Spring Fever Weekend Trip (off topic)

Warning!!! The following post is massively off-topic. It's my website. I am allowed the occasional fun post. Spring fever hit me in the last few weeks. If I look outside, I see a world clouded by a yellow fog. Welcome to high pollen counts. With the intrusion of the nasty stuff, I found myself cleaning out closets, black bagging things I haven't used in the last year, and scrubbing my place like a nesting pregnant woman. No, no babies here.

For his part, Zeff has quietly stayed out of my way. I am fairly sure he has decided that he benefits as long as I stay out of his side of the closet. He has this pants fetish. I am longing to cull some of the most unattractive ones from his wardrobe. I'll wait until he leaves again I think! :)

All of this Spring Fever has me longing to be outside in the sun. I came up with a plan. There are a bunch of touristy sights near me that I haven't seen yet. Being me, I planned a bunch of one day trips and then blindsided Zeff. I figure its a perfect couple date. Cut off from out computers, DVR, and Xbox, we will actually find ourselves conversing, laughing and postively communicating.

Plus, I am out in the sun and I can shop.

I don't want to leave that out. The shopping. There are many facets of my personality that are decidedly unusual for a female. I don't normally enjoy shopping, however, give me a tourist trap store and I go insane.

Our first trip was to Colonial Williamsburg. I might have planned this one first because I heard there was an outlet mall nearby. I mean its all about the history, learning and being together, but the outlet mall has a Coach, Fossil and other fine establishments. I need a new pink spring purse. *shrugs* Don't look at me like that.

After subjecting him to my squeals of delight at the mall for an hour, where he confiscated my bank and visa card, we wound our way through town to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor's center. I suffered from sticker shock at the $46.00 per person 1 day pass at the ticket counter. We were able to use our military discount to save ten percent, but still. Good lord!

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The entire area is a walking tour. Winding your way through through the lush green trees, you'll encounter a working farm they are rebuilding piece by piece using only the tools and materials available in the eighteenth century. A carpenter in period dress explained and then demonstrated how he was making planks of siding for the main house.

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Next we visited the Governor's Palace. It's beautiful inside and out.

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Inside the house, there was a ladies sitting room. The walls were covered in embossed leather which had been brushed with bronze and gold leafing. When the sunlight hit this stuff the entire room glowed.

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The palace gardens were just as stunning. Tulips everywhere and the trellis's and arbors teaming with beauty. The also had a hedge maze. Zeff and I might have made a couple of jokes about finding Wandering elves!

We wandered around the streets taking in all the period buildings, being greeting by actors in period dress demonstrating everything from blacksmithing to book binding. We ate lunch at one of the tavern's and we had a blast listening to our waitress tell stories about how the stew was no longer made with possum and squirrel, but chicken and vegetables. She felt the soup had lost some of it's gamey flavor, but it was alright she guessed LOL!

At one point we heard drums and whistles and lined up on the street to see the Colonials march by.

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We toured the capitol building and were told the stories of how George Washington, Thomas Payne, Thomas Jefferson and others had walked the halls and danced in the ballroom.

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By late afternoon, the actor's had set up to do a reenactment of the events leading leading up to Virginia's decision to join the other 12 colony's in the American Revolution. They were wired with microphones and there were hidden speakers along the streets, so as we followed the action we could always hear the story.

We had a blast. I just can't put it any other way. We came home exhausted, but happy. We'd learned some history, seen some beautiful things, but mostly we'd each savored spending an entire day being together.

My spring fever has not been quenched. I am hoping to drag him down to the beach later, and I have a few more day trips in the works.

For now, I am off to play some LOTRO and relax.

What are your plans for Spring?

GAME ON!!!