I am writing this from the Napa valley in California, where I came to do a time management workshop. One of the great parts of my job is that I get to travel to various lovely places where people do corporate retreats, but then since it’s not my actual corporate retreat, I am “off” once I’m done. I seldom stay long, but it’s like a lot of mini-vacations bedecking my life.
I visited Napa in May of 2014 with my husband’s siblings and spouses to celebrate my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday. We went to several wineries per day (helped greatly by renting a limo so no one had to drive). It was a great trip — lovely, pastoral, amazing food (French Laundry!), fabulous wine — though I feel I never had the proper chance to cement it in my brain and savor it in memory, because a few days after coming home I learned that kid #4 was on his way, and that somewhat startling news had a way of crowding most other things out of my mind for a bit.
But anyway, as I was walking around the little town of St. Helena after my 3-hour workshop today, I realized that a tasting room I’d passed looked familiar. I checked in with the family and sure enough, we’d been to Orin Swift on that 2014 trip. I thought about leaving it at that. Napa is nice, but I’m also away from the kids on the weekend, which is usually a great chance to write. I really need to make some progress on my next book, which is about the secrets of people with all the time in the world. I knew full well that if I started drinking wine at 3 p.m. I would not make any progress.
Then I figured that probably, people with all the time in the world would say “hey, you’re in Napa!” and go back to the tasting room.
So I did. I enjoyed tasting several wines, including the dangerously smooth-sipping 2014 Mercury Head (a cab that runs a cool $120 a bottle). I chatted with the tasting room attendant, who suggested I try Farmstead, a Napa cuisine place not far from my hotel. I did for dinner and it was good too.
Of course, I have not done any of the projects I set out to do today. I guess I should have remembered from past weeks that I generally don’t feel like doing much after giving a speech or leading a workshop. And I like to explore places too. This may wind up being an interesting tension as I want to act like I have all the time in the world, but I need to get a book written on time.