A trip to Erick's was the last scheduled trip on the calendar, but who keeps a schedule. Maybe I should, but things happen. When we were in Springfield, IL in October for a Knot Convention that Gary was involved in, we stopped at a winery on the way home. While we were there, the owners mentioned they have a Christmas Market during the weekends in Advent and after seeing the rings that Gary makes invited him to come over and set up space at this bazaar. I knew that I had a lot to do the first weekend because of our party next weekend and thought maybe the third week might be a possibility. However, when I found I had Thursday and Friday off and got my decorating done turn things around. So there we were in Bloomington, Illinois. Gary sold a ring within 45 minutes and had a ball talking to people all day. I wish I was that extroverted but you know what they say about opposities attracting.
I used Hotwire again for our hotel accomodations but when I went to check in, they didn't have our reservation. I didn't panic ... I just called Hotwire and got things worked out and ended up getting a lower rate. I did a little shopping and headed back to the winery.
We had dinner at Outback and I ordered chicken and a baked potato, being very conscious of what I was eating ... especially the empty bread plate in front of me. I think I'm getting the hang of eating while traveling. I just hope those aren't "FAMOUS LAST WORDS"