Weekend review: Wineries, breweries, and gal pals…oh my!

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday and I’m only now posting last weekend’s review. The week hasn’t even really been that terribly busy – where has the time gone? Either way, it was probably a good idea I waited as it allowed me to get my head right and as I finally came out of my “surgery sads.”

I don’t think the “surgery sads” are a unique phenomenon as anyone I’ve talked to recently (that has had surgery) knows exactly what I’m referring to. That general feeling that you’re either a.) no longer invincible or b.) everything feels so fucking hard, you wonder how you made it this far in the first place. I went through a big round of these with my first ACL surgery and it was not only emotionally draining, but also physically. I remember being tired all the time and not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thankfully this time, the sads only lasted a week but it felt compounded by more than just my meniscus repair (feeling unsettled, unloved, and generally lost in life). But I clawed my way out of those sads, waking up every day determined to love myself more and to be better, to do better than the day before.

So what did I do to celebrate? I went on an adventure to Fredericksburg, VA with the best of friends. It was definitely last minute, but full of laughter and good memories. We started at Hartwood Winery where they just happened to be having a Mardi Gras party which also included a cellar tour and tastings from both Hartwood and Unicorn Winery.

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Can’t say it was the most exhilarating winery tour I’ve ever been on, but we made it fun – as we always do.

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And one of the guides was more than obliged to take a picture of our motley crew. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…2 browns and 2 lesbians walk into a winery in rural Virginia.

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Let’s just say turning heads is what we do and oh how we laughed. After the winery, we headed to Blue and Gray Brewery about 20 minutes away from the winery. We stopped in for their taster and some appetizers. We turned a few more heads there too, but definitely worth the stop as the beer is delicious!

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Even though we were a little full, we had promised ourselves we’d have a nice dinner at Capital Ale House in downtown Fredericksburg – the real draw being the hundreds of beers available and the fancy ice bar they have to keep your beer cool while chatting and having a good time. I think we all walked away stuffed, but happy.

More importantly, no more “surgery sads.”


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