During our first month in Kansas, we found a house and tilled a garden. I started a new job with interesting cases to prosecute, went back to Montgomery for a week-long course, ran a marathon, and turned 35.
Before exhaling, I had another work trip. This one was to the Army JAG School on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA. We flew into Richmond and drove up to Charlottesville.
We checked in to the Residence Inn Charlottesville right near the campus. I went to school during the day, but was able to spend lunches and evenings with Kris. We ordered Domino’s in or dined out at Brix Pizza. Kris went shopping during the first day and for lunch and some dinners, made pesto sandwiches for me replete with hummus and basil and sun-dried tomatoes. We went for fall walks on the UVA campus and talked about our burgeoning family. The week flew by.
I got out of class early on Friday. The evening before, while out to dinner with our JAG classmates, we saw a sign that said Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello was close. Our flight out wasn’t until Saturday. We decided to drive out to Jefferson’s house.
The grounds were stunning and the history enthralling. Madison and Monroe’s presidential houses were nearby, but we didn’t have time to see them. I thought about our week of languid pizza and pesto evenings.
The new baby was coming and we decided to try to pack more into our trips.
Days on the road this trip: 7