Obviously, as you can see, my post about part 2 of our trip is still not there. Typepad claims they are researching the issue, so I'm not touching that post.
The short version? We want to move to Asheville, N.C., Carrie and Jacob are super fun and B and I were amazed at how alike we all were, I got to meet HEJ and Anne Marie and I luff them, and we ate a lot of really good food in both Asheville and Athens. Oh, and I got a really cool piece of art in Athens for $4.50 and I am not "that kind of lady." Pictures are up on my Flickr stream, and are mostly described.
B and I have both re-entered reality with a renewed sense of what matters most to us. Being up in WV on the farm we were exposed to a completely different way of life. It brought up a lot of conversation in the many hours of car travel we had after our visit with B's dad. A few examples: we want to focus less on material things, work on living more simply, and we are really glad we have health insurance.
I'm knitting away on secret holiday knits, some killer socks for fake husband B, and I will soon have pictures to post. Right now I have to get back to Very Important Things, like waiting for our pizza to get here and drinking a glass of wine. I'll be back soon with a kick ass soup recipe to warm you up, as well as my new regimen for not catching every cold and flu going around, which, so far, is working really well.
ETA: Dude, what is UP with the formatting in the "new" Typepad?? Hate it. All these weird extra spacing issues...I never had any major issues with Typepad prior to this week, and I've been with them FOREVER...this crap is seriously making me consider changing services though.