Of course, on the way home from Blytheville, we stopped at the Wiederkehr Winery for lunch.
But before we entered the Weinkeller Restaurant, we had to do a little wine tasting first. Yes, alcohol on an empty stomach is always a good idea. Especially if you are tired. We are now the proud owners of a case of wine AND a Wiederkehr poster . . .
We were helped through this extremely painless process by a very personable employee of Wiederkehr, a young woman by the name of Laci who taught me to eat chocolate-covered cherries with my tasty cherry wine. . . Very good. Of course, you cannot go wrong with chocolate-covered cherries. I believe I could even eat a platter of liver and onions if I had chocolate-covered cherries as chasers.
Then, after Laci rang up our purchases and relieved us of the appropriate amount of money . . .we went on to eat . . .
And in honor of the swine flu, I had a couple of pork chops for lunch. Since nothing goes better with pork than more pork, I changed my side dishes to bacon-y potatoes. . . And sauerkraut. I couldn’t help it. I have a recessive gene that I got from my mother. When I’m around dirndles (This is a ‘guess’ spelling. Dirndles? Dirndls without an ‘e’? There is no plural for ‘dirndles in the dictionary. . . Perhaps it dirndli?) When I am around more than one dirndl, I eat pork, sauer things, and can recite the lyrics to most German beer hall songs. I also start swaying and rocking out to oom-pa-pa . . . something that, in theory, should be impossible.
But, in the way of all good trips, it eventually came to an end. Back to the world of work. And back to the world of correcting another galley. . . My last one for the second book. Hopefully. I will know tomorrow, when I see what my publishers have done with my last corrections.
Until then . . .