napa didn't make us feel like real grown up adult type people, turning into Morris and Chuck certainly did. And we really couldn't be happier.
Hope you are delighted with your own adulthood today.